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

Thursday, November 25, 2010

War News for thursday, November 25, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, November 25th.

Basra Command denies airport attack

Iraqi Prime Minister Asked to Form Government

Afghanistan, Pakistan promise joint drug operations

Pak Army has allowed US military presence in Quetta: Pentagon report

Reported security incidents

#1: Brigadier Mohammad Hamid was killed on Wednesday evening (Nov. 24) by a sticky bomb in al-Sidiya region, southern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “Unknown gunmen shot and killed an employee of the housing ministry in al-Aameriya region, western Baghdad,” he added. “Colonel Ali Mohammad was wounded by gunmen in al-Mansour neighborhood, western Baghdad,” the source said.

#3: Three people were wounded Thursday in an improvised explosive device explosion in eastern Baghdad, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device went off on Thursday morning (Nov. 25) in Zayouna region, eastern Baghdad, targeting a military vehicle patrol,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The blast wounded a soldier and two civilians and damaged the vehicle,” he added.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A female body was found on Thursday in central Baaquba city, according to a security source. “Policemen found this morning a 24-year-old female body in al-Tahrir region, central Baaquba,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The body bore signs of being stabbed,” he added, without giving further details.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Four Iraqi soldiers and two children were wounded in three blasts in the south of Kirkuk on Thursday, according to a security source. “An improvised explosive device went off on Thursday morning (Nov. 25) targeting the motorcade of Touz Khormato mayor, without causing damage or casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the blast occurred at the center of the district. “A second bomb exploded shortly after the first explosion in the same area after an army force rushed to it, injuring four soldiers,” he added. “A third bomb went off in the same place, wounding two children,” he said.

#1: A roadside bomb wounded police officer Nabeel Abbas Ashraf, head of the Huwaish police station, and two of his body guards, near Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, after it exploded hitting his convoy, a police source at the Samarra operations centre said.

#1: Three civilians were killed and 24 others were wounded Wednesday in two explosions in north of Tikrit, a source from the Salah al-Din operations command said. “An explosive charge wet off targeting the vehicle of Hamid Kahiet, a Sahwa leader, in al-Shurqat district, north of Tikrit, injuring him,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Another bomb exploded shortly after the first blast at the same area, killing three civilians and injuring 23,” the source added, without giving further details.

#1: One civilian was killed on Thursday by a hand grenade in west of Mosul, according to a civilian source. “Unknown gunmen threw a hand grenade in a house in al-Baaj district, west of Mosul, killing a civilian,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Coalition forces report that five village elders were killed in northern Afghanistan when insurgents attacked their vehicle. The men were travelling through Faryab province on Wednesday which borders Turkmenistan when their vehicle was struck by a rocket propelled grenade, said the statement. Four other elders were wounded in the attack.

#2: A roadside bomb hit a security convoy in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least one soldier Thursday and wounding six others, police said. The Pakistani security forces were driving in the Hangu district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province when the bomb exploded, police official Amir Khan said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Sean M. Flannery

DoD: Spc. William K. Middleton