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 16, 2010

War News for Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The British MoD is reporting the deaths of two British ISAF soldiers from separate small arms fire attacks in the Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 15th.

MNF-Iraq (OIF) is reporting the death of a U.S. Division – North Soldier from the result of a non-combat related wound in an undisclosed location in northern Iraq on Monday, June 14th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in an IED strike in an undisclosed location in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 16th.

NATO is reporting another death of an ISAF soldier from an "insurgent attack" in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, February 15th. This will be a Polish soldier.

Iraq cuts July crude supplies to term buyers:

Turkish soldier killed in clash with PKK rebels:

U.S. Bolsters Afghan Police to Secure Kandahar:

Yemen gunman kills soldier in north,strains truce:

Reported security incidents

#1: In Baghdad, a bomb planted in a liquor store in the southeastern New Baghdad neighborhood, detonated during the day and wounded four people, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The officials said one of the bombs was attached to a civilian car driven by a police officer and it detonated, killing a beggar on the street and wounding four people, including the driver.

#2: In separate incident, a bomb attached in a car detonated in Palestine Street in eastern Baghdad, wounding the driver, the source said.

#3: Elsewhere in eastern Baghdad, a bomb hidden under a pile of trash exploded Wednesday, wounding two young girls and two street sweepers standing nearby, officials said.

#1: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police patrol while moving in the al-Muthanna neighborhood in northern Mosul, wounding 14 people, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Three policemen were among the wounded, the source said, adding the blast also damaged one of the police vehicles.

#2: An Iraqi soldier was killed and three others were wounded on Tuesday in an improvised explosive device blast in western Mosul, according to a security source. “The bomb exploded on Tuesday afternoon (June 15) targeting an Iraqi army vehicle patrol in Mashierfa region in western Mosul, killing one soldier and injuring three,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: An Iraqi soldier was wounded on Tuesday in a mortar shell attack in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “An Iraqi soldier was wounded on Tuesday (June 15) when a mortar shell hit an Iraqi checkpoint in al-Baath neighborhood in eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: Gunmen killed an off-duty soldier in a western part of the volatile northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A civilian lost his leg when a sticky bomb went off on Wednesday in central Ramadi city. “The bomb was attached to the civilian’s car,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan and NATO-led troops during a joint operation eliminated 12 Taliban insurgents including their commander in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday, provincial governor Mohammad Omar said. "The operation with the support of airpower began early morning today in Gortapa and Padshah Qalandar areas outside Kunduz city the capital of Kunduz province, as a result 12 rebels including their commander Qari Latif were killed," Omar told Xinhua. Eight of the militants were killed in air strikes and the remaining four lost their lives in gun battle, he further said.

#2: An Australian soldier has been wounded during a major offensive by Australian special operations forces around the Afghan city of Kandahar. The Australian Defence Force says its campaign with the Afghan army inflicted very heavy losses on insurgents in the area and will help security in other parts of the country. The soldier was shot in the arm during the five-day campaign, with an Afghan soldier also getting injured.

#3: Pakistani paramilitary troops backed by helicopter gunships and artillery killed 12 militants in attacks on militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region of Bajaur on the Afghan border, security officials said. Three troops were also killed. There was no confirmation on the militants' deaths and official reports are often disputed by the Taliban.

#4: Police killed a militant and captured two more during a clash in the northwestern town of Kohat, police officials said.

DoD: Sgt. Mario Rodriguez

DoD: Spc. Brian M. Anderson