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

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

War News for Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Iraq's oil exports fall in Aug to 1.789 mbpd-source

Thousands held in Iraq without trial, says Amnesty

In Iraq, Clearer Image of U.S. Support

British soldiers reveal great escape from Afghanistan canal

Taliban say Mulla Omar is in Afghanistan

Pakistan proposes Turkmenistan gas supplies through IP pipeline

Al-Qaida militants bomb gas pipeline in south Yemen


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Three civilians were wounded in Al Shu’la region because of an explosion, police sources said.
#2: An intelligence officer was killed on Monday in a sticky bomb explosion in western Baghdad, according to a security source. “The bomb, stuck to the car of an intelligence colonel, went off on Monday (Sept. 13) in al-Ghazaliya region, western Baghdad, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Latifiya:
#1: Monday late at night, in Al Aamiriah region west of Baghdad, gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi Police officer wounding him and his wife, a security source told Alsumaria News. Gunmen opened fire on the car of Awakening forces Leader in Latifiya Abdul Rahman Mohammad, in Latifiya town, causing him wounds, a security source said.


Jurf al sakhar:
#1: Gunmen hanged a woman after they stormed her house in Jurf al-Sakhar, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.


Mosul:
#1: Gunmen shot dead a civilian as he was getting off a taxi in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.

#2: A civilian was shot dead inside his car by gunmen in southeastern Mosul, north of Baghdad, a police source said.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen booby trapped the home of a policeman in Ameriyat al Fallujah, 30 km to the south of Fallujah. The home-made explosives exploded at dawn, Monday, killing the policeman and seriously injuring two of his family members, including his mother.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least ten militants were killed in a US drone attack in the northwestern tribal belt of North Waziristan in Pakistan, near the Afghan border. According to The Dawn, missiles struck the northern part of Shawal village, which is dominated by the Haqqani and Hafiz Gul Bahadur networks of militants fighting US troops across the border in Afghanistan. “A US drone fired two missiles. The target was a house used by militants as a compound. Ten militants have died,” said a senior security official in Peshawar.

#2: Unidentified gunmen shot dead a journalist in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, local media reported. Misri Khan Orakzai was shot dead in Hangu, a main city in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, outside the press club building.

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