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, December 28, 2010

War News for Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine died Friday, December 24th. He was originally wounded during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, December 25th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 28th.

Hospital at Camp Ashraf attacked by Iraqi forces: TV .

S.African man linked to Iraq oil scandal found dead: police

Reported security incidents

#1: An Iraqi Foreign Ministry employee has been injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast that blew off in his car west of Baghdad on Tuesday, a Baghdad security source said. “An IED, stuck by unknown armed men to the car of an Iraqi Ministry employee, blew off in west Baghdad’s Qadisiya district, when he was on way to his work at the Ministry, wounding him and causing material damage to his car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: An Iraqi Parliament employee has been killed by unknown gunmen when he drove his car close to the Iraqi Museum building in central Baghdad’s Alawi district on Monday night, according to a Baghdad security source on Tuesday. “A group of unknown armed men opened fire from silencer-pistols on Monday night on an Iraqi Parliament employee close to the Iraqi Museum in central Baghdad, killing him on the spot.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In eastern Iraq, a roadside bomb struck a minibus carrying passengers while moving in southern Baquba, the capital city of Diyala province, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing a four- year-old girl and wounding a man and a woman, a source from Diyala 's operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#1: A powerful explosion, nature of which was not known, has aimed a U.S. Army patrol close to northwest Iraq’s Shiite holy city of Najaf, according to eyewitnesses on Tuesday. “The explosion, nature of which was not known, has aