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

Monday, June 7, 2010

War News for Monday, June 07, 2010

The DND/CF is reporting the death of a Canadian ISAF soldier from an IED attack about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City, in the Panjwayi District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Sunday, June 6th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers in a vehicle accident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 6th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an undefined "insurgent attack" in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 6th.

Sabotage Of Iraqi Oil Pipelines Has Limited Impact On Output:

Iraq aims to boost oil output to meet Asian demand:

Pentagon planning to replace unmanned drones with manned ones to avoid legal hassles:

The secret war on terror sets a bad example:

Convoy Guards in Afghanistan Face an Inquiry:

Accidental overdoses alarm military officials:

12 suspicious Afghan citizens held; shifted to unknown place for interrogations:

No clear-cut military victory in Afghanistan: Holbrooke:

Reported security incidents

#1: Iraqi officials say a car bomb has exploded in a shopping area in western Baghdad, killing three people. The attack in the Iraqi capital comes one day after a car bombing killed five people outside a Baghdad police station during an early morning shift change. Police and hospital officials say Monday's attack occurred at 11 am, in a market in the capital's Mansour neighborhood.

#2: Gunmen stormed early in the morning the house of Naiem al- Zubaie, a cleric of a Sunni mosque, in the Zaidan suburb west of Baghdad and opened fire, killing him and two of his under-10-year- old boys, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The attackers also wounded Zubaie's wife and his 25-year-old son before they fled the scene, the source said.

#3: In eastern Baghdad, a bomb went off in the morning in the Kasra Wa Attash neighborhood, wounding eight people, the source said.

#4: Meanwhile, two people were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near a police patrol in Doura district in southern Baghdad, the source added.

#5: One civilian was killed and seven others wounded when a sticky bomb went off on Monday in western Baghdad. “The bomb was attached to a civilian car,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#6: Two civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb went off on Monday in western Baghdad. “The blast targeted a police patrol,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that the blast did not harm the patrol.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Three policemen were injured in a blast that targeted their patrol on a main road in al-Mansouriya area of Baquba city, 57 km northeast of Baghdad, police spokesman Ghaleb Attiya told DPA.

#2: Two Iraqi policemen were wounded on Monday when a roadside bomb hit their on-foot patrol east of Baaquba city. “The blast occurred 45 km east of Baaquba city,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One U.S. vehicle was devastated on Monday when a roadside bomb hit an American patrol east of Diwaniya city. “The blast occurred on a highway 30 km east of Diwaniya,” an Iraqi police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that there is no news yet about casualties. TheU.S. army in Iraq has not yet commented on this attack.

Juri Al Sahkar:
#1: Armed men killed three members of Sahwa, a government-backed militia, and wounded a fourth in their homes in Jurj al-Sahkar, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad on Sunday, police said

Abu Ghraib:
#1: Police and hospital officials say gunmen shot a man and his two sons in an attack Monday on their house near the town of Abu Ghraib, west of the Iraqi capital. A police official says the dead man's brother is a prominent member of anti-insurgent fighters known as Sons of Iraq. He says the gunmen likely thought he was staying in the house.

#2: Police officials also say that attackers in a nearby village forced families of four policemen out of their houses at dawn and then bombed the buildings.

#1: Unknown gunmen killed a civilian in front of his house in eastern Mosul city.

#2: One man and his son were wounded when a roadside bomb went off on Monday in central Mosul city. “The blast targeted a police patrol in central Mosul,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that none of the patrol’s personnel were harmed, and that the man and his son were at the blast’s location by coincidence.

#3: Two roadside bombs on Monday hit an Iraqi army patrol in synchronicity in northern Mosul city. “The two blasts left no casualties,” an army source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that the dual attack caused damage to one of the patrol’s vehicles.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Several houses belonging to several policemen were bombed in various areas in Falluja, some 60 km west of the capital Baghdad, killing a civilian, police said. Nineteen people were injured in the attacks.

#2: Two Iraqi army servicemen were killed on Monday and two others wounded when a roadside bomb hit their patrol western al-Anbar province.

#3: A roadside bomb hit on Monday an Iraqi security patrol east of Falluja city.
“One of the patrol’s vehicles was damaged,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that the incident caused no casualties.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Three militants armed with bombs and guns were killed in an attack on an Afghan police training centre in Kandahar on Monday, but there were no other casualties, an official said. One of the rebels detonated a bomb-filled car along the wall of the facility in a bid to punch open a route for his comrades in the southern province, the interior ministry said in the capital Kabul. The two others were shot dead by police guards outside the centre near Kandahar city, ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP. "We had three suicide bombers killed. We had zero casualties," Bashary said, adding that the bombers failed to penetrate the walled training centre.

#2: Two Spanish soldiers were slightly wounded on Sunday when their reconnaissance patrol was attacked by insurgents in Ja-Fari, south of Sang Atesh, a town in western Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry said. A corporal was shot in the knee and a second soldier suffered shrapnel wounds in a foot.

#3: A reconnaissance plane of NATO-led forces has crashed in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, a private television channel broadcast Monday. "The reconnaissance plane crashed in Khogyani district," Tolo aired in its news bulletin. Citing NATO sources, Tolo added that the aircraft crashed due to technical problem; but did not mention the exact date of the incident.

#4-5 Two separate roadside bombings happened in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, leaving three civilians dead and injuring 13 others on Sunday, officials said Monday.

#4: In the first blast, according to provincial administration spokesman Daud Ahmadi, three civilians were killed and seven others injured as their car ran over a roadside bomb in Salam Bazar area of Helmand's Nawzad district Sunday morning. "The victims, include two men and a woman; while majority of the injured men are passersby," Ahmadi told Xinhua.

#5: Hours later, in a similar incident, a roadside bomb struck a van of Afghan National Army personnel in Helmand's Gereshek district, injuring two army soldiers and four civilians, according to district police chief Zamarai Khan. Khan also stressed that the army vehicle was damaged in the explosion, adding the injured persons had been taken to hospital.

MoD: Corporal Terry Webster

MoD: Lance Corporal Alan Cochran

DND/CF: Sergeant Martin Goudreault