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, October 5, 2009

War News for Monday, October 05, 2009

The AP is reporting the death of a German soldier presumably in Germany on Sunday, October 4th. He was wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 6th. 2008.

NATO is reporting the death of an American ISAF soldier in an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan on Monday, October 5th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing in another undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, October 4th. We suspect this to be an American.

Two killed by landmine blast in SE Turkey:

France, Spain to return to Kyrgyzstan air base:

Voice of Bush’s Pentagon Becomes Harder to Hear:

For U.S. combat soldiers, new role in Iraq is frustrating:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Sunday In one incident, a bomb went off near a police vehicle on the al-Muttabag street in eastern Baghdad, killing a policeman and wounding four others.

#2: Sunday In another incident, gunmen shot dead a policeman in al-Ameen neighbourhood in southeastern Baghdad.

#3: One policeman and three civilians on Monday were wounded in an explosive charge blast in downtown Baghdad, according to an Iraqi police source.“A roadside improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on al-Nidal St., downtown Baghdad, while a police patrol vehicle was passing the location, wounding a patrolman and three civilians who were close to the scene of the blast,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A 18-year-old young man was killed when unknown gunmen showered him with bullets near al-Khalis town, some 75 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Separately, two policemen were wounded by a roadside bomb near their police vehicle while they were patrolling in the town of Khanaqeen, some 70 km northeast of Baghdad, he said.

#3: In another incident, two civilians were injured when a hand grenade, thrown by unknown armed man on a U.S. patrol, missed its target and exploded near a residential house in Jalawla town, 90 km northeast of Baghdad, he added.

#1: Sunday An improvised explosive device (IED) went off this evening in northern Nassiriya City, causing no casualties, according to a police source.

Al Hawsa:
#1: Ten civilians on Sunday were injured when a bicycle bomb went off in northern Babel province, according to a local police source. “A bicycle rigged with explosives exploded at the entrance of a market in al-Haswa district (50 km north of Babel), wounding 10 civilians, including some in a critical condition,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces on Monday found the body of a Christian who had been kidnapped by gunmen in Kirkuk City, according to a local police chief.

#1: Two policemen on Monday were wounded when an explosive device went off in northern Mosul city, according to a local security source. “Today, an explosive charge exploded in al-Qahera neighborhood, northern Mosul, near a police patrol vehicle, wounding two patrolmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: One civilian on Monday was killed and four others were injured when an explosive device hit an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in downtown Falluja city, according to a local security source. “Today, an explosive device exploded near an Iraqi army patrol, killing one civilian and wounding four others, including two security personnel, in al-Jumhouriya neighborhood, downtown Falluja,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Security forces killed over a dozen insurgents and detained 20 others in east Afghanistan, an official said Monday. The clashes, according to officials, occurred in Paktika province since Sunday, during which over 30 Taliban militants were killed and wounded. "Ten rebels were killed in Barmal district and three others eliminated in Argon district," provincial administration spokesman Hamidullah Zhawak told Xinhua. He also said that 20 more militants were made captive on the same day Sunday in Argon district.

#2: Four Taliban insurgents were killed and another sustained injuries as the mine, they were planting, exploded prematurely in Afghanistan's western Farah province on Monday morning, an official said. "Five Taliban fighters were busy in planting a mine on a road between Dilaram and Gulistan districts to target Afghan National Army and U.S. Marines. Suddenly, it exploded, killing four insurgents on the spot and injuring another," Younus Rasoli deputy to Farah governor told Xinhua.

#3: A suicide bomber disguised as a security officer struck the lobby of the U.N. food agency's Pakistan headquarters Monday, killing five people. Medical officials at two hospitals said five people had been killed in the attack, including an Iraqi working for the agency. Two of those killed were Pakistani women. Several others were injured, two of them critically, the WFP said in a statement.

#4: Unknown armed men kidnapped five local employees of a construction company in Heart province, in west Afghanistan, a local newspaper reported Monday. "The ill-fated men belonged to a non-government construction company called T.I. and were taken to unknown location in Rabat-e-Sangi district a couple of days ago," daily 8 Subh reported.

#5: Police chief of Kamdish district in Nuristan province east of Afghanistan have gone missing with his 13 police constables after Taliban attack on the district Saturday night, a local newspaper reported Monday. Daily 8 Subh quoted provincial governor Jamaludin Badar as saying that contact with the district police chief Sham Rahman had been lost since Saturday.

#6: Taliban insurgents clashed with German troops in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province Monday, a local official said. "The rebel engaged German troops in Kharoti Tapa village of Chardara district this afternoon and the firefight lasted for one hour," governor of Chardara district Abdul Wahid Omarkhil told Xinhua.

MoD: Senior Aircraftman Marcin Wojtak

DoD: Spc. Russell S. Hercules Jr.

DoD: Sgt. Ryan C. Adams

DoD: Sgt. Roberto D. Sanchez

DoD: Pfc. Brandon A. Owens

DoD: Sgt. Aaron M. Smith