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

Thursday, September 16, 2010

War News for Thursday, September 16, 2010

WZZM13 news is reporting the death of an American airman, Senior Airman Jimmy Hansen, from an apparent ordnance accident at Balad Airbase, Iraq on Wednesday, September 15th.

Former US security men deny Afghan civilian killings

Roadside bomb kills 9 aboard minibus in Turkey

Aid to Counter Al Qaeda in Yemen Divides U.S. Officials

Amnesty slams Iraq for 'torture'

Reported security incidents

#1: Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) forces managed on Wednesday to defuse seven bombs, the BOC said in a statement. “The forces defused seven bombs and confiscated an amount of weapons and explosions in the past 24 hours,” the statement added.

#2: A roadside bomb in southern Baghdad wounded four civilians, a Ministry of Interior source said.

#3: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol in northern Baghdad wounded two policemen and two civilians, an Interior Ministry source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A bomb attached to a vehicle wounded three civilians, including two women, in western Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast Baghdad, police said.

#1: A US army patrol was subject to attack due to a roadside bombing near Alwa Al Makhdar, eastern Al Hilla, with no damages reported.

#1: A suicide bomber Thursday killed three militiamen allied with the Iraqi government and injured six, in the latest attack against security personnel in the country. The bomber was wearing an explosives belt and tried to break into a headquarters of Sahwa fighters in Samarra city, some 125 kilometres north of Baghdad. He blew himself up when security prevented him from entering the building, police officials said.

#1: Three policemen were wounded on Thursday in two explosions in southwestern Kirkuk, a police officer said. “Two bombs went off simultaneously on Thursday morning (Sept. 16) targeting a vehicle patrol of Kirkuk emergency police in the celebrations square in southwestern Kirkuk, injuring three cops, including a major,” Colonel Ghazi Ali told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: An employee working for the electricity power department was killed on Wednesday by gunmen in south of Mosul, a police source said. “The employee was killed on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) when gunmen stormed his house in al-Qayara district in south of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Policemen found on Wednesday a body of an unknown man in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “Police forces found Wednesday evening (Sept. 15) a body of an unknown man in al-Maared region, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The body of a 30-year-old man bore signs of gunshot wounds to the head and chest,” he added, without giving further details.

#3: Two al-Qaeda militants were killed in a gunfight between police and armed men in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Tal Afar:
#1: Nineveh Operations Forces shot dead a suicide bomber wearing an explosives belt targeting a checkpoint in Tal Aafar District.

#2: Another force disabled a car bomb that was parked on the street in Zimar District.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: One civilian was killed and four others, from the same family, were wounded when gunmen blew up their house in eastern Falluja on Wednesday, according to a police source. “Unknown gunmen blew up a house of an employee using bombs, TNT and C4 in al-Haswa region, eastern Falluja, killing the employee and injuring two women and two children,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A band of militants attacked a security post at a road construction site in troubled southeastern Ghazni province, killing five privately employed guards, provincial spokesman Ismail Jahangir said. Two other guards were wounded and another two missing, he said. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility in a telephone call, saying the missing guards had been involved in planning the attack and were with the militants.

#2: A NATO air strike killed eight militants in the northern province of Kunduz overnight, the military said. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the strike and a ground operation targeted the Taliban district commander who was “actively planning attacks” during Saturday’s parliamentary elections. The chief of Chahar Dara district, where the strike happened, put the death toll at 12. “A group of armed opposition who were preparing to stage an ambush were spotted and targeted by ISAF from the air last night and 12 Taliban were killed,” said Abdul Wahid Omarkhail.

#3: In the volatile Arghandab district of southern Kandahar province, police said six Taliban were killed and another 16 injured in a raid on their hideout.

#4: In another Taliban-linked insurgency, a rocket fired from unknown location hit a residential area in Baraki Barak district of Logar province, 60 km south of the capital city Kabul in the wee hours of Thursday, left two children killed and five more civilians including a woman sustained injuries, district governor Mohammad Rahim Amin confirmed.