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, August 4, 2010

War News for Wednesday, August 04, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 3rd. News reports this was a New Zealand soldier killed during an IED/small arms fire (RPG/gunfire) attack in the northeast of Bamiyan province. Two additional soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Iran denies reports of attack on President Ahmadinejad

Al Qaeda-linked group says it attacked Japanese oil tanker

Canadians fight off ‘desperate attack’

26 Iranian Kurdish families flee to Kurdistan region

Reported security incidents

#1: Two policemen were killed when two bombs they were trying to diffuse detonated in the Sadr City district of eastern Baghdad, Baghdad military leadership said.

#1: A car bomb ripped through an outdoor market Tuesday in a mainly Shiite city southeast of Baghdad. The blast in Kut, 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, targeted a popular outdoor market that sells food and clothes at about 5.30 p.m., killing at least 15 people and wounding 60, according to police and health officials.

The number of dead people who were killed in yesterday’s car bombing in Kut city has increased to four, a local medical source said on Wednesday. “A car bomb went off in central Kut on Tuesday (August 3) killing three and injuring more than 57 civilians,” the medical source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Security forces on Tuesday defused two bombs in southern and northern Nassiriya and found a weapons cache, according to a security source.

#1: A senior police officer on Tuesday escaped an attempt on his life by a bomb blast in southwestern Kirkuk, according to chief of Kirkuk Districts Police Department (KDPD). “The bomb exploded at 9:45am on Tuesday (Aug. 3) near the vehicle of al-Riyadh police department chief, Captain Taha al-Juburi, on al-Riyadh-Beiji road, southwestern Kirkuk,” Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces on Wednesday found a man’s corpse in a sheep market south of Kirkuk city, said a local police source, explaining that the forces arrested one of the killers. “Signs of torture and stabs were found on the dead body,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He explained that the killers took away the victim’s car.

Tal Afar:
#1: Two policemen were wounded when two roadside bombs went off in Talafar district, northwest of Mosul city. “A roadside bomb went off yesterday evening in the al-Muthanna neighborhood, northern Talafar (60 km northwest of Mosul), causing no casualties,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Wednesday. “When a police force came to the site, a second roadside bomb went off, wounding two policemen,” the source added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan forces have suffered heavy casualties in a Taliban ambush in an area of eastern Laghman province, security sources said on Wednesday. The interior and defence ministries confirmed the ambush and casualties, but did not give further details.

#2: A roadside bomb killed five guards with a private security firm in an area of southern Zabul province on Tuesday, a provincial official said.

#3: Taliban guerrillas killed several government officials in an attack in southeastern Paktika province on Tuesday, an official said

News: Lieutenant Timothy O'Donnell

MoD: Lance Sergeant Dale Alanzo McCallum

MoD: Marine Adam Brown