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 8, 2009

War News for Monday, June 08, 2009

Airpower Summary for June 6:

Airpower Summary for June 5:

Airpower Summary for June 4:

2nd MEB Marines begin Afghanistan ops:

Spy planes due in Afghanistan are late: (photos)

Erratic Afghan Forces Pose Challenge to U.S. Goals:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A bomb tore through a minibus during morning rush hour Monday in a mainly Shiite area in Baghdad, killing at least nine people and wounding 24, Iraqi officials said. The bomb was attached to the minibus in the southern area of Abu Dshir, a Shiite enclave in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Dora, police said. "A ball of fire rose into the sky. We saw a minibus thrown about five meters (yards) into the air, then come down in flames," said Omar Abdul-Ghafar, a university student who was waiting with his friend for another bus.

#1: Sunday two more (policemen) died in an ambush in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of the capital.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in al Jawsaq neighbourhood, central Mosul Monday injuring one policeman and three civilians.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Sunday Two (policemen) were killed and a third wounded by a roadside bomb in Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad.

#2: One gunman was killed in an attack on a police checkpoint in eastern Falluja suburb, a source from the police said on Monday. “The incident took place in Garmatal-Falluja district, east of Falluja city,” Colonel Saad Abbass told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The attack caused no casualties among the police,” he said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two German soldiers sustained injuries as a roadside bomb struck their military vehicle in the relatively peaceful Kunduz province in north Afghanistan, a press release issued by the Kunudz-based German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) said Monday. "The roadside bomb hit a military vehicle in Chardara district on Sunday injuring two German soldiers," the press release added. It also confirmed the body of an insurgent had been left at the battle ground after the clash. Earlier on Sunday, a purported Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, in talks with media from an undisclosed location, claimed inflicting casualties on German troops.

#2: Afghan police killed 20 Taliban during a clash on Sunday in southern Zabul province, the interior ministry said. One policeman was killed and two wounded when a roadside bomb hit their convoy after the clash, it said.

#2: Six Taliban were killed during a firefight with police after they attempted to ambush a police convoy, a provincial official said. The Taliban could not be reached for comment on either report.