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

Saturday, May 1, 2010

War News for Saturday, May 01, 2010

Four Turkish soldiers killed in Kurd rebel attack:

Iraq: Sadr City Shaken by Bombings:

Iraq civilian death toll rises sharply in April:

Officials say soldier died of heart attack:

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb wounded two civilians in the New Baghdad district, in the east of the capital, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded a civilian in the Doura district of southern Baghdad, police said.

#3: Three policemen were killed and three people wounded in a car bomb explosions at a checkpoint in northern Baghdad on Saturday, an Interior Ministry source said. A car planted with explosive devices detonated in the afternoon while policemen were checking it at a checkpoint in the mostly Shiite neighborhood of al-Qahira, killing three policemen and wounding two others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. A civilian was also wounded by the blast that damaged several nearby civilian cars, the source said.

#1: A roadside bomb exploded in a market and wounded three people on Friday in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said

#1: A civilian man was wounded in a hand-grenade attack by gunmen targeting a U.S. patrol southwest of Kirkuk on Friday, according to a source from the city’s Joint Coordination Center (JCC). “Unidentified gunmen hurled a hand-grenade on a U.S. patrol in al-Askari neighborhood, al-Huweija district, (65 km) southwest of Kirkuk, wounding only a civilian man who happened to be near the blast scene,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Three mortar shells landed near a police headquarters in western Mosul city on Friday but left no casualties, a local security source in Ninewa said. “The mortars landed near the headquarters of an emergency police company in Nablus neighborhood, western Mosul.

#2: A police officer was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in western Mosul city on Friday, a local police source in Ninewa said. “The IED blast targeted a federal police patrol in the area of Tal al-Rimman, western Mosul, leaving an officer in the rank of captain killed,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A civilian man was wounded in an attack with a mortar shell that landed in western Mosul city on Saturday, a local police source in Ninewa said. “The mortar landed on a house in the area of Rajm Hadeed, western Mosul, leaving the house owner wounded and the house severely damaged,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: A gunman killed a teacher as he was leaving a mosque on Friday in northern Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two gunmen were killed while planting an improvised explosive device (IED) in eastern al-Falluja city on Saturday, a local police source said. “The IED went off while being emplaced by gunmen on a roadside in al-Karma district, eastern Falluja, killing them instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A former Pakistani intelligence officer with deep connections to the Taliban and Al Qaeda was found dead in the western tribal area of Pakistan on Friday, after being kidnapped by militants a month ago. The body of the former officer, Khalid Khawaja, was found on a road between the towns of Mir Ali and Miranshah in the militant-controlled North Waziristan area, Pakistani news outlets reported. He had been shot in the head and the torso, according to Pakistani television, which broadcast a photograph of what appeared to be Mr. Khawaja’s body. His son, Osama Khalid, confirmed the death.

#2: An explosion has occurred in a market near Sohrab Khan Chowk, SAMAA reported Saturday. Security forces have cordoned off the area and the rescue work has been started. Several shops have been destroyed and sources told that several people have been wounded. But hospital sources said that at least two people have been killed and four other are injured.

#3: Police say a roadside bomb has exploded near a police vehicle in southwestern Pakistan, wounding 7 people. Police official Ghulam Nabi says Saturday's attack happened in the city of Quetta, and it wounded four officers and three civilians.

#4: Air raids left 10 anti- government militants dead in Khost province east of Afghanistan late Friday night, an Afghan army officer Mohammad Israr said Saturday.

DoD: Sgt. Nathan P. Kennedy

Happy Mayday everone -- whisker.


thewiz said...


Oh Suzannah; I present you with irrefutable facts and your banal, reflexive response is to scream, "Yeah, but your a racist!"

That made my day as I have seen time and again that desperate ploy used whenever one has lost the debate. Using such a trite tactic is tantamount to outright surrender.

Next time you get the urge to yell "Racist" just raise a flag of surrender instead.



dancewater said...

I said "you are a racist".... not "your a racist".

I know how to read and write in English.

I see you still have not learned my name.


dancewater said...

I would bet he is racist against immigrants to the USA, too.

dancewater said...

The French military took responsibility on Friday for killing four Afghan children during a missile strike in early April, and NATO said it was investigating allegations of a military convoy gunning down two Afghan women and a girl in southeastern Afghanistan.

In the first three months of 2010, at least 72 Afghan civilians were accidentally killed by troops, compared to about 30 killed in the same period last year, according to a NATO official in Kabul.


Every war is a war against children. -H. Zinn

I see the NATO forces are continuing the slaughter of innocents in this massively evil occupation of Afghanistan.

dancewater said...

France admits killing Afghan kids

same incident

"Attacks like this, where civilians die, are perfect for Taliban propaganda," she added.


They also are very offensive to ALL thinking, moral and decent human beings..... every last one.

dancewater said...

throwing away more American tax dollars:

Pentagon Confirms It Gave $1.4 Billion in No-Bid Fuel Contracts to Mysterious Companies


just put it on the credit card. Americans are glad to pay huge bills like this to kill innocent people... or, at least some of them are - like thewiz.

Cervantes said...

Susan -- let me know what you want me to do, I will delete off topic personal comments on request.

Black Friday said...

Thewiz is not only a racist, he is also a sexist. But more than that, he is a coward and a dreadful creep.

Black Fridy said...

Thewiz: you are a racist and a sexist, but you are also the worst kind of coward and a dreadful creep.

dancewater said...

go ahead and delete.

This is a video made by our troops in Afghanistan and it is very funny.

thewiz said...

Sue; If ya wanna be childishly nitpicky, you actually said "He is also blind to his deep racism to those of the Muslim faith. not "you are a racist."

C. As for deleting personal comments, she should show any comment that I made that is racist or be forced to apologize for such a vile insult. I have never treated her nearly as bad as she has treated me. The worse I do is derivations of her name instead of the formal Susan.

Either way I don't really care. I have been treated with terrible civility since my first post years ago. And I try to respond with logic and civility with an occasional lapse in judgement.

As for claims of racism, I challenege anyone here, including Black Friday, to show any racist comment I have made.

I toy with Susan as a defensive mechanism to deflect her continous personal attacks and misrepresentations. Perhaps all would be better served if I were to lower myself to her level by distorting/misrepresenting her posts and engaging her with personal attacks and insults as she does to me.

Anonymous said...

The monthly casualty statistics, issued by the interior, defense and health ministries, showed that 39 police officers, 15 soldiers and 48 insurgents were killed in April. The number of police killed was sharply lower than in previous months.

wow.. nice timming.

Black Friday said...

The mere fact that thewiz supports the war crimes committed against the Iraqi & Afghan people by the American establishment, military etc makes him rotten to the core. And as I have said, he is a coward who supports imperialist aggression against muslims. This by itself makes him a racist creep.

dancewater said...

Perhaps you could contribute something of value, like a link to further information, wizzo.

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