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, March 16, 2010

War News for Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak Hospital, UK, on Monday, March 15th. The soldier was wounded in an IED attack in the Musa Qal'ah district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, February 21st.

U.S. Is Reining In Special Forces in Afghanistan:

Reported security incidents

#1: A car rigged with explosives has went off near al-Mustansriya University in the capital Baghdad, eyewitnesses said on Tuesday. There has been no word on casualties yet.

Three Iraqi policemen were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near al-Mustansriya University in the capital Baghdad, the Iraqi police said on Tuesday. “This morning, three cops were wounded when an explosive device hit their patrol on Falasteen St. near the back entrance of the university, eastern Baghdad,” a police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Two civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast in downtown Baghdad, a local police source said on Tuesday. “This morning, two civilians were wounded when a roadside explosive device exploded near the Shiite mosque of Abdulrasoul in al-Karada neighborhood, downtown Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces have found a body belonging to a policeman who was kidnapped a few years ago in al-Shurqat district, a local security source said on Tuesday. “A citizen told al-Shurqat police that he had found an unknown body in a farmland in Uweijila village, the left coast of al-Shurqat district,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The body was found to belong to a policeman who was kidnapped by an unarmed group in late 2005, the source indicated.

#1: Sahwa commander of al-Zab area survived an assassination attempt southwest of Kirkuk city, a local police source said on Tuesday. “A roadside bomb hit the convoy of Salman Ahmed Dikheel this noon in central al-Zab, 85 km southwest of Kirkuk,” Police Brigadier Sarhad Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.He said the blast left one of the convoy’s vehicles damaged, without causing any casualties.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two unknown gunmen have detonated the house of a policeman in Falluja City, but no casualties were reported, a local police source said on Tuesday. “This morning, unknown gunmen blew up a house belonging to a policeman in al-Karma district, eastern Falluja,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suspected US drone strike killed at least 11 militants Tuesday in Pakistan’s tribal region near the Afghan border, an intelligence official said.Several more people were injured in the aerial strike in the Datta Khel area of the North Waziristan tribal district, a known hub of Islamic militancy. An intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity said four missiles were fired from a drone at two insurgent camps in the mountains.

#2: An Australian soldier in Afghanistan was wounded by insurgents almost a month ago, defence has revealed. In line with the new policy of disclosing all incidents in which Australian troops are wounded, defence said the soldier received a soft-tissue injury. The incident occurred on February 21. The soldier, from the First Mentoring Task Force (MTF-1), was hurt while taking cover after his patrol came under insurgent small arms fire in Mirabad, north of Tarin Kowt in southern Afghanistan.

#3: According to police, unidentified men hurled a grenade on a house in Kharotabad in outskirts of the provincial Quetta. The explosion killed Mussa Khan, owner of the house, and injured his son, Wali Muhammad (18). The attackers escaped from the site after committing the crime.

#4: According to official sources, four persons, including a policeman, sustained injuries when unknown men lobbed a grenade on a police vehicle at the Post Office Road.

#5: Similarly, a hand grenade was also hurled at a FC at Seerat Chowk, around 30 minutes after the first attack, injuring three FC personnel.

#6: In another incident, the driver of a tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces inAfghanistan was injured at Dadhar area when unknown armed assailants sprayed a volley of bullets on the tanker with sophisticated weapons. Resultantly, the driver, Bakhtiar Khan, sustained serious wounds and rushed to a hospital.

#7: Six people were killed as a roadside bomb struck a civilian car in Taliban birthplace Kandahar in south Afghanistan on Monday, a press release of provincial administration said. "The incident occurred in Shah Walikot district at noontime as a result six civilians were killed," the press release added.

#8: Militants attacked German troops in Chardara district of Kunduz province in north Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday. "The attack occurred in Qasab village on Monday evening when the German and Afghan forces were attempting to establish checkpoints in the area," an official with the press department of Germany's Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Morten told Xinhua. Giving only one name, the official also admitted that two military vehicles were slightly damaged in the fighting lasting for hours. There were no casualties on the troops, adding the militants after suffering casualties fled the area.

DoD: Cpl. Jonathan D. Porto


whisker said...

First I would like to thank Cervantes for fixing the comment section, this was somewhat more involved then most people think. Secondly I would like to ask that the fronts size be made a little smaller the next time you have time to mess with it again. Last I will say that any assholes will be banned for obscenities, extreme off context posting or spammers.

Cervantes said...

How's that?

whisker said...

the text was overly large :)

Anonymous said...

Test comment

Anonymous said...

only posted "test message" because first post attempt was met with an Error message. (Observer)

Observer said...

RE: "Reining in" Spec forces Ops.

Perhaps they ought not to have let them "slip the leash" in the first place.

Perhaps better "drivers" are in order.

dancewater said...

Observer: they have no intentions of reining any of them in.... never did, never will, this is just talk for the stupid American public.

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