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 19, 2010

War News for Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Pfc. Dylan T. Reid died from a non-combat related incident in Amarrah, Iraq on Saturday, October 16th. Some news articles reports he died of an apparent heart attack.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 19th. NATO has posted a repeat release for this death.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 19th.

Ballots voided from 10 percent of Afghan vote centres

Reported security incidents

#1: At least 10 Iranian nationals were injured in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad on Tuesday when twin bombs ravaged busloads of Iranian pilgrims destined for holy shrines in the Shiite city of Karbala. The first bomb hit a bus early Tuesday, moments after it left a hotel in the Sa'adun area to head to the holy city of Karbala, 100 km Southwest of Baghdad. The second bomb went off in another location in Sa'adun when the pilgrims were boarding another bus, injuring more Iranian pilgrims. This is while an Iraqi interior ministry official put the number of the wounded Iranians at 12. According to the Iraqi official, three members of a police officer's family were also injured in the bomb attacks.

#1: Iraqi officials say a bomb has detonated near the house of a police officer in Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, killing his 6-month-old nephew and three other family members. Police and hospital officials say the officer, Lt. Col. Qais Rashid, was unharmed in Tuesday's blast. His brother, sister and sister-in-law were killed along with his baby nephew, Col. Khalid Jassim of Tikrit police said. Saad Hassan, an official in the city's main hospital, confirmed the death toll.

#2: Death toll from bomb attacks in Iraq's Salahudin province on Tuesday rose to 10 after the police retrieved eight bodies from a bombed house of a police officer, a provincial police source told Xinhua. Eight family members of Major Qais al-Rashid, a company commander in the provincial rapid reaction police force, were killed and two more are still under the debris of his house which collapsed after a bomb explosion earlier Tuesday in the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a source from Salahudin operations command said on condition of anonymity. A six-month-old child survived the attack after the rescue team pulled him out of the debris alive, the source said.

#1: Meanwhile, two policemen were killed and four people wounded in a roadside bomb blast near a police patrol in the city of Samarra, 110 km north of Baghdad, the source said.

#1: In addition, a member of a government-backed Awakening Council group, also known as Sahwa, was wounded in a bomb explosion in the city of Baiji, some 200 km north of Baghdad, he added.

#1: One Iraqi soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in a car bomb explosion in western Mosul on Monday, according to a police source. “A car rigged with explosives went off Monday afternoon (Oct. 18) targeting a U.S. vehicle patrol in al-Zanjieli region, western Mosul, killing an Iraqi soldier and injuring seven, including three soldiers and a policeman,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: One woman was wounded Monday by an improvised explosive device in western Mosul, a police source said. “Army forces detonated a bomb found in Hawi al-Kaniesa region, western Mosul, injuring a passing woman,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A suicide car bomber killed one Iraqi off-duty soldier and wounded seven people, including three off-duty soldiers, a traffic policeman and three passers-by, in western Mosul, an Iraqi army source said.

#4: Gunmen opened fire at an Iraqi army checkpoint killing a soldier in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two senior Taliban commanders were among 15 suspected insurgents killed in coalition airstrikes in northern Afghanistan, NATO said Tuesday. Abdul Jamil and Juma Din - the Taliban commanders of Dahanah Ghori and Baghlan-e-Markazi, two districts in Baghlan province - were the main targets of airstrikes Sunday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. 'The strikes killed 15 insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons,' the statement said. 'ISAF was able to confirm today that Abdul Jamil and Juma Din, the Baghlan-e-Markazi district leader, were among those killed.' The alliance said Monday that at least 10 suspected insurgents might have been killed in the air raid. Baghlan Governor Munshi Abdul Majeed put the Taliban's death toll at 18. He said seven others were injured in the airstrikes.

#2: Gunmen in Balochistan province on Tuesday torched vehicles carrying supplies for Nato troops fighting the Taliban in neighbouring Afghanistan, in the second such attack in 24 hours, police said. The two tankers were attacked in Balochistan. Two men riding on a motorbike held up the trucks at gun point, forcing the drivers and their helpers to leave, police official Khuda Bakhsh said. The gunmen doused the trucks in petrol before shooting at them at Dasht Bado town, 175 kilometres (about 110 miles) south of Quetta, Bakhsh said.

#3: At least six people were killed in a U.S. drone attack launched late Monday night in northwest Pakistan's tribal area of North Waziristan, local media reported. According to the report, the U.S. drones fired six missiles, two of which were targeting at a house and the remaining four at a vehicle, at Sandali village of Datta Khel area in North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan.

#4: More than 10 insurgents were killed by Afghan and ISAF forces on patrol in Shah Wali Kot district of southern Kandahar province on Monday, the alliance said. The patrol set out after reports there would be many insurgents in the area, including high-ranking leaders, and also detained several fighters, the statement added.

#5: A roadside bomb killed three civilians and wounded two in Andar district of Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, the U.S. military said.

#6: Insurgents kidnapped 20 employees of an Afghan construction company in Anar Dara district of western Farah province on Saturday night, the Interior Ministry said. Two insurgents were killed in the incident.

#7: NATO's aircraft breached Pakistani airspace once again Tuesday morning at Pakistan- Afghanistan border town Torkham in the northwest of Pakistan, local media reported. NATO warplanes and gunship helicopters entered up to 15 kilometers inside Pakistani airspace, local television DAWN News reported citing paramilitary sources at certain checkpoints in the border area. However, official sources did not confirm the incident so far. The aircraft flew up to Wali Khel, Sultan Khel and Ayub Kala areas and took an aerial view of NATO supply trucks, eyewitnesses said.

DoD: Pfc. Dylan T. Reid

DoD: Sgt. Ian M. Tawney

DoD: Cpl. Jorge Villarreal Jr.