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

Monday, September 21, 2009

War News for Monday, September 21, 2009

Sept. 17 airpower summary:

Sept. 18 airpower summary:

Soldiers' brain injuries from blasts in Afghanistan take a tollRead more:

Afghan police say more troops not the answer:

Report: More troops needed for Afghan war success:

Reported Security incidents:

Diyala Prv:
#1: Sunday The officer was shot dead by gunmen in military uniform at the town of Jalawlaa, 120 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Sunday In separate incident, a roadside bomb went off near an army patrol at the town of Sa'adiyah, some 110 km northeast of Baghdad ,wounding three officers and two soldiers, the source said.

#3: Sunday Also in the day, a policeman and a civilian were wounded when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint at the town of Maqdadiyah, 100km northeast of Baghdad, the source added.

#4: Sunday In Baquba, the capital city of Diyala province, two policemen were wounded in two attacks by unknown gunmen in the city during the day, while outside Baquba, a woman and a four-year-old child were wounded in land mine explosion in a farm at a rural area.

#1: A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in Yarmouk neighbourhood, Sunday, injuring two servicemen.

Tel Afar:
#1: A four-year-old child has been killed by random fire in Talafar district, a local security source said on Monday. “On Monday, the morgue in Mosul received the body of a child, who was killed by unknown fire in front of his house in al-Khadraa neighborhood on Sunday (Sept. 20) evening,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The source did not provide further details.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Three soldiers (Danish) from a different company were injured on Friday when their vehicle drove over an improvised explosive device in the province. The three were evacuated to the Camp Bastion field hospital and were well enough to contact relatives themselves.

#2: Police in North West Frontier Province killed a militant planning a suicide attack, said provincial police chief Malik Naveed Khan. Two provincial government ministers in the area may have been the target, Khan said.

#3: Militants killed a soldier and wounded five in an overnight attack on a checkpost in the South Waziristan ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border, intelligence officials said. A militant spokesman said several soldiers were killed in the attack on two military posts

DoD: Pfc. Jeremiah J. Monroe