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 28, 2009

War News for Monday, September 28, 2009

Update from Sundays post -- The French MoD reports the deaths of four French ISAF soldiers in two accidents in Afghanistan on Sunday, September 27th. In the first incident three soldiers died due to weather conditions in Kapisa Province. In the second incident one soldier died and five were injured when a vehicle fell into a ravine east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two American ISAF service personal, one from in IED attack and another in an insurgent attack in undisclosed locations in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 26th. is reporting the death of a former Navy SEAL Ryan Job who died Thursday while undergoing surgery to repair wounds he suffered in combat. He was wounded three years ago in Iraq when a snipers bullet hit the stock of his gun sending shrapnel through his eye.

Sept. 24 airpower summary:

Pakistan yet to decide on Waziristan offensive: Malik:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol in a western Baghdad neighborhood on Monday, killing three soldiers and wounding 15 people, a well-informed police source said. The blast took place at the Ghazaliyah neighborhood on Monday afternoon when a makeshift bomb hit a convoy of military vehicles, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The bomb destroyed one of the vehicles, killing three soldiers and wounding four others aboard, he said, adding that 11 civilians who were close to the scene were also wounded.

"An IED (improvised-explosive device) targeted an army patrol in Ghazaliyah, wounding just one civilian and causing some damage," said an interior ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity. "As the army and some civilians gathered and police arrived on the scene, another IED exploded nearby, minutes later." "The bombs killed three soldiers and wounded 28 people."

#1: The Batira military airport was hit by Katyusha rockets during a late hour last night, a local security source said on Monday. “Five Katyusha rockets targeted the airport (10 km northwest of Amara), causing no casualties or damage,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Two missiles were fired from al-Dawajin area (3 km north of Amara), while three others were fired from a park in downtown Amara city,” the source pointed out.

#1: A bomb planted on a minibus south of Baghdad killed six people and wounded two others on Monday, Iraqi police said. The bomb was planted on the rear part of the vehicle, which was travelling in an area just north of Diwaniya, 150 kilometres south of Baghdad. All those killed in the attack, which took place in the small town of Saniya, were passengers, police said.

Eight civilians on Monday were killed or wounded when an explosive charge went off north of Diwaniya province, according to a local security source. “Today, a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) hit a bus coming from Babel province in al-Saneyya district (15 km north of Diwaniya), killing six civilians and injuring two others,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police in northern Iraq on Monday found the bodies of four Kurdish peshmerga militiamen executed by the side of a road near Mosul, police told Baghdad's Buratha news agency. Police on a regular patrol of the road between Mosul and the nearby town of Tel Afar found the four bodies with multiple gunshot wounds to the head, the news agency reported, and brought them to Tel Afar for return to their families.

#2: A bomb detonated in west Mosul on Sunday afternoon injuring a civilian.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A bomb that was planted inside rubbish container near Fallujah high school in downtown Fallujah city west of Baghdad detonated around 10 a.m. injuring four civilians including two children.

#2: A bomb detonated in downtown Fallujah city on Sunday morning targeting police patrol. No casualties were reported.

#3: Two emergency policemen were killed and six others were injured in a suicide bombing that targeted their base near Ramadi city, a security source said on Monday. “A suicide bomber driving a tanker rigged with explosives detonated himself near an emergency police base in al-Kilo 35 area, west of Ramadi area,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: On Sunday, Taliban militants ambushed a group of truck drivers in eastern Kunar province, killing six of the drivers and burning their vehicles, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. A seventh truck driver was kidnapped.

#2: Also Sunday, a private van hit a roadside bomb in northern Faryab province, the ministry said in a separate statement. Six of those inside were killed and another seven injured, the statement said.

#3: An anti-Taliban tribal elder and three guards were killed by a suicide car bomb on Monday in northwest Pakistan, which is reeling from a spike in deadly militant attacks, police said. The attacker rammed a car packed with explosives into a vehicle carrying the pro-government local leader — who had condemned Taliban tactics — in a town on the edge of the lawless tribal areas where militants hold sway. The blast struck in Bakakhel town, just on the outskirts of Bannu district, about 150 kilometres south of Peshawar.

#4: But an IED blast just outside the village's limits sent a Canadian soldier to hospital with a serious leg injury and angered Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance, the commander of Task Force Kandahar.

#5: One civilian was killed and another wounded when foreign troops working for the NATO-led force fired on their car in northern Kunduz province, police chief Abdul Razzaq Yaqubi said.

#6: Taliban gunmen have attacked an Afghan army convoy in the village of Shewan in western Farah province. So far two Taliban fighters have been killed and two Afghan soldiers have been wounded, a spokesman for the Afghan army said.

#7: Six civilians were killed in a roadside bomb in eastern Kunar province on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.

#8: The Taliban hanged a man they accused of being a government spy in Bala Morghab district of northwestern Badghis province on Saturday, a police spokesman said.

#9: An explosion shocked 9th precinct of Afghan capital Kabul Monday morning and caused concern among the war-weary citizens. However, an official with the Interior Ministry described the blast as controlled one conducted during security forces maneuvering. The official who declined to be identified said security personnel carried out the blast as part of exercise in Pul-e-Charki area in east of the capital city. Another controlled blast close to former British embassy Sunday night also caused panic among the residents of the war-torn capital.

#10: The security balloon set by NATO-led forces on the space of Kunduz province in north Afghanistan was shot down, a local newspaper reported Monday. Daily Arman-e-Millie in its edition quoting Shikh Saadi, governor of Dasht-e-Archi district, as saying that the balloon was shot down on Saturday night.

DoD: Sgt. Titus R. Reynolds

DoD: Sgt. Edward B. Smith

DoD: Spc. Joseph V. White