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

Saturday, September 25, 2010

War News for Saturday, September 25, 2010

USF-Iraq is reporting the deaths of two United States Forces - Iraq service members from a non-combat-related incident in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Friday, September 24th. One additional soldier was injured in the incident.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, September 24th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 25th.

Turkey clarifies 1973 oil pipeline deal with Iraq over reports

Stryker vehicles refurbished in Alabama

Obama invokes 'state secrets' claim to dismiss suit against targeting of U.S. citizen al-Aulaqi

Reported security incidents

#1: Unknown gunmen killed a police colonel and injured his wife in northern Baghdad, a police source said on Friday. “Colonel Hazem Saleh was killed and his wife was wounded when gunmen opened fire at them while driving their car near Zeraa Dejla bridge in northern Baghdad late Thursday (Sept. 23)

#2: “Unidentified gunmen hurled a hand-grenade at a police patrol in the area of al-Mashtal, southeastern Baghdad, leaving three patrolmen wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: “A sticky improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a police vehicle in al-Baladiyat neighborhood, eastern Baghdad, leaving two policemen wounded,” he added.

#1: Five civilians were wounded when a Katyusha rocket hit a region in southwest of Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center in Kirkuk said on Friday. “The rocket hit a house in al-Huweija district, southwest of Kirkuk, late Thursday (Sept. 23) injuring five civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A police force shot down a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt before attacking worshippers performing the Friday prayers at al-Nabi Shiet Mosque in central Mosul city. “A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt and clad in police uniform tried to attack al-Nabi Shiet Mosque in central Mosul but policemen shot him dead,” a security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “A policeman was killed and another and a civilian worshipper were wounded in the incident,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Also in the east, more than 30 insurgents were killed during an operation involving a combined force of about 250 Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police, and coalition soldiers in Alishing district of Laghman province. No civilians were harmed during the operation, NATO said.

#2: Intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed four alleged militants in northwestern Pakistan. They say three missiles struck a vehicle in a village in Datta Khel in the North Waziristan tribal area that is under effective militant control.

#3: One person was killed in when suspected militants attacked Nato supply tankers in central Balochistan on Saturday. Attackers set on fire two supply tankers carrying fuel for Nato forces deployed in Afghanistan as the convoy passed through Mangochir area of Kalat in central Balochistan. The attack was carried out through bouts of firing from the militants, which resulted in the death one of the truck drivers, according to a private TV channel. The convoy was on its way from Karachi to landlocked Afghanistan, through the Balochistan province, when militants opened fire.

#4: Several suicide bombers attacked a Nato-run base in southeastern Afghanistan on Friday, Nato and Afghan officials said, with at least two insurgents killed in the latest assault in the volatile Taliban stronghold. A spokesman for the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the attack was launched on a forward operating base (FOB) in Gardez city in Paktia province, not far from Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan. “We did have an attempted suicide attack on FOB Gardez, and there are reports of two enemies killed in action wearing suicide vests,” ISAF spokesman James Judge said. There was no word on any ppossible ISAF casualties. Rohullah Samon, a spokesman for the Paktia governor, said several armed insurgents and suicide bombers attacked the base. “A suicide bomber driving a car blew himself up at the military gate in a attempt to let other fighters in,” Samon said. He said two insurgents were killed and an Afghan security guard and an Afghan soldier were wounded.

#5: An air strike by ISAF troops killed five insurgents in southeastern Paktika province on Friday, ISAF said.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Rosa


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