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

Thursday, May 27, 2010

War News for Thursday, May 27, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from small arms fire in the Nahr-e Saraj area, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 26th.

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF Marine in an IED attack in the southern green zone, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 26th.

The DoD is reporting the death of Sgt. Edwin Rivera who died at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md, U.S.A. on Tuesday, May 25th. He was originally wounded in an indirect fire at Contingency Outpost Xio Haq (location ?), Afghanistan, on Thursday, May 20th.

One Turkish soldier dead, 3 wounded in PKK clash:

Reported security incidents

#1-4: At least 15 persons were wounded on Thursday morning in four bombs explosion in separate areas of Baghdad, a police source said.

#1: “The first blast took place in Allawi region near the main public transport garage, where six people were wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “The second blast occurred in al-Iskan region in western Baghdad, when a roadside bomb exploded on the main road, injuring four civilians,” he added.

#3: “The third explosion rattled al-Kendi street in al-Harithiya region in western Baghdad, where two civilians were wounded,” he continued.

#4: “A fourth bomb went off in al-Jehad neighborhood, southwestern Baghdad, injuring three civilians,” he said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Army forces waged on Wednesday a military operation in north of Baaquba, according to a security source. “The forces launched the security operation in Khales district, north of Baaquba, in light of the car bomb explosion that rattled the district five days ago, during which scores were killed or wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A police officer was killed by unknown gunmen in western Mosul on Wednesday, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on Captain Khattab Aouni from the interior ministry on Wednesday (May 26), killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb went off near a tribal leader's house, wounding his wife, in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded two soldiers in southeastern Mosul, an Iraqi army source said.

Tal Afar:
#1: An improvised explosive device went off on Wednesday in north of Talafar, without leaving casualties, a police source said. “The bomb exploded in Qubk village in north of Talafar, without leaving casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Taliban armed with rockets and grenades stormed the home of a pro-government Pakistani tribal elder Thursday, killing him, his wife and son before blowing up their house, officials said. The pre-dawn killings took place in Asghar village, about 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Khar, the main town in Pakistan's lawless tribal district of Bajaur, which borders Afghanistan. "Malik tur Mulla, his wife and a son died in the attack while one women was wounded," Irshad Khan, a local administrative official in the area, told AFP by telephone. His son had been 22 years old, Khan said. "Taliban militants attacked the house. First they fired rockets and hurled hand grenades. Then they entered. They killed Malik and his family with Kalashinkovs," Jamil Khan, a local government official, told AFP by telephone. Two intelligence officials described Mulla as an active tribal elder in the area who supported military operations against the Taliban in Bajaur.

#2: In Dabori and Ghiljo areas, 15 militants were killed and another 15 injured when helicopter gunships pounded their hideouts, security sources said. Five militant hideouts were destroyed in the bombardment.

#3: Security forces also shelled Kasha area, a stronghold of the Taliban near the border with Afghanistan. At least 25 militants were killed in this area, the sources said. Security officials have claimed that over 700 militants have been killed since the army launched an offensive against the Taliban in Orakzai tribal agency earlier this year.

#4: One Afghan policmean was killed and three were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb on Wednesday in Bala Boluk district of western Farah province, the Interior Ministry said.
#5: One insurgent was killed and another wounded when the explosives they were preparing for a homemade bomb detonated in Ghazni city, southwest of Kabul, the Interior Ministry said.

DoD: Pfc. Christopher R. Barton

DoD: Maj. Ronald W. Culver Jr.,

DoD: Sgt. Edwin Rivera