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 30, 2010

War News for Tuesday, November 29, 2010

NATO is reporting the death an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, November 30th.

Iraq foils plot to bomb French embassy in Baghdad

Pakistan drone victim to sue US for $500m

Leak: Iran offered Canada intelligence on Afghanistan

Cables Depict U.S. Haggling to Find Takers for Detainees

Reported security incidents

#1: On Tuesday morning, a bomb attached to a civilian car in the al-Qadisiya neighborhood of western Baghdad exploded and killed the driver, Baghdad police said.

#2: In a separate incident Tuesday morning, a bomb attached to a civilian car exploded in al-Liqa Square in western Baghdad and wounded three civilians, Baghdad police said.

#1: And on Monday evening, four civilians were killed and 29 were wounded when a bomb in a parked car exploded Monday at an outdoor market in central Baquba, Iraq, about 35 miles (roughly 60 kilometers) north of Baghdad, police in Baquba said.

#1: The corpses of a man and a woman have been discovered in Samarra city in Salah al-Din Province on Tuesday, according to a Salah al-Din police source.

#1: An Iraqi peasant has been killed and two others injured in an explosive charge blast west of Balad town in Salah al-Din Province on Tuesday, according to a security source. “An explosive charge blew up in Alb-Rindis area, 2 km to the west of Balad town in Salah al-Din Province, on Tuesday, killing a peasant and wounding two others,” the Salah al-Din’s security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police forces found on Monday two bodies of a civilian and a Sahwa fighter in west of Beiji, according to a security source. “The two men had been kidnapped yesterday in al-Sukariya village, west of Beiji,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The bodies were found on Beiji-al-Sieniya road, west of Beiji,” he added, noting that the corpses bore signs of gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

#1: A bullet-riddled female body was found on Monday in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “Policemen found on Monday (Nov. 29) a female body in al-Tahrir neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The body show signs of gunshot wounds to the neck and stomach,” he added, pointing out that the corpse belongs to a 40-year-old woman.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan gunmen attacked a construction company in Kabul province, wounding one security guard and kidnapping nine others, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday. Gunmen opened fire on 18 Afghan guards in the mountainous Sarobi district, about 27 miles (45 kilometers) east of the capital, Kabul on Monday. Nine guards were kidnapped and nine escaped, said Zemeri Bashary, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. The gunmen also seized several rifles.

#2: Two children were killed and one was injured when a bomb went off in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province on Tuesday.

#3: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least six people, according to news reports.

#4: A French Air Force planes F3 Rafale fighter crashed today off Pakistan in the Arabian Sea but the pilot made a successful bail-out and was immediately rescued by the French helicopters. French Defense Ministry was quoted as saying on Sunday (November 28), that “in the beginning of an air support mission in Afghanistan, a Rafale pilot who operated from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, had to eject from his plane in the Sea, off Pakistan.” Sources say that the pilot was immediately picked up by a helicopter deputed for emergency of air operations. The pilot was safe but injured and was receiving medical treatment.

#5: Four militants were killed in exchange of fire with security forces in Puran tehsil of Shangla district on Monday, officials said. They said that all the four persons were wanted in various cases of militancy. They said that security forces were patrolling Alooch area when they saw the militants. “Soldiers asked them to surrender, but they (militants) refused and opened fire on the patrolling party,” an official said. Security forces killed them in exchange of fire, he added. The killed militants were identified as Sher Rehman, Saeedullah and Iqbal, all residents of Shangla, and Rahimullah, who belonged to Battagram district.Militants burnt three trucks carrying goods from Afghanistan to tribal areas and kidnapped the drivers in Baizai tehsil of Mohmand Agency on Monday. The driver and helper of a truck were feared killed when they resisted torching of trucks, a tribesman and official sources said.

DoD: Pvt. Devon J. Harris


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