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 11, 2010

War News for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pipeline Attack Halts Iraq Oil Flow To Turkey-Shipper

In Mission With Afghan Police, Issues of Trust

Reported security incidents

#1: Meanwhile in Baghdad, gunmen broke into the house of a senior female doctor and killed her, Iraq's health minister and a police official said. The minister, Saleh al-Hasnawi, said the gunmen broke into the house of Dr. Intissar al-Tuwaijri at about 6:00 a.m., tied up her husband and killed her. Al-Hasnawi said he believed the killing of the physician he described as one of the best doctors in the country was a criminal incident, and that his ministry was waiting for the results of a police investigation. Al-Tuwaijri was the general director of Alwiyah Maternity hospital in Baghdad's central Karradah area.

#2: Two civilians were killed and 13 were wounded in three explosions in southwestern Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a security source. “Three explosions went off simultaneously in Eshreen street in al-Bayaa region, southwestern Baghdad, killing two civilians and injuring 13 and damaging a number of nearby buildings and stores,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Two civilians were killed and eight others were wounded in two explosions in southwestern Baghdad, a security source said on Tuesday. “Two bombs went off simultaneously near al-Bayaa-Sidiya intersection, southwestern Baghdad, on Tuesday (Aug. 10) , killing two civilians and injuring eight,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: One Iraqi army soldier was killed and one civilian wounded when a sticky bomb went off in western Baghdad, while three mortar shells hit al-Karada neighborhood in the center of the city without causing any casualties.

#5: “A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car driven by an Iraqi army soldier went off last night in al-Jameaa neighborhood, western Baghdad, killing the soldier a wounding a civilian who was passing by,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Wednesday.

#6: “Last night, three mortar shells hit al-Karada neighborhood, central Baghdad, leaving no casualties,” the source added.

A woman and a child were wounded when two Katyusha rockets landed in the Karrada district of central Baghdad late on Tuesday, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Gunmen burst into a house north of Baghdad early Wednesday, killing three people and sending the surviving children to an Iraqi army checkpoint to lure soldiers to the residence. As the troops arrived at the booby-trapped house, it blew up, leaving eight soldiers dead. The pre-dawn incident in the volatile Diyala province. Wednesday's incident occurred about 1 a.m. in the town of Sadiyah, 60 miles (95 kilometres) north of Baghdad. A top town official, Sheik Ahmed Al-Zarqushi, told The Associated Press that gunmen broke into the house, and killed a man and two women inside. Then they sent the two children in the house to the Iraqi army checkpoint to get help. "When the Iraqi army forces arrived and broke into the house, the house blew up and killed eight soldiers and wounded four others," he said.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Two Asayesh elements were wounded on Tuesday by unknown gunmen in central Touz Khourmato district, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on a car belongs to the Kurdish security forces (Asayesh) on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 10) in al-Askari neighborhood, central Touz Khourmato,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Tal Afar:
#1: Two Katyusha rockets hit central Talafar on Tuesday, while two policemen were wounded in a bomb blast, according to an official police source. “Two Katyusha rockets targeted a fuel station in central Talafar, northeast of Mosul, near a joint checkpoint of police and army personnel, causing some material damage,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “A roadside bomb exploded near a police checkpoint in al-Shahideen region, western Talafar, injuring two policemen,” the same source said.

#3: A local member of Talafar council said on Tuesday that he escaped an attempt on his life when a sticky bomb exploded in central Talafar. “A bomb, stuck to my private car, went off while heading to the Talafar council at the center of the city,” Sadeq Mohammad Ali told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion took place near al-Qalaa gate in central Talafar, without leaving casualties,” he added, noting that the blast set the car ablaze.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians, NATO forces said Wednesday. They died Tuesday when their vehicle struck the bomb while driving in Ghazni province's Waghaz district, the coalition said in a statement. Another three people were wounded.

#2: In Kabul, two suicide bombers killed up to five Afghans in an attack on a residential area. One police source said one of the bombers had blown himself up at the gate of a compound used by foreigners, killing three Afghan passers-by and two security guards.

#3: five policemen were killed when a bomb tore through their vehicle in Helmand. The sixth police officer was killed when a police post attacked in the same province.

#4: Afghan soldiers killed up to 17 insurgents during raids in eastern Laghman province, the Defence Ministry said.

#5: Five Afghan soldiers were killed and 11 wounded during operations in southern Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

#6: Afghan troops killed five insurgents, wounded seven and detained five in southeastern Ghazni province on Monday, the Defence Ministry said.