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

Thursday, September 17, 2009

War News for Thursday, September 17, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Selly Oak, England on Wednesday, September 16th. The soldier was wounded in a roadside bombing in rural north west Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday, September 12th.

The British MoD is reporting the death of a second British ISAF soldier from an IED attack in the Gereshk district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 16th.

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Spc. Demetrius L. Void was hit by a military vehicle while conducting physical training at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan on Tuesday, September 15th.

The Italian Defence Ministry is reporting the deaths of six Italian soldiers in a suicide car bombing in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, September 17th. Four additional Italian soldiers were wounded and ten Afghan civilian were killed and at least 52 other were wounded in the attack.

Sept. 12 airpower summary:

Sept. 13 airpower summary:

Sept. 14 airpower summary:

US military closes largest detention camp in Iraq:

NPA employee in Iraq found:

China training Afghans, Iraqis in mine clearance:

US to scrap missile defense shield that irked Russia:

U.S. Is Said to Shift Plans on Missile Shield in Europe:

Air raid on refugees kills 87 in Yemen: sources:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Baghdad’s heavily fortified international zone was attacked by rocket fire for a second night on Wednesday. One rocket landed on the edge of the American Embassy compound, about a mile from the building where the two leaders met, wounding several people at a security company, according to the Interior Ministry. A second landed on the opposite side of the Tigris River near the Babylon Hotel, a towering landmark in the cityscape, killing one and wounding two, a ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity under the ministry’s rules.

#2: Fires erupted at the building of al-Bayyna daily in Baghdad issued by Hezbollah in Iraq. “The fires were caused by a power short-circuit,” Ali al-Daraji, the daily’s editor in chief, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The incident left no casualties, but the newspaper’s computer department and archive were damaged before firemen intervened.

#3: Wednesday One civilian was wounded when a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) hit a civilian vehicle near Qassem Abu al-Kass Restaurant in al-Adhamiya area, northern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: A member of Baghdad’s provincial council on Wednesday escaped an attempt on his life when a sticky bomb targeted his car in downtown Baghdad, according to a security source. “On Wednesday, Mohammad al-Rabaie, a provincial council member, escaped an attempt on his life when a sticky explosive device targeted his car in al-Karada area, downtown Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The device exploded shortly after he left the car,” the source noted.

One civilian was injured when a sticky bomb exploded under the car of Baghdad provincial council member Mohammed al Rubaiee in Karrada neighborhood around 4 p.m.

#5: A sticky bomb attack destroyed one civilian car on Palestine Street.

#6: Wednesday One civilian was injured in a sticky bomb attack in Adhemiyah neighborhood.

#7: Another bomb attached to a car wounded two civilians in Adhamiya district, northern Baghdad, police said.

#8: A blast in northern Baghdad on Thursday caused by a sticky bomb wounded the driver and a guard of the Islamic studies director at the Sunni Endowments. “The bomb was attached to the official’s car by unknown perpetrators,” a source from the Iraqi police told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the explosion took place at Street number 20 in al-Adhamiya neighborhood, northern Baghdad. “The director was not in the car when the detonation occurred,” the source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Three civilians on Wednesday were killed and five others were injured when a booby-trapped car bomb exploded near Diala’s Baaquba city, according to a local security source. “On Wednesday, a car bomb targeted a gathering of people in al-Ghalibiya area, al-Khalis district (15 km north of Baaquba), killing three civilians and injuring five others,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Touz Khurmato:
#1: One Kurdish security element was killed and two others were wounded in an armed attack in Touz Khormato, a police source said Thursday. “Unknown gunmen attacked a Kurdish security patrol in central Touz Khormato, northeast of Tikrit, and opened fire on it, killing one element and injuring two,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Three members of the Asayesh (Kurdish for security) forces were killed or wounded when a bomb targeted their patrol south of Kirkuk city, according to a local source. “Two personnel were killed, while a third was wounded when an explosive device exploded in al-Askari neighborhood, al-Touz district (80 km south of Kirkuk),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One serviceman and a civilian on Wednesday were injured in an explosive charge blast in western Mosul, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device (IED) hit an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in al-Islah al-Ziraie neighborhood, western Mosul, wounding an Iraqi patrolman and a civilian, who was close to the scene of the blast,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen set bombs inside a newly built house and destroyed it. The house belongs to a local Sahwa leader in Saqlawiyah town north of Fallujah.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Bodies of three Pakistanis killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday were handed over to Pakistani authorities at the Borki border checkpost on Wednesday morning. According to sources, Mohammad Hussain, Mumtaz Ali and Tajir Hussain were going from Kabul to Parachinar with their Afghan driver when their vehicle was stopped in Mirzaka near Gardez, the capital of Afghanistan’s Paktia province, by unidentified gunmen. The four men were sprayed with bullets and their bodies were thrown on the highway.

#2: A bomb ripped through a shop in Khost province east of Afghanistan claiming the life of one person and wounded two others, all of them civilians, spokesman of provincial administration Kuchi Nasiri said Thursday. "The blast took place inside a shop Wednesday in Nadir Shahkot district left one innocent civilian dead and injured two others," Nasiri told Xinhua.

#3: At least 10 militants were killed and six others arrested on Thursday in an early morning clash with security forces in northwest Pakistan's Swat district, local TV channel reported. According to the private ARY News channel, a group of militants was attempting to enter Mingora, major town of Swat, by crossing Swat River when they confronted with the security forces. Ten militants were killed in the exchange of fire while six others were arrested who were later shifted to an unknown location for further investigations.

DoD: Spc. Demetrius L. Void

DoD: 1st Lt. David T. Wright II

DoD: Sgt. Andrew H. McConnell