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, November 21, 2009

War News for Saturday, November 21, 2009

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian M. Patton died in a non-combat accident in an undisclosed location in Kuwait on Thursday, November 19th. He was supporting OIF.

U.S. fears its aid to rebuild Iraq is often wasted:

Gates Says U.S. Could Withhold Aid if Afghanistan Cannot Curb Corruption:

US to drop shooting case against Blackwater guard:

CIA chief asks Pak to expand military operations to target 'all' terrorists:

Iraqi lawmakers seek to end election crisis:

Military experiment seeks to predict PTSD:

Reported security incidents

#1: Six civilians were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in central Baghdad on Saturday, an Iraqi police source said. “An IED planted by unidentified persons on Haifa street, in the direction of the main Sayyed Ali street, went off, leaving six civilians wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The official in charge of guards protecting the governor of Kirkuk survived an assassination attempt with an explosive belt worn by a suicide bomber on a bicycle in the city on Friday, a security official said. “Chief guard of Kirkuk Governor Rizkar Tablou escaped an attempt on his life with an explosive belt in the neighborhood of al-Hurriya, northern Kirkuk,” Ahmed Samirani, the city’s quick response police director, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The bomber, a young man who was riding a bicycle, blew himself up near Tablou’s motorcade, but the explosion did not leave any casualties,” he added.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: An improvised explosive device went off near a police patrol in central al-Ramadi city on Friday but left no casualties, a local security source said. “The IED targeted a police patrol on 17 street, central Ramadi, not leaving any casualties but damaged a nearby civilian vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A 13-year-old Afghan forced by militants to plant a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan was killed when it exploded, the interior ministry said Saturday. The child died while placing the improvised explosive device (IED) on a road in the Zahri district of southern Kandahar province, where Taliban influence is concentrated, the ministry said in a statement.

#2: Three suspected Taliban militants blew themselves up on Saturday as police chased them in Pakistani Kashmir, police said.

#3: Four Pakistani soldiers were killed in a Taliban rocket attack on their camp in the troubled northwestern borderlands, while the forces killed six militants in retaliatory fire, officials said Saturday. The militants targeted the army with artillery fire in Mir Ali town of the volatile North Waziristan tribal district that borders Afghanistan and is a known hotbed of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants. 'Four soldiers perished in the artillery attack, which our forces repelled and killed six militants,' an intelligence official said on condition of not being named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

#4: On early Saturday, a bomb struck at the office of a Germany based humanitarian organisation, Comprehensive Health and Education Foundation, on the outskirts of the city, wounding a security guard. It was a timebomb and exploded at 7 a.m. near the perimeter wall of the main building, said Liaquat Ali Khan, a senior city police officer.

#5: Afghan and the NATO-led troops have killed over a dozen Taliban fighters in Kandahar province south of Afghanistan during an operation launched Friday, a private television channel reported Saturday. "In the joint operation of Afghan and Coalition forces launched on Friday in Jalai district, so far 18 rebels have been killed," Tolo reported in its news bulletin. Quoting police officials in Kandahar, the television also added that one police constable had been killed.

#6: Armed men riding a motorbike assassinated two tribal elders in Jauzjan province in northern Afghanistan Saturday, spokesman for provincial administration Mahbobullah Zarif said. "Two rebels riding a motorcycle opened fire on two tribal elders in Qushtapa district at 09:30 a.m. local time, leaving the two dead and made their good escape," Zarif told Xinhua. One of those killed in the attack was a former commander, he further said and blamed anti-government militants for the double murder.

DoD: Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian M. Patton