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 29, 2009

War News for Monday, June 29, 2009

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, June 29th. At this time we believe this is an American soldier pending upon the DoD release. Here's CJTF - 82 release.

Heavy sandstorm blankets Iraq

Bombing kills four foreign troops in central Afghanistan:

Reported Security incidents:

Diyala Prv:
#1: Gunmen targeted a policeman and shot him dead in Jalowlaa district to the northeast of Baquba Monday morning.

#1: An improvised explosive device went off on Monday near a joint convoy of Iraqi and U.S. forces in Thi-Qar, without causing casualties or damage, the chief of the Thi-Qar police said. “An explosive charge was detonated on Monday (June 29) targeting a convoy of U.S. and Iraqi forces in al-Senaai neighborhood on the Nassiriya and Baghdad road,” General Sabal al-Fatlawi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion caused no casualties or damage,” he added.

#1: One civilian on Monday was wounded in an explosive charge blast in southern Kirkuk, according to a local police chief. “Today, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated while a Multi-National Force (MNF) patrol vehicle was passing near Kirkuk’s Silo in al-Sinaie neighborhood, southern Kirkuk, wounding one civilian,” Brig. Sarhad Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two policemen on Monday were killed and two others were wounded while trying to defuse a small bobby-trapped bridge that links two villages south of Mosul city, according to a source from Ninewa province’s police. “The incident took place in Hamamal-Aleel district, 20 km south of Mosul city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The bridge was detonated by means of remote control,” he said.

#2: Police found four bodies with bullet wounds to the head and chest in different parts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Sunday, police said.

#3: A car bomb killed five Iraqi policemen and a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter near the northern city of Mosul today, police sources said.

At least six people were killed on Monday in a car bomb blast in eastern Mosul, a police source said. “A car crammed with explosives went off inside a garage in al-Hamdaniya district, eastern Mosul, killing six, including five policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The police found the car bomb and when they approached it to defuse it, the bomb was remotely detonated,” he noted.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A roadside bomb killed a member of the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party and wounded his son when it struck their car in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, on Sunday, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: President Hamid Karzai says Afghan guards working for the U.S. coalition at a base in Kandahar city killed the province's police chief. Karzai is demanding that the coalition hand over the guards to Afghan authorities. Officials say the police chief, Matiullah Qati, was among 10 officers killed in a gunbattle outside the attorney general's office in Kandahar. A U.S. military spokeswoman says the Afghan force that killed the officials was trying to free men in government custody.

A gunbattle in an Afghan government complex killed Kandahar's provincial police chief and nine other officers Monday in this key southern Afghan city and former Taliban stronghold, an official said. The shooting started after Afghan and U.S. Special Forces moved into a heavily protected government complex in Kandahar and ordered employees to stay indoors, said Mohammad Khan, an employee in the attorney general's office.

#2: Late Sunday, a stray mortar shell hit a mosque during prayers in Azam Warsak in South Waziristan, killing three tribesmen and wounding seven, intelligence officials and a witness said. "The mosque was destroyed and we could hardly bring out the dead and injured," said a man who gave his name as Wazir. He escaped the shelling unharmed. It was not immediately clear who fired the mortar, but intelligence officials said it appeared to be aimed by at a nearby military outpost, presumably by militants.

#3: On Monday, security forces launched an early morning raid on a suspected militant hideout in Tank, a small city near South Waziristan, killing two suspected militants and arresting nine others, senior police officer Abdul Rasheed said.

#4: Meanwhile, 15 militants died in overnight clashes with a local tribal militia in the tribal region of Kurram, north of Waziristan, a tribal elder and a lawmaker in the region said. Ali Akbar Toori and lawmaker Sajid Toori said two tribal militiamen were killed and 35 were injured in the attack, which appeared to be an attempt by militants to take over the area.

#5: Pakistani fighter jets bombed suspected Taliban hideouts on Monday. The air strikes hit a guest house being used by militants in the village of Kani Guram, in South Waziristan, where government forces are readying an offensive against Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud. Four militants were killed, three intelligence officials said.

#6: A New Zealand military patrol in Afghanistan has escaped unscathed after a bomb was triggered in front of a vehicle travelling in a convoy. A patrol from the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (NZPRT) in Afghanistan triggered the improvised explosive device in the north west of Bamyan Province on Monday night. The explosive device was reportedly detonated in front of a vehicle in the convoy, but resulted in no injury to personnel or damage to the vehicle. The patrol cleared the area of immediate threat and withdrew to a secure base at a local township.

#7: Twelve personnel of Pakistan's security forces were killed and ten others injured in an ambush on a military convoy in South Waziristan tribal agency on Sunday, local media reported. Ten terrorists were also killed in exchange of firing, said the local News Network International quoting Inter Services Public Relations source.