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 26, 2010

War News for Friday, November 26, 2010

Final draft of Iraq gas deal with Shell within 10 days

Maliki Given 30 Days to Form Government in Iraq

Reported security incidents

#1: Three civilians were wounded Friday by an improvised explosive device in central Baghdad, according to a security source. “The bomb exploded on Friday morning (Nov. 26) near a restaurant in Karada region, central Baghdad, injuring three civilians and damaging nearby vehicles,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Six persons were wounded Friday by a bomb blast in western Baghdad, according to a security source. “A roadside bomb went off Friday morning (Nov. 26) targeting an army vehicle patrol in al-Ghazaliya region, western Baghdad, injuring three soldiers and three civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: The official of the investigation commission of al-Adala Camp was killed by gunmen in northern Baghdad on Friday, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen shot and killed the official of the investigation commission of al-Adala Camp, Muamen Jaata Ahmad, inside his car using a gun with silencer in Ali al-Saleh region, northern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two policemen were killed and a woman was wounded late Thursday in southwest of Kirkuk, according to a senior police officer. “Unknown gunmen killed two policemen and wounded a woman late Thursday (Nov. 26) in al-Fakhera village in al-Riyadh district, southwest of Kirkuk, and fled to unknown place,” Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A gunman was killed while home-making an explosive charge inside his house northwest of Mosul city on Thursday, a security source in Ninewa said. “The gunman was home-making an explosive device inside his house in al-Sultana area, al-Biaj district, (130 km) northwest of Mosul, when it went off, killing him instantly and causing damage to the house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Tal Afar:
#1: Three people were killed and 15 others wounded in an unidentified blast in northern Talafar on Thursday, a local police source in the district said. “An explosion took place near a poultry shop in al-Qadissiya neighborhood in northern Talafar district, (60 km) north of Mosul city, leaving three persons killed and 15 others wounded in an initial count of casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: An oil tanker exploded in an accident on the Iraqi-Jordanian border on Thursday, killing two people, injuring nine others and setting 19 other trucks ablaze, security officials said. "A tanker truck that unloaded the oil it was carrying from Iraq in the special zone located in 'no man's land' on the border between Iraq and Jordan caught fire due to an explosion, causing a fire that affected 19 other trucks," a Jordanian security official said. Investigators believe the cause of the blast was an "accident."

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Pakistani troops bombed suspected militant hideouts in the Orakzai tribal region, killing eight insurgents and wounding six, local intelligence officials said.

#2: Militants ambushed a military convoy with a roadside bomb in the northwestern district of Hangu, killing one paramilitary soldier and wounding three, security officials said.

#3: Air raid against Taliban militants killed three and injured another in the eastern Ghazni province on Friday, provincial police chief Zerawar Zahid said. "Four Taliban rebels were planting mine on a road in Shams village outside provincial capital Ghazni city at 03:00 a.m. local time today but fortunately the airpower of international troops acting upon intelligence report dropped bomb and killing three rebels including their commander Mullah Muzamil on the spot," Zahid told Xinhua. Another insurgent was badly injured, he added.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Ardenjoseph A. Buenagua