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 23, 2009

War News for Monday, November 23, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - South soldier in an undisclosed attack in an unreported area in Iraq on Sunday, November 22nd.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two U.S. ISAF soldiers in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, November 22nd.

NATO is reporting the death of a U.S. ISAF soldier from small arms fire in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, November 22nd.

NATO is reporting the death of a U.S. ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, November 22nd.

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Reported security incidents

#1: Four people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion near a fuel station in the al-Nidhal Street in Baghdad's central district of Karrada, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Two more civilians were wounded in Karrada when another roadside bomb detonated near a convoy of an Iraqi politician, the source said.

#3: A third roadside bomb went off near a police patrol at an intersection in the same neighborhood, wounding two civilians, he said.

#4: Two others were also wounded when a bomb explosion struck a U.S. patrol while passing in the al-Husseiniyah neighborhood in the northeastern Baghdad, he added. The source could not tell whether the U.S. soldiers sustained any casualty as the troops sealed off the area.

#5: One more civilian was wounded when a fifth roadside bomb detonated at a commercial area of al-Sinek in central the capital, he added.

#6: Gunmen assassinated Brigadier General Talib Radad the head of Karkh Criminal Department. The incident took place in Saidiyah neighborhood in south Baghdad, Saturday evening.

#7: Around 11p.m. Sunday six civilians were wounded by a bomb that was put inside a store for selling compact disks in Bab Al Sharji downtown Baghdad. The explosion damaged some stores in this area.

#8: Around 7 p.m. Sunday a roadside bomb targeted an American patrol in Ur neighborhood northeast Baghdad. One vehicle was damaged.

#1: The chairman of the anti-corruption committee in the Thi-Qar provincial council escaped an attempt on his life on Sunday, according to the first deputy governor. “Ali Attiya Shajar was intercepted by two gunmen who went out of a pickup truck parked on the road linking al-Fajr city (140 km) north of Nasseriya, to Qalaat Sokkar, (100 km) north of Nasseriya, while he was returning home in al-Fajr,” Hassan Laayous told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Shajar and his escorts survived unscathed although his vehicle was damaged severely,” he said, adding the incident will be investigated.

#1: An explosive charge on Monday was found at Tikrit University and was safely defused by bomb squad personnel, according to a local police source.

#1: The director of the Criminal Investigations Department in Kirkuk has survived an assassination attempt when an explosive charge went off near his vehicle south of Kirkuk, a security source said on Monday. “This morning, Col. Aras Mohammed Namiq, the director of the Criminal Investigations Department in Kirkuk survived an attempt on his life when an improvised explosive device (IED) hit his vehicle near Kirkuk park on a main street south of Kirkuk City,” Col. Ghazi Ali told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: An Iraqi Turkmen leader was assassinated at his home in the northern city of Mosul on Sunday by gunmen who knocked at his door then shot him, police and Turkmen sources said. "Armed men opened fire at Yauz Ahmad Efendi before making their escape," a police official told AFP. Efendi was a member of the executive committee of the Turkmen Front, Iraq's main Turkmen political party. "His son answered the door and they asked to speak to his father. When he arrived at the door they opened fire," Turkmen MP Safaeddin Arkij said.

#2: Also on Sunday, a child was killed and four other people were wounded when a grenade exploded as a police patrol passed through a Mosul market.

#3: An Iraqi army officer on Monday was killed and a civilian was injured in an explosive charge blast in Mosul, according to a local security source. “At noon, an improvised explosive device hit an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in al-Majmoua al-Thaqafiya area, northern Mosul, killing an army lieutenant and wounding a civilian,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Seven people were killed including four policemen and five civilians were wounded by a care bomb that blew up in a marketplace in Garma town north Fallujah, Sunday at around 11 a.m.

#2: Two policemen were wounded when policemen checkpoint opened fire upon a suicide car bomb in Al Qaem town west Ramadi, around 9 a.m.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Pakistan's army killed 18 Islamist militants in a northwestern region Monday, part of an escalating campaign against insurgents intent on toppling the U.S.-allied government. It was the second day of fighting in Shahukhel in Hangu district close to the Afghan border. In Shahukhel, troops backed by artillery and helicopters killed 18 militants on Monday, intelligence officials said on customary condition of anonymity. There was no word on any military casualties. On Sunday, 12 militants were killed in the same area.

#2: Meanwhile, Afghan officials said three Afghan army soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Helmand province. The Interior Ministry said the bombing occurred on Sunday in Musa Qala district. It did not give further details and it was not clear if there was any connection between the Afghan deaths and the American deaths.

Five Afghan border guards were killed when a roadside bomb blast hit their patrol in the southern province of Kandahar on Sunday, police said. The attack occurred in Spin Boldak district bordering Pakistan during a pre-Our Sources patrol, said General Abdul Raziq, provincial border police commander. “In an explosion this morning all five border policemen were killed when their vehicle was hit,” he told AFP.

#3: Six Afghan soldiers were wounded when insurgents attacked their security patrol in Manogai district on Sunday, the Defense Ministry said.