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

Friday, March 5, 2010

War News for Friday, March 05, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, February 5th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, February 4th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an vehicle accident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, February 4th.


Encouraging Signs in Afghanistan:

In Testimony, Brown Says Iraq War Was ‘Right Decision’

Iraqi Shiites Turn Prayer Meetings Into Election Rallies:

McChrystal bans night raids without Afghan troops:


Reported security incidents

Kirkuk:
#1: Three persons were wounded as a result of a stun bomb explosion that targeted the supporters of the Kurdistan Alliance (KA) bloc in southern Kirkuk on Thursday, according to a senior security official. “A stun bomb went off near a convoy of vehicles of the KA supporters from Iraqi Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barazani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) near the bridge of Leilan, southern Kirkuk, wounding three civilians,” Brig. Sarhad Qader, the chief of the Kirkuk Districts’ Police Department (KDPD), told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion also caused damage to one of the vehicles in the convoy,” he said.


Mosul:
#1: Unidentified gunmen attacked a second voting center in Mosul city on Thursday, leaving one soldier wounded, a security source in Ninewa said. “The gunmen’s attack took place near a bus terminal in eastern Mosul, leaving one soldier wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two policemen were wounded on Friday in a roadside bomb blast in northern Falluja, a police source said. “The bomb, planted on a road in central al-Saqlawiya district, northern Falluja, went off targeting a police vehicle patrol, injuring two cops and damaging the vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber targeted Shiite Muslims on two buses being escorted by security forces through a northwestern Pakistan border area rife with sectarian and insurgent violence, killing 12 people Friday. Friday's attack only targeted the buses carrying Shiites, police official Akram Ullah said. Security forces escorting them weren't harmed. The victims were passing through a gas station in the town of Hangu when the lone attacker on foot set off the bomb, Ullah said. Five people were killed at the scene and seven others died at hospitals, he said.


DoD: Sgt. Vincent L.C. Owens