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 11, 2009

War News for Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No International Security Assistance Force service members were killed during the past 24 hours.

Military sees increase in wounded in Afghanistan:

Body of missing U.S. soldier found in Afghan river:

Blackwater Said to Pursue Bribes to Iraq After 17 Died:

Foreign aid worker held in death of Afghan boy:

157 Christians, Shabak, Yazedis killed in Ninewa in 2 months:

Obama considering 4 options for Afghanistan, sources say:

Reported security incidents

#1: One al-Qaeda gunman was killed and eight others were arrested in armed clashes that took place in south of Samarra on Tuesday, according to a security source. “A police force, backed by the U.S. troops, raided on Tuesday (Nov. 10) al-Saaywiya village, south of Samarra, where they clashed with an armed group,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The forces killed Hazem Samier, Abu Janah, al-Qaeda leader, and arrested eight others,” he added.

#1: Gunmen killed a kurdish security member in Makhmour area in south Erbil on Tuesday evening.

#1: In a separate incident, a local security source said that gunmen used a grenade to attack a citizen’s house in Kirkuk. “The citizen works for the Transportation Ministry and his house is in a neighborhood near al-Safa mosque,” the source said. He said that the blast left damage to the house in addition to a nearby Chevrolet vehicle. The source did not mention further details.

#2: Two civilians were wounded on Tuesday in a sticky bomb explosion in western Kirkuk, a police officer said. “A bomb, stuck to a civilian vehicle, exploded in Teba market in western Kirkuk at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 10), injuring two civilians and damaging the vehicle,” Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Unknown gunmen fired a rocket on Wednesday in southwestern Kirkuk with no word on damage, a source from the joint coordination center said. “The rocket was fired from Wahed Hozayran region behind al-Zahraa mosque in southwestern Kirkuk on Wednesday (Nov. 11),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “There is no immediate word on damage caused by the rocket,” he added.

#4: A civilian was killed and two others were wounded by an adhesive bomb that was stuck to a civilian car in downtown Kirkuk city on Tuesday evening.

#1: SWAT personnel have mistakenly opened fire on a civilian in downtown Mosul, a local security source said on Tuesday. “The incident occurred in al-Midan area, downtown Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.The wounded has been taken to the hospital and is currently in a stable condition, the source indicated.

#2: Gunmen opened their fire upon a civilian killing him in Prophet Younis neighborhood in downtown Mosul city on Tuesday afternoon.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Helicopter gunships shelled militant hide-outs in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, killing 10 suspected fighters after the Taliban murdered two paramilitary soldiers at an outpost in the area. The attack on the outpost in Mohmand, one of Pakistan's semiautonomous tribal areas, was the latest staged by militants in retaliation for an army offensive against the Taliban's main stronghold in Pakistan's northwest. Dozens of militants armed with automatic weapons and rocket launchers attacked the paramilitary outpost just outside Bai Zai town in Mohmand before dawn Wednesday morning, said an intelligence officer and local government official. Two soldiers were killed in the attack and three injured, they said.

At least 10 Pakistani security personnel went missing after Taliban militants attacked their convoy in a lawless tribal region on the Afghan border, officials said Wednesday. "Taliban militants ambushed a convoy of 52 paramilitary Frontier Corps troops early Wednesday morning in Ghanam Shah area of Mohmand tribal region," top local administration official Amjad Ali Khan told AFP. "We are in contact with 40 troops, while 10 are still missing and the bodies of two soldiers were found in Ghanam Shah," he said.

#2: Two civilians were killed and three wounded when a suicide car bomber attacked a convoy of NATO troops in the Shah Joy district of southern Zabul province, said deputy provincial governor Gul Shah Ali Khail. An ISAF spokesman said they were aware of an incident in Zabul in which there were casualties and they were investigating.

#3: An Afghan woman was shot dead when Afghan soldiers opened fire after their convoy hit a roadside bomb in northern Takhar province, said provincial police chief Ziauddin Mahmoodi. Three soldiers were wounded in the blast, he said.

#4: An Australian soldier is in a stable condition after receiving wounds when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated during operations in southern Afghanistan. The soldier with the 2nd Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF-2) was part of a joint Australian and Afghan National Army (ANA) patrol, when they were targeted in an IED attack, north of Tarin Kowt in Oruzgan Province on the 10th of November.

DoD: Sgt. Charles I. Cartwright

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Mathew C. Heffelfinger

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Earl R. Scott III


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