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

Monday, June 1, 2009

War News for Monday, June 01, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a U.S. Soldier in a non - combat related injury in Tikrit , Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq on Sunday, May 31st.

The Washington Post is reporting the death of a 3rd Sustainment Command soldier in a vehicle accident Tallil, Dhiqar Province, Iraq on Sunday, May 31st.

May 30 airpower summary:

May 29 airpower summary:

May 28 airpower summary:

Germany: 3 US soldiers die in highway crash:

Germans uneasy over involvement in Afghanistan:

Iraqi Kurds begin international oil exports from contentious region:

Jamaat-e-Islami proposes 4-nation bloc against US and NATO:

Fatal shooting shows stress risk facing U.S. troops:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: In a second attack, two journalists, a cameraman and sound engineer with Iraqi state TV, were wounded when a bomb attached to their car exploded in northern Baghdad. They had just finished filming a story in the mainly Sunni neighbourhood of Azamiyah when the blast took place, police said.

#2: A bomb exploded Monday at a wholesale produce market in southern Baghdad, killing four people and wounding 14, Iraqi police officials said. Monday's blast occurred shortly before 8 a.m. at the Rasheed market in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood. An Iraq police official said the bomb was planted near the front gate of the market, and exploded as trucks carrying fruits and vegetables were waiting to enter with their goods.

#3: Three civilians on Monday were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in northeastern Baghdad, the Iraqi police said. “A roadside explosive device detonated near an intersection in al-Waziriya area, northeastern Baghdad, wounding three civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: Sunday One mortar hit Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad around 9:20 p.m. The sell fell near a police patrol injuring a policeman.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Also Monday, a suicide car bomb exploded at a police checkpoint in Jalula, 80 miles (125 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, killing a 7-year-old child and wounding eight other people, an Iraqi police official said. The official said the bomber appeared to be trying to target a nearby police station but detonated the car when he was confronted at the checkpoint by police, who opened fire at him, said the official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason as his colleague in the Dora blast.

#2: Unknown gunmen have shot down a paramedic near Diala’s Baaquba city, a local official said on Monday. “During a late hour on Sunday night, unidentified gunmen shot down a paramedic in a clinic in 17 Tammuz area, downtown al-Saadiya district (35 km northeast of Khanaqin), killing him on the spot,” Sheikh Ahmed Razkoushi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Iraqi Police found 14 unidentified bodies in Khan Beni Saad, 10 km to the southwest of Baquba Monday. According to the investigation, the bodies were buried around one year ago. The area was under the control of al Qaida at that time.

#4: Iraqi Security Forces to bury 50 unidentified bodies found in Diyala province during the past two months (April and May) said a spokesman for Diyala Operations Room.

#1: Sunday Insurgents threw a grenade at an American patrol in Tikrit around 11 a.m. No casualties reported, but one Humvee was damaged.

#1: An Iraqi sports broadcaster was killed by a bomb attached to his car in northern Iraq. Alaa Abdul-Wahab, a 37-year-old reporter for the Cairo-based independent Baghdadiya TV station, was killed and two other journalists wounded Sunday when the bomb exploded as he got into his Opel car in the northern city of Mosul, according to police. The station confirmed the death.

#2: One child on Monday was killed and 15 civilians were wounded in a hand grenade attack in downtown Mosul city, according to a local police source. “Unknown men threw a hand grenade at a U.S. patrol vehicle in Bab al-Toub area, downtown Mosul, killing a child and injuring 15 civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A mortar round landed on police station, wounding two policemen in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan troops backed by the U.S.-led Coalition forces killed four militants and detained two suspects during a raid in central Afghan province of Wardak early Monday morning, said a Coalition statement. The combined patrolled to a compound near Tagab area in Saydabad district where they conducted a deliberate operation to locate and detain a Taliban commander responsible for the IED blast in June 2008 that claimed the lives of three U.S. soldiers and one Afghan citizen, the statement said. "Forces searched a compound in the village without incident, detaining two suspects, including a man believed to be the targeted Taliban commander," it said. However, four combatants engaged the force with small arms fire and maneuvered on the joint forces and they returned fire killing those four, it added.

#2: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped three Pakistani engineers and their Afghan driver in the Mata Khan district of the Paktika province in Afghanistan, an official said on Sunday. The engineers have been working for a mobile phone company. “Police have started search for the abducted engineers and their driver,” Paktika governor’s spokesman Hameedullah Zwak told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) by telephone. Zwak said workers of the Roshan cellular company were kidnapped on Saturday in the Mata Khan district, located on the border of Ghazni and Paktika.

#3: 18 militants were killed in last 24 hours in the operation in Pakistan's northwest, according to a military statement Monday. The military also said that 13 militants were arrested. Two security forces personnel were killed and four others were injured, it said.

#4: Clash between government troops and Taliban militants in the northwest Badghis province left six militants dead, a senior military officer in the region Jalandar Behnam said Monday. "In chasing Taliban insurgents, the troops of Afghan national army engaged them in Balamurghab district Sunday killing six rebels and injuring eight others," Behnam told Xinhua. There were no casualties on the side of government troops, he said, adding that a rocket fired by militants hit a residential house killing a man and a woman.

#5: Anti-government militants raided a police checkpoint in Kunduz province, north of Afghanistan, Monday morning killing three police constable, a provincial official said. The rebels attacked police checkpoint in Hazrat Sultan area outside Kunduz city, the capital of Kunduz province, at 05:00 a.m. (GMT0030), killing three police constables and injuring another officer," the official told Xinhua but declined to be named.

#6: Police defused a powerful bomb attached to an oil tanker supplying fuel to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) forces in Afghanistan in Pakistan's southwest early Monday morning. The official APP news agency quoted police sources as saying that the bomb disposal squad rushed to the Shella Bagh area in Chaman, a border town in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan. It said that the driver abandoned the oil tanker after sighting the bomb.