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, October 28, 2009

War News for Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Corps - Iraq soldier from a non-combat related injury at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday, October 27th.

Oct. 19 airpower summary: Oct. 20 airpower summary: Oct. 21 airpower summary: Oct. 22 airpower summary: Oct. 23 airpower summary:

Removal of Afghan Border Check Posts:

US drones shot down by UN investigator:

Brother of Afghan Leader Is Said to Be on C.I.A. Payroll:

Car bomb kills 87 in Pakistan as Clinton visits:

DEA identifies 3 agents killed in Afghanistan:

Reported security incidents

#1: Six civilians were injured when a roadside bomb went off in northwestern Baghdad, a source from the Iraqi police said on Wednesday. “The incident took place at al-Hurriya neighborhood,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded three civilians and a policeman guarding a state-run flour mill in northern Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb blew up an oil tanker, killing the driver and his assistant, on Tuesday near Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Police forces defused a sticky bomb at the gate of the Ninewa provincial authority’s building in Mosul city, a security source from Ninewa said on Wednesday. “The bomb was attached to the car of Major Ziyad Mohammed, the communication director,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Three civilians were killed, four others were wounded, and one soldier was injured when a roadside bomb went off on Wednesday in eastern Mosul. “The blast took place in Garaj al-Shemal neighborhood,” said a security source from Ninewa province. He said that the attack targeted an Iraqi army patrol.

#3: The Kirkuk pipeline that takes crude from northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan was damaged on Monday morning by an explosion caused by "sabotage action," an engineer with Iraq's North Oil Company said. The engineer, who asked not to be identified, said the blast happened near Mosul.

#4: Iraqi security forces backed by U.S. forces killed a suspected al Qaeda member and arrested five others on Tuesday west of Mosul, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A roadside bomb went off on Tuesday targeting a police patrol at al-Dhobat neighborhood, eastern Falluja, without leaving casualties, said a police source from the city. “The blast damaged one of the patrol’s vehicles,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Taliban militants wearing suicide vests and police uniforms stormed a guest house used by U.N. staff in the heart of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing 12 people — including six U.N. staff. It was the biggest in a series of attacks intended to undermine next month's presidential runoff election. One of the six U.N. dead was an American, the U.S. Embassy said. .N. spokesman Adrian Edwards said six U.N. staff were killed and nine other U.N. employees were wounded in the assault, which began about dawn in the Shar-e-Naw area of the city. Terrified guests fled the building during the assault — some screaming for help and others jumping from upper floors as flames engulfed part of the three-story building. Afghan police and U.N. officials said 12 people in all were killed, including the U.N. staff, three attackers, two security guards and an Afghan civilian.

which also included rocket attacks at the presidential palace and the city's main luxury hotel.
One rocket struck the "outer limit" of the presidential palace but caused no casualties, presidential spokesman Humayun Hamidzada said. Another slammed into the grounds of the Serena Hotel, which is favored by many foreigners. The device failed to explode but filled the hotel lobby with smoke, forcing guests and employees to flee to the basement, according to an Afghan witness who asked that his name not be used for security reasons.

#2: A powerful car bomb ripped through a bustling marketplace in Peshawar Wednesday, killing at least 90 people -- most of them women -- a government official said. The blast at the Meena Bazaar injured more than 200 others, according to North West Frontier Province's information minister. The market is a labyrinth of shops popular with women in the Peepal Mandi section of the city.

#3: A Minnesota native has died in the crash of a U.S. Army reconnaissance plane in Afghanistan. Pilot Randy Bergquist was killed along with two other American military contractors when the Army C-12 Huron twin-engine turboprop crashed two weeks ago in a rugged, mountainous area of northeastern Afghanistan.

MoD: Corporal Thomas Mason

DoD: Sgt. Eduviges G. Wolf

DoD: Pfc. Devin J. Michel