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

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

War News for Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Heritage Oil drops 9% after well problem and Uganda delay

Guard's Iraq murder trial adjourned:

Incumbent Iraqi PM Loses Key Shiite Supporters:

Not all terrorism: Obama tries to change subject:

Top Afghan election officials, accused of vote-rigging, resign:

U.S. Approves Targeted Killing of American Cleric:

Giant lizard discovered in the Philippines:

Reported security incidents

#1: Six civilians were wounded on Wednesday in an improvised explosive device blast in southern Baghdad, a police source said. “The bomb exploded in al-Doura neighborhood in southern Baghdad, injuring six people,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

An improvised explosive device went off inside a funeral tent in the Doura district of southern Baghdad, injuring four civilians, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb exploded in Amil neighbourhood, southwest Baghdad, Tuesday. Security officials did not release casualty figures.

#3: A roadside bomb targeted civilians near the National Theatre, Karrada, central Baghdad Monday evening killing one civilian, injuring five.

#4: A home made bomb was left inside a store that sells alcoholic beverages near the National Theatre, central Baghdad, late Monday, causing only material damages.

#5: A roadside bomb exploded in Kasra, Athamiyah neighbourhood, north Baghdad, Monday evening, causing no casualties.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Four civilians, from the same family, were injured by army forces in Baaquba, a media source from the Diala police department said on Wednesday. “Iraqi army forces opened fire randomly on Wednesday (April 7) in al-Mafraq region in Baaquba, injuring four civilians, from the same family,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A magnetic bomb stuck to a civilian car detonated right behind the governorate building in central Baquba at 10.15 a.m. Tuesday, killing the driver and injuring three civilian pedestrians.

#1: Two women were killed on Tuesday when they came under gunmen fire north of Hilla city.
“The two women are in their thirties,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the gunmen were driving an OPEL brand car when they opened fire on the two women 35 km north of Hilla city.

#1: One civilian was wounded on Tuesday by unknown gunmen in the north of Babel, a police source said. “The gunmen shot and wounded a civilian in front of his house in al-Musayab district, north of Hilla,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A civilian from Talafar was killed on Tuesday by gunmen in western Mosul, a police source said. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on a taxi in 17 Tamouz neighborhood, western Mosul, killing a civilian who was heading for his house from Mosul city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Police forces found a civilian body in eastern Mosul, according to a police source on Wednesday. “The police found the body late Tuesday (April 6) in al-Khadraa neighborhood in eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The forces found signs of a rope around the body’s neck,” he added, noting that the corpse was sent to the forensic medicine department.

#3: Gunmen shot dead a mechanic inside his shop in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#4: A roadside bomb wounded a child in northern Mosul, police said.

Tal Afar:
#1: Two policemen were wounded on Wednesday in a roadside bomb blast in north of Talafar, a source from the joint coordination center said. “The bomb exploded on Wednesday morning (April 7) targeting a police vehicle patrol in al-Aiyadiya district, north of Talafar,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Duhuk Prv:
#1: The Turkish artillery shelled a border region in east of Zakho, without causing damage, a source from the border guards said on Tuesday. “The Turkish artillery pounded Nazdouri region in the east of Zakho district with 20 shells, without causing damage,” Colonel Hussein Tamr told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “This is the third shelling of the region this week without damage or casualties,” he added, without giving further details.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Three suicide attacks targeting citizens in east and south of Anbar were foiled on Tuesday, a police media director said. “Three suicide attacks by explosive belts were foiled on Tuesday evening (April 6),” Major Rahim Zubn told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “A 14-year-old bomber wearing an explosive belt was arrested in al-Habaniya district, east of Ramadi, while the two other bombers were arrested in al-Amiriya district, southern Falluja,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: According to initial reports, one civilian was killed and more than a dozen others were injured when an insurgent improvised explosive device detonated near an ISAF convoy in Nangarhar province today. Afghan national security forces arrived quickly on scene, secured the site and evacuated the wounded to a local medical facility. There were no ISAF or ANSF injuries; however, one military vehicle was damaged in the incident.

One civilian was killed and 15 others injured in a suicide-bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan targeting a U.S. military convoy on Wednesday.The U.S. troops, serving as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), narrowly escaped the attack in the town of Mostofeyat in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The blast damaged a vehicle in the convoy, but caused no injuries to the soldiers. Nine of the injured civilians remain hospitalized in serious condition. No militant group claimed responsibility for the explosion.

#2: update Afghanistan's military said 27 insurgents were killed in ground fighting and airstrikes in a western province on Tuesday. In addition to the 27 Taliban bodies collected, one Afghan soldier was killed and five wounded, he said. One U.S. soldier was reported wounded.

#3: An oil tanker loaded with diesel oil rammed into a truck and caught fire in the north of Afghan capital city Kabul Wednesday, killing three passersby, an eyewitness said. "An oil tanker attempted to take edge from a coal-laden truck in Khair Khana area north of capital city this morning. As a result it caught fire and burned to ashes three passersby," an eyewitness who introduced himself only one name Yasin told Xinhua. Two more shops were also damaged in the incident, Yasin added. Meantime, another person at the site Ghulam Ali said that four more people sustained injuries in the incident.


Cervantes said...

Okay, since we have the giant lizard I will allow 1 (and only 1) comment about Australian Rules Football per post.

thewiz said...


Amazing, no one, not even Cervantes who is the best debater here, will take up the challenge. A challenge that should be easy since "they hate us for our freedom" is such "bullshit."

Could it be my superior intellect? I doubt it.

Could it be the impeccable logic of my discussions? Nyet

The real reason is that, while the basis of their hatred is complicated, you all know there is much truth in that statement.


Cervantes said...

I'm still a bit confused about what your point is. Are you asking someone to explain why the Rovian phrase "They hate us for our freedom" is total bullshit?

That seems far beneath me, or anyone with one neuron to rub against another, but let me ask first, who are "they"?

thewiz said...

The question, as you well know since I stated it several times, is what is meant when one says "they hate us for our freedom." Can you explain what it means? Does that statement have any credibility at all? You disappoint me by using such weak tactics. Your better than that.

And the "they" refers to the ones that have been attacking the US, other western nations, and western interests anywhere on the planet. "They" is the radical Islamists behind 90% of all terrorists acts for the last 30 years or more.

thewiz said...

And ya knew that, too.


Cervantes said...

No, not weak at all. In other words it does not mean Iraqis who resisted the U.S. invasion, for obvious reasons having nothing to do with our freedom.

OBL made his rationale for attacking the U.S. perfectly clear. He was offended, first of all, by the U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia, which he considered defilement of the holy land; by U.S. support for the Saudi regime, which he considers corrupt and impure; and by U.S. support for Arab regimes more generally which he opposes; and finally by the U.S. alliance with Israel and the dispossession of the Palestinians. He doesn't give a shit about our "freedom," he has specific grievances concerning the Arab heartland of Islam and the U.S. role therein. This is no mystery.

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