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

Thursday, April 15, 2010

War News for Thursday, April 15, 2010

Red Cross says civilian bomb injuries rise 30-40 per cent in southern Afghanistan over 2009:

Candian troops killed Afghan teen, inquiry told:

20,000 US troops transited through Russia for Afghanistan:

Reported security incidents

#1: A bomb placed inside a sportswear shop killed one person and wounded five others in central Baghdad, the Baghdad security office said.

Diala Prv:
#1: Five army soldiers were wounded on Wednesday in a bomb explosion in Jalawlaa, a police source said. “An improvised explosive device went off in Bayza village in Jalawlaa, southwest of Khanaqin, targeting an army vehicle patrol, injuring five soldiers,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The forensic medicine department in Kut received on Thursday the body of a young man, which was fished out from the Tigris river, a medic said. “The decayed body, belongs to a 20-year-old man, bore signs of torture,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Irbil Prv:
#1: A woman and her daughter were wounded in a landmine explosion in northeastern Arbil, an official source in Kurdistan said on Wednesday. “The landmine went off in Bawa Krawa village in Jouman district, northeastern Arbil, injuring a woman and her daughter,” Akou Azeez told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A Sahwa leader survived an attempt on his life on Wednesday when a bomb went off targeting him, a senior police officer said. “An explosive charge exploded this afternoon in al-Huweija district, southwest of Kirkuk, while Sahwa leader, Colonel Khalaf Ibrahim, was passing,” KDPD chief Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The explosion injured him along with four of his bodyguards,” he added.

#1: One Iraqi army soldier was killed when unknown gunmen opened fire on Wednesday targeting an army checkpoint in western Mosul city. “The gunmen opened fire on the checkpoint from one of the nearby narrow roads,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Unknown gunmen killed a civilian on Wednesday in front of his house in eastern Mosul city. “The incident took place in the al-Quds (Jerusalem) neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: One civilian was killed on Thursday by gunmen in western Mosul, according to a security source. “Unknown armed men shot and killed a civilian in al-Zanjili region in western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least five Pakistani soldiers were killed and several others injured in a pre-dawn attack on a security check post in the restive Orakzai Agency of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) on Friday. According to sources, a senior military officer Lt. Col. Anwar Abbas was among those killed in the militant strike, which is supposed to have been carried out by Taliban insurgents. Following the strike, security forces launched a massive counter attack in the region killing at least 25 extremists at Kayala checkpost in region, Xinhua reported. However, the casualties were not confirmed through independent sources.

#2: Spanish legionaire injured in Afghanistan. A new Lince armoured vehicle hit a mineA legionnaire from Coín, Juan González, has been injured by a mine in Afghanistan. He has only been in the country for a month and was hit by the blast in his new armoured Lince vehicle he was driving with three others on Wednesday. It happened on the dangerous Lithium route. His leg injuries are not life-threatening, and he is now recovering in hospital in Herat.

#3: US missiles struck a vehicle carrying militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing four alleged insurgents. The strike occurred in the Anbar Shaga area of North Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. At least three suspected militants also were wounded in Wednesday’s strike, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. The exact identities of the wounded and killed were not immediately known.

#4: An explosion rocked Kandahar province in south Afghanistan and claimed the lives of five persons including four children and injured eight others on Thursday, spokesman for provincial administration Zalmai Ayubi said. "The blast occurred inside a lorry in Takhta Pul district at noon time, leaving four children and the driver dead and injuring eight others, all civilians," Ayubi told Xinhua.

DoD: Spc. Joseph T. Caron

DoD: Cpl. Michael D. Jankiewicz


Cervantes said...

U.S. retreat from Afghan valley marks recognition of blunder:

"It was as if the five years of almost ceaseless firefights and ambushes had been a misunderstanding -- a tragic, bloody misunderstanding. More than 40 U.S. troops have been killed, and scores more wounded, in helicopter crashes, machine-gun attacks and grenade blasts in the Korengal Valley, a jagged sliver just six miles long and a half-mile wide. The Afghan death toll has been far higher . . .

U.S. troops arrived here in 2005 to flush out al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters. They stayed on the theory that their presence drew insurgents away from areas where the U.S. role is more tolerated and there is a greater desire for development. The troops were, in essence, bullet magnets.

In 2010, a new set of commanders concluded that the United States had blundered into a blood feud with fierce and clannish villagers who wanted, above all, to be left alone. By this logic, subduing the Korengal wasn't worth the cost in American blood."

So, the U.S. just up and left. Now how about the rest of the country?

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