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, September 8, 2009

War News for Tuesday, September 08, 2009

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, September 7th. The Netherlands ministry of defence
mod confirms this to be a Dutch soldier.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Corps – Iraq service member in a roadside bombing in an southern neighborhood of Baghdad on Tuesday, September 8th.

Sept. 1 airpower summary:

200,000 ballots tossed for fraud in Afghan vote:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Iraqi police and health officials say a Health Ministry official escaped an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb hit his convoy in eastern Baghdad, but one ministry employee died in the blast. Three people in the four-vehicle convoy and four bystanders were also wounded in the attack on Tuesday that appeared directed at Dr. Ali Bustan al-Fartosi, who is in charge of eastern Baghdad's medical facilities.

#2: One civilian was killed and eight others were wounded by a sticky bomb in northern Baghdad on Monday, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck to a civilian vehicle, went off on Monday afternoon (Sept. 7) near a police checkpoint near al-Nedaa mosque in al-Suleikh neighborhood in northern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion killed the driver and injured eight people, including two policemen and damage the vehicle,” he added.

#3: Two police personnel were injured when an explosive device targeted their patrol vehicle in downtown Baghdad, the third blast to hit the capital today. “A roadside improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in Camp Sara area near al-Karada, downtown Baghdad, while a police patrol car was passing the location,” a police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Two patrolmen were injured in the blast,” the source noted.

#4: Another device exploded on the road leading to Camp Rasheed near al-Karada neighborhood, wounding four policemen and four civilians.

#5: Checkpoint personnel suspected a car in the checkpoint in Habibiyah, northeastern Baghdad and stopped it for a more thorough search behind blast walls where it was found to be carrying a sticky bomb that detonated killing the driver, Monday afternoon.

#6: Insurgents left an IED inside a taxi and detonated it as the taxi approached the checkpoint in Adhamiyah, northern Baghdad at 2.30 p.m. Monday, killing the driver and injuring six civilians and two servicemen.

#7: Two mortar rounds hit the Green Zone at around 6 p.m. Monday. No casualties were reported.

#8: A magnetic bomb stuck to a civilian car detonated on the highway in Khadhraa neighbourhood, western Baghdad at 10 30 p.m. Monday severely injuring the driver.

#9: Four policemen and four civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in southeastern Baghdad, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: At least five civilians were killed and 22 others were wounded Monday in a suicide blast in central Baaquba, according to a security source. “A suicide bomber blew an explosive belt strapped to his body targeting Abdulkarim al-Medani mosque in central Baaquba, killing five civilians and injuring 22,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The number of death toll most likely to increase,” he added, noting that the Shiite mosque is the biggest in Diala.

#2: A bomb stuck to a car went off when the car approached a police checkpoint, wounding one policeman and one civilian in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Unknown assailants have thrown a hand grenade at the house of an Islamic Daawa Party leader in Diwaniya, according to a local official source. “The attack on the house, located in al-Daghara district (10 km northeast of Diwaniya city), did not cause any casualties,” a source from Diwaniya’s provincial council, who preferred to remain unnamed, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Four civilians were killed and seven others were wounded in an oil tank explosion in the east of Karbala, a media official said. “The oil tank of a small bus went off on Monday (Sept. 7) in al-Ibrahimiya region, east of Karbala, killing four civilians, including the Karbala club soccer player, Ameer Saadi, and injuring seven others,” Major Alaa Abbas told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He gave no more details.

#1: A roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded three when it struck near their patrol in the town of Daquq, 200 km (125 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Four policemen were killed and three wounded by a roadside bomb targeting their patrol in the town of Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: One man was wounded by a roadside bomb in the town of Tuz Khurmato, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb has killed a police chief and at least four of his colleagues in a northern Iraqi town. The attack happened in Amirli, home to a sizeable Shia population in an area with an Arab and Kurdish Sunni majority south of the regional oil hub, Kirkuk. The dead police chief was named as Maj Zaid Hussein Khalaf. Reports say Tuesday's blast occurred at 0800 as a convoy carrying the police chief was driving past.

