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 13, 2009

War News forWednesday, May 13, 2009

Soldier injured in Dugway explosion:

Iranian militia kill five rebels near border:

Violence Rises in Iraq’s Tense North:

Pakistan Says 1.3 Million Flee Fight With Taliban:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: An employee working for the Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) was killed Wednesday in an armed attack in northeastern Baghdad, a police source said. “Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an employee working for the Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) while heading to his work in al-Shaab neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Gunmen using silenced guns killed a government employee at Iraq's Integrity Commission, the government anti -corruption office, in northern Baghdad's Shaab district, police said.

#2: At 9:37 p.m. (Tuesday) a roadside bomb detonated near Kababchi restaurant in Arsat neighborhood in downtown Baghdad on Tuesday. Two people were wounded.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in Abu Graib (west of Baghdad) on Tuesday afternoon. Four people were wounded.

#2: A Sahwa leader and his son were killed on Wednesday in a sticky bomb explosion in western Baghdad, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck to the vehicle of a leader of Abu Gharieb Sahwa council, went off on Wednesday (May 13) in al-Nasr Wal Salam region in Abu Gharieb district in western Baghdad, killing him and his son,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The driver of the director of the accountant department of the Northern Oil Company in Kirkuk was killed in armed attack in southern Kirkuk, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. “Unknown gunmen on Wednesday (May 13) killed the driver of the director of the Northern Oil Company’s accountant department,” Colonel Sherzad Moufri told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A civilian was wounded in a bomb blast in central Mosul on Tuesday, a security source said. “An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday (May 12) in al-Faourq region in central Mosul, injuring a passing civilian,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Five persons were wounded Wednesday in a car bomb explosion in eastern Mosul, a police source said. “A booby-trapped car went off on Wednesday (May 13) in al-Karama neighborhood in eastern Mosul, targeting an Iraqi army vehicle patrol, injuring five people, including one soldier,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: One civilian was wounded when a mortar landed near his home in central Mosul, police said

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Enemy insurgents in Paktika province fired multiple rockers at Forward Operating Bases Rushmore and Sharana overnight May 12. The complex attack began shortly after midnight and ended when coalition forces responded to disrupt the assault.Coalition forces aircraft airborne at the time of the strikes identified the rocket-launch site and called for fires to suppress the attack.Six insurgents fled the site and were killed when forces used to counter-battery fire and overhead aircraft fires to engage them.Regrettably, two individuals not involved in the attack were killed and four others were injured during the battle.

#2: Suspected Taliban insurgents stormed a depot handling supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday and torched eight trucks. Dozens of attackers poured into the transport terminal near the northwest city of Peshawar and set the trucks ablaze before fleeing, police official Ghafoor Khan Afridi said. Firefighters quickly doused the flames, and metal shipping containers holding NATO supplies were unscathed, he said.

#3: A suicide bomb attack killed seven people and wounded 21 Wednesday outside a U.S. military base in the same part of eastern Afghanistan where militants stormed government buildings a day earlier, police said. A vehicle drove up to the first gate outside Camp Salerno, on the edge of Khost city, early Wednesday morning and exploded, said Wazir Pacha, a police spokesman for Khost province. Seven people were killed and 21 others were wounded, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. U.S. forces confirmed the attack, saying four Afghan security guards were killed in the blast and 12 wounded. There were no casualties among international troops, said Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a U.S. military spokeswoman.

#4: Pakistan fighter jets and attack helicopters pounded Taliban hideouts in the northwest on Wednesday. The air attacks targeted Taliban strongholds across the iconic Swat valley, which has sunk from stunning ski resort favoured by Westerners to crucible of Taliban violence, security officials said.

Overall, the military says 751 militants and 29 troops have been killed in its operations in Lower Dir, Buner and Swat, although there is no independent confirmation of the figures and no word on civilian casualties.

Security forces killed 11 militants during the last 24 hours in an operation in northwest Pakistan, the army said on Wednesday. Four security personnel were also killed and 12 others injured in the operation in Swat of North West Frontier Province, a statement released by the Inter Services Public Relations said.

5: Six Taliban insurgents were killed Tuesday evening as they came in contact with police in eastern Afghan province of Paktika, a provincial administration spokesman said Wednesday. "Armed Taliban rebels stormed police checkpoint in a village near provincial capital Sharan Tuesday evening and police returned fire, killing six rebels on the spot," Hmidullah Zuak told Xinhua. Two civilians were also killed and four other women and children sustained injuries in the fire-fight, he said.

#6: A father and son were killed and three others sustained injuries as they came under fire of international troops in Afghan central province of Wardak Wednesday morning, provincial administration spokesman said. "It occurred in the morning when a car of civilians was fired upon by international troops on the road of Jaqhato district, as a result an Afghan father and his teenage boy were killed," Adam Khan Sirat told Xinhua. He also said that three other member of family sustained injuries.