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

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

War News for Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Aug. 28 airpower summary:

Aug. 29 airpower summary:

Aug. 30 airpower summary:

IOR: Prevention, attacks target oil:

Contractors Outnumber U.S. Troops in Afghanistan:

Tribal Leaders Say Karzai’s Team Forged 23,900 Votes:

C.I.A. Resists Disclosure of Records on Detention:

Taliban Surprising U.S. Forces With Improved Tactics:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: One civilian was killed and two others were wounded on Tuesday in a sticky bomb explosion in northern Baghdad, according to a security source. “A bomb, stuck to a civilian vehicle, went off near a police checkpoint near Sahet al-Dalal, northern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The blast killed one civilian and injured two others,” he added.

#2: Four policemen were wounded Wednesday in a bomb explosion in central Baghdad, a police source said. “A roadside bomb went off targeting a police vehicle patrol in al-Wehda neighborhood in central Baghdad, injuring four policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Tuesday Two civilians were injured by an adhesive bomb that was stuck to their vehicle in Athemiyah neighborhood in northeast Baghdad.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Unidentified armed group on Tuesday kidnapped the son of Najim al-Harbi, a member of the National Dialogue List in Diala, and took him to an unknown place, said a security source from the province. “The abduction took place inside the al-Miqdadiya suburb, 45 km east of Baaquba city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The group forced al-Harbi’s son, who is 8 years old, to get inside their car,” he said.

#1: A senior intelligence officer was wounded on Wednesday by gunmen near al-Askandariya district in Babel, a police source said. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on the officer (a brigadier) in al-Assriya village region in al-Askandariya district, north of Hilla, injuring him and damaging his car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One soldier on Wednesday was killed and two others were injured when an explosive charge went off in downtown Kirkuk city, according to an informed source. “This afternoon, an improvised explosive device (IED) hit an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in Shatir area, downtown Kirkuk, killing a soldier and wounding two others,” a source from the Joint Coordination Center told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two prayers were killed and a third one was injured by gunmen in central Mosul on Tuesday, a security source said. “Unknown gunmen stormed al-Nouri al-Kabier mosque in central Mosul on Tuesday night (Sept. 1) and opened fire on prayers, killing two prayers and injuring a third one,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Tuesday Gunmen killed a major in the Iraqi army in Al-Shifa neighborhood in west Mosul on Tuesday afternoon.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded Pakistan's religious affairs minister, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, in an attack in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday that killed his driver, police said.Kazmi, a cleric and vocal opponent of Pakistan's hardline Taliban, belongs to the Barelvi sect, whose moderate adherents of Islamic sufi mysticism venerate saints and their shrines."Gunmen sprayed bullets on the minister's car," said a police officer who identified himself as Qasim.

#2: A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives as Afghanistan's deputy chief of intelligence visited a mosque east of Kabul on Wednesday, killing the Afghan official and 22 others. The explosion ripped through a crowd in Laghman province just as officials were leaving the main mosque in Mehterlam, 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Kabul. Two top provincial officials from Laghman were among the dead, and the blast destroyed several government vehicles. The blast killed Laghmani, the executive director of Laghman's governor's office, the head of Laghman's provincial council, two of Laghmani's body guards, and 18 civilians, said Sayed Ahmad Safi, the spokesman for Laghman's governor.

#3: Four Taliban insurgents were killed and three others were wounded as a mine they were planting exploded prematurely in Taliban birthplace Kandahar south of Afghanistan, a press release of Interior Ministry said Wednesday. "Seven militants were busy in planting a mine on a road in Arghandab district Tuesday night but suddenly the device went off, killing four on the spot and wounding three others," said the press release.

#4: A bomb planted in bicycle and apparently targeted NATO-led peacekeeping troops in Jauzjan province, north of Afghanistan, killed one Afghan civilian and injured six others on Wednesday, police said. "Rebels planted the mine inside a bicycle and detonated it outside provincial capital Shibirghan at around noon time, killing a passerby and wounding six others," deputy to provincial police chief Mohammad Ibrahim told Xinhua. He also said that a military vehicle was slightly damaged. The blast occurred when the convoy of Swedish Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) was passing the area but caused no loss of life to the troops, Ibrahim said.

#5: U.S.-led forces in Logar province, southwest of Kabul, opened fire after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb on Tuesday evening wounding two soldiers, said Deen Mohammad Darwish, a provincial governor spokesman. Darwish said bullets fired from the convoy hit seven residential houses but caused no casualties. U.S. forces spokeswoman, Lieutenant Commander Christine Sidenstricker, said she was not aware of the incident.

#6: Eight insurgents were killed and five others wounded during a battle with Afghan police in the northern Qale Zaal district of Kunduz province, district governor Malem Nazir said. One police officer was also killed, Nazir said.

#7: Unidentified gunmen shot and wounded Pakistan's religious affairs minister, Hamid Saeed Kazmi, in a brazen attack in the capital on Wednesday that killed his driver, officials said. Kazmi, a cleric and vocal opponent of the Taliban, belongs to the Barelvi sect, whose moderate adherents of Islamic sufi mysticism venerate saints and their shrines.

#8: Pakistan's security forces killed two militants and apprehended 24 others in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malakand districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Wednesday. The army said in a daily update that the security forces conducted search operation at Jambil, Kachche Kor near Mingora, the main town in Swat, and killed two militants.

MoD: Sergeant Stuart Millar

MoD: Private Kevin Elliott

DoD: Lance Cpl. David R. Hall