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

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

War News for Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The Danish military is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing near patrol base Bridzar approx. six kilometers northeast of Gereskh, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 5th. Two additional soldiers were wounded in the attack. A second and separate attack wounded three additional soldiers.

Wall remembers soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan:

Two Turkish soldiers wounded in PKK rebel attack:

Reported security incidents

#1: Two civilians were wounded on Wednesday when a roadside bomb went off in southern Baghdad. “The blast occurred near a grocery shop in Daura neighborhood,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Armed men opened fire upon a police patrol in Harthiyah neighbourhood, west Baghdad, at 8.30 p.m. Monday, injuring one policeman.

#3: Armed men opened fire upon an Iraqi army checkpoint near al Nidaa Mosque, New Qahira neighbourhood, north Baghdad at 9 p.m. Monday, injuring one soldier.

Salah al Din Prv:
#1-2: Three U.S. vehicles were set on fire on Wednesday when two roadside bombs hit two U.S. convoys in two separate incidents in Salah al-Din province. He noted that no information yet about casualties among U.S. soldiers. No comments have yet been made by U.S. military sources in Iraq about the two incidents.

#1: “The first blast occurred 75 km south of Tikrit city, and left two U.S. vehicles on fire,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “The second explosion took place 90 km south of Tikrit city, and left one U.S. vehicle devastated,” the source added.

#1: Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Tuesday dozens of families had been displaced in days of shelling by Iranian forces pursuing Kurdish rebels in the border region. Senior Kurdish officials denied reports that Iranian troops had entered Iraqi territory in pursuit of rebels from the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, PJAK. They said more than 100 families had fled shelling over the past week along the northern stretch of Iraq's border with Iran. "Iranian troops did not make any incursion into the Kurdistan region, but the villages near the border have faced artillery shelling for the past week, displacing some 120 families from Joman near the border," said Major General Jabbar Yawar, spokesman for the Kurdish peshmerga security forces.

#1: Armed men in a speeding car shot and killed a civilian near his home in Barutkhana neighbourhood in north of Kirkuk city, Tuesday.

#1: A woman was killed on Tuesday by gunmen near her house in western Mosul, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on Tuesday (June 1) on a 40-year-old woman near her house in al-Tenk neighborhood in western Mosul, killing her instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “They fled to unknown place,” he added.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: One civilian was killed on Tuesday in a region in western Anbar, according to a police source. “A joint force of police and army personnel came under fire while raiding a house in al-Sarayah region in central al-Haditha region in western Anbar, which force the force to respond, killing a civilian inside the house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan Taliban guerrillas fired rockets at a peace conference convened by President Hamid Karzai, underscoring the obstacles his administration faces in reconciling with insurgents. At least three guerrillas fired rockets from a construction site in western Kabul, the government said, several of which struck near the giant tent erected on the Kabul University campus for the three-day meeting of about 1,600 politicians, tribal elders and members of civil groups. Police killed two of the guerrillas, and arrested a third, Education Minister Farooq Wardak told reporters.

#2: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Khost province of Afghanistan, health officials said on Tuesday. The head of vaccination wing of WHO, Dr Abdul Aziz Rehmanzai, was on way to Sabari district centre when gunmen intercepted his vehicle near Khalbisat, Dr Amir Badshah Mangal, director health of Khost province, told the Afghan Islamic Press. He would not give further details. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

#3: At least 10 militants were killed Wednesday morning by the Pakistani security forces. According to local media, the security forces implemented the offensive in retaliation to an attack on their checkpoint in the troubled Orakzai Agency in the northwest tribal areas of Pakistan.

MoD: Marine Scott Gregory Taylor

DoD: Lance Cpl. Anthony A. Dilisio