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

Saturday, June 13, 2009

War News for Saturday, June 13, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier in an explosion near Sangin, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Friday, June 12th.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Iraq soldier in a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Friday, June 12th.

Afghanistan bombings top charts in May:

NATO's repainting of white vehicles not good enough: Afghan aid groups:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: One U.S. serviceman on Saturday was killed and three others, including two Iraqis, were wounded while trying to defuse an explosive device in Samarra city, according to a local security official. “The wounded personnel included one American and two Iraqis,” an assistant to Samarra operations’ commander, Brig. Abdulbaset Hassoun, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The blast occurred in al-Dubbat neighborhood, downtown Samarra. No comment was immediately available from the U.S. side.

#1: Police found the body of a young man shot in the head and chest in central Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of the capital, on Friday, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb killed a girl and wounded seven other civilians in Baiji, 180 km (112 miles) north of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

#1: Two personnel from the emergency police on Saturday were wounded when an explosive device went off in southern Kirkuk city, according to a local source. “On Saturday morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near an emergency police patrol vehicle on al-Korneesh St. near al-Bahrain marketplace, southern Kirkuk, wounding two patrolmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded two civilians in the west of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber killed eight Afghans, many of them truck drivers supplying Western troops, in a strike on a fuel station in southern Helmand province, an Afghan district chief said on Saturday. Abdul Mohammad, chief of Helmand province's Girishk district which straddles Afghanistan's main highway, said 21 people were wounded in the overnight suicide strike. Eight trucks and four other vehicles were destroyed, he said.

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a gas station in southern Afghanistan, killing 17 people and injuring 20 more, an official said Saturday. The fatalities were nine security guards and eight civilians, said Gov. Abdul Ahad of Gereshk District.

A suicide car bomber hit a fleet of fuel tankers intended for a NATO base in southern Afghanistan, killing eight Afghans and wounding 21, officials said Saturday. The attack in Helmand province late Friday burned six fuel tankers parked outside the town of Gereshk, said Dawood Ahmadi, the spokesman for the governor of Helmand.

#2: At least one person was killed and eight police personnel were wounded when a police mobile escorting prisoners van hit a remote controlled devise here at Bannu road near Indus chowk on Saturday morning. According to police, a passerby was killed and eight police officials were hurt in the blast

#3: A roadside bomb killed three policemen in southern Kandahar city overnight, a police official said.

#4: One driver was killed and two guards were wounded when Taliban fighters attacked a convoy carrying supplies for international troops in eastern Paktia province, a spokesman for Paktia's governor said.

#5: Three people were killed when a private construction firm's vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in a different district of Paktia, the spokesman said.

#6: Afghan and foreign troops have killed 12 Taliban insurgents, including two of their commanders, in an operation in western Farah province, the Afghan intelligence office said on Saturday.

#7: At least two people were killed as a police van was attacked Saturday morning in the northwestern Pakistani town of Kohat, according to local TV reports. The official PTV said that eight others were injured in the bomb attack on a police van carrying some prisoners in Kohat, a town in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

#8: Pakistani warplanes struck a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on Saturday. The airstrike on Makeen village came amid expectations of an imminent military offensive in South Waziristan, as the army enters the final stages of a campaign to rid the Swat valley, northwest of the capital, of Taliban. "Four fighter jets bombed parts of Makeen early on Saturday but we don't know about the extent of damage or any casualties," said Mohammad Khan, a shopkeeper in the village. The bombs killed seven militants and wounded five, according to two intelligence officials in the area who requested anonymity.

#9: Artillery also pounded militant positions in Mehsud territory overnight after a fort at Siplatoi came under rocket fire, according to intelligence officials in the area. And in Bajaur, at the northeasterly end of the tribal belt, air strikes and artillery shelling killed nine militants, intelligence officials said.