The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Friday, May 29, 2009

War News for Friday, May 29, 2009

Oil hits new 6-month high above $65:

Iran Begins Construction For Natural Gas Pipeline:

Turkey ready to contribute to energy industry in Iraq:

Area soldier killed: Spc. Chad Edmundson, 20, died Wednesday in Iraq:

UN expert: US failing to properly probe war crimes:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Palestine Street, northeast Baghdad at 11 a.m. Thursday. No casualties were reported.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A local leader of a government-backed Sunni paramilitary group was killed Friday in a bombing as he opened his butcher store northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi officials said. Khazal al-Sammaraie was killed and six other people were wounded in the explosion of the bomb, which was hidden on a motorcycle parked near the store on the outskirts of Baqouba, police said.

#2: The house of a displaced Shiite family was blown up in Amin neighbourhood, central Baquba at 3 p.m. Friday. The family has just repaired the house that was previously damaged and were about to return to their neighbourhood.

#1: Six civilians were killed on Friday in a roadside bomb blast in north of Baaquba city, a police source said. “An improvised explosive device went off Friday (May 29) targeting a police vehicle patrol in central Khales district, north of Baaquba, killing six civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

A bomb attached to a minibus killed six civilians in Khalis, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A bomb attached to a car in Khalis killed one person and wounded three others, police said.

#1: Several Katyusha rockets targeted the U.S. military base near the Basra International Airport on Tuesday night. It is the first rocket attack against the base since the withdrawal of the British forces. The attack caused no casualties or damages said a U.S. military spokesman. Meanwhile, three other rockets which were ready to be fired were found by Iraqi security forces in Abu Skhair in the northern outskirts of Basra city.

Salahuddin Prv:
#1: Iraqi security forces were able to defuse an IED that contains 100 tons of TNT put inside an Oxygen cylinder planted on the side of the main route between Tikrit and Kirkuk.

Sulaimaniya Prv:
#1: Two children were killed and four other members of the same family were wounded in an explosive charge blast in southern Sulaimaniya on Friday, according to a security source. “Two children were killed and four others, all from one family, were injured Friday (May 29) when an improvised explosive device went off in Ghawam village in south of Qurat Taba in Kafri district in southern Sulaimaniya,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces on Friday found two bodies of a man and a woman in a house at Takh village, southwestern Makhmour suburb, according to a security source. “The man is 35 years and the woman is 45 years,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The two corpses were found in a house at Takh village, 15 km north of al-Ghwer district (45 km southwest of Makhmour),” he said. “The bodies bore signs of gunshot wounds,” he added.

#1: A woman and her daughter were killed by gunmen in an incident the third of its kind in a matter of 10 days in the city of Mosul, a Ninewa police source said on Thursday. “Unidentified gunmen stormed a house in the area of al-Atshana, eastern Mosul, on Thursday, killing a woman and her daughter before they managed to escape to an unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb detonated under control by police on the main route that links Mosul with Baghdad on Thursday evening. No casualties reported.

#2: Gunmen targeting a U.S military patrol with a hand grenade wounded one civilian in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Five civilians were wounded Friday in clashes with security forces in Sinjar district in Ninewa, the mayor of the district said. “Five civilians were injured Friday (May 29) in clashes with security forces while attempting to arrest them,” Dakheel Qassem told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: U. S.-led coalition troops attacked a suspected training camp for foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, and an Afghan official said 34 militants were killed, including 22 Arabs and Pakistanis. Among the dead were six who blew up their suicide vests during the battle, the U. S. coalition said. The raid on the heavily guarded compound in Paktika province. At least six insurgents wearing suicide vests blew themselves up during the battle, and one coalition member was wounded in the assault, the U. S. military said in a statement. Afghan authorities said they recovered 34 bodies, including 22 Arabs and Pakistanis, said Hamidullah Zuhak, a spokesman for Paktika's governor. They found personal documents on the bodies of those killed, he said.

#2: Unknown gunmen have abducted a Turkish engineer in eastern Afghanistan, police said Friday. The unidentified man was captured Thursday as he was returning to his guesthouse in the eastern town of Khost, provincial police chief Abdul Qayoum Baqizoi told AFP. It was not known who had captured him or why, the official said. The engineer had been working on building a hospital in the area.

#3: A bomb planted by anti-government militants hit a police van in west Afghanistan wounding eight policemen, a local official said Friday. "It was Thursday night when a mine planted by the rebels struck a police vehicle in Shindand district injuring eight police constables and one officer," Lal Mohammad the district chief of Shindand told Xinhua. Two of the injured policemen are in critical condition, he further said.