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

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

War News for Wednesday, September 08, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 8th.

CNN News is reporting the deaths of two U.S. soldiers from an Iraqi soldier-friendly fire/small arms fire incident in Salaheddin province, Iraq on Tuesday, September 7th. Nine additional soldiers were wounded in the attack.

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9 PKK rebels killed in clash in southeast Turkey

Al-Qaida claims killing over 50 soldiers in southern Yemen

Reported security incidents

#1: In the first of the two attacks, three policemen and one civilian were killed when a parked car bomb exploded near a bus station in Baghdad's southern Bayaa neighborhood. A second bomb targeting police and rescue services arriving at the blast site detonated minutes later. There were no reports on casualties from the second blast.

#2: In eastern Baghdad, two bombs near a bus station went off simultaneously, killing two civilians and wounding 12 others. Health officials confirmed the death toll.

#3: Five civilians were wounded on Tuesday in a sticky bomb explosion in southern Baghdad, according to a security source. “A bomb, stuck to a civilian car, went off in 60 street in al-Doura region, southern Baghdad, injuring five civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: A roadside bomb exploded near a medical complex in the Bayaa district of southwestern Baghdad, killing a policeman and a civilian and wounding six other people, including two policemen, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Meanwhile, a farmer was killed in the central Iraqi town of Mayndili when his truck was struck by a roadside bomb inside his farm, said Major Mohammed al-Karkhi, spokesman for police in Diyala province north of Baghdad.

#1: “Two people escaped from al-Hussein hospital after receiving treatment,” the hospital’s manager, Dr. Sadam al-Taweel, said. “The two person were wounded when they tried to attack a U.S. convoy in southern Nassiriya,” he added.

#1: Preliminary information assert that five people were killed after attacking U.S. forces in Basra on Sunday (Sept. 5),” head of the security committee, Sajad al-Asadi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One civilian was killed and three others were wounded when a thermal bomb hit a U.S. army patrol in central Tikrit city. “The blast occurred yesterday when unknown gunmen threw a thermal bomb on a U.S. army patrol in central Tikrit,” an Iraqi police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Wednesday.

#1: Two policemen were killed on Wednesday and two civilians wounded when a roadside bomb went off in the southwest of Kirkuk city. “The blast occurred near the al-Zab police station, 85 km southwest of Kirkuk,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A second television presenter was killed in Iraq in as many days Wednesday, police said. Sabah al-Khayat was shot dead in front of his house while departing for work at the Al-Mosuliyah satellite television station, where he presents a programme devoted to mosques and shrines in the main northern city of Mosul. "Armed men shot the journalist Sabah al-Khayat in front of his house in central Mosul while he was leaving for work," a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

#2: Unknown gunmen killed a woman in central Mosul on Tuesday, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen killed a woman on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 7) in al-Akidat region, central Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1-2: Two suspected U.S. missile strikes hit militant targets in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said. The strikes happened within hours of each other in North Waziristan, a lawless region home to militants battling foreign troops just across the border in Afghanistan, al-Qaida leaders plotting attacks in the West and insurgents behind bombings in Pakistan.

#1: The first attack was on a house in the village of Dande Darpa Khel near Miran Shah, the main town in North Waziristan, two Pakistani intelligence officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The house was owned by Maulvi Azizullah, a member of the Haqqani network, a militant group based in North Waziristan that U.S. military officials have called the most dangerous threat to NATO troops in Afghanistan. Six militants were killed, they said.

#2: The second missile hit a car traveling a few miles (kilometers) from the border, killing four people associated with the Haqqani network, officials said. Zameedullah Wazir, a resident of Ambar Shaga, said he and others tried to get close to the vehicle, but were told to leave by Taliban fighters who arrived soon after in three vehicles.

#3: Finnish and Swedish peacekeeping forces have come under attack in Afghanistan. The incident occurred Tuesday evening in the Sar-e Pul province, in the city of Sayadi. No-one was injured. The international troops on a joint patrol went to help local police who had their police station was taking small-arms fire. The foreign crisis management forces then became targets, and the international troops returned the fire. After several hours the peacekeepers were able to return to their base. None of the Finns or Swedes were hurt in the fighting.

#4: A bomb blast killed two people and wounded six in southwestern Baluchistan where for decades nationalists have waged a low-level insurgency for greater autonomy and a bigger share in income from province's natural resources. Police said the bomb was planted in a grocery shop in a small market.

#5: A suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday morning in Afghan northern Baghlan province, killing two policemen and leaving two others wounded, provincial police spokesman said. "A suicide bomber strapped explosives in his body and blew himself up in Band Shahabuddin areas outside provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri, killing two local policemen and injuring two others, " Ahmad Jawid Basharat told Xinhua. He said the initial report confirmed that three people including the bomber were killed but so far casualties on civilians had not been cleared.

#6: At least four police officers were injured when two police vehicles were attacked by handgrenades in the city of Hangu in Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa late Tuesday night, sources informed Xinhua.

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DoD: Lance Cpl. Ross S. Carver


Anonymous said...

Sept, 14, 2010. Sulaimanya, Iraq. Reading about bombings and violence in Kirkuk and Mosul confirms that some parts of Kurdistan are infact suffering from sectarian violence and are no-go zones for blue eyes and ginger hair. So much of the sectarian violence is built upon crude assumptions regarding ones ethnic background. Iranian funds are going into the hands of more officials in Kurdistan and programs to oust Kurds from more Arabized areas of Kurdistan are
continuing. Unbiased education and
friendly western influence is needed to defuse the bombs of the ruthless and ignorant. For info re: Education-related jobs in northern Iraq email: