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, December 2, 2010

War News for Thursday, December 02, 2010

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Lt. Col. Gwendolyn A. Locht died in Houston Texas from a non-combat related illness on Tuesday, November 16th. She was medically evacuated from Kandahar, Afghanistan on Saturday, May 22nd.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, December 2nd.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, December 3rd.

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

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Reported security incidents

#1: Three policemen and two passers-by were wounded in the first explosion, which targeted a police patrol in the Ghazaliyah neighborhood in the capital's west.

#2: The second bomb went off near a bus station in central Baghdad. Hospital and police officials said four bystanders were hurt in the incident.

#3: In the southeastern Baghdad suburb of Jisr Diyala, the third attack left two officers and a passer-by injured and wrecked a police car.

#4: A Human Rights employee was killed by gunmen in north of Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen opened fire on Wednesday on an employee working in Human Rights Ministry in front of his house in al-Suliekh region, northern Baghdad, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#5: “A bomb, stuck to a civilian vehicle, was detonated in al-Aadhamiya region, northern Baghdad, wounding three civilians,” the source added.

#6: “Police found an unknown bullet-riddled body in al-Aamel neighborhood in western Baghdad,” he added.

#7: A U.S. Army patrol had become target for an explosive charge blast east of Baghdad on Wednesday, according to an Iraqi security source. “An explosive charge blew off against a U.S. Army patrol close to the main highway passing through New Baghdad Area, east of the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, but losses were not known,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An army officer was killed and another one was wounded Thursday in a roadside bomb explosion in Jalawlaa, north of Baaquba, according to a security source. “The bomb exploded on the main road in Jalawlaa in Khanaqin district, north of Baaquba, targeting an army vehicle patrol, killing an officer and injuring two, including a lieutenant and a soldier, and destroying the vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The body of a bodyguard of former Diwaniya governor was found on Wednesday by policemen, a police source said. “Policemen found a bullet-riddled body in a region between Diwaniya and al-Daghara district, north of Diwaniya,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the corpse belongs to a bodyguard of former Diwaniya Governor, Jamal al-Zameli, who was assassinated by gunmen in 2008.

#1: A gunman was killed and a wife and a daughter of a local official were wounded in an armed attack on their house in northern Wassit on Wednesday, according to a local official. “Unknown gunmen stormed a house of Engineer Salim Fazaa, director of al-Ahrar district, western Kut, in al-Nuaamaniya region, northern Kut,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Fazaa’s son killed one of the attackers after his mother and his sister have been wounded,” he added, noting that the gunmen fled, while police sealed off the region.

#1: Three mortar shells hit a U.S. base in north of Hilla on Thursday, a police source said. “Three mortar shells landed on a U.S. base in al-Mussayab region, northern Hilla, with no word on casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A tanker belongs to U.S. forces was attacked by mortar shells on Wednesday in east of Tikrit, according to a source from the joint coordination center. “A number of gunmen attacked a U.S. tanker by mortar shells early Wednesday (Dec. 1) near a bridge, east o Tikrit, setting it ablaze,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The forces have closed the bridge until now,” he added. No word was immediately available from the U.S. army on the incident.

#1: Three kidnapped young men were found dead on Wednesday in southern Salah al-Din, according to a security source. “Policemen found on Wednesday three corpses belong to young men, who had been kidnapped yesterday by gunmen, in east of Balad district, southern Salah al-Din,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the bodies bore signs of torture and gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

#1: A roadside bomb explosion in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, wounded the police chief of Dibbis, a town just north of Kirkuk, police said.

#1: A girl was killed inside her house by gunmen on Thursday in western Mosul, a security source said.

#2: Army forces on Thursday killed a gunman for attempting to attack a patrol in eastern Mosul, an army source said. “An army force killed this afternoon a gunman, who attempted to threw a hand grenade on one of its patrols in al-Jazaer neighborhood in eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Army forces killed two terrorists and arrested a third one in Mosul,” according to Defense Ministry’s Spokesman, General Mohammad al-Askari.

Tal Afar:
#1: One civilian was wounded on Wednesday by a bomb explosion in central Talafar, according to an official source. “An improvised explosive device went off near a store in al-Aurouba neighborhood, central Talafar, northwest of Mosul, injuring the store’s owner, who was carried to a nearby hospital for treatment,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Abbar Prv:
#1: Two policemen were killed and two others were wounded on Wednesday in a bomb blast in western Anbar, according to a security source. “A landmine went off Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 1) near a police vehicle patrol in al-Khasieb region near al-Ubeidi district in al-Qaem, west of Ramadi, killing two policemen and injuring two others and damaging the vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Police said Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Abdul-Majeed, the police chief in the town of Qaim, escaped injury but two of his guards were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his convoy in Qaim, which is located in Anbar province 300 km (185 miles) west of Baghdad.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Taliban kidnapped seven members of an Afghan demining team in an ambush in the volatile east of the country on Wednesday and took them into neighbouring Pakistan to evade security forces, a local official said. The Taliban also set fire to two of the deminers’ vehicles. Haji Hazrat Khaksar, the chief of Momand Dara district in volatile Nangarhar province, said a group of 16 deminers were on their way to his district when they were attacked by Taliban fighters. Nine of the group escaped while the terrorists fought security forces pursuing the group before crossing into Pakistan, he said.

#2: Taliban militants in northwest Pakistan attacked a NATO supply truck before dawn Thursday, killing the driver and damaging the vehicle, police said. Militants opened fire on the vehicle with assault rifles in Suki village in Mardan, police said, a district neighbouring the northwestern capital Peshawar. The driver's assistant told police they had loaded the truck in Karachi with a 10-wheel vehicle destined for NATO troops and were en route to Kabul. “The driver was killed on the spot. It was a NATO supply truck and was carrying a 10-wheel vehicle for NATO in Afghanistan,” Iftikhar Khan, a police official in Mardan, told AFP by telephone.

DoD: 1st. Lt. Scott F. Milley

DoD: Lt. Col. Gwendolyn A. Locht

D0D: Sgt. 1st Class Barry E. Jarvis

D0D: Sgt. Curtis A. Oakes

DoD: Matthew W. Ramsey

DoD: Jacob A. Gassen

DoD: Austin G. Staggs

DoD: Buddy W. McLain