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, July 20, 2009

War News for Monday, July 20, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier in an IED attack near Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Sunday, July 19th.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - West Marine in a combat-related incident in an undisclosed location in Iraq presumably in Al Anbar province on Sunday, July 19th.

Local news station WCCO is reporting the death of a U,S. Army Ranger Ben Kopp at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. on Saturday, July 18th. He was originally wounded in a small arms fire attack/shot through the leg in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

July 17 airpower summary:

As wars' death toll nears 5,000, Dover shows quiet dignity:

3 hurt in rebel mortar attack in Turkey:

Pentagon Seeks to Overhaul Prisons in Afghanistan:

Marines Face Stiff Taliban Resistance:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Sunday Around 2 p.m. An adhesive bomb detonated in alMada'in town southeast Baghdad. The bomb was stuck to the car of alMada'in Shawa leaders Mahmoud Abdullah detonated killing him and inuring a civilian.

#2: Sunday Nine civilians were injured when a bomb detonated near a cafe in New Baghdad area in east Baghdad around 7 p.m

Diyala Prv:
#1: A farmer was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the district of Jalawlaa on Monday, a security source in Diala said. “The charge exploded in a farm in the village of Jaghat, Tabaj, Jalawlaa district, (30 km) southwest of Khanaqin, killing a farmer,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Around noon, a sticky bomb targeted Iraqi FPS (Facilities Protection Services) captain Humadi Othman as he was driving his car in Al Taji north Baghdad. Two were injured including Othman.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: An Iraqi soldier was killed and three others were wounded by a roadside bomb detonated targeting their vehicle in Abu Ghraib area in west Baghdad around 11 a.m.

#1: Two Katyusha rockets landed within the environs of the U.S. military camp ECHO in western al-Diwaniya province on Monday but no information was available on possible losses or casualties, a local security source said. “The missiles landed in ECHO camp, (3 km) west of Diwaniya, of the U.S. forces. We could have immediate information on whether there were casualties or losses,” the source, who is from the Diwaniya Operations Room, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Meanwhile, the same source said police forces in Diwaniya found on Monday an unidentified body of a man clad in uniform in the area of al-Nahr al-Thalith, (65 km) east of the capital city of al-Diwaniya.

#1: A blast that targeted a military convoy escorted by Iraqi security forces in northern al-Nasseriya city was caused by a stun bomb and left no casualties or losses, a spokesman for the U.S. army in Thi-Qar province said on Monday. “A 36-vehicle U.S. convoy was transporting logistics from al-Taleel base, (18 km) southern Nasseriya, to Missan province,” the spokesman told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He did not give further details.

#1: An improvised explosive device (IED) went off on Monday near a U.S. convoy in the area of al-Husseiniya, north of Karbala, a security source in the province said. “An IED planted on the side of the road leading to the area between Karbala and al-Husseiniya, (20 km) north of Karbala, targeting a U.S. convoy that was returning to a U.S. army headquarters,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1:" Policemen in Arbil found the body of a fellow cop showing signs of having been stabbed to death west of the province, a local police source said on Monday. “The police found today (July 20) the body of a policeman in the rank of commissioner inside vehicle on the road linking Arbil to the western district of Makhmour,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The 40-year-old victim, who worked for the Arbil Police Department, had his hands tied and showed signs of having been stabbed with a knife,” the source said, adding the body was removed to a morgue in Arbil.

#1: Gunmen shot dead an off-duty policeman in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb killed a policeman while he was trying to defuse it south of Mosul, police said.

#3: Gunmen shot dead a traffic policeman heading to work in southwest Mosul, north of Baghdad, police said.

#4: Gunmen shot and killed a traffic policeman in east Mosul.

#5: A bomb went off killing a militant who was planting the device in eastern Mosul on Saturday, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Iraqi authorities say a car bomb has killed two police officers and injured eight civilians west of Baghdad. Maj. Gen. Tareq Youssef, the police chief of Anbar province, says the attack happened Monday morning near local government offices on the main street of Ramadi, the provincial capital that was once a stronghold of Sunni insurgents.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A British fighter jet crashed inside NATO's largest base in southern Afghanistan on Monday. The Royal Air Force GR4 Tornado crashed inside Kandahar Airfield during takeoff at 7:20 a.m. Afghanistan time (0250 GMT; 22:50 Sunday EDT), said Capt. Ruben Hoornveld, a spokesman for the NATO-led force. The two-member crew ejected and were being treated for unspecified injuries at the base hospital.

#2: Gunmen ambushed a police patrol in Pakistan's volatile northwest Monday, killing four officers. Two officers died during the ambush on the outskirts of Peshawar city early Monday, while two others died later at a hospital from multiple bullet wounds, senior police official Nisar Khan said. The roadside bomb targeted a vehicle of the Frontier Constabulary in the Bannu area, killing one and wounding seven constabulary officers, local hospital official Mohammad Jawed said. One of the wounded was a senior constabulary officer, Bannu police chief Iqbal Marwat said.

#3: Two Romanian soldiers were wounded in the Romanian military base in Qalat, Afghanistan, after an insurgent attack from many directions with rockets and infantry weapons, reads a press release of the Romanian Ministry of National Defence on Sunday. Following the attack, Sergeant Florin Emil Cojocaru and Corporal Gheorghita Paval have suffered wounds in the face area.

#4: A roadside bomb killed 12 civilians travelling along a dirt road between Gulistan and Delaram districts in western Farah province on Sunday, the provincial governor and an eyewitness said. Another four were wounded.

#5: German soldiers killed two Afghan civilians, including a child, when a vehicle failed to stop while approaching a military post in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, the German Defence Ministry said. The pickup truck failed to stop despite several warning shots being fired, the ministry said on its website. Another two people were seriously wounded.

#6: Pakistani warplanes bombed Taliban positions in a pre-dawn strike in the Orakzai tribal region on Monday, destroying 11 bunkers and killing five militants, a senior government official said.