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, August 4, 2009

War News for Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Staff Sgt. Johnny R. Polk died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany on Sunday, July 25th. He was wounded in a grenade attack in Kirkuk, Iraq on Friday, July 23rd.

July 30 airpower summary:

July 31 airpower summary:

Aug. 1 airpower summary:

Two PKK rebels killed in clash in eastern Turkey:

Shiite group agrees to renounce violence in Iraq:

Fears of Fraud Cast Pall Over Afghan Election:

NATO OKs new operational command for Afghanistan:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: On Sunday evening, a katusha rocket hit the green zone in downtown Baghdad. No casualties reported.

#2: Two civilians were injured when a bomb detonated inside a minibus in Alrisala neighborhood in south Baghdad around 6 p.m.

#3: Four civilians on Tuesday were wounded in an explosive charge blast in Baghdad, according to a local police source. “Today, a roadside explosive device exploded on a street in al-Doura area, southern Baghdad, wounding four civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: Around 6:30 a.m. a sticky bomb was put to a generator in front of an Iraqi cell phone company, Asia Cell, in Mansour neighborhood. No casualties were reported. Few hours later another bomb targeted one of the company’s caravans in Harthiyah neighborhood and caused no casualties.

#1: Gunmen shot dead the brother of Iraq's chief of traffic police in Mussayab town, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, on Monday, police said

#1: “The first IED went off in a passenger bus in northern al-Hilla city on Monday evening, leaving two civilians killed and 18 others wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “Almost coinciding with the first blast, another IED went off in another bus in Abi Gharq area, (5 km) north of Hilla, leaving eight civilians wounded,” the source added.

#1: One civilian was killed and three others were wounded by a car bomb in Eskendariyah town north of Hilla city on Monday morning.

#1: An Iraqi soldier was killed and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near their patrol in western Ninewa on Monday, a police source said. “The charge went off near an Iraqi army patrol in Wadi Akkab area, western Mosul, leaving one Iraqi soldier killed and two fellow patrolmen others wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A soldier was killed and two others wounded when an improvised explosive device went off near their patrol in western Mosul in the second incident of its kind in the city, a police source in Ninewa said on Monday. “The IED went off near an Iraqi army patrol in al-Islah al-Ziraie area, western Mosul, leaving an Iraqi soldier killed and two others wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Unidentified gunmen assassinated an official in the Oil Products Department in northern Mosul city on Monday, a security source in Ninewa said. “Unidentified gunmen on Monday afternoon assassinated Riad Zannoun, the director at the Oil Products Department, in front of his house in al-Siddiq neighborhood, northern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: National Police forces on Tuesday killed a gunman during clashes in Ninewa’s Mosul city, according to a local security source. “A checkpoint set up by the National Police in Dawrat al-Hamameel area (southwestern Mosul) came under fire from gunmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“One gunman was killed during the exchange of gunfire,” the source noted.

#5: Police shot dead a driver suspected to drive a car bomb in New Mosul area on Monday afternoon. After searching the car, police found bombs and dynamite.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Update The toll from the suicide car bombing at al-Saqlawiya district’s major inlet, north of Falluja city, has increased to five dead and 18 wounded, a police source said on Monday. “Four civilian vehicles that were close to the incident’s location were set ablaze due to the blast,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Earlier, the same source said that two persons were killed and five others were wounded in a car bomb blast that hit a district of Falluja.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: During routine air operation tasks, an Australian Army CH-47D Chinook aircraft and a US helicopter came under small arms fire mid-morning on Monday, 3 August 2009. The Australian Chinook aircraft was operating in Southern Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force. It made a controlled landing at a Coalition airfield as a result of the small arms fire. The aircraft landed safely and a maintenance inspection of the aircraft is ongoing. There were no casualties as a result of this incident and the aircraft did not sustain structural damage.

#2: During a security patrol north of Tarin Kowt on Saturday 1 August, a combined Australian and Afghan National Army force suffered two casualties when an IED detonated close to the dismounted team. An Australian and an Afghan soldier were aero-medically evacuated to the ISAF medical facility at Tarin Kowt and are undergoing treatment.

#3: In a separate incident over the weekend, another OMLT patrol was struck with what was believed to be a road-side bomb. There were no injuries reported from the IED strike.

#4: On Monday 03 August 2009, an OMLT patrol struck what is believed to be an IED which resulted in minor injuries sustained by an Australian soldier. The injured soldier will remain in theatre where he is receiving treatment for his wounds and will return to active duty. The soldier’s family has been notified.

#5: A string of rockets slammed into Kabul at daybreak Tuesday in the first major attack on the relatively calm Afghan capital in the run-up to this month's presidential election, police and residents said. Afghan officials said at least eight rockets hit the Afghan capital, one damaging a senior Interior Ministry official's house near the U.S. Embassy. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said a final police count showed that eight rockets were fired Tuesday, lightly wounding a child and a man in residential areas next to the airport, where most of the rockets landed.

#6: The suicide bomber who also struck Tuesday detonated an explosive vest in Zabul province next to a vehicle of agents of the country's National Directorate of Security, killing one agent and four civilians. Eighteen people were also wounded, including three children, according to deputy provincial police chief Ghulam Jailani Khan.

#7: A bomb hidden in an irrigation culvert detonated under the convoy of the governor of Wardak province as he travelled to his office from Kabul but no one was hurt, said Mohammad Yahya, a spokesman for the chief of provincial police.

#8: Clash between Taliban and police in the relatively peaceful Baghlan province in north Afghanistan left one insurgent dead. The militants attacked police checkpoint in Pul-e-Khatol area of provincial capital Pul-e-Khomri city Monday night and police returned fire, killing a rebel on the spot," Ahmad Jawid Basharat told Xinhua. Basharat also said there was no causality on police while the dead body of rebel and his rocket propelled were on the ground.

#9: Four women and three girls of a family were killed when shells fired by the forces and Taliban militants landed at a house at Datta Khel, 45 kilometers from Miramshah, capital city of North Waziristan tribal agency, the local News Network International (NNI) reported. Witnesses said that the militants attacked a fort of security forces at Datta Khel and the forces also retaliated with artillery shelling. A shell hit the house of Sadi Khan, a local tribesman, killing four women and three girls, tribesmen said. Witnesses said that shells also landed at Datta Khel bazaar, killing two people. Two other people were injured. They were taken to Miramshah agency hospital. Doctors said they are in critical condition.

#10: In another incident, suspected militants attacked the security forces a fort known as "Airport Qila" at Miranshah and several check posts in the area. After the attack the security forces used heavy artillery and rockets to bomb positions of the militants. According to local tribesmen, during the clash, some shells fell in Miramshah and nearby areas, killing two women and a girl while six other sustained injuries. No one was hurt from the security forces and the militants and the locals condemned both sides for harming civilians.

#11: Three Afghan security guards were killed and 24 seriously wounded when an 82 mm rocket fell from a vehicle as it was driven out of a compound in the southeastern province of Ghazni, said Ismael Jahangir, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

#12: A roadside bomb killed one soldier and wounded four in the Kharwar district of eastern Logar province on Monday, the Defence Ministry said.

DND/CF: Sapper Matthieu Allard

DND/CF: Corporal Christian Bobbitt

DoD: Staff Sgt. Johnny R. Polk

DoD: Spc. Alexander J. Miller

DoD: Cpl. Jonathan M. Walls

DoD: Pfc. Richard K. Jones

DoD: Pvt. Patrick S. Fitzgibbon

DoD: Lance Cpl. Gregory A. Posey

DoD: Lance Cpl. Jonathan F. Stroud