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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

War News for Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, October 9th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 10th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, October 10th.


Afghanistan shuts down 150 Afghan, foreign aid groups


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1-?: Police said at least 11 roadside bombs detonated within an hour of each other in three predominantly Christian areas of central Baghdad early Wednesday. Four of the blasts hit houses belonging to Christians, and two mortar rounds also struck Christian enclaves of the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora in south Baghdad. In all, four people were killed and 19 wounded, according to police and hospital officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. It was not immediately clear whether the dead were Christians.

#1: At least eight Katyusha missiles fell on two areas of southern Baghdad’s Daura district, causing several casualties. The total toll of casualties from the missiles is not yet known, a police source said. “Al-Shurta (Police) and Iskan (Housing) areas of southern Baghdad’s Daura district, have become target to 8 Katyusha rockets,” he said, adding that the attack had caused several casualties, but he gave no further details.

#2: “Two persons have been killed and six others injured in three explosive charges blast, one close at central Baghdad’s Sinaa district,” he said, adding that

Two bombs exploded in Baghdad's central Karrada district, killing two Christians and wounding four, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3-4: a civilian had been killed and four others injured in two explosive charges blasts in east Baghdad’s Sara Camp.

#3: Two bombs went off near a church, wounding two Christians, in Baghdad's eastern Camp Sara district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#4: One Christian was killed and two were wounded when two bombs went off near their homes in Baghdad's eastern Camp Sara district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#5: “Three other citizens have been injured in an explosive charge blast in Raghba Khatoun are in northern Baghdad’s Aadamiya district,

Three Christians were wounded by a bomb in the Adhamiya district of northern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#6: along with the wounding of two persons by two explosive charges blast in Hay al-Ghadeer district, east of Baghdad,” he said

Two bombs went off near a Christian family's house, wounding two members of the family, in eastern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#7: Three civilians were wounded Tuesday in a sticky bomb explosion in western Baghdad, according to a security source. “A bomb, stuck to a civilian car, went off near a restaurant in al-Jameaa neighborhood, western Baghdad, injuring three civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#8: “Police patrols found on Tuesday (Nov. 9) a female body behind al-Intefada school in al-Mansour neighborhood, western Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the body bore signs of gunshot wounds.

#9: “A number of mortar shells hit two houses in al-Mahala 607 region in al-Mansour neighborhood, killing a civilian and injuring others,” he added.

#10: A booby-trapped car went off on Tuesday evening (Nov. 9) near the Islamic party headquarters in al-Amal al-Shaabi street in al-Aameriya region, western Baghdad, killing a civilian and injuring six,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#11: “Three bombs exploded in al-Mansour neighborhood, western Baghdad, injuring four citizens,” he added.

#12: “Armed men have attacked the houses of two Christian famillies in west Baghdad’s Amiriya district, with two explosive charges,” he said, adding that the attack had caused material damage only.

#13: He stressed that two other Christian families houses in west Baghdad’s al-Mansour district have been attacked by hand-grenades on Tuesday night too, also causing material damage.

#14: Meanwhile, a group of armed men blew up an explosive charge in front of a house belonging to a Christian family in Mansour’s Dawoodi district, but the attack did not cause human casualties, on Tuesday night, he said.

#15: A bomb wounded a Christian man when it exploded near his house in Baghdad's southern Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#16: A bomb went off near the home of a Christian family, wounding four, in Baghdad's Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#17: Two bombs went off near the house of a Christian family in Baghdad's central Karrada district, wounding two members of the family, an Interior Ministry source said.


Iskandariya:
#1: Three brothers, members of the pro-government Sahwa (Awakening) forces and two of their brothers have been injured in an explosive charge blast in northern Babel’s Iskandariyia town, a security source said on Wednesday. “An exposive charge, planted under a water pump at Shikhan village of Iskandariya town, 50 kms to the north of Hilla city, have killed three brothers and wounded two of their other brothers, all fom one family that were members of al-Sahwa (Awakening) forces,” he said, adding no further details.


