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 28, 2010

War News for Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MNF-Iraq (OIF) is reporting the death of a United States Division-North Soldier in a roadside bombing in Diyala Province, Iraq presumably on Tuesday, April 27th.

Rights group: Torture routine in secret Iraq jail

Two Turkish soldiers killed in PKK ambush in ┼×emdinli

2,000 containers with ISAF goods still missing:

Army Releases March Suicide Data:

Reported security incidents

#1: Three civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb went off on Wednesday in southern Baghdad.

#2: Three civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb went off on Wednesday in western Baghdad.

#3: Four persons, from the same family, were killed and two more were wounded in a sticky bomb explosion in northern Baghdad, according to a security source. “A bomb, stuck to a taxi, went off in al-Bunouk region in northern Baghdad, killing four family members as well as two passing civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: An improvised explosive device exploded targeting a police vehicle patrol in al-Resala neighborhood in western Mosul, injuring a police lieutenant,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: One civilian was wounded when a gunman threw a hand grenade on a police patrol in al-Kourniesh street in central Mosul,” he added.

#3: A policeman was killed and three persons were wounded in western Mosul, a police source said on Tuesday. “A policeman was killed on Tuesday and another one was wounded when gunmen opened fire at them using guns with silencers at a police checkpoint in al-Zenjili region, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The policemen responded by opening fire randomly, injuring a passing child and a civilian,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least six civilians were killed driving home from the shops when their vehicle struck an improvised bomb in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, an official said. They were heading home from a weekly shopping trip when the roadside bomb, widely seen in Taliban attacks on military targets, struck their vehicle, Mubarez Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial government told foreign news agency. The incident in Tani district, a troubled region in Khost province, is the latest in a string of Taliban-related violence taking its toll on Afghan civilians -- about 2,000 of whom are killed each year, the United Nations has said. "According to initial information from the area six people, all civilians, have been killed and four others injured," he said.

#2: Four police officials embraced martyrdom whereas six others were wounded, one of them critically, as explosive laden vehicle hit police post here at Pir Bala area in the suburbs of Provincial capital on Wednesday morning. CCPO Peshawar Liaqat Ali told media that the terrorists struck explosive laden pick up with police post Pir Bala killing four cops on the spot while injuring six others. The injured police officials were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar where condition of one cop Zeeshan is stated to be critical.

#3: Kandahar Police Chief Sher Mohammed Zazai said militants detonated explosives near the city in an attack targeting a compound providing logistical support to NATO forces. He said at least three people were killed about one mile (two kilometers) from Kandahar Air Field. Hospital workers said at least 35 others were injured.
There were conflicting casualty reports. Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf said one suicide bomber and two armed insurgents killed 15 people and wounded 60 others and burned eight oil tankers on the site. Zulmai Ayubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, put the death toll at four and said 30 were injured.

#4: Also Tuesday, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said a rocket attack killed three civilians and wounded three others in a home in the northern Kunduz province. The ministry blamed insurgents for the Monday night attack.

#5: Afghan forces eliminated seven Taliban insurgents and injured several others in Baghlan province north of Afghanistan, commander of Afghan army in northern region General Murad Ali Murad said Wednesday.


thewiz said...


Sooooo, South Park creators and Comedy Central people are threatened with death for exercising their freedom of speech. . .. but they don't really hate us for our freedoms. That's just all Rovespeak.

Even warned them that they could end up like Theo van Gogh.

The threat is so real that Comedy Central backed down and censored following shows.


dancewater said...

1,500 Idaho soldiers of the 116th Brigade Combat Team headed for Iraq

Read more:

wtf? I thought combat troops were leaving Iraq.

thewiz said...


Obama ran saying he would withdraw "all combat troops" and leave only about 30,000 to 40,000 non-combat troops in country. I always wondered, what are non-combat troops? All military troops are combat troops, are they not? And if they are non-combat, who is going to protect them? Would he really rely on Iraqi troops to protect 40,000 US personnel? Plus who would protect embassies, consular offices, and US contractors.

No, the truth is the whole "non-combat" thing was and is a lie. The press knew it too, but refused to question him during the campaign as he is their Chosen One.


whisker said...

Most soldiers are in fact considered noncoms from mechanics to medical people and trainers, cooks, transportation, etc. I believe the figure is 1-3 but am going by mind here. This doesn't mean that they couldn't raise a rifle to fight, but rather their jobs are to support the front line soldiers who squads are designed to deploy the weaponry.

Anonymous said...

Jordanians Protest Gaza Killings Part III

Anonymous said...

Soldiers and families in need of crisis assistance can contact Military OneSource or the Defense Center of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center. Trained consultants are available from both organizations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

thewiz said...


During WWI and WWII the ratio was more like 5 to 1 or so I was told. But the point is that keeping 40,000 troops in Iraq as Obama said he would mean that combat troops will be necessary and they will be active.

dancewater said...

Torture, rape was norm at illegal Iraq prison-report

dancewater said...

Iraqi doctors use acupuncture during drug shortage


Soldiers viewed all Iraqis as 'scum', Baha Mousa inquiry hears

dancewater said...

New names added to Iraqi Baath list

dancewater said...

Widow of Iraqi killed by US troops in video ‘accepts apology’ after letter

follow up to that- the US soldier who got the kids out of the van that was shot up is now going to start a trust fund for the injured children... all of this because of the WikiLeaks video.

dancewater said...

The death sentence that drags Dua back into a bloody feud


yes, honor killings are wrong, but imposing a death sentence for the horrible things these men did will likely make the situation worse and kill many more people.

Governments need to stop killing their own people and just lock them up for life.

dancewater said...

Undocumented Iraq war veteran may be denied citizenship,0,7833297.story

dancewater said...

Military to probe allegations unarmed Afghan teen was killed

Black Friday said...

Thewiz: To answer part of your question, you are a non-combat troop. But you are of the worst kind. You have never done a days military service in your life. You expect others to do the killing and dying in the poxy wars that you support!!!!

1scorpion said...

Whisker, let me expand on the Trans Troops. Trans are indeed trained for rigorous combat. Not in the sense of clearing sectors, but for getting supplies through.

My Son was Reserve in the 180th Trans. and saw plenty of action one his 1st tour. One of his Buddies was killed, and they fought often. Once against Blackwater (go figure).

Trans had the 2nd highest casualty rate at the time, and that may still hold true.

His 2nd tour was active Army (Surge) in Mosul, and he was "drafted" into a QRF Unit. That was nothing but Fugly.This was after two Army diagnosis of Severe PTSD. He has since been diagnosed with Acute PTSD. 2007

Just clarifying some.

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