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, January 16, 2010

War News for Saturday, January 16, 2010

The BBC is reporting the death of an American ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan presumably on Friday, January 15th.

The British MoD is reporting the deaths of two British ISAF soldiers in an IED strike near Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Friday, January 15th.

U.S. releases list of Bagram detainees:

In Afghanistan attack, CIA fell victim to series of miscalculations about informant:

Rarely used flying bomb strikes new targets in Iraq:

Despite prevention efforts, U.S. military suicides rise:

Reported security incidents

#1: Two policemen were shot dead by gunmen fire in al-Dora neighborhood, southern Baghdad, according to a security source on Saturday. “Unidentified gunmen opened fire Saturday morning at two policemen boarding a civilian vehicle in al-Dora, southern Baghdad, leaving them dead,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Gunmen shot dead an employee of the Trade Ministry inside his car in eastern Baghdad, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Two Iraqi army soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in central al-Saadiya district, Diala province, on Saturday, a local security source said. “An IED went off near an Iraqi army patrol in central Saadiya, (35 km) south of Khanaqin district, leaving two soldiers injured,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The deputy chief of the Kirkuk’s Kurdish security forces asayesh survived an attempt on his life with an improvised explosive device (IED) that targeted his motorcade in the western part of the city on Friday, according to an asayesh information official. “Col. Salar Khalid, the deputy chief of asayesh, escaped an assassination attempt on Friday when an IED went off near his motorcade in western Kirkuk,” Firhad Hama told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The blast caused damage to two vehicles of the motorcade but no casualties were reported,” he added, not giving further details about the incident.

#2: A civilian man was wounded in an improvised explosive device blast southwest of Kirkuk on Saturday, according to the Kirkuk Districts’ Police Department (KDPD) chief. “The IED went off near the civilian man’s vehicle inside al-Zab district, (85 km) southwest of Kirkuk, Saturday morning, leaving him critically wounded and the vehicle severely damaged,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Unknown gunmen attacked on Saturday noon a patrol of Multi National Force (MNF) in central Kirkuk city with a hand-grenade, said a local security source. “The blast left no casualties or damage,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He pointed out that the armed men hurled the hand-grenade while driving by in a civilian vehicle.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber attacked a military vehicle in the Pakistani part of the Kashmir region on Saturday wounding two soldiers, security officials said. Military officials said earlier two soldiers had been killed and four wounded but they said later their information had been incorrect and only two soldiers were wounded in the blast.

#2: Afghan and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) eliminated 11 militants in Helmand province south of Afghanistan Friday night, a press release of the alliance said Saturday. "The ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) partnered with ISAF forces to conduct an overnight operation in Sistanay village, Nad Ali district, Helmand province," the press release added.

#3: A rocket hit the diplomatic district of the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, close to most Western embassies, the presidential palace and the United Nations' main office, a senior policeman said. Abdulghafar Sayedzada, head of Kabul's criminal investigation unit, confirmed the rocket hit the Wazir Akbar Khan area, also home to many well-off Afghans and foreign companies. One policeman was lightly wounded, a source from the city police command office told Reuters. There were no reports of other casualties.

#4: A district chief was injured as a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in Khost province east of Afghanistan on Saturday, a local official said. "Governor of Bak district Lutfullah Babakarkhil was on his way to office this morning, when a mine struck his vehicle, wounding him slightly," police officer Gul Pacha told Xinhua.

DoD: Spc. Kyle J. Wright

DoD: Sgt. Christopher R. Hrbek

DoD: Sgt. Lucas T. Beachnaw