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

Friday, October 8, 2010

War News for Friday, October 08, 2010

RTT News is reporting the death of a German ISAF soldier from a suicide bombing/mortar and rifle fire attack in Puli Khumri, Baghlan province, Afghanistan on Thursday, October 7th. Six additional soldiers were wounded in the attack. Here's the ISAF statement.

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

Security raised after Pakistan Sufi shrine attack - twin suicide attacks at a Sufi shrine

U.S. security funds going to Taliban, report finds

Nato supply truckers desperate to ‘go home alive’

Ex-Guantanamo detainee sues US for damages

As Fallujah Rebuilds, the Bitterness of War Remains

Reported security incidents

#1: Two persons were wounded Thursday by an improvised explosive device in central Baghdad, a police source said. “The bomb exploded inside a shoes store in al-Resafi square in al-Rashied street, central Baghdad, injuring two people,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A civilian man was killed and another wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) attached to their vehicle went off on Thursday, a local police source said. “An IED attached to a civilian vehicle went off in al-Jami’a neighborhood, western Baghdad, leaving the driver killed and another civilian inside wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One Sahwa fighter was killed Thursday in an armed attack in north of Hilla, a police source said. “Unidentified gunmen killed a Sahwa fighter in front of his house in al-Askandariya district, north of Hilla,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Ten civilians were wounded in a bike bomb blast north of al-Hilla city on Thursday, according to a local police source in Babel province. “The blast took place in al-Iskan complex of al-Iskandariya area, (50 km) north of Hilla, leaving 10 civilians injured,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: “Iraqi police forces today coordinated with U.S. troops to defuse a car bomb in the Taza district of Kirkuk, without causing any casualties or damage,” the source added.

#1: The Ninewa Provincial Council’s Legal Committee Chairman said on Thursday that he escaped an attempt on his life after gunmen opened fire on his motorcade in central Mosul city earlier in the day. “Unidentified gunmen opened fire on my motorcade, namely the vehicle I boarded after I had left the provincial council building on al-Dawasa street, central Mosul,” Yahya Abad Mahjoub told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “No casualties have taken place. There were only minor damage to the top of the armored vehicle I was inside,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A bomb attack inside a mosque killed the governor of Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province and 15 others as they attended Friday prayers, the local police chief said. The attack on governor Mohammed Omar happened in neighbouring Takhar province, where he had a home. At least 20 people were wounded.

#2: A German soldier was killed and six others were injured in a suicide-bomb attack in Afghanistan on Thursday. The Germans were patrolling in Puli Khumri, capital of the northern province of Baghlan, when the bomber detonated an explosive device attached to his body close to the military convoy. The explosion was followed by mortar and rifle fire attack by militants. ISAF troops repelled the attack after hour-long exchange of fire.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Scott A. Lynch


Cervantes said...

I'm seeing lots of chatter about fears of a military coup in Iraq. Doubtful it could happen in the face of the U.S. military but the buzz is getting loud.

dancewater said...

the bitterness is not all that remains in Fallujah. They also have vastly increased cancer rates and skyrocketing birth defects, starting in 2005. It is worse than what was seen in Hiroshima.

And it will last for generations.

A hideous legacy of a massive American war crime.

Anonymous said...

Asian aid convoy to Gaza planned for December

500 activists from 17 Asian countries have initiated a new convoy movement to break the Israeli embargo on Gaza.The convoy will set out from India’s capital New Delhi on 2 December 2010 and expects to reach the region on 27 December, the anniversary of the Gaza War.The Asian... convoy will drive until Syria, then go to Gaza by sea, attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade.Taking part will be activists from India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.

Anonymous said...

Toby Mac - Hold On

Anonymous said...

im an american citizen. im sooooooooo sorry!!!!!!!!!!