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, March 1, 2010

War News for Monday, March 01, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, March 1st. Numerous news reports this to be a suicide car bombing on a NATO convoy near the Kandahar airport.

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Reported security incidents

#1: Two civilians were wounded when a sticky bomb hit a civilian vehicle in western Baghdad, a local police source said on Monday. “Today, a sticky improvised explosive device (IED) hit a civilian vehicle belonging to Talal Khadr al-Zobaie, an employee working in the office of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The blast, which occurred in al-Ghazaliya neighborhood, western Baghdad, wounded two civilians who were close to the scene, the source noted.

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#1: A plot to detonate four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the main road linking Samawa to Rumaitha has been foiled, a local security source said on Monday. “On Monday, police forces found four roadside IEDs on the main road linking Samawa to Rumaitha (35 km north of Samawa),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The devices, which were set to be detonated consecutively by means of a remote control, have been dismantled,” the source noted.

#1: Unknown gunmen have killed a member of al-Jamaa al-Islamiya (The Islamic Group) in southern Kirkuk, a local source said on Monday. “On Sunday (Feb. 28) evening, unknown gunmen opened fire on Mansour Barghash in front of his house in al-Jameela neighborhood, downtown Touz (80 km south of Kirkuk),” an official from the local committee of the group, Shawan Dozi, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Four Iraqi army personnel were injured in a hand grenade blast in Mosul City, a local security source said on Monday. “On Sunday (Feb. 28) evening, unknown gunmen threw a hand grenade at an Iraqi army patrol vehicle in Dawret al-Hamam area, eastern Mosul, injuring four patrolmen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The wounded included a major and a lieutenant, the source added.

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#1: An oil tanker for US and NATO troops in Afghanistan was set on fire by suspected Islamist militants in Pakistan's restive north-western region Monday, reports quoting police said. Troops returned fire to repel militant attack on the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of the North-West Frontier Province. The troops managed to arrest two of the attackers, while the rest of them fled after an hour-long exchange of fire.

#2: Four Afghan civilians and one foreign soldier were killed on Monday when a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of NATO-led troops near the southern city of Kandahar, officials and witnesses said. In the earlier suicide attack, several soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were wounded in the attack on a road several miles from Kandahar airport, a provincial official said.

#3: Hours later, a car packed with explosives blew up outside the main police station in the city, the birthplace of the ousted Taliban in Afghanistan and the expected next target of NATO troops fighting to oust the militants. The second Kandahar blast killed one police officer and wounded 16 people, including nine police, said Fazl Ahmad Sherzad, deputy police chief for Kandahar province.

#4: New Zealand elite SAS troops have come under fire after a car bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister John Key has released some details about the incident in Kabul on Friday.
Mr Key says up to 15 members of the New Zealand Special Air Services were accompanying an Afghan unit in response to the explosion and the occupation of a building by a group of insurgents. Mr Key says during the incident, some members of the SAS were fired upon by insurgents and they returned fire. The insurgents then blew themselves up before they could be apprehended by Afghan security forces. No New Zealanders were injured, but eight civilians were killed in the initial bomb blast and about eight insurgents died, Mr Key says.

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