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 17, 2010

War News for Fridayy, September 17, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 16th.

NATO is reporting the death of a second ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 16th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 16th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, September 17th.

NATO is reporting the death of a second ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, September 17th.


Milton contractor killed in Afghanistan.. Alan Herzel, 48, of East Milton was killed on Sept. 6 while working to set up a remote forward base for military troops. Two other contractors also were killed in the mortar attack.

UN evacuates 1/3rd staff from Afghanistan

Two soldiers killed in al-Qaida ambush in Yemen


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Three unidentified bodies were found in Baghdad today; a young man in his twenties with gunshot wounds, near the date-syrup plant in Kathimiyah, northwest Baghdad. A man in his thirties with gunshot wounds, in Salhiyah neighbourhood, central Baghdad, and a 14-year-old boy with torture marks, without naming the neighbourhood.


Diyala Prv:
#1: In Diyala province, a member of government-backed Awakening Council group and his wife were shot dead when gunmen stormed their house at a rural area near the town of Abu Sayda, northeast of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.


Kirkuk:
#1: Two policemen were wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) that targeted their vehicle north of Kirkuk city on Thursday, a local security source said. “An IED blast targeted a police vehicle near a fuel station north of Kirkuk, leaving two policemen, one of them an officer, wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Mosul:
#1: Policemen shot dead two gunmen and arrested two others in clashes in western Mosul city on Thursday, according to a local police source. “Forces from the 1st Emergency Police contingent, acting upon intelligence tip-offs, on Thursday (Sept. 16) shot down two gunmen and arrested two others in clashes in Bab Sinjar area, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Police forces found on Thursday an unknown corpse in western Mosul, a police source said on Friday. “Policemen found the bullet-riddled body late Thursday (Sept. 16) in al-Tenk neighborhood in western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The Taliban kidnapped 19 people associated with Afghanistan's parliamentary election, including a candidate, eight ballot officials and 10 campaign workers, officials said on Friday. The candidate was snatched in the eastern province of Laghman and the other 18 men in Bagdhis, in the northwest, provincial chiefs of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) told AFP. "Abdul Rahman Hayat, a candidate for the Wolesi Jirga (lower house), was kidnapped in Alishing district today at around 7:00 am (0230 GMT)," said Abdul Rahman Muhabat, head of the IEC in Laghman province.

#2: Afghan and coalition troops killed three insurgents in an operation in southern Kandahar province, ISAF said in a statement.


DoD: Sgt. Ryan J. Hopkins

DoD: Senior Airman James A. Hansen

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Join Kia Ora Gaza at great play about Rachel Corrie

by Grant Morgan

Co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza

17 September 2010



Tomorrow (Saturday) evening will see a Kia Ora Gaza performance of the excellent play about Rachel Corrie, the US peace activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer.


THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO GET BOOKINGS. Email grantmorgan@paradise.net.nz right now to make sure of getting tickets ($40 each).


Or else you can simply turn up at the Basement Theatre tomorrow evening before the play starts at 8pm and hope some seats are available. (See advert below for directions to the theatre.)


Kia Ora Gaza will have a table in the theatre foyer where we distribute booked tickets, and also sell spare tickets. (Bring cash!)


After the play, actress Kate Prior will join the audience for a chat over a cuppa and biscuits (no alcohol). A great chance to talk with one of New Zealand’s rising actresses, and with other humanitarians who support Kia Ora Gaza.


This will be a great night out for you & your family & friends. And you will be helping our Kiwi Team to Gaza because half the proceeds go to Kia Ora Gaza. Please support our cause!

KIWI AID TO GAZA
Last May, a Gaza aid flotilla was hijacked on the open sea in the dark by Israel’s military. Nine civilians were shot to death. Kia Ora Gaza is meeting this massacre with positive action to deliver humanitarian supplies to the suffering people of Gaza and break the inhumane Israeli siege. A six-person Kiwi Team will join the massive land-sea aid convoy led by Viva Palestina which departs London on 18th September. We are raising funds to make this happen. PLEASE DONATE GENEROUSLY.

Anonymous said...

http://www.turkcemp4.com/qW1qVg9KtIw/Kia-Ora-Gaza-group-to-deliver-aid-to-the-needy-of-Gaza.izle

Anonymous said...

Two survivors of the Mavi Marmara massacre, Nicci Enchmarch and Kevin Ovenden, are among the activists taking part.

They were on board the ship on May 31 when Israeli commandoes killed nine of their Turkish friends and fellow activists.

Following the attack they were held incommunicado in Israel's Be'er Shiva prison in the Negev desert.

The two will lead the Viva Palestina Lifeline 5 land convoy of 200 vehicles carrying medical supplies, learning aids and materials to build a maternity facility in northern Gaza, a mosque and a school for orphans.

With activists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, the US, Britain and Northern Ireland, Lifeline 5 aims to be the fourth land convoy to break the Israeli siege on Gaza in the past 18 months.