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

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

War News for Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of two Americans including one ISAF soldiers in a roadside bombing in Kobul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 20th.

May 17 airpower summary:

U.S. Army paid bonuses to KBR despite questions:

Shades of Iraq, millions spent in Afghanistan lack adequate oversight:

Report by government says almost 25 per cent of Iraqis live in poverty:

Former Iraqi Oil Minister Plays Down Dispute With Kurdistan Production:

World Oil Production Forecast - Update May 2009:

Afghanistan: Farmers hit by more flooding:

Flood kills 2, wounds 6 in NE Afghanistan:

Assassinations On The Rise In Afghanistan:

Location of all Pak nukes not known: CIA:

Arms Sent by U.S. May Be Falling Into Taliban Hands:

Iran tests missile as election race starts:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Shaab neighbourhood, northern Baghdad Wednesday at 2 p.m. causing material damage to one vehicle. No casualties were reported.

#1: One of the bodyguards of the Kirkuk police chief was wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Kirkuk on Wednesday, a source from the joint coordination center said. “An improvised explosive device went off in al-Kourniesh street in southern Kirkuk on Wednesday (May 20) , while a police vehicle patrol was passing, injuring a bodyguard of the Kirkuk police chief,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces found the corpse of a civilian with signs of multiple stab wounds on it in eastern Mosul city, a source from Ninewa province’s police said on Tuesday. “Police patrols found the dead body in al-Sewiss neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Signs of multiple stab wounds were found on different parts of the corpse,” he said.

#2: Four civilians were wounded on Tuesday in a bomb explosion in the southwest of Mosul, a police source said. “An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday (May 19) inside a mechanic’s shop in Tal Abdta district in southwest of Mosul, injuring four civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A civilian was killed by unknown gunmen in western Mosul. “A civilian was killed on Tuesday (May 19) in al-Zinjili region in western Mosul by gunmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: “An anti-bomb squad managed to defuse two explosive charges in al-Midan region in central Mosul, without casualties,” he added.

#5: Two Iraqi soldiers were wounded on Wednesday in an improvised explosive device explosion in eastern Mosul, an army source said. “An explosive charge went off on Wednesday (May 20) targeting an Iraqi army vehicle patrol in al-Zahraa neighborhood in eastern Mosul, injuring two soldiers,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An airstrike by a Nato warplane has killed eight civilians in southern Afghanistan. The military alliance said the air raid was launched following a clash with a group of 25 insurgents in Helmand province.

#2: At least two police officers have been killed and eight others have been wounded in an attack in southern Afghanistan, according to an official. The suicide bombing occurred in Arghandab district of Kandahar province on Tuesday evening, said the district's governor, Abdul-Jabbar. He added that the province's police chief was seriously hurt in the incident.

#3: Militants killed three construction workers in an attack early on Tuesday in southwestern Afghanistan, authorities said, as Afghan and US troops said they killed seven insurgents in a Taliban stronghold. The civilians were killed when their office in the remote province of Nimroz was attacked by rebels, the interior ministry said. Two other workers were wounded, it added in a statement. The ministry blamed the attack on “the enemies of peace and stability”.

#4: Five Afghan police were wounded on Wednesday after a roadside bomb hit their vehicle in Uruzgan province which also lies in the south, the Interior Ministry said.

#5: Four Afghan police, including a district police chief, were killed by a roadside bomb overnight in southern Zabul, a provincial official said on Wednesday.

#6: Afghan troops killed at least 10 Taliban insurgents in an operation in southern Helmand province, an army officer said on Wednesday.