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, November 12, 2010

War News for Friday, November 12, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, October 12th.

Russia completes small arms deliveries to Afghanistan

Vt. guard chief says dozens wounded in Afghanistan - The commander of the Vermont National Guard says "dozens and dozens" of the state's soldiers have been wounded while serving in Afghanistan.

Consider smaller force in Afghanistan: US panel

Allawi Supporters Walk Out of Iraqi Parliament

National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of November 09, 2010 - This brings the total National Guard and Reserve personnel who have been activated to 96,610, including both units and individual augmentees.

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded ten people, including five policemen, in Baghdad's southern Saidiya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded four people in Baghdad's southeastern Zaafaraniya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: A sticky bomb attached to a car wounded a driver in Baghdad's central Karrada district, an interior ministry source said.

#4: Two roadside bombs targeted police patrols in two different incidents in Baghdad's southeastern Zaafaraniya district, wounding five people, including one policeman, an interior ministry source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A member of the Diala council survived an attempt on his life on Friday when a bomb exploded targeting his vehicle in east of Baaquba, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device went off in Kanaan district, east of Baaquba, targeting the vehicle of Asaad al-Mashaykhi, a member of the Diala council, while returning from the Friday Prayer, injuring two of his bodyguards seriously and destroying his car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Tal Afar:
#1: Policemen on Friday defused a roadside bomb and arrested the gunman who planted it in central Talafar, an official police source said. “A force from the emergency police department arrested a gunman from his house in Talafar, northwest of Mosul, and found two thermal bombs inside his house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The man admitted to planting a bomb between Musaab bin Omier and the health center in al-Wehda neighborhood, central Talafar,” the source added, noting that the experts defused the bomb without casualties.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A brother of a member of Anbar council was killed and another one was arrested when a U.S.-Iraqi force raided a region in eastern Falluja, a police source said on Friday. “The forces raided a number of houses in al-Rashad region in central al-Karma district, eastern Falluja, late Thursday (Nov. 11), where they killed a brother of Mahmoud Rashied Mudaan, member of Anbar council, and arrested another one,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Mudaan is the chief of Anbar council’s legal committee,” he added, without giving further details.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded an Iraqi soldier and two civilians when it exploded near an army patrol in Garma, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO says at least 15 insurgents were killed by missile, cannon and gun fire in a fierce round of fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The alliance said today that 15 other militants were detained during overnight operations targeting Taliban leaders across the nation. NATO says heavy fighting erupted yestersday in Sangin district, after a member of a joint Afghan and coalition patrol was struck by a homemade bomb. Insurgents continued to attack as a coalition helicopter evacuated casualties. The coalition force called in air support and the insurgents were killed by missiles, a 30mm cannon and artillery fire.

#2: A suicide car bomber carried out an attack on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Friday, the police said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The target of the bomber was not known, but Kabul police officer Mohammed Jamshid said the bomber hit another vehicle on the southwestern outskirts of the city. The U.S.-led coalition said it was investigating the incident.

A NATO convoy was attacked near the parliament building in the Afghan capital on Friday, police and the coalition said, the first attack in Kabul in three months months after security was increased. There was no immediate word on casualties.

A suicide car bomber blew himself up as a NATO convoy passed by his vehicle on the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Friday, wounding two troops, officials said. The Afghan Defense Ministry said an Afghan soldier and a NATO service member were wounded in the blast.

#3: The death toll from a suicide car bomb attack on a police facility in Pakistan's largest city has risen to 17, police said. The number of wounded in the attack -- which took place in the city of Karachi on Thursday -- has also risen to 180, said police official Javed Hussain. Hussain said about 500 kg (1,100 lbs) of explosives was used in the attack. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq told CNN that the Taliban carried out the attack, which police say targeted building that housed a Crime Investigation Department facility. The blast occurred in a high-security area, near government buildings and major hotels, such as the Pearl Continental and the Sheraton. The U.S. consulate is in the general vicinity but was not considered the target. A Pakistani government official told CNN that about five gunmen on foot cleared the way for the suicide car bomber by firing on security personnel manning a security check post. The official said that once the vehicle cleared the check post it raced toward the police facility and rammed into the building. The official, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, doesn't know the whereabouts of the gunmen.

#4: One rocket fired by insurgents landed in Kabul in the pre-dawn hours of election day but caused no major damage or injuries.

#5: Six guards of a private security company were killed Thursday when militants ambushed their convoy in Taliban's hotbed Helmand province of southern Afghanistan, provincial administration spokesman Daud Ahmadi said Friday. "A group of militants ambushed and engaged a convoy of local security firm escorting two oil tankers from provincial capital Lashkar Gah to neighboring Nadali district Thursday afternoon," Ahmadi told Xinhua. "As a result six security guards were killed."

#6: Afghan forces backed by NATO-led troops killed five Taliban militants during overnight operation in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, deputy to provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Haqtash said Friday. "A special operation unit of the Afghan army and NATO-led forces last night raided a compound in Bagh-e-Shirkat area northwest of the provincial capital of Kunduz city killing five enemies," Haqtash told Xinhua.

DoD: Lance Cpl. James B. Stack