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, November 2, 2009

War News for Monday, November 02, 2009

Diplomat: US engaged in 'civil war' in Afghanistan:

Karzai Declared Re-elected in Afghanistan:

Reported security incidents

Diyala Prv:
#1: The body, of a 40-year-old man, was found on the main road linking Jalawlaa to Qarat Taba, (30 km) southwest of Khanaqin district. No reasons were detected for the man’s murder,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Two gunmen on Sunday were injured while they were trying to plant an explosive device on a main road in Diala, according to a security source. “At noon, two gunmen were injured while they were planting an improvised explosive device (IED) on the main road between the Nada area and al-Saadiya district (35 km south of Khanaqin),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One civilian on Monday was seriously wounded when an explosive charge went off in downtown Tikrit, according to a local security source. “This morning, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in front of a real estate office on al-Arbaeen St., downtown Tikrit,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One civilian on Monday was injured in a thermal device blast in Kirkuk, according to a local source. “This morning, a thermal device detonated in al-Wassiti area (southwestern Kirkuk) while an emergency police patrol was passing the location,” a source from the Joint Coordination Center in the province told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Unidentified gunmen shot down a lawyer with a gun attached with a silencer inside his office in central Mosul city on Sunday, a local police source said. “The gunmen raided the lawyer’s office in the area of Bab al-Toub, central Mosul, and opened fire at him, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, not giving further details about the incident.

#2: Two charred bodies were found inside a car bomb that earlier on Sunday ripped through the area of al-Hirmat, western Mosul city, a police source said. “The police kept the bodies at a morgue in the city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. A security source in the Ninewa police department had said that two civilians were wounded in a car bomb attack that targeted an Iraqi army patrol in al-Hirmat.

#3: An employee was killed in an attack by unidentified gunmen in western Mosul city on Sunday, a Ninewa police sources said. “The civil servant, a worker for the Mosul Municipal Department, was shot dead by gunmen in the Tammuz 17 neighborhood, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The gunmen opened fire on him from a vehicle driving by, killing him instantly and escaping to an unknown place,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber killed 30 people outside a bank near Pakistan's capital Monday, as the U.N. said spreading violence had forced it to pull out some expatriate staff and suspend long-term development work in areas along the Afghan border. Monday's attack in Rawalpindi, a garrison city just a few miles (kilometers) from Islamabad, occurred as many people waited outside the National Bank on pay day to could collect their salaries. The bank is close to the army's headquarters, and a majority of the people waiting in line were from the military, said Mohammad Mushtaq, a soldier wounded in the attack.

#2: Afghan forces have killed eight Taliban militants and captured four others in the northern Kunduz province, senior army commander in the northern region General Murad Ali Murad said Monday. "Our forces during a cleanup operation have killed eight rebels in Chardara and Gortipa districts over the past two days," Murad told a joint press conference attended by provincial governor Mohammad Omar.

DoD: Pfc. Brian R. Bates, Jr.

DoD: (civ.) Frank R. Walker