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

Saturday, September 19, 2009

War News for Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the death of a Danish ISAF soldier from small arms fire attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan presumably on Saturday, September 19th. One additional soldier was wounded in the attack.

Pakistan police raid US-contracted security firm:

Inquiry Into CIA Practices Narrows:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Two civilians were injured by a roadside bomb in Saidiyah neighborhood in south Baghdad around 6 p.m. Friday.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A leading member of the armed group of al-Naqshabandiya was killed in clashes with an Iraqi army force east of the city of Baaquba on Friday, an official security source in Diala said. “Clashes erupted today (Sept. 18) in al-Lateen neighborhood, al-Saadiya district, Khanaqin, (155 km) east of Baaquba, between Iraqi army soldiers and armed members of the al-Naqshabandiya group,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The clashes left Aws Abdullatif al-Awsi killed and his brother, who is a member of the same group, detained,” he said, not giving further details.

Babel Prv:
#1: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a van cab vehicle boarding 11 passengers including the driver on the Hilla-Karbala highway on Friday, a Babel police source said. “An owner of a cab vehicle reported that his car, which operates on the Hilla-Karbala transport highway, was kidnapped with its eleven passengers including the driver on board,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The car owner said he had received a phone call from the kidnappers telling him that all of the passengers would be investigated and tried and would either be released or executed,” the source said.

Al Maseeb:
#1: Police forces on Saturday defused a booby-trapped car bomb in northern Babel province, according to a local security source. “A car bomb carrying six Katyusha rockets and an Iranian-made explosive device was found at an orchard in al-Maseeb district (45 km north of Hilla),” a source from the Criminal Investigations Department told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A car bomb exploded Friday at a market south of Baghdad in a region that was once the scene of frequent attacks on Shiites, killing seven people and wounding 21 others, police and hospital officials said. The bomb, inside a parked car, exploded in the town of Mahmoudiya about a half hour before the end of the day's fasting for Ramadan, when shoppers were in the market to buy last-minute supplies for the evening meal, or iftar. Police said the bomb exploded near a bakery in a primarily Shiite section of the town, setting fire to nearby buildings.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Separately, the Hungarian defense ministry said a suicide attacker drove a vehicle into a Hungarian convoy on Saturday morning in the northern city of Pul-e-Khumri. The vehicle exploded beside the convoy. There were no casualties in the convoy but one military vehicle was damaged. The bomber was killed. The Hungarians, who are part of a reconstruction unit, were able to return to their camp safely.

#2: Two children were killed and three others wounded Saturday as the explosive vest of a suicide bomber went off prematurely in Herat province of western Afghanistan, a senior police official said. "A suicide bomber, apparently going to target police and international forces, was killed as his explosive vest went off prematurely in a lane near a local market," police commander in western region Ekramuddin Yawor told Xinhua. "Two children passing the scene were killed and three others including a woman and two children got injured in the blast, " the police official said.

#3: Five Afghan civilians were killed and two others sustained injures as unidentified armed men attacked the crowd in Jawzjan province, north of Afghanistan Friday night, said a statement of Interior Ministry issued here on Saturday. "Unknown gun men opened fire at people who were praying in Bati Zadran Mosque of Haqcha district Friday night, as a result, five people were killed and two more injured," the statement added.