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

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

War News for Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Trend News is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in a vehicle accident in the Daulatabad area, northwest Faryab province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 15th. One of the dead is being reported as Colonel Farooq Songar, Two additional soldiers were wounded in the incident.

Reuters is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 15th.

Airpower Summary for July 8: July 10 airpower summary: July 11 airpower summary: July 12 airpower summary:

11 Light Brigade to replace 19 Light Brigade in Afghanistan:

DoD Announces Upcoming Operation Iraqi Freedom Rotation:

DoD Announces Units for Upcoming Afghanistan Rotation:

Helicopter reported shot down in Afghanistan:

Spanish soldiers quarantined in Afghanistan: Spain's Defense Ministry says 22 Spanish soldiers stationed in Afghanistan have been quarantined on suspicion of having swine flu.

Afghan War’s Buried Bombs Put Risk in Every Step:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Separately, one person was killed and nine others were wounded when a bomb exploded near an Internet cafe late Tuesday night in south Baghdad. The explosion in a Shiite enclave in the mainly Sunni neighborhood of Dora damaged the cafe and a nearby shop.

#1: Tuesday Gunmen killed two civilians in Al Amil neighborhood in western Mosul.

#2: Tuesday A roadside bomb targeted police vehicle in Mosul city. One police man was killed and three others were injured.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed six people, including an Iraqi policeman, in an attack on security forces in a former insurgent stronghold in Iraq's western Anbar province, said police. The bombing occurred a few hours before a funeral march was held in the Iraqi capital to mourn two traffic policemen who were killed in a battle with gunmen on Tuesday. Wednesday's attack in the western city of Ramadi was carried out by a suicide bomber driving a minibus who struck a checkpoint of Iraqi soldiers and police, killing a policeman and five civilians, said a local police officer. Earlier reports said six policemen were among the dead. The attack injured an additional 19 people, including five police, said the officer in Ramadi, which is located some 70 miles (115 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Pakistani troops killed 13 militants in the latest clashes in the Swat Valley, the army said Wednesday, underscoring the region's fragile security even as refugees displaced by fighting return home. One clash occurred near Kabal town, which lies across the river from Mingora, the Swat Valley's main city. Kabal was considered a likely hide-out of the Swat Taliban's leadership. In a statement chronicling its activity over the previous 24 hours, the army said security forces carrying out a search operation killed eight alleged militants, including two foreigners. One soldier died in the exchange of fire, the statement said. Five other suspected militants died in other clashes.

#2: Elsewhere in the northwest Wednesday, a roadside bomb exploded at a police checkpoint, killing a paramilitary soldier and a police officer and wounding six policemen, police official Imtiaz Khan said. No one claimed responsibility for the attack in the Bannu area, but Taliban fighters have often targeted security forces in the past.

#3: Two soldiers were slightly wounded when a Polish patrol was attacked yesterday in Afghanistan. The incident took place some 10 km north-west of Ghazni. Insurgents attacked the Polish troops during a routine patrol of the Ghazni province in the south east of the country. An exchange of fire occurred and the two soldiers suffered minor wounds from flying shrapnel. The insurgents managed to escape and hide in a nearby village.

#4: Police during a clash with militants in northern Baghlan province of Afghanistan killed a Taliban commander and captured two of his comrades, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Syed Khili said Wednesday. "Mullah Ghayour was killed and two of his armed men were captured Tuesday night," Syed Khili told Xinhua. He also added that Ghayour was involved in storming Burka district and setting on fire the district headquarters couple of months ago. Taliban militants have not made comment.

#5: The two Newnan-based Georgia National Guard soldiers wounded last week in Afghanistan arrived in the U.S. on Sunday. Sgt. First Class Mark Allen and Specialist/Medic Charles Benson were on patrol in Afghanistan July 8 when they got into a fire fight. Allen was struck in the head, and Benson suffered wounds to his hands and legs.

#6: An Albany National Guardsman is recovering from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan last week. Medic Specialist Charles Benson of Albany suffered wounds to his hands and legs Wednesday. According to reports, Benson and other members of the 48th Brigade and the California National Guard were on patrol in an area south of Kabul, when they were involved in a fire fight. Benson and two other soldiers were wounded.