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 29, 2010

War News for Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, September 27th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: A roadside bomb went off near a parking lot in Baghdad's northern neighborhood of Kadhmiyah, wounding six people, three of them in critical conditions, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: In a separate incident, an explosive charge detonated in Saidiyah neighborhood in southern Baghdad, wounding four people, the source added.

#3: Two persons were killed and eight others were wounded in a sticky bomb blast in northern Baghdad, a police source said on Tuesday. “A bomb, stuck to a small bus, went off on Tuesday evening (Sept. 28) near al-Nabi Mohammad mosque in al-Tarmiya region, northern Baghdad, killing two persons and injuring eight,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: Two civilians were wounded on Wednesday when a roadside bomb went off in central the Iraqi capital. “The blast took place near the al-Shorooq Building, central Baghdad,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#5: Four civilians were wounded on Wednesday when a roadside bomb went off in central the Iraqi capital. “The blast took place near the National Theater, central Baghdad,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#6: A bomb squad of the Iraqi Interior Ministry defused on Wednesday a roadside bomb in central the Iraqi capital. “The bomb was planted in the al-Firdouss Square, central Baghdad,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Tarmiyah:
#1: In a separate incident, a bomb exploded outside a Sunni mosque in the town of Tarmiyah in the north of Baghdad late on Tuesday, killing two worshippers and wounded eight others, a local police source told Xinhua. The blast occurred as the worshippers were leaving the mosque after the evening prayers, the source said.


Samarra:
#1: In the early hours of Wednesday, gunmen believed to be al-Qaida militants stormed the house of Major Sa'id Ali, chief of the al- Jillam police station, and shot him dead in front of his family members in the city of Samarra, some 120 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.


Saqlawiya
#1: A bomb planted in a police officer's house exploded, wounding three women and a man, in the town of Saqlawiya, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, a police officer in the Saqlawiya police station said.


Qalat Yawer:
#1: Police in Iraq's Kurdish region shot and killed a suicide bomber trying to attack a checkpoint near a military base on Wednesday, a Kurdish security official said. Jabbar Yawer, a Kurdish security forces spokesman, told CNN that the incident took place near Qalat-Deza, a town near the Iranian border about 80 kilometers or nearly 50 miles north of the city of Sulaimaniya. Kurdish security forces, known as the peshmerga, manned the base. The attacker's explosives-filled vest detonated and wounded two policemen after he was shot dead, Yawer said.


Hawija:
#1: Explosives in a booby-trapped house used by an armed group went off when an Iraqi police and army patrol tried to raid it, wounding three soldiers, in Hawija, 210 km (130 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.


Kirkuk:
#1: Four army and police elements were wounded on Tuesday in an explosion in southwest of Kirkuk, Kirkuk Districts Police Department (KDPD) chief said. “A joint force launched on Tuesday (Sept. 28) a security operation in al-Huweija district, southwest of Kirkuk,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “A house bomb went off in a region in al-Huweija, when the forces approached it, injuring three soldiers and one policeman,” he added.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded an off-duty policeman when it went off near his house northwest of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, police said.


Mosul:
#1: Gunmen killed a tribal leader after they stormed his house in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, police said.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: "Three Taliban militants were killed as security forces raided Taliban hideouts in Muqar district in the southern Ghazni province Tuesday night," governor of Muqar district Sahib Khan told Xinhua. Six more militants including their commander namely Khan Alizai were detained during the overnight operation, he asserted. Taliban militants have yet to make comment.


DoD: Sgt. Mark A. Simpson

DoD: Spc. Donald S. Morrison

0 comments: