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 25, 2009

War News for Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 23 airpower summary:


Reported Security incidents:

Baghdad:
#1: Two people were killed and 26 wounded in a bombing at a bus station in southwest Baghdad on Thursday, the Iraqi military said. The bomb was placed at the station entrance in the predominantly Shi'ite district of Baya and set off at around 10.30am (1730 AEST), according to the army's Baghdad Operation Command (BOC). The BOC also ordered the arrest of the bus station's security chief.

Iraqi police say a bomb has killed seven people and wounded 31 others at a bus station in a Shiite neighborhood in southwest Baghdad.

#2: The U.S. military said nine of its soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb attack in eastern Baghdad on Thursday. "A coalition forces patrol was struck by two improvised explosive devices this morning in the eastern Baghdad district of Rusafa," the military said in a statement. "Approximately nine coalition forces personnel were wounded in the attack and one vehicle was damaged," the statement said.

#3: Meanwhile, a police source told Xinhua that two roadside bombs struck U.S. patrols near the Shaab Stadium in eastern Baghdad earlier in the day, destroying a U.S. Humvee. The source could not tell whether the U.S. soldiers sustained any casualty as the troops sealed off the area.

#4: In separate incidents around the capital, police say three bombs and a mortar killed two people.

Two mortar shells hit Abu Nawas street in al-Karada region in central Baghdad on Thursday morning (June 25), injuring two civilians,” a police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The shells caused material damage to two civilian cars,” he added.

#5: Wednesday Ten civilians on Wednesday were wounded in an explosive charge blast that ripped through the capital Baghdad, according to a security source. “This evening, an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in al-Jihad neighborhood, southwestern Baghdad, wounding 10 civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#6: A police officer was killed and three others were wounded Thursday in a bomb blast in eastern Baghdad, a police source said. “An improvised explosive device went off Thursday (June 25) on the main road in al-Baladiyat region in eastern Baghdad, targeting a police patrol, killing an officer and injuring three,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#7: Two policemen were wounded Thursday by a roadside bomb blast in central Baghdad, the third in the Iraqi capital today, a police source said. “An explosive device, planted by unknown gunmen near Sahet al-Houriya in al-Karada region in central Baghdad, went off targeting a police vehicle patrol, injuring two policemen and damaging one of the patrol’s vehicles,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#8: A U.S. vehicle was totally destroyed on Thursday by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, the fourth in the Iraqi capital today, a police source said. “An improvised explosive device exploded on Thursday (June 25) targeting a U.S. vehicle patrol on the highway of Mohamed al-Qassem street in central Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#9: Gunmen on Thursday targeted two electrical transformers and one power tower in Baghdad, causing damages to them all, said the official spokesperson of Baghdad Operations Command (BOC). “Terrorist groups today targeted two electrical transformers and one power tower in the two neighborhoods of al-Karada and al-Habibiya,” General Qassim Atta told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, without naming the groups that he marked as terrorist.

#10: A roadside bomb targeted a billiard parlour in Jihad neighbourhood, western Baghdad early Wednesday evening killing one young man of 18 and injuring 10 others.

#11: A roadside bomb targeted civilians in the commercial street of Saidiyah neighbourhood in southwest Baghdad at 9 p.m. Wednesday injuring four young men.

#12: A parked car bomb wounded five people in Bayaa, southwestern Baghdad, police said.

#13: Around 6 a.m. A roadside bomb detonated in Orfali area in east Baghdad. No casualties were reported.


Iskandariya:
#1: One civilian on Wednesday was injured when an explosive charge hit his vehicle in Babel province, according to a local police source. “A sticky improvised explosive device (IED) placed inside an Opel-modeled car detonated near the State Company for Car Manufacturing in al-Iskandriya district (50 km north of Hilla),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The blast wounded the driver, who was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source added.


Dalouiya:
#1: Unknown gunmen attacked a U.S. vehicle patrol in central Dalouiya on Thursday, a police source said. “Unidentified gunmen attacked a U.S. vehicle patrol at the inlet of Dalouiya district and damaged one of its vehicles,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. No word was immediately available on possible casualties among forces.


Mosul:
#1: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in al Farooq neighbourhood late tuesday killing one police officer and injuring four others.

#2: A roadside bomb killed a police colonel when it struck his car on Wednesday in the north of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: Three policemen were wounded when clashes broke out between Iraqi police and insurgents in Faisaliyah area in downtown Mosul city on Thursday noon.


Al Anbar Prv:
Fallujah:
#1: Police in the once turbulent but recently secure western city of Falluja said a roadside bomb there destroyed a police vehicle and killed all five policemen inside.

Three policemen were killed Thursday and four were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in southern Falluja, according to a police source. “An improvised explosive device went off targeting a police vehicle patrol in Ameriyat Falluja, southern Falluja, killing three policemen and injuring four,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Police forces on Wednesday found an unknown body in an orchard in Anbar’s Falluja city, according to a local security source. “The body bore signs of gunshot wounds and was taken to Abu Ghraib Hospital,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A drive-by shooting at a security checkpoint south of the city, meanwhile, saw a fourth policeman killed and three of his colleagues wounded, a police official said separately.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan and NATO-led security forces killed nine Taliban militants including their commander and a proxy district chief in a ground and air operation near the capital, an official said Thursday. Afghan police, army and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) raided a Taliban hideout on Wednesday in the province of Wardak, adjoining Kabul, provincial spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told AFP. "Nine Taliban were killed in both the airstrike and a ground operation after they had found their hideout," the spokesman added. The raid was in Sayd Abad district, roughly 80 kilometres south of Kabul.

#2: Unidentified gunmen shot dead an inspector of a sensitive agency in the northwest Pakistani city of Dera Ismail Khan on Thursday, police said. The gunmen opened fire on a passenger bus and killed Inspector Intelligence Bureau Dil Nawaz Marwat at Circular Road of the city, police said. Police said that the bus driver and conductor were injured in the attack. The attackers fled after the incident. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

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