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, November 5, 2009

War News for Thursday, November 05, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - North soldier from non-combat related injuries in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Wednesday, November 4th. Note: the release is from Contingency Operating Base Speicher which in near Tikrit.

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - North soldier from an undisclosed combat related injuries in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Wednesday, November 4th. Note: the release is also from Contingency Operating Base Speicher which in near Tikrit.

NATO is reporting the death of an American ISAF service member in an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, November 4th.

UN pulls 600 staff out of Afghanistan after deadly Taliban attackRead more:

Italian court sentences 23 CIA agents in attack on rendition:

Karzai is corrupt’, says French foreign minister: (Well no shit! The guy only rigged an election with American backing and is cleaning up off both the reconstruction money and the opium trade...Hmmm sounds like the perfact puppet to me.)

Pentagon Expected to Request More War Funding:

Yemen northern rebels say Saudi jets attacked them:

Scott Ritter on Afghanistan: Don’t Believe the Hype:

Baghdad's Underground Shelters Help Women Escape Abuse:

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb blew up in Zafaraniyah neighborhood, southeast Baghdad. The bomb targeted a police patrol at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, no casualties were reported.

#1: A powerful explosion rattled northern Nassiriya city, while American choppers were seen hovering over the scene, eyewitnesses said on Monday. “U.S. forces detonated a large amount of ammunitions, found throughout Thi-Qar,” a security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. No word was immediately available from the U.S. army on the incident.

#1: A senior police officer survived an attempt on his life on Thursday in southern Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center in Kirkuk said. “Colonel Adnan Khero, chief of Rahiemaw police station, survived an attempt on his life when an improvised explosive device went off near his vehicle in southern Kirkuk,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion damaged his vehicle,” he added.

The chief of police of Rahimawa neighbourhood in central Kirkuk, Brig. Gen. Adnan Khairu, survived an assassination attempt when a roadside bomb targeted his car near the Fourth Bridge in the centre of the city, Wednesday. The car was destroyed, but he survived.

#2: A bomb went off targeting a policeman’s house in southern Kirkuk city without causing any casualties, a local security source said on Thursday. “The blast that occurred yesterday evening took place at the house’s garage,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the explosion caused some minor damage.

#1: Two unidentified bodies on Wednesday were found in western Mosul, a local police source said. “The corpses were found near a truck that belongs to the victims in al-Maash market, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The bodies bore signs of gunshot wounds to the head and chest,” the source added.

#2: One officer was killed and two policemen were wounded by a roadside bomb explosion in western Mosul, a security source said Thursday. “A roadside bomb went off Thursday (Nov. 5) targeting a police vehicle patrol in Rajm Hadeed region, western Mosul, killing a police lieutenant and injuring two policemen, including another lieutenant,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An overnight air strike by international forces killed nine civilians, including at least three children, villagers said Thursday. Afghan authorities said they had no reports of civilian deaths. Residents of Korkhashien village drove the bodies to the governor's office in the nearby provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, and AP footage and photos showed at least two children among the dead. Helmand provincial spokesman Daoud Ahmadi confirmed an air strike in Korkhashien, but said eight Taliban militants were killed while hiding out in a compound. Villager Abdul Rashin said the people were killed while harvesting corn in their fields.

#2: In eastern Khost province, several hundred people demonstrated Thursday against an overnight raid that killed a resident of Baramkhil village. Walishah Hamat, head of the Mandozayi district government, said the dead man was innocent. NATO forces said the man was a militant who was killed when Afghan and international forces were pursuing an insurgent leader who had been recruiting foreign fighters to the area.

#3: Suspected U.S. missiles killed two alleged militants Thursday in a northwestern tribal region, intelligence officials said, while Pakistani soldiers battled Taliban fighters in a neighboring area along the Afghan border. The drone-fired missiles hit a house in Naurak village in the North Waziristan tribal area overnight, killing two alleged militants, the two officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on the record. However, local tribesman Inayat Wazir told The Associated Press by telephone that the house was empty and no one had died. It was not immediately possible to verify either claim due to the dangerous nature of the region.

#4: Four Italian soldiers were wounded in a blast this morning in the western Afghanistan province of Herat, an Italian Defense Ministry spokesman said. The soldiers were injured when a bomb exploded on a road 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of the town of Shindand, Emanuele Cicerchia in the Italian army’s press office in Rome, said by phone. “None of the soldiers is in serious condition.”

#5: Two persons were killed and two others got wounded as a roadside bomb struck a vehicle of a road construction company in Khost province, in east Afghanistan, on Thursday, police said. "The incident occurred in Duamanda district this morning as a result two local employees of an Indian road construction company were killed and two others sustained injuries," police chief of Duamanda district Gulab Shah told Xinhua.

#6: At least 28 militants were killed and five others apprehended during ongoing military operations in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal area in the last 24 hours, an army statement said Thursday. On Jandola-Sararogha axis, five soldiers including an officer were killed and two others were injured in a blast in Sararogha, a main base of Taliban. During encounter 16 militants were killed and five others were apprehended, the Inter Services Public Relations said in a daily press release.

MoD: Warrant Officer Class 1 Darren Chant

MoD: Sergeant Matthew Telford

MoD: Guardsman James Major

MoD: Acting Corporal Steven Boote

MoD: Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith