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 19, 2010

War News for Friday, March 19, 2010

Rice regrets how US prioritized rebuilding in Iraq:

Reported security incidents

#1: The officials say the roadside bomb went off Friday morning near a market in Baghdad's teeming Shiite district of Sadr City. The explosion killed three people and wounded seven.The officials say the bomb was hidden under a heap of trash and detonated as shoppers started arriving.

#2: In the second attack, gunmen shot dead an Iraqi soldier in southern Baghdad after breaking into his house.

#3: One civilian was wounded on Friday morning by a roadside bomb explosion in northern Baghdad, a police source said. “The bomb exploded on the main street in al-Tarmiya region, northern Baghdad, injuring one civilian, who was carried to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, giving no further details.

#1: A truck driver was killed and his son wounded by unidentified gunmen fire in southern Mosul city on Thursday, according to a local police source in Ninewa. “The gunmen opened fire at a truck near Dorat al-Sowas area in southern Mosul, killing its driver and wounding his son and escaping to an unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Police forces found two unknown bodies in southeast of Mosul, according to a security source. “The forces found the bullet-riddled bodies late Thursday (March 18) in a village in al-Namroud district in southeast of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The corpses bore signs of gunshot wounds to the head and the chest,” he added.

#3: One Iraqi soldier was killed and three more were wounded on Friday in a bomb blast in western Mosul, according to a police source. “An improvised explosive device went off targeting an army vehicle patrol in 17 Tamouz neighborhood in western Mosul, killing a soldier and injuring three others,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

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