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, October 3, 2009

War News for Saturday, October 03, 2009

NATO is reporting the death of an American ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, October 2nd.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two American ISAF soldiers in a roadside bombing in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, October 2nd.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two more American ISAF soldiers in a "hostile attack" an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, October 2nd. Reuters is reporting that an Afghani soldier killed two soldiers as they slept.

Sept. 30 airpower summary:

Oct. 1 airpower summary:

Kaneohe Marine killed, another hurt during training exercise in California:

What I Saw at the Afghan Election: As many as 30 percent of Karzai's votes were fraudulent, and lesser fraud was committed on behalf of other candidates. In several provinces, including Kandahar, four to 10 times as many votes were recorded as voters actually cast. -- The United States and other Western nations paid the more than $300 million to hold the vote...

U.S. Review of Battle Disaster Sways Strategy on Afghanistan:

In Anbar, U.S.-Allied Tribal Chiefs Feel Deep Sense of Abandonment:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A roadside bomb targeted civilians in Saidiyah neighbourhood, southern Baghdad, at 3 p.m. Friday, injuring four.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy near Rashid wholesale vegetable market in Doura at 3.30 p.m. Friday. No casualties were reported.

#3: A magnetic bomb stuck to a parked car in Adhamiyah, northern Baghdad, exploded at 5.30 p.m. Friday injuring two civilians.

#4: A roadside bomb struck the car of Amir Sadeq, general director of electricity supply for Iraq's Middle Euphrates region, wounding him and killing his driver in northern Baghdad's Adhamiya district, police said.

#5: The Iraqi parliament has been evacuated Saturday after the discovery of a bomb planted by an unknown person in its headquarters, lawmaker Alaa Al-Aaraji said. Another lawmaker Nassar Al-Rube'ie from the Shiite Sadrist List, told reporters that all parliament members were banned to enter the parliament building after the news about a bomb planted in the building.

#1: Gunmen opened fire on and wounded a member of a local pro-government Sunni Arab militia on the southwestern outskirts of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Irbil Prv:
#1: The Iranian artillery pounded bordering areas in the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region without causing human casualties, a website of a Kurdish leading party reported on Friday. The artillery bombardment, which took place late on Thursday night, hit several villages near the towns of Sidcan and Zarawa on the edges of Arbil province on the Iraqi-Iranian border, said the website of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a Kurdish party headed by the Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. The Iranian shelling left no human casualty but caused material damages, including the killing of scores of livestock, the website said, citing a Kurdish security source. Also on late Thursday, the Iranian artillery pounded several more villages in the area of Qandil Mountain in Sulaimaniyah province, the source said.

#1: Iraqi troops have arrested 140 suspected al Qaeda members and other Sunni Arab militants in the past four days in raids on the northern city of Mosul, security officials said on Saturday.

#2: The imam of Shurouq village mosque was killed when an IED placed under the pulpit, inside the mosque, exploded as Friday prayers were about to begin. The explosion also injured four worshippers. Shurouq village is 35 km to the southwest of Mosul.

Tal Afar:
#1: An improvised explosive device (IED) went off in Talafar district, causing no casualties, a local security source said on Saturday. “Last night, an explosive charge detonated behind the public hospital in al-Muthanna neighborhood, northern Talafar district (60 km northwest of Mosul), causing no casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The blast caused damage to a number of nearby houses, the source noted.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A bomb stuck to the car of the mayor of Haditha town, Abdul Razaq Jubair, wounded him and two of his guards in Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An Australian soldier serving with the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force in Afghanistan suffered minor wounds yesterday in an explosion that occurred while conducting a routine operation east of Tarin Kowt.

#2: In far western Afghanistan, a Taliban attack Saturday on a NATO supply convoy killed a civilian contractor escorting the trucks, said Raouf Ahmadi, a regional police spokesman.

#3: Suspected Taliban militants fatally shot a tribal elder Saturday in volatile northwestern Pakistan as he traveled to discuss anti-militancy efforts with government authorities, an official said. Tribal elder Malik Abdul Majeed was killed while riding in his car in the Damadola area of Bajur, said Abdul Maalik, a local government official. Majeed's cousin also was wounded in the attack.

#4: The dead body of a man accused of spying for the U.S. also turned up in the Bajur tribal region.

#5: Four Finnish peacekeepers were wounded on Saturday after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan. This is the first time that Finnish soldiers stationed in the country have been injured. One of the soldiers was seriously hurt, while the three others received lighter injuries. The troops were on patrol on Saturday morning 40 kilometres west of Mazar-i-Sharif when their RG-32 armoured patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. Five other vehicles were part of the patrol unit; however, they were not harmed by the explosion.

#6: Canadian soldiers shot and killed two ``fighting aged males'' on a speeding motorcycle in an area west of here Thursday, the Canadian Forces said Friday. Canadian troops were working with Afghans near a mosque in the village of Pay-e-Moluk - located in the dangerous Panjwaii district on Thursday evening when the men ``rapidly advanced'' toward their detail, Maj. Vance White said in a news statement. Verbal and visual warnings were used, including one warning shot. White said the driver instead accelerated, ``demonstrating known insurgent protocols.'' More shots were fired to stop the motorcycle. Both men later died of gunshot wounds despite receiving medical treatment. Neither of the men was found to be carrying any weapons or explosives.

#7: Pakistan's paramilitary forces say they have killed 27 militants, including two important commanders, in an ongoing operation in the northwestern Khyber tribal region. A statement from the Frontier Corps said the troops also destroyed two militant hideouts in Friday's operations. An explosives-laden vehicle and 18 other vehicles also were destroyed.