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

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

War News for Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The BBC is reporting the deaths of three German ISAF soldiers in an attack near Kunduz, Kunduz Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 23rd. No other details were released.

Taliban using stolen US made infrared patches to ward-off air attacks:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb on Monday wounded one policeman and one bystander in the Yarmouk district of west-central Baghdad, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Shaab Stadium intersection, eastern Baghdad at 7 a.m. Tuesday. No casualties were reported.

#3: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in al Amin neighbourhood, eastern Baghdad at noon Tuesday. No casualties were reported.

#4: A roadside bomb targeted civilians in an open air market in Husseiniyah neighbourhood, northern Baghdad at 8 p.m. Monday. The explosion killed four civilians and injured 20 others, many of whom were women and children, Iraqi police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A civilian was killed and two of his family were wounded Monday when unidentified armed men opened fire on them in southeast of Diala, a security source said. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on a vehicle on the road in Imam Wes in northern al-Saadiya district in south of Khaneqeen, killing him and injuring his wife and daughter,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in Muqdadiyah, 30 km to the east of Baquba at dawn Tuesday. The explosion killed Lt.Col. Mohammed al Timimi and injured four other servicemen, one of whom was a Major who lost both his legs.

#1: A civilian was killed by armed men in central Mosul, a police source said on Monday. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on a civilian on Monday (June 22), killing him in al-Baladiya region in central Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A sound bomb went off on Tuesday near the Ninewa province building in central Mosul without leaving casualties, a security source said. “The bomb exploded on Tuesday (June 23) in al-Jumhouriya street in central Mosul, near the Ninewa province building, without causing casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He gave no more details.

#3: Armed confrontations broke out between the police and an armed group in al Jazair neighbourhood in eastern Mosul at around 2 p.m. Monday, resulting in the death of two policemen, one civilian and one gunman.

#4: Gunmen opened fire and assassinated one civilian in Bab al Saray neighbourhood in central Mosul Monday afternoon.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A policeman was killed after being kidnapped from his house three days ago in western Anbar, according to a security source. “Police forces on Monday night (June 22) found the body of a policeman, who was kidnapped 3 days ago in front of his house in al-Wadi al-Gharbi village in al-Baghdadi district, western Anbar,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The body bore signs of gunshot wounds,” he noted.

#1: A roadside bomb on Monday wounded a physician and three others in Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

A booby trapped bicycle targeted the car of Fallujah City Council member for the Iraqi Islamic Party, Dr. Ammar Mohammed Chyad just as he left his clinic at 9 p.m. Monday. The explosion injured six civilians including Dr. Chyad, who is in critical condition in hospital

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bomb killed three Afghan employees of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday in Afghanistan's northern Jowzjan province, the provincial governor said. The blast hit a UNHCR vehicle carrying the agency's officials as they were driving on a road in the province, Zari said. Authorities had arrested three suspected men in relation to the incident, he added.

#2: In central Ghazni province, officials say a suicide car bomber rammed into a convoy of international troops on a highway. Two civilians were killed in the blast but there's no word yet on any casualties among the international troops.

#3: A missile attack Tuesday targeting suspected militants' hideouts in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region killed as many as six people, sources told Geo TV. The missiles, fired from suspected unmanned U.S. drones, injured several others, the report said. A CNN report quoting Pakistani intelligence officials put the death toll at two. Geo TV, quoting its sources, said three missiles were fired at a village home in Ladha district, a stronghold of Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud.

#4: Two Afghan soldiers and nine Taliban insurgents were killed during a four hour gun battle in Shiwan district of Western Farah province on Monday, the Defence Ministry said. Four Afghan soldiers and several insurgents were also wounded during the clash, it said.

#5: Coalition troops launched a massive assault on a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan and were able to push militants out of some areas they had controlled, they said Coalition said in a statement. About 500 troops were involved in the operation, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force announced Tuesday. Coalition used more than 25 aircraft to drop hundreds of troops into the area at about midnight June 19. The troops, mostly from the United States and Britain, were able to secure three main crossing points in the area and will work to create checkpoints in an effort to stifle the movement of insurgents, the military release said