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, October 5, 2010

War News for Tuesday, October 05, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, October 4th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, October 4th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, October 4th.


Relatives Tell of Civilians Killed by U.S. Soldiers

Germany not ID'ing 5 militants killed in Pakistan: - German officials were tightlipped Tuesday about details surrounding a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's rugged mountain border area that Pakistani officials say killed five German militants.

Captain killed in Afghanistan wrote of rapes, harassment

Jordanian instructors sent to train Afghan forces

NATO urges Pak to reopen blocked Afghan supply route "as soon as possible"

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U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Militants launched two mortar shells at the heavily fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad in the evening (Monday), said a security source who declined to give further detail on the number of possible casualties.

#2: One civilian was wounded on Monday by a sticky bomb in southeastern Baghdad, according to a security source. “The bomb exploded in al-Naairiya region, southeastern Baghdad, injuring one civilian, who was carried to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A police officer was wounded Monday by gunmen in central Baghdad, according to a security source. “Unidentified gunmen opened fire Monday afternoon (Oct. 4) on Lieutenant Hashem Sattar, an interior ministry’s officer, in front of his house on Palestine street, central Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: “A roadside bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol in the al-Hurriya city, northern Baghdad, wounding two soldiers,” a local security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday.

#5: “A roadside bomb went off in the al-Daura area, southwestern Baghdad, and another one went off in the al-Hurriya city, northern Baghdad, but both of them left no casualties,” he added.

#6: The source explained that police forces seized two unknown corpses in the al-Ghazaliya neighborhood, western Baghdad.

#7: Forces of the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC) defused four roadside bombs and seized a quantity of arms, ammunition, and explosives during the past 24 hours.


Mussayab:
#1: A Sahwa fighter was killed on Monday by unknown gunmen in northern Babel, a police source said. “Unknown gunmen shot and killed a Sahwa fighter in front of his house in al-Musayab district, north of Hilla,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Taji:
#1: Three roadside bombs planted around the house of a local police officer went off while his family was out, and destroyed it but caused no casualties, in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an army source said.


Samarra:
#1: A local official in Samaraa city survived assassination with a roadside bomb, a security source from the Salah al-Din province said on Tuesday. “The head of the local council in Dijla suburb of the Samaraa survived assassination with a roadside bomb that was planted by unknowns inside the air-conditioner of his house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He noted that the blast injured a member of the official’s family, and left heavy damage to the house.


Kirkuk:
#1: Two children were wounded on Monday in a hand grenade explosion in central Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center said. “Unknown gunmen threw a hand grenade on a house in Tesayeen region, central Kirkuk, injuring two children,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Mosul:
#1: Police officials in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul say gunmen have killed the director of the city's crime lab after ambushing his car. The attack appears to be part of a wave of targeted killings of security personnel and government workers in Baghdad and elsewhere. The bombings and shootings have been blamed on Sunni insurgents. Police officials say gunmen blocked the car of Col. Mohammed Aziz near his home on Tuesday and opened fire. The officials say the assailants used firearms fitted with silencers.

#2: A member of a municipality council in Ninewa escaped an attempt on his life on Monday, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck to the vehicle of Khamis Mahmoud, a member of the municipality council of Hamam al-Alil district, south of Mosul, went off in front of the council,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The explosion damaged the vehicle, but without causing casualties,” he added.

#3: “A police force found an explosive belt in Zamar district, northwest of Mosul, and defused it,” the same source said.

#4: An explosive charge exploded on Monday evening (Oct. 4) near an army checkpoint in al-Wehda neighborhood, eastern Mosul, injuring a lieutenant,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#5: “An improvised explosive device went off targeting an army vehicle patrol in al-Zahraa neighborhood, eastern Mosul, injuring a soldier,” the same source said.

#6: “The unknown corpse was found in al-Harmat area, western Mosul city,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He explained that the dead body belongs to a young man, around 17-year old, and was found handcuffed with signs of gunshots in the head and chest.
#7: In a separate incident, the same source said that “a child was wounded when a roadside bomb hit an Iraqi army patrol in al-Suqar neighborhood, northern Mosul,” without giving any further details.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The deputy mayor of Kandahar city in Afghanistan has died after being seriously wounded in an assassination attempt in the Taliban's power base, an official said. Noor Ahmad Nazari, 55, was shot by two attackers riding on motorbikes while going home from work on Monday, provincial police chief Sardar Mohammad Zazai said.

#2: A truck carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan was damaged Tuesday by a bomb blast in northwest Pakistan. The small bomb exploded when the truck was parked close to the border that separates the two troubled south Asian countries.

On Tuesday unknown militants carried out another bomb attack against a convoy in Pakistan, which truck was delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan. The bomb was placed on the bottom of the tank by unknown persons. There was a danger of explosion due to ignition of leaking tanks, as the fire could spread to more than a hundred tankers which were parking in the parking lot nearby. However, no major trouble occured, only one truck got damaged.

#3: An Afghan government spokesman says a militant rocket attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed two civilians. Ismail Jahangir, spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province, says rockets fired by insurgents hit Monday afternoon in Andar district, killing two Afghan civilians and wounding six others.

#4: Three Afghani policemen have been killed and another seven injured after the Taliban attacked a military convoy leaving Kandahar in Southern Afghanistan. Police and emergency services arriving at the scene to help were caught by the second bomb blast.

#5: A Pakistani soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast in North Waziristan on Tuesday, witnesses said. The blast also injured eight other soldiers. The IED was exploded as a convoy of Pakistani security forces was passing at Khar Qamar village in North Waziristan.


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