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, July 22, 2010

War News for Thursday, July 22, 2010

MNF-Iraq (OIF) is reporting the death of A United States Division - North Soldier from a roadside bombing somewhere in Diyala Province, Iraq on Wednesday, July 21st.

The British MoD is reporting the deaths of two British ISAF soldiers from small arms fire in the Lashkar Gah District, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 21st.

Lawton Officer Dies In Afghanistan Shooting: According to police, Charles Buckman was killed while working as a shooting instructor. Investigators said an Afghan army sergeant shot Buckman. Police said Buckman was conducting a training session when the man opened fire, killing him and two others, and wounding two more.

Obama Faces New Doubts on Pursuing Afghan War:

Al-Qaida kills 5 soldiers in Yemen patrol

Reported security incidents

#1: Two men, including the Sunni leader of a local mosque, were killed by gunmen in the northern city of Kirkuk, Iraqi police sources said Thursday. The gunmen opened fire from inside a BMW passenger car at Diaa Ahmed, an imam at the mosque, and another man who worked for the Iraqi Drilling Company.

#1: An army officer and two policemen were wounded in two separate incidents in Mosul on Wednesday, a security source said. “A bomb, stuck to the vehicle of Colonel Aziz Soliman of the 3rd division of the Iraqi army, went off in al-Makouk village in al-Qayara district, south of Mosul, injuring him,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “An improvised explosive device went off on Wednesday (July 21) targeting S.W.A.T vehicle patrol in al-Yarmouk region in western Mosul, injuring two policemen,” he added, without giving more details.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Thirty militants were killed and 18 others sustained injuries in retaliatory fire by security forces when a convoy of forces advancing towards Zokhtan area in Dabori, upper Orakzai Agency, was attacked by insurgents, leaving three soldiers dead and six others wounded on Wednesday, official and tribal sources said. The sources said the gunbattle started when the militants attacked the troops heading towards Zokhtan area from two directions. Sepoy Ghulam Bashir, Sepoy Mehrab and Sepoy Ramzan were killed on the spot during the militants attack. Soldiers, who sustained injuries, included Ghulam Sarwar, Tanvir Shah, Kaleemullah, Nadeem and Qayyum, the sources said. The wounded were airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital, Kohat. Security forces returned the fire and killed 30 militants and injured several others by using heavy weapons against them, the sources reported. The forces also destroyed two vehicles of militants.

#2: A government official says a local Taliban commander and his aide died when a bomb they were constructing in the militant chief's home in northwestern Pakistan exploded. Syed Ghafoor, a local official, says Thursday's blast in the Bajur tribal region also wounded several members of commander Irshad Khan's family. He says Khan was behind several attacks on troops in the region and had contacts with top Taliban leaders in nearby North and South Waziristan.

#3: At least 100 NATO oil tankers were stopped by Pakistani security forces Thursday in Khyber tribal agency in northwest Pakistan, local media said, citing official sources. The tankers were stopped from moving ahead into Afghanistan at Takhtabai in Jamrud area for safety reasons, as the sluggish customs clearance on the Afghan side of the border at Torkham has created a long line of trucks, officials said.

DoD: Cpl. Paul J. Miller

DoD: Staff Sgt. Brian F. Piercy


Cervantes said...

Let's be absolutely clear:

Lady Manningham-Buller also said that Britain relied on “fragmentary” intelligence before invading Iraq, and that MI5 had not believed that Mr. Hussein was amassing unconventional weapons in Iraq, as the government contended.

The belief that Iraq might use such weapons “wasn’t a concern in either the short term or the medium term to my colleagues and myself,” she said.

Got that? That is the head of British intelligence at the time.

Cervantes said...

Two Americans killed in chopper crash near Lakshar Gah. Taliban claim it was a shoot-down, ISAF isn't saying.

Cervantes said...

Rocket attack on the GZ kills 3 employees of a U.S. security contractor, injures 15. Two Americans among the injured. Dead are Ugandan and Peruvian.

Cervantes said...

Spam canned.

Anonymous said...

It is nice that Muslims bring a win while my nephew is in hospital. Little nipper luckier then the last two. Good on you Gazans. Keep making good moves like that and you will go places fast.

Gaza children set world record for basketball

ps.. wins dont happen much around here so people probably aint used to yer good skills in life. :-).

Anonymous said...

Al-Jazeera and Palestinians are so funny. Years at University and still no job. :-).

Shot Gazan children. What you gonna do next time. Eagerly await.