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, April 13, 2010

War News for Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. Sean M. Durkin died at at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Friday, April 9th. He was originally wounded in an IED attack near Forward Operating Base Wilson, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Saturday, March 27th.

IEA: OPEC had first big drop in output in a year:

Reported security incidents

#1: Iraqi officials say a bomb inside a Baghdad liquor store killed three people and wounded seven. A police official says the liquor store bombing took place around noon Tuesday after a bomb hidden in a black plastic bag left behind by people posing as customers went off.

#2: Separately, another doctor said al-Baghdadia TV reporter Omar Ibrahim Rasheed lost both of his legs and was in critical condition after a bomb planted inside his car detonated on Tuesday.

A bomb explosion wounded six people including a journalist of an Iraqi TV station, in southern Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said.Omer Ibrahim Rasheed, working for the al-Baghdadia television, was wounded when a bomb planted in his car detonated in the morning. He was driving the car with another person in Doura district in southern Baghdad, the source told China's Xinhua news agency on condition of anonymity.The blast also wounded his companion and four passers-by, the source added.

#3: A 31-year-old security detainee died at Camp Cropper facility, the Multi National Forces (MNF) in Iraq said in a release posted online. “A group of detainees alerted the facility security to a detainee who had stopped breathing. U.S. Forces personnel administered CPR until the arrival of medics who transported the individual to the hospital,” the statement said.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and six others were wounded on Monday by a car bomb explosion west of Baghdad, according to a police source. “A car rigged with explosives went off on Monday (April 12) targeting an Iraqi army convoy in Abu Munaysar region near Abu Gharieb district, killing two soldiers and injuring six,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two civilians were killed when a bomb went off on Tuesday in western Basra province.

#1: Five people who belong to the family of a Sahwa fighter have been wounded in an attack that was launched by gunmen on their house east of Balad suburb. “The attack occurred yesterday night,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday. He noted that a woman and child are among the injured.

#1: Update Two persons were killed and 22 others were wounded in the suicide explosion in western Mosul, a police source said on Monday. “Two persons, including a traffic policeman, were killed and 22, including five policemen, women and children, were wounded in a car bomb blast that hit a Federal police patrol in al-Zanjili area, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Tal Afar:
#1: Two persons were killed and five others were wounded in a tribal conflict late yesterday night in Talafar suburb, northwest of Mosul city. “Iraqi forces arrived to the incident’s location, around 60 km northwest of Mosul, and cordoned off the area,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday. The source noted that the injured were admitted to hospitals, and that some of them remain in serious condition.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bombing killed four Afghan policemen. Two other policemen were wounded and their vehicle destroyed in the bombing Monday in northern Faryab province's Ghormach district, the Interior Ministry said. The vast majority of such devices are set by Taliban insurgents.

#2: three women died when mortars fired by suspected insurgents fell on their homes in an increasingly volatile area just north of the capital Kabul, officials said Tuesday.

#3: Also Tuesday, two people were wounded when their tractor ran over a mine in the far southwestern province of Nimroz, the Interior Ministry said.

#4: Up to 71 civilians were killed in a weekend strike by Pakistani jets near the Afghan border, survivors and a government official said Tuesday — a rare confirmation of civilian casualties.

#5: Also Tuesday, a village elder claimed 13 civilians had been killed in U.S. missile strike on Monday night elsewhere in the northwest, contesting accounts by Pakistani security officials that four militants were killed. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas on Monday denied that any of the dead in the Pakistani air force attack were civilians, saying the army had intelligence that militants were gathering at the site of the strike. The victims were initially reported to be suspected militants. Two survivors interviewed Tuesday in hospital in the main northwestern city of Peshawar gave the first detailed account of the attack, which took place Saturday morning. They said most of the victims were killed when they were trying to rescue people trapped by an earlier strike on the house of a village elder. "This house was bombed on absolutely wrong information," said Khanan Gul Khan, a resident of the village who was visiting a relative in hospital. "This area has nothing to do with militants."

DoD: Sgt. Sean M. Durkin