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

Friday, September 3, 2010

War News for Friday, September 03, 2010

Corruption probe ruffles US-Afghan relations

Poland wants to start pulling troops out of Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: “A bomb, stuck to the car of Colonel Mohammad Riyadh, went off late Thursday (Sept. 2) in al-Amal al-Shaabi street in al-Ameriya region, western Baghdad, killing his brother and wounding him, who was rushed to al-Yarmouk hospital for treatment,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “An explosive charge went off targeting an army vehicle patrol in al-Khadraa neighborhood, western Baghdad, injuring three soldiers and damaging the vehicle,” the same source said.

#3: Gunmen shot dead Jameel Shihab Ahmed, head of administrative affairs in the Higher Education Ministry, in Baghdad's western district of Amiriya, police said.

#1: A U.S. military vehicle hit a civilian car west of Kut city killing three civilians and wounding one, a local security source said on Thursday. “The accident occurred in central al-Noamaniya district, west of Kut,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A member of the Sahwa, or Awakening Councils, was shot dead while staffing a checkpoint outside Kirkuk, located 250 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad. The gunmen drove past the checkpoint late Thursday, fired shots from a moving vehicle, and then fled the scene, a police official said.

#1: Two gunmen shot dead a civilian in a cemetery in western Mosul city on Thursday, according to a local police source in Ninewa. “Two gunmen took a civilian to the Wadi Akkab cemetery in western Mosul and opened fire on him, killing him instantly and escaping to an unknown place,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Police say a roadside bomb has killed a police officer and wounded three others in northwest Pakistan. Police official Shafiullah Khan said the bomb was detonated by remote control Friday as officers patrolled in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where floods have affected millions of people in recent weeks.

#2-3: Explosions killed at least 10 members of Pakistan's minority religious communities on Friday, driving up the toll of sectarian assaults in a country already battered by massive flooding. A blast at a Shiite procession killed at least nine people in the southwestern city of Quetta at a rally calling for solidarity with Palestinians. Qazi Abdul Wahid, a senior police official, said at least 40 people were wounded. Some Shiite youths fired shots in the air shortly after the blast, and Wahid said officers were trying to control the situation. Earlier in the day, a suicide attack on a mosque belonging to the minority Ahmadi sect killed at least one person and wounded several others in the northwest Pakistani town of Mardan.

#3: An Afghan parliamentary candidate and a civilian were wounded in a grenade attack at the governor's compound in southeastern Ghazni city on Thursday, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said

DoD: Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Rodgers

DoD: 2nd Lt. Mark A. Noziska

DoD: Staff Sgt. Casey J. Grochowiak