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, November 4, 2009

War News for Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the deaths of five British ISAF soldiers from a small arms fire-gun shot wounds incident in the Nad e-Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 4th. The AP is reporting that an Afghani policeman, or perhaps two Afghani policemen opened fire on the British soldiers at a joint check point. Six additional British soldiers and two Afghani police were wounded in the attack.

Spinal injuries up among troops: One in five wounded service members evacuated from Afghanistan this summer and early fall suffered a spinal injury, and at least 14 were left paralyzed or with loss of sensation, says Air Force Lt. Col. Dustin Zierold, a surgeon and the hospital's director of trauma care. Photo:

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Reported security incidents

#1: Two soldiers and three civilians were injured when an explosive device attached to a car blew up near an army checkpoint in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Adhamiyah.

#2: Interior Ministry said a bomb targeting a police patrol in the northern district of Qahira injured four people, including two police officers.

#3: Seven people were wounded on Wednesday in a sticky bomb explosion in western Baghdad, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck by gunmen to a car carrying the interior ministry’s employees, went off at the inlet of al-Iskan neighborhood, western Baghdad, injuring two employees and five civilians and damaging the car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: Police and US Army sources said that 5 mortars fell on the biggest US base near Baghdad International Airport. However, no further details were delivered. A police source said that the 5 mortars were launched from Al Jihad neighborhood towards the US base at 7:30 Tuesday night. US Army spokeswoman told AFP that Victory camp was bombarded, the damages were calculated and an investigation was opened to probe the incident.

Diyala Prv:
#1: One civilian was killed and two others were wounded in a bomb explosion on Tuesday in Jalawlaa, southwest of Khanaqin, a security source said. “An improvised explosive device went off Tuesday (Nov. 3) targeting a taxi, killing a man and wounding his brother and nephew on the main road between Jagat-Jalawlaam southwest of Khanaqin,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb went off east of Baaquba city wounding two civilians, a security source from the Diala province said on Tuesday. “The blast took place near a local diesel driven power generator in al-Miqdadiya suburb, 45 km east of Baaquba,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: while at Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, a bomb on the main road wounded four civilians.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: A senior Iraqi police officer has been killed after being hit by a bomb left outside the door of his house at Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad. The victim identified as the deputy head of Abu Ghraib police, Colonel Shalal al-Zubay, was struck by the bomb as he left home to go to work, Iraqi police reported on Wednesday, adding that his wife and his daughter were also killed in the incident.

#1: A bomb was defused on Tuesday in east of Amara city, according to the commander of the 10th emergency police force. “Anti-drug forces defused an improvised explosive device, planted on a-Kahlaa-al-Maeel road, east of Amara,” Colonel Mohammad Khaled al-Maliki told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The local-made bomb is loaded with more than 25kg of TNT,” he added.

#1: A deputy prosecutor was wounded in Mosul when he came under gunmen fire eastern the city, a security source from the Ninewa province said on Tuesday. “The victim was shot in front of his house in al-Moharibeen neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Army forces on Tuesday defused three bombs in separate incidents in NINEWA, a source from the Ninewa operations command said. “A force from the 12th brigade of the 2nd division managed to detonate two bombs in al-Darkazliya region, eastern Mosul, without damage,” he said. “The force also defused a bomb in Dawrat al-Swas region, southern Mosul,” he continued.

#3: A U.S. force killed on Wednesday a civilian and arrested his son and two of his brothers in northwest of Mosul, a security source said. “U.S. troops raided at dawn a house in al-Moumi village in al-Rabiyaa district, northwest of Mosul, where they killed a civilian and arrested his son and two of his brothers,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The forces used helicopters during the operation,” he added.

#4: A civilian was killed and two others were wounded by a roadside bomb that targeted a police patrol in Eyadhiyah area in west Mosul on Tuesday evening.

#5: Two civilians were wounded when mortar shells hit Prophet Younis area in downtown Mosul city on Tuesday afternoon.

Tal Afar:
#1: One civilian was killed and three others were wounded in an improvised explosive device explosion on Tuesday in the north of Talafar, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device went off on Tuesday morning (Nov. 3) in the marketplace of al-Aiyadiya district, north of Talafar, targeting a police vehicle patrol, killing one civilian and injuring three,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “None of the policemen were hurt in the attack,” he noted.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two policemen were killed and three others were wounded when a roadside detonated targeting their vehicle in Al-Zaghareed area in north Baquba around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Troops were Wednesday locked in deadly street battles with Taliban fighters, pushing a ground offensive deeper into militant-held territory, the military said. A senior military official told AFP the army had ‘taken’ the strategic town of Sararogha in the third week of fighting, while 30 insurgents were reported killed in the last 24 hours.

#2: Afghan soldiers killed seven insurgents, four of them foreigners, in an operation in northern Kunduz province, the Afghan defence ministry said on Wednesday.

#3: Taliban militants hurled two hand grenades on a police recruitment center in Nimroz province west of Afghanistan Wednesday morning injuring one person, provincial governor Ghulam Dastgir Azad said. "The insurgents threw two hand grenades on police recruitment center in provincial capital Zaranj this morning wounding one police constable," Azad told Xinhua.

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