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

Saturday, August 1, 2009

War News for Saturday, August 01, 2009

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier during an indirect fire attack/RPG and small arms fire attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, August 1st. The AP is reporting a French soldied died in Kapisa province

Troops May Be in Iraq, but Military’s Focus Is Afghanistan:

Reported Security incidents:

Jurf Al Sakr:
#1: Iraqi police say a bomb has exploded inside a Sunni mosque south of Baghdad, wounding two people. A regional police official says the bomb was hidden inside a toilet in the al-Sahaba mosque in the town of Jurf al-Sakr.

#1: Two Katyusha rockets on Saturday landed on the Multi-National Force-run Camp Echo in Diwaniya province, according to a local military source. “During an early hour this morning, two Katyushas fell within the perimeter of Camp Echo (3 km west of Diwaniya city),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.There was no word on casualties or damage, the source noted.

#1: Iraqi army forces Saturday found an unknown body west of Makhmour suburb, northern Iraq, said a source from the army. “The corpse belongs to a young man,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“Gunshot wounds where found on the corpse that was found on the main road between Makhmour and al-Qayiara district, 68 km southwest of Arbil city,” the source said.

#1: Two people were killed and 15 others wounded in Friday’s earlier car bomb attack inside an outdoor souk (market) in northern Kirkuk, the province districts’ police chief said. “The blast, which took place in the Azadi souk in northern Kirkuk city, left two persons killed and caused severe damage in the area,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Two civilians on Saturday were kidnapped by unknown gunmen near Kirkuk city, according to a local police chief. “Al-Rashad police station has received information about the kidnap of two civilians on Kirkuk-Tikrit road near the bridge (80 km southwest of Kirkuk),” Brig. Sarhad Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Preliminary investigations have revealed that those kidnapped are residents of al-Alam district, Salah al-Din province,” the official noted, providing no further details.

#1: Unknown gunmen on Saturday shot down a traffic policeman while he was heading home in Mosul city, according to a local police source. “This afternoon, a lieutenant in the traffic police was killed by unknown gunmen in al-Nour neighborhood, eastern Mosul city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A senior security officer and two other persons were killed as a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Baghlan province north of Afghanistan Saturday, police said. "The device planted by enemies struck an official vehicle in Eightenkotal area this morning as a result director of intelligence department of Dahnai Ghori district along with his body guard and driver were killed," senior police officer in the province Shams Raman told Xinhua.