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 25, 2009

War News for Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of four American service members in a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 25th.

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Reported Security incidents:

#1: Iraqi officials said a local official and four other people have been wounded when a bomb attached to a car exploded in Baghdad. Police said Tuesday's blast targeted the convoy carrying the district administrator of a mainly Shiite district in eastern Baghdad. Police said Issam Al Eboudi was wounded along with three guards and a bystander.

#2: Gunmen killed Ahmed Abbas al-Weis, a university professor at al- Anbar University, sources said. The attackers were dressed in military outfit when they shot the professor near his home in al- Zeidan district.

#3: Four policemen were wounded Monday in an improvised explosive device explosion in central Baghdad, a police source said. “An explosive device went off Monday night (Aug. 24) targeting a police vehicle patrol in al-Maghreb street, central Baghdad, injuring four policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: “On Tuesday, an explosive charge detonated in al-Karada’s Sabaa Qosoor area, downtown Baghdad, wounding three persons,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#5: “Meanwhile, four civilians were wounded when a roadside explosive device went off in al-Ameen neighborhood, southeastern Baghdad,” according to the same source.

#6: Baghdad’s Operations Command (BOC) on Tuesday arrested a gang in Baghdad al-Jadida area a few hours after they killed a man and his daughter in a neighboring area. “The gang killed a man and his daughter and stole 5 million Iraqi dinars, jewelry and a cell phone from their house in al-Doura area, southern Baghdad,” according to an official statement received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: In separate incident, a policeman was killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Abu Ghraib, 20 kilometres west of Baghdad, sources added.

#2: Gunmen burst into the home of a university professor in Abu Ghraib, in Baghdad's western outskirts, late on Monday, killing the man, police said.

#1: Monday Bombs planted on two minibuses killed at least 11 people and wounded 12 near the usually quiet southern town of Kut on Monday, officials said. Two police sources in Baghdad earlier said 20 people had been killed in Kut, and 10 wounded, but the head of the local council of Wasit province put the toll at 11 killed and 12 wounded. A Wasit police source also said 11 had died. The buses were on their way to Kut, a mainly Shi'ite Muslim area 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad, from Baghdad.

#1: A roadside bomb killed one policeman and wounded another when it struck a police patrol in central Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Police forces on Tuesday arrested a gunman after shooting down a civilian in a Mosul hospital, according to a local security source. “On Tuesday, an armed man opened fire on a patient inside al-Jumhouri Hospital, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The man died from his wounds shortly afterwards,” the source explained. “The gunman has also wounded a facility guard while he was trying to escape from the hospital,” the source noted.

#2: Gunmen entered a mosque in Mosul, north of Baghdad, on Monday, wounding a Muslim cleric and a child playing nearby, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bomb tore through a car carrying civilians in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, killing four passengers and wounding five others, the government announced Tuesday. The incident in the province of Paktia took place on Monday, the interior ministry said, blaming the attack on Taliban-led militants who are waging a deadly insurgency against the U.S.-backed Afghan government.

#2: Militants attacked German troops in Achin district of Kunduz province in north Afghanistan Sunday, an official said. The attack occurred in Mulakuli village Sunday morning, a senior police officer in the district of Achin Mohammad Rahim told Xinhua. However, he did not provide more details. Meantime, an official with the press department of Germany's Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) confirmed the incident, saying one vehicle of the troops was damaged but there is no casualty.

#3: A roadside bomb killed four Afghan civilians working for a construction company in Yousef Khil district, Paktika province, the ministry of interior said in a statement.

#4: Afghan troops arrested a key Taliban bomb maker and found a cache of 300 improvised explosive devices in Logar province to the south of Kabul, the defence ministry said.

#5: Pakistan's security forces killed three militants and arrested 18 others in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malakand districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Tuesday. The army said that 11 local persons, who were forced to get terrorist training, voluntarily surrendered to the security forcesat Bar Shaur near Chuprial and the army also recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition in the operations at various areas in Swat.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Lobosco