The director of the anti-terrorism department in Amerli district, Lt. Col. Zayd Hussein Khalaf, was killed and three of his security guards were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near Janjaly village, southern al-Touz district (80 km south of Kirkuk),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The deputy governor of Salah al-Din province on Tuesday survived an assassination attempt when an explosive charge targeted his motorcade in downtown Tikrit, according to a local source. “The deputy governor, Ahmed Abduljabbar al-Kareen, survived an attempt on his life 500 meters away from the governor’s building,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The blast wounded three of his security guards and caused damage to two vehicles of the motorcade,” the source added.

#1: Two policemen on Tuesday were killed and four others were injured in an explosive charge blast near Kirkuk, according to a local police chief. “Today, an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near Taza district (10 km south of Kirkuk) while a police patrol vehicle was passing the location, killing two cops and injuring four others,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Gunmen shot dead an Iraqi soldier in an attack on his checkpoint in southeastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb killed a man in northern Mosul, police said.

#3: An insurgent was killed and another wounded when a bomb they were moving accidentally went off in central Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Three police personnel on Tuesday were injured when an explosive device hit their patrol vehicle in al-Rutba district, west of Anbar, according to a security source. “Today, a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in downtown al-Rutba district near a police patrol vehicle, wounding two patrolmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The wounded included a police captain,” the source explained.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan Sept. 4 at approximately 8:45 p.m. Kabul time. The crash was not due to hostile fire. There were no reports of civilian injuries or damage to civilian property at the site. The aircraft is a medium-altitude, long-endurance, remotely piloted aircraft. The MQ-1's primary mission is conducting armed reconnaissance.

#2: Twelve Taliban militants and one Afghan policeman have been killed in a six-hour gun battle and related bomb blast in northern Afghanistan, a senior official said. Afghan police launched an operation on Monday afternoon in Dahana-i-Ghori district of Baghlan province, where Taliban fighters had taken control of part of the highway, said provincial governor Mohammad Akbar Barikzai. "In the six-hour battle 12 Taliban were killed and 18 Taliban were wounded," he told AFP, adding that after the firefight a blast hit the gathered police. "One policeman was martyred and 18 were wounded. Four of the wounded are in critical condition," Barikzai added.

#3: Two Afghan civilians were killed Tuesday in a suicide attack on Kabul's military airport which also injured three international soldiers, officials and the military said. "It was a suicide attack outside the main gate of the military base at the airport," Colonel Koziel Bart told AFP. "All the gates of the base have been closed and all air operations have been suspended," he said.
He said the attack took place outside the main gate of the base, just east of Kabul.

#4: The two Romanian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan last Friday have been transported to the Medical Center in Ramstein, Germany, for supplementary medical treatment. The Romanian Defense Ministry announced the news this morning (Mon), adding the two soldiers had been injured Friday night during an insurgent attack on their military base 60 kilometers northeast of Qualat, Afghanistan.

#5: Seven persons including two foreign militants were killed and same number of others injured in drone missile strikes by a CIA-operated US spy plane in Machikhel village in the Mirali subdivision of the restive North Waziristan Agency (NWA) on Monday evening. Official and tribal sources told our sources from Mirali by telephone that a car, which was entering an alleged compound of foreign fighters, was hit by the drone in Machikhel village. They said five people sitting in the car were killed on the spot. Subsequently, the sources said that seven persons were killed in the attack and same number of others injured. There were unconfirmed reports that the dead included a known Pakistani Jihadi commander Ilyas Kashmiri. Those believed to have been killed in the attack included two Arabs, three Punjabi militants and three locals.

#6: Security forces claimed killing 10 more militants and demolishing a dozen houses owned by the banned Lashkar-e-Islam (LI) leaders and their supporters in different areas of the Bara subdivision of Khyber Agency on the seventh day of the operation `Bia Daraghlam`

#7: An explosion in Afghanistan's northern province of Baghlan on early Tuesday morning claimed the life of one person and injured 18 others, a doctor in Baghlan's main hospital said. "We received 19 injured men in the wee hours of today and one of them succumbed to injuries immediately after being taken to hospital," Shafiq Sediqi, a doctor in Pul-e-Khumri hospital told Xinhua. He said that all of them are military persons and the victims of explosion, without providing more details. However, a military officer in Baghlan province, who declined to be identified, said that a suicide bomber targeted military personnel in Dand-e-Ghori district, killing and injuring several persons.

DoD: Sgt. Randy M. Haney

MoD: Sergeant Major Mark Leijsen