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

Saturday, December 4, 2010

War News for Saturday, December 04, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, December 3rd.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a non-hostile related incident in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, December 4th.

Yemen Sets Terms of a War on Al Qaeda

A resurgent Syria alarms U.S., Israel

Reported security incidents

#1: Militants blew up a car bomb in front of a house used by Iranians as a rest stop in the Kadhamiya district of Baghdad, as well as explosives planted in an adjacent house, an Interior Ministry source said. The explosions killed five people, wounded 18 and severely damaged the two houses, the source said.

#2: In Baghdad's northern Shula district, a car bomb exploded near a bus carrying Iranians, killing two people and wounding 28, the source said.

#3: A third car bomb blast struck a market in Baghdad's southwestern Bayaa district, killing six people and wounding 41 others, the ministry source said.

#4: A roadside IED on al-Amal al-Shaabi street, al-Amiriya, western Baghdad, went off near an Iraqi army patrol, leaving three soldiers wounded and damaging their vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#5: “An IED attached to the vehicle of a lawyer went off near a civil defense center in al-Amiriya, leaving him wounded and his vehicle damaged,” he said.

#6: The source added that another roadside IED blast on street 60, al-Dora, southern Baghdad, left two civilians wounded and several nearby stores damaged.

#7: “An IED planted on a roadside in al-Karrada, central Baghdad, went off near a federal police patrol, leaving four personnel wounded and causing damage to their vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: “Gunmen had shot dead a cleaning worker in Bab al-Jadeed area, central Mosul. They were arrested and remanded under investigative custody,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Policemen on Friday (Dec. 3) had found the body of a cleaning worker from the Mosul Municipality in a waste dump in al-Farouq al-Qadeem area, central Mosul.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Seven Afghan demining experts have been released, two days after kidnappers ambushed them near the Pakistan border, the border police commander for eastern Afghanistan said Saturday. The deminers were released Friday after local elders helped in negotiations with the kidnappers, Gen. Aminullah Amerkhail said. Two of them had been beaten, he said. The seven were the last to be released of a team of 16 Afghans seized Wednesday near the Pakistan border. The others were released several hours after the attack near the Torkham border crossing in Nangarhar province

DoD: Cpl. Chad S. Wade