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, August 27, 2009

War News for Thursday, August 27, 2009

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF service personal from an IED and small arms fire attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan presumably on Thursday, August 27th. This is likely an American.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF service personal in an IED attack in in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 26th. This is also likely an American.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a hostile fire/small arms fire attack in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 26th. The press is reporting this to be an American soldier killed when they attacked a medical facility.

Aug. 24 airpower summary:

Aug. 25 airpower summary:

Sinopec wins oil rights in Iraq's Kurdish region

Nearly $165 bn transferred to Iraq fund: UN chief

Alleged Drug Ties of Top Afghan Official Worry U.S.

End military surveillance missions, China tells US

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Separately, two explosive charges planted in two civilian cars detonated late on Wednesday on a thoroughfare in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Adhamiyah, wounding a total of 12 people and damaging several nearby shops, the source added.

#2: Another official says three car bombs exploded in northern Baghdad, wounding four police officers and two civilians.

#3: Another car bomb also struck a police patrol in eastern Baghdad, wounding seven people.

Four people were wounded on Thursday in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Baghdad, a police source said. “A roadside bomb, planted on the public road, near Sahet Beirut in Palestine street, eastern Baghdad, exploded while a police vehicle patrol was passing, injuring two civilians and two policemen and damaging one of the patrol’s vehicles,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: A jeweler on Wednesday was wounded during an exchange of gunfire with a group of gunmen who broke into his shop in Baghdad, according to a police source. “Three gunmen driving a black civilian car attempted to burgle a jeweler’s shop on Falastine St., eastern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.The owner of the shop engaged in a shootout with the gunmen, which left him, along with one of his workers, wounded, the source noted.

#5: A roadside bomb wounded two civilians when it blew up in west Baghdad's upscale district of Mansour on Wednesday, police said.

#6: One U.S. vehicle was devastated when it was hit by a roadside bomb in western Baghdad, a source from the Iraq police said on Thursday. “The incident took place on Thursday in al-Ghazaliya neighborhood,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The source was unable to report any casualties as U.S. forces cordoned off the area.

#1: A car bomb which parked near a parking lot at the entrance of Baghdad's northern suburb of Taji detonated on Thursday morning, killing a civilian and wounding five others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#1: Gunmen in a speeding car attacked a police foot patrol in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding another, late on Wednesday, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded two civilians when it exploded in central Kirkuk on Wednesday, police said

#1: A sticky improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday went off in front of the house of an employee working for Baiji refinery, a security source in Ninewa said. “The explosion caused damage to the house, located in al-Qayara district (60 km south of Mosul), but no casualties have been reported,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: One US soldier and 12 Taliban militants were killed in a firefight in eastern Afghanistan after Afghan and US forces attacked a clinic where a wounded Taliban commander was seeking medical treatment, officials said Thursday.Afghan security forces got information that the militants had taken one of their wounded commanders to a clinic in Sar Hawza, a district in the south-eastern province of Paktika Wednesday, Hamidullah Zewak, spokesman for the provincial governor, said. The Afghan and US forces supported the police, who came under fire from the militants barricaded inside the clinic after they tried to enter the medical facility, he said, adding that 12 militants were killed when US forces conducted an airstrike.

#2: suspected U.S. drone attack killed at least six people and wounded another nine in northwestern Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region Thursday, intelligence officials said. Two missiles were fired at a suspected militant hide-out in the stronghold of top Taliban commander Waliur Rehman, two intelligence officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

#3: Four police were killed and three others sustained injuries as a roadside bomb struck their van in Khost province of east Afghanistan on Thursday, police said. "It was a remote-controlled bomb targeting a vehicle of border police in Garboz district at 1 p.m. local time (0830GMT), leaving four dead on the spot and injuring three others," a senior police officer Shir Mohammad Kuchi told Xinhua.

#4: Repeated automatic gunfire was heard on Thursday morning in the Afghan capital, where Taliban insurgents wearing suicide vests have struck twice this month in commando-style raids. There was no immediate explanation for the gunfire from authorities, but the country is involved in counting ballots from a presidential election last week that the Taliban vowed to violently disrupt.

#5: Pakistan's security forces apprehended 45 militants in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malak and districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Thursday. The army said in a daily update that the security forces reacting sharply on a tip off apprehended nine militants and a vehicle in Ser and Tilgram area in Swat. The vehicle was being prepared for a suicide attack. According to the statement, 14 militants surrendered themselves to the security forces at Grid Station near Fatehpur along with four 7mm rifles.

MoD: Fusilier Shaun Bush

DoD: Cpl. Darby T. Morin

DoD: 2nd Lt. Joseph D. Fortin