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, May 25, 2010

War News for Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MNF-Iraq (OIF) is reporting the death of a U.S. Soldier during combat operations in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Monday, May 24th.

The DND/CF is reporting the death of a Canadian soldier in an IED attack about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwa’i District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Monday, May 24th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a small-arms fire attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, May 24th.

U.S. Is Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region:

Reported security incidents

#1: Baghdad police say masked gunmen have attacked gold shops in the Iraqi capital, killing 14 people before they fled with a large quantity of gold. The police say the gunmen came in five cars, their faces covered with traditional Arab headscarves, and opened fire on 12 shops in the southwestern Baghdad neighborhood of Baiyaa before noon on Tuesday. They used guns with silencers. Police and hospital officials say some of those killed were gold shop owners and workers and others were bystanders. All the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in northeastern Baghdad wounded five people including three police officers, police said.

#1: Gunmen in northern Iraq killed a newly elected lawmaker from a Sunni-backed list that narrowly won Iraq's March elections, officials said, in a slaying certain to rattle the fragile political system. A spokesman for the Iraqiya list said Bashar Mohammed Hamid Ahmed was killed in a drive-by shooting as he was on his way home, making him the first lawmaker to die since the March 7 election.

#2: An old woman was killed by gunmen on Monday inside her house in central Mosul, a police source said. “Unknown gunmen stormed a house in Khazrag region, central Mosul, killing an old woman, born in 1935, who was alone in her house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that they fled the area to unknown place.

#3: One civilian was killed on Monday by unidentified gunmen in western Mosul, a police source said. “One civilian was shot and killed by gunmen on a road in 17 Tamouz neighborhood, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: One civilian was wounded by an improvised explosive device in eastern Falluja, a police source said on Monday. “The bomb exploded on a road in al-Shuhadaa region in central al-Karma district, eastern Falluja, injuring a civilian and damaging a passing vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Two bombs targeting the house of a senior police officer killed his guard and wounded four members of his family in central Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

#3: Two separate bomb blasts targeted the homes of two police officers in central Ramadi. There were no casualties.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A bomb blast in Pakistan's Balochistan province has killed at least two people and injured over a dozen others, including women and children. The improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a rickshaw, officials told Press TV, adding that the rickshaw was heading to the airport in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. The rickshaw driver and a passenger were killed, while several people travelling in a passenger van close to it were wounded. Of the 14 injured, who were on their way to a wedding party, six were women and two were children.

#2: Afghan and NATO-led forces killed several individuals in a fierce gun battle in Paktia province on Tuesday, the alliance said. The targeted individual killed was an Afghanistan al-Qaeda leader, while the remaining individuals were engaging the security force with automatic rifles and hand grenades.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Philip P. Clark

DoD: Pfc. Jason D. Fingar

DoD: Spc. Stanley J. Sokolowski, III

DND/CF: Trooper Larry John Zuidema Rudd