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, June 26, 2010

War News for Saturday, June 26, 2010

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 26th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, June 25th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 26th.

Reported security incidents

#1: An Iraqi army officer and a civilian were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) attached to the officer’s vehicle went off in western Baghdad on Friday, a police source said. “Lt. Colonel Nasr Salem was wounded when an IED attached to his vehicle went off in the area of Ali al-Saleh, western Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “A civilian man who happened to be passing near the blast scene was also wounded,” he added, noting the explosion also left severe damage to the vehicle.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Unidentified gunmen on Friday kidnapped two employees of the Iraqi oil ministry near a village in the town of Jalawlaa, according to a police source in Diala. “Unidentified gunmen set up a fake checkpoint near the village of Wadi al-Asaj, Jalawlaa, (30 km) southwest of Khanaqin district, and led two oil ministry employees to an unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: Two bombs attached to a car wounded two civilians in Khan Dari village in Abu Ghraib on the western outskirts of Baghdad on Friday, police said

#1: A military force found 11 unidentified bodies in an area near the district of Samarra on Friday, according to a senior police official. “The bodies were found buried inside an abandoned area of wells in al-Hilweh neighborhood, (35 km) southwest of Samarra,” Lt. Colonel Khaleel Ahmed, the commander of the Salah al-Din Emergency Police Department’s 2nd Contingent, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces on Saturday seized a car bomb driven by four persons in the al-Dujail district. Explosive belts were found inside the car. “The four people were arrested,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that the car bomb was defused.

#1: A roadside bomb went off near an Iraqi army patrol wounding four people, including two soldiers, in eastern Mosul, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb killed a policeman and wounded five others when it exploded near their patrol in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Unidentified gunmen attacked two jewelry stores in the city of Fallujah in Anbar province on Saturday, killing two store owners and wounding three people, a provincial police source said. Six armed men stormed the two jewelry stores at about 9:30 a.m. (0630 GMT) in the al-Neziza marketplace in central Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, and stole unknown amount of jewels and cash before they traded fire with stores workers, the source told Xinhua on condition anonymity.

Gunmen raided a jewelry shop Saturday morning in western Iraq (web news) , killing four people before fleeing with a large amount of gold, officials said. Police and hospital officials said six attackers used handguns fitted with silencers during the heist in Fallujah, 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad. The victims were believed to have been the owners of the shop, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An Afghan army driver was killed when an anti-personnel mine in his vehicle accidentally detonated on Saturday, police said. The blast, near Afghanistan's foreign ministry, was initially thought to have been caused by a suicide bomber or taliban attack.

#2: A U.S. missile strike on Saturday killed two suspected militants in a Pakistani tribal region that is considered a base for insurgents accused of attacking Western troops across the border in Afghanistan, officials said. The missile, which was fired from an unmanned drone, flattened a house near North Waziristan's Mir Ali town, said two intelligence officials on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media on the record. They said one of the men was foreign. The United States frequently uses missile strikes to target Taliban and al-Qaida operatives in Pakistan's northwest, especially the lawless tribal regions near the Afghan border where many insurgents hide.

#3: Eight Taliban militants were killed in Afghanistan's restive northern Kunduz province Saturday morning as a result of airstrike against the militants' hideouts, provincial police chief said. "A precision airstrike against militants' hideout in Bagh-e- Shirkat area in the vicinity of Kunduz city capital (OOTC:CTCC) of Kunduz province left eight rebels including their commander Mullah Usman dead,"Mohammad Razaq Yaqubi told Xinhua. He said that several Taliban militants were also injured in the attack took place at around 08:00 a.m. local time.

MoD: Colour Sergeant Martyn Horton

MoD: Lance Corporal David Ramsden

MoD: Private Alex Isaac

MoD: Private Douglas Halliday

DoD: 1st Sgt. Robert N. Barton