Mosul:
#1: Two persons, including a child, were wounded in a hand grenade explosion in eastern Mosul, a police source said on Tuesday. “An unknown gunman threw a hand grenade on an employee’s house in al-Wehda neighborhood, eastern Mosul, injuring two persons, including a child, who were carried to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen shot dead Abbas Mahmoud, the imam of a Sunni mosque in the town of Garma, 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad, a police source said.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1:Insurgents killed four policemen in an ambush in northern Afghanistan, while a string of militant attacks claimed the lives of three NATO service members and one person from a de-mining team, officials said Wednesday. The attack on the police vehicle took place Tuesday night as it was driving through Imam Sahib district along the border with Tajikistan, said Muhbobullah Sayedi, a spokesman for the governor Kunduz province. Violence is on the rise in the north, where pockets of Taliban insurgents are increasingly targeting government workers.

#2: Meanwhile, at least one de-miner was killed and another was wounded Wednesday morning in Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province when the de-mining team's vehicle hit a roadside bomb, officials from the province said.

#3: Gunmen torched a truck carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan in southwestern Baluchistan province. No casualty was reported, police said.

#4: Pakistani warplanes bombed Taliban positions in the northwestern region of Orakzai, killing 15 militants and destroying three hideouts, security officials in the region said. There was no independent confirmation of the incident as the warzone is remote and out of bounds for media.

#5: Ten civilians susatined injuries as a bomb blasted in Jalalabad city, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, on Wednesday, local television channel reported. "Ten civilians were wounded in bomb explosion and evacuated to hospitals this morning," the private Tolo television channel aired in its news bulletin.

#6: Two vehicles of NATO- led forces were damaged as a mortar mine fired by insurgents hit them in northern Kunduz province on Wednesday, spokesman of the alliance in Kunduz province Lieutenant Colonel Burchardi said. "Two vehicles were slightly damaged as a mortar mine fired by insurgents hit the troops in Jan Ghareq village of Qalai Zal district today," Burchardi confirmed in talks with Xinhua. There were no casualties on the troops, he emphasized.


MoD: Senior Aircraftman Scott Hughes

DoD: Sgt. Aaron B. Cruttenden

DoD: Spc. Dale J. Kridlo

DoD: Spc. Anthony Vargas

DoD: Spc. Andrew L. Hutchins

DoD: Sgt. Jason J. McCluskey

DoD: 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly

4 comments:

Cervantes said...

I thought the war was over and we won. What happened?

Anonymous said...

Naked Torture: Sex main tool of British interrogation in Iraq?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFNOlvUtqOc

dancewater said...

Iraq breaks deadlock, PM wins support for new term

11 Nov 2010 03:33:22 GMT
Source: Reuters
* Incumbent has backing to retain premiership

* Rival Iraqiya bloc to join Maliki-led govt

* Deal "a big step forward," U.S. says

* Militants target Christians in Baghdad, at least 3 dead (Adds Obama administration statement, paragraphs 5-7)

By Suadad al-Salhy and Waleed Ibrahim

BAGHDAD, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Iraqi politicians appeared to have broken an eight-month political impasse on Wednesday when the Sunni-backed Iraqiya alliance agreed to take part in a new government headed by incumbent Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Maliki inched closer to a final deal to secure a second term on a day when bomb and mortar attacks targeting Christians across the Iraqi capital killed at least three people and wounded dozens of others.

After a meeting of Iraqi political leaders, a senior lawmaker from the cross-sectarian Iraqiya coalition headed by former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi told Reuters the bloc would join a Maliki government.

The decision offered hope the next government would include enough Sunni representation to ease the chances of a return to the sectarian violence that killed tens of thousands of people after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein.

dancewater said...

Republican congressman: I have ‘no hesitation whatsoever’ in probing Bush for torture

more power to him.....