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, November 2, 2010

War News for Tuesday, November 02, 2010

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Monday. October 1st.

Afghan Police Unit Defects to Taliban, Leaving Burning Station Behind

Our wasted years in Afghanistan, says British Major General

Reported security incidents

#1: Security forces on Monday killed a suicide bomber in southern Arbil, according to a security source. “Security authorities managed on Monday (Nov. 1) to kill a suicide bomb, who was trying to enter the city through the Qushtaba checkpoint on the Arbil-Kirkuk road, southern Kirkuk,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The bomber was driving a car laden with 45 kg of explosive material,” he added, without giving further details.

#1: Director of the Kirkuk Interior Affairs Department survived on Monday an assassination attempt by a bomb explosion in southern Kirkuk, a source from the joint coordination center said. “An improvised explosive device went off on Monday (Nov. 1) targeting the vehicle of Colonel Fahmi a-Barzanji in Raas Doumez region, in front of Sulaimaniya restaurant in southern Kirkuk, leaving no casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, pointing out that the blast damaged the vehicle.

#2: An officer of Al-Sahwa (Awakening) forces has been killed in an armed attack by unknown gunmen in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk Province on Tuesday a Kirkuk police director, Brigadier Sarhad Qader said. “A group of unknown armed men have opened fire Tuesday on Captian Mohammed Hamil of al-Sahwa (Awakening) Forces in Hawija village in front of his house, killing on the spot and escaping to an unknown destination,” he added.

#3: In another incident, Qader said that the police of Hawija, 65 kms to the west of Kirkuk, found two explosive charges in the area and were dismantled without causing any losses.

#1: One police officer was killed and his driver was wounded in a sticky bomb explosion in south of Mosul. according to a security source. “A police colonel was killed on Monday (Nov. 1) and his driver was wounded, when a bomb attached to his vehicle, exploded in al-Qayara district, south of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The bodies of two female aid workers were discovered Sunday morning in Afghanistan's Helmand province, a spokesman for Helmand's governor told CNN on Tuesday. Daud Ahmadi said one of the women was the founder of the organization Mahjoba Herawi, an Afghan non-governmental organization. Ahmadi said both were working on women-oriented projects such as jam and pasta making. The women's driver disappeared, and it was unclear whether robbers or the Taliban killed the women, Ahmadi said.

#2: Afghan forces and troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed several insurgents in the eastern province of Nangarhar in an operation targeting a Taliban leader who led attacks during September elections, ISAF said in a statement.

#3: An armed suspected insurgent was shot dead and two suspects arrested during a raid by Afghan and ISAF troops, the coalition said. The raid targeted a Taliban district leader for Musa Qal'ah, ISAF said in a statement.

#4: At least 17 militants were killed Tuesday in gunship helicopters offensive in Mohmand tribal area in the northwest Pakistan, official sources said. Another 10 suspected militants were wounded in the Pakistani troop air strikes in the insurgency plagued Mohmand tribal area bordering Afghanistan, it added.

#5: Earlier on Monday, troops killed 11 militants and injured a dozen others in adjacent Orakzai tribal area while three hideouts of militants were also destroyed in the gunship air strikes.

DoD: Spc. Brett W. Land


Cervantes said...

Sixteen bombs went off across Iraq's capital on Tuesday, many at coffee shops full of civilians. Officials said the death toll was at least 42, but that number could keep climbing as rescuers reach the scenes.

"Ten cars exploded with bombs inside them. There were also four roadside bombs and two sticky bombs," said Baghdad security spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi. "(They were) all in Shiite neighborhoods."

Officials said more than 100 people were injured.

Earlier Tuesday, an Iraqi police commander was detained for questioning in connection with the deadly attack two days earlier on a Catholic church in the capital.

An Iraqi military spokesman said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the detention of the police commander, whom he did not identify by name. The commander was in charge of securing the Karradah neighborhood in Baghdad where Our Lady of Salvation is located.

Al-Moussawi said the assailants were disguised as guards working for a private security firm and carried fake ids.

"We have many question marks about how such a large number of terrorists managed to reach the church in the heart of Baghdad," he added.