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

Thursday, June 11, 2009

War News for Thursday, June 11, 2009

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Spc. Eduardo S. Silva died in a non-combat related incident at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 9th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a hostile incident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 10th. No other details were released. We believe this is an American service personal.

Contractor with Columbus ties killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan:

Iraq says frees 3 of 5 arrested U.S. contractors:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: An Iraqi man was killed and an American soldier was among those wounded in an attack on a US military patrol in eastern Baghdad on Thursday, security forces and military officials said. "An Iraqi man was killed and four other people were hurt," a security official said. The US military confirmed that a patrol was hit in the Rusafa neighbourhood of the capital, but gave a different toll, saying one American soldier and one Iraqi citizen had been wounded.

#2: Around 3 p.m a mortar round hit a mosque in Karrada, central Baghdad on Wednesday. Four civilians were injured.

#3: Around 3 p.m a mortar round hit a mosque in Karrada, central Baghdad on Wednesday. Four civilians were injured.

#4: A sticky bomb attached to a car wounded the driver and two passers-by in the Mansour district of western Baghdad, police said.

#5: Four people were wounded by a roadside bomb near al-Mustansiriya Square in northern Baghdad, police said.

#6: “An IED emplaced by unidentified persons on the main road on Falastine street, eastern Baghdad, leaving four civilians wounded,” a security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
Balad Ruz:
#1: One Iraqi soldier on Wednesday was killed in an explosive charge blast in southern Baladrouz district, according to a local police source. “A roadside improvised explosive device (IED) targeted an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in al-Daema village, southern Baladrouz district,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A policeman on Wednesday was wounded by sniper fire in Mosul city, according to a local security source. “The policeman was at a checkpoint in al-Shifaa neighborhood, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Iraqi Security forces caught an insurgent while he was planting a roadside bomb in al Muthanna intersection in central Mosul early Wednesday.

#3: A U.S. military convoy opened fire on a suspect civilian car in New Mosul in southern Mosul Wednesday. The car exploded. The U.S. military then cordoned off the area. No further details were available at time of publication.

#4: Around noon a roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy near the Mosul University campus on Wednesday. No casualties were reported.

#5: Police found unidentified dead body for a man in karama neighborhood in eastern Mosul in the afternoon.

#6: A car bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol and wounded three soldiers and one civilian in southern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#7: Four persons, including three Iraqi soldiers, were wounded on Thursday in a car bomb blast in southern Mosul, according to a security source. “A car crammed with explosives went off Thursday (June 11) targeting an Iraqi army vehicle patrol in al-Saylo street in southern Mosul, wounding four, including three army soldiers,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Dozens of militants attacked three army posts in a tribal region that serves as the primary base for Pakistan's Taliban chief, triggering shootouts that left 20 insurgents and three soldiers dead early Thursday, intelligence officials told The Associated Press. The clashes in South Waziristan, a rugged, remote region along the Afghan border. The coordinated attacks early Thursday occurred on bases in Jandola, Chakmalai and Splitoi towns in South Waziristan, said two intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media. The militants used rockets and guns, prompting troops to return fire, the officials said.No army spokesman could immediately be reached to confirm the incident, and few other details were available.

#2: In the southwest of the country, a bomb exploded in the toilet of a passenger train on the move from Quetta to Karachi, killing one and wounding 35 others, police official Shamar Ali Magsi said.

#3: Meanwhile, army helicopter gunships targeted militant positions in the northwest Bannu, Hangu and Upper Dir regions Thursday, killing two local Taliban commanders and some of their associates, three other intelligence officials said.

#4: Three Italian soldiers were injured, one of them seriously, in clashes with militants in the western Afghan province of Farah on Thursday. Military sources told Adnkronos that one of the soldiers was injured in the foot, another in the hand and the third under his arm while they were conducting a joint patrol with Afghan soldiers.

#5: Four Afghan police were killed in a clash with Taliban insurgents in northern Baghlan province on Wednesday, a provincial official said.

#6: A roadside bomb killed three private bank guards and wounded two more in southern Kandahar city, the interior ministry said.

#7: A roadside bomb killed two guards working for a private construction firm in southeastern Paktika, the interior ministry said.

#8: Three Taliban fighters and three Afghan soldiers were killed in a clash in Ghazni, southwest of Kabul, a provincial official said.