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

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

War News for Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldiers in a roadside bombing in the Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, February 8th.

NATO is reporting the death of an American ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 9th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier in an "engagement" with insurgents in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 9th.

Statement on the closure of the legal case for Iraq in Spain:

Dutch cabinet reacts to critical Iraq inquiry:

Bush warned of US attack ‘come what may'

Judge says convoy lawsuits against KBR can go to trial:

Taliban confirm Hakeemullah's death:

In Northern Iraq, a Vote Seems Likely to Split:

Pakistani Military Retakes Key Town in Tribal Belt From Taliban:

Reported security incidents

#1: A government employee was killed and his wife was injured in an armed attack in northern Baghdad, a police source said on Tuesday. “Last night, unknown gunmen attacked a civilian vehicle driven by Mohammed Fakhry, an employee working for the Water Resources Ministry, who was accompanied by his wife,” the source, who requested anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Meanwhile, other gunmen opened fire on an engineer who works in the Iraqi Parliament, Ali Mohammed Qassem, while he was driving his car on Mohammed al-Qassem highway in eastern Baghdad. Qassem was severely wounded in the attack, the source added.

#1: Six al-Qaeda gunmen were killed and one soldier was wounded on Monday in clashes between Iraqi army and gunmen in south of Makhmour district, an army source said. “A number of al-Qaeda gunmen attacked an army’s checkpoint near Bayoula village, south of Makhmour on Monday afternoon (Feb. 8),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Gunmen opened fire on Monday at the election office of a former Pakistani government minister, killing four people and wounding two, officials said. The identity of the gunmen, who opened fire at Sheikh Rashid Ahmed's election office in the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, was not known but the violence is likely to raise political tension. Ahmed was hurt but not by a bullet, an aide, Javed Qureshi, told Reuters. Ahmed had apparently injured a foot when he fell over during the attack, he said. "Unidentified gunmen opened fire with Kalashnikovs. It was an assassination attempt," Qureshi said. Two guards and two other people were killed, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told parliament. Two guards were wounded.