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, October 1, 2009

War News for Thursday, October 01, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Corps – Iraq soldier from a of a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Tuesday, September 29th.

No ISAF service members were killed over the past 24 hours.

Sept. 28 airpower summary:

Sept. 29 airpower summary:

Iraq bars China's Sinopec from second oil round:

Pakistan Warns US Against US Drone Strikes in Balochistan:

Provide details on Taliban, Pakistan tells U.S:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Iraq oil ministry spokesman has said that a worker has been killed and a second worker suffered severe burns after a fire broke out at the Doura refinery in Baghdad. Reuters reported that the blaze broke out in the grounds of the refinery after workers siphoned fuel from a gasoline tanker truck. The spokesman, Asim Jihad, said that the truck had been seized from a group selling illegalm fuel, but added that the fire had not affected refinery output.

#2: One civilian on Wednesday was killed and eight others were injured when a sticky explosive charge exploded in the capital Baghdad, according to a local security source. “On Wednesday evening, one civilian was killed and eight others were injured when a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) went off inside a vehicle in Baghdad’s southern neighborhood of al-Doura,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A man on Wednesday was killed and his wife was injured in a sticky explosive device blast in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, according to a security source. “On Wednesday evening, a sticky explosive charge went off inside a civilian vehicle near al-Dalal square in Baghdad’s northern neighborhood of al-Adhamiya,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: At least six persons were wounded on Thursday by a bomb blast in central Baghdad, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device went off in Abu Nouwas street, central Baghdad, targeting a vehicle patrol of the oil establishments’ protection force, injuring three guards and three civilians,” the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: In al-Mahmoudiya district, southern Baghdad, three soldiers were killed and one was injured when gunmen attacked an army checkpoint in the early hours of Thursday, a police source was quoted by the website.

#1: Police discovered the corps of a woman who apparently died of stab wounds in central Basra.

#1: A bomb went off targeting the house of a college professor in Mosul without causing any casualties, a security source from Ninewa province said on Wednesday. “The incident took place in northern Mosul city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Tal Afar:
#1: Unknown gunmen killed a policeman late on Wednesday in northern Talafar, the local police chief said on Thursday. “Unidentified gunmen attacked a policeman and showered him with bullets in Allo village, northern Talafar, before escaping to unknown place,” Colonel Ali Hadi Ubeid told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The cop was on vacation,” he said, noting a number of suspects were arrested after the attack.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A device attached underneath the civilian's car in central Falluja exploded, killing the driver and injuring a passenger, local police told the German Press Agency dpa.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) targeted a Taliban position with a precision-guided air strike in southern Afghanistan, killing civilians, the force said Thursday. One tribal elder claimed that nine people were killed but there was no immediate confirmation of the number of deaths. Some civilians were also reported wounded, it said, adding they were taken to an ISAF hospital for treatment.

#2: Militants have fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a US helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, but there were no casualties, says a military press officer. Captain Elizabeth Mathias said the shooing happened on Thursday in Nangarhar province near the eastern border with Pakistan. He said the helicopter was damaged in the dawn incident, but no one was seriously hurt. "It did land due to enemy fire. Light injuries. None killed. Nothing severe," she was quoted as saying by Reuters.

#3: A roadside bomb targeting security forces has exploded, wounding three Pakistani troops in the volatile northwest. Government official Hafeez Khan says the blast occurred Thursday as soldiers inspected vehicles in Bara town not far from North West Frontier Province's main city Peshawar.

#4: Two militants were killed and two soldiers wounded when a militant set off a bomb during a raid on a house in the Swat valley, northwest of Islamabad, the military said.

Pakistan's security forces killed two militants and arrested another 10 in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malakand districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Thursday.

#5: Two civilians were killed as a bomb ripped through a wedding party in Paktika province east of Afghanistan on Thursday, an official said.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Jordan L. Chrobot

DoD: Spc. Ross E. Vogel, III