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 29, 2010

War News for Thursday, April 29, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 28th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Four mortar rounds hit the Green Zone on Thursday morning causing damages to Al Najda Al Nahriya Police building, a security source said.

#2: Five people were killed and 10 wounded, including several police officers, when two suspected suicide car bombers attacked police checkpoints in southern Baghdad on Wednesday, police said. In Wednesday's attacks in Abu Dsheer, suicide bombers in two cars drove at two checkpoints at more or less the same time, and blew themselves up, a police source said.

#3: Six persons were wounded on Thursday in an improvised explosive device blast in eastern Baghdad, a police source said. “The bomb was detonated this morning near al-Ghadier bridge in eastern Baghdad, targeting a police patrol,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in eastern Baghdad wounded four police officers and two civilians, police said.

#4: A bomb on a pickup truck attached to the Electricity Ministry wounded two ministry employees and two bystanders in the Mansour district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#5: Wednesday Two mortar rounds landed in the heavily fortified Green Zone government and diplomatic neighbourhood of Baghdad, without causing any casualties, the office of the Baghdad security command said.


Diyala Prv:
#1: In Diyala province, a civilian was killed and two injured in a roadside bomb explosion near their vehicle close to the town of Wajihiyah, near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, an anonymous provincial police source told Xinhua.

#2: In a separate incident, Iraqi security forces captured five al- Qaida militants while they were planting three roadside bombs at the residential area of al-Gatoon in western Baquba, the source added.


Abu Ghraib:
#1: A bomb stuck to a civilian car in Al Shohadaa’ District in Abu Ghraib region wounded the driver, police said.


Kirkuk:
#1: An Iraqi human-rights worker was killed by a roadside bomb in the disputed northern city of Kirkuk Thursday, police told the German Press Agency dpa. Police Colonel Salah al-Din Taha said the man was critically injured by a roadside bomb as he drove down al-Quds street in Kirkuk.

#2: One civilian was killed on Thursday in a sticky bomb blast in central Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center said. “The sticky bomb went off at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday (April 29) on a civilian car behind al-Haja Sabriya mosque in central Kirkuk, killing the driver, Sirwan Hamid, and destroying the car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: An Iraqi soldier was killed on Thursday by a bomb blast in western Anbar, a security source said. “An improvised explosive device went off on Thursday (April 29), targeting a military vehicle patrol in Jabla region between al-Qaem and Rawa districts in western Anbar, killing a soldier and damaging the vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan troops and US special forces killed a Taliban commander and his bodyguard Thursday in northern Afghanistan, a provincial governor said. Mullah Daoud and one of his men were killed in a pre-dawn operation in Ghor Tapa, an area in Kunduz city, the capital of the province of the same name, Governor Mohammad Omar said.

#2: U.S. troops raided the home of a female member of the Afghan parliament and killed a neighbor who was one of her relatives, the MP said on Thursday, an incident that sparked angry protests in the east. A spokesman for foreign forces in Afghanistan said Western and Afghan troops had raided a house in the area and shot dead an armed man but was not able to comment on whether the house belonged to a member of parliament.

40 comments:

thewiz said...

This is really gettin' crazy; Women with suntans will be arrested in Iran. But they don't hate us for...uh....you get the idea.

Cervantes said...

Ahh, this isn't about anybody hating us, it's about their own society. Is that so hard to grasp?

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thewiz said...

C its about western society and its influences encroaching on their ancient rituals. Apparently, that is hard to grasp.

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Anonymous said...

Yes it is. If that isnt obvious I dont know wat is...

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dancewater said...

Things are going just swell over there in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Another day, another dead civilian, another large protest with Afghans chanting "death to America" -- this time they killed a relative of a Member of Parliament.

At least they did not dig the bullet out of his body.....

dancewater said...

so, let's keep propping up the current government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for another nine years - and kill off a bunch of the relatives of that same corrupt government - and see if we get any better results.

Americans are stupid.

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dancewater said...

hey, it's not just the Muslims who get their shorts in a knot over someone saying something they don't like about their religious figures:

Corpus Christi is the same play that was scheduled and then canceled (and then re-scheduled) by the Manhattan Theater Club back in 1998 as a result of "anonymous telephone threats to burn down the theater, kill the staff, and 'exterminate' McNally." Both back then and now, leading the protests (though not the threats) was the Catholic League, denouncing the play as "blasphemous hate speech."


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In this play, Jesus is gay. I guess the Catholics hate us for our freedoms TOO, and that's why they shut things like a play DOWN.

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dancewater said...

above a quote from Greenwald:

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/04/26/douthat/index.html

dancewater said...

more from that article:


The various forms of religious-based, intimidation-driven censorship and taboo ideas in the U.S. -- what Douthat claims are non-existent except when it involves Muslims -- are too numerous to chronicle. One has to be deeply ignorant, deeply dishonest or consumed with petulant self-victimization and anti-Muslim bigotry to pretend they don't exist.


and yet, some people pretend.....

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Anonymous said...

A vote4 die. :).

Nice...

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