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, January 11, 2010

War News for Monday, January 11, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of a U.S. Marine in a roadside bombing in north west of Nawa, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, January 10th. Five additional Marines were injured in the attack. A British journalist was also killed and another was wounded in the attack.

The Washington Post is reporting the deaths of three American service members during an enemy engagement in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, January 11th.

The Washington Post is also reporting the death of another American service member in a bombing in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, January 10th.

The BBC is reporting the death of a French soldier in an insurgent attack in the Alasay valley, some 80km (50 miles) northeast of Kabul, Afghanistan on presumably on Monday, January 11th.

Jan. 6 airpower summary: Jan. 7 airpower summary

Drone Flights Leave Military Awash in Data:

Commentary: Dick Cheney's constant comments only damage his credibility:

Reported security incidents

#1: Police say a bomb attached to a car in the Iraqi capital wounded five people, including three bodyguards of a Shiite lawmaker. A police official at the scene told The Associated Press Monday that Izzat Ashabander was not in the convoy when it was targeted. He said two of the wounded were bystanders.

An explosive charge attached to a vehicle which was part of the convoy of Izzat al-Shabander, an independent lawmaker, detonated in the morning in Jadriyah district in central Baghdad, wounding three of his bodyguards and two bystanders, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Shabander was not in the convoy when the attack occurred, the source said.

#2: In separate incident, a roadside bomb went off late on Sunday night near a police patrol, wounding three policemen in Suliekh district in northern Baghdad, the ministry source added.

#3: Six people were wounded when an improvised explosive device attached to a civilian vehicle detonated in the area of al-Bayyaa, southwestern Baghdad, on Sunday, a local police source said. “Unidentified persons attached an IED to a civilian Opel vehicle, which exploded while it was driving on Ishreen street in Baayaa, southwestern Baghdad, leaving four persons on board and two nearby pedestrians wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: A roadside bomb went off near a police patrol, wounding three policemen and one civilian in the Suleikh district of northern Baghdad, police said.

#5: A sticky bomb attached to a car wounded four passengers and two passers-by on Sunday afternoon in the Bayaa district of southern Baghdad, police said

Diyala Prv:
#1: Sunday In a separate incident, a roadside bomb went off at a village near the town of Khan Bani Saad, some 50 km northeast of Baghdad, wounding a man and a woman, the source said.

#1: Police forces on Monday found an unknown corpse in southern Kirkuk City, according to a local police chief. “This morning, forces from the Orouba police found an unknown body inside a civilian vehicle near al-Amin Mosque in Rouna Ki neighborhood,” Col. Shirzad Mouffari told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Three Iraqi soldiers and a child have been wounded in an explosive charge blast in Mosul City, a local security source said on Sunday. “At noon, an improvised explosive device (IED) hit an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in Domeez neighborhood, southeastern Mosul, injuring three soldiers and a child,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Unknown gunmen on Monday shot down a civilian in western Mosul City, according to a local security source. “At noon, a 50-year-old man was killed by gunmen in al-Sinaa al-Qadeema area, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Two insurgents were killed while they were trying to launch a mortar round on Saturday in western Mosul, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A helicopter of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) made an emergency landing in southern Afghanistan's Helamnd province Monday, Xinhua reported. A press release issued by the ISAF said, "During a landing this morning at a base in Helmand province, an ISAF helicopter and its crew experienced a hard landing." The helicopter needs repair and no crew member was injured, said the press release.

#2: Taliban militants have attacked a house in Faryab province north of Afghanistan and killed four civilians, local police said Monday. "A group of armed Taliban targeted a house with rocket propelled grenade Sunday night, killing four people, a 14-year old girl, two women and a man," Mohammad Sadeq, deputy provincial police chief, told Xinhua. Two other members of the family sustained injuries in the attack, said the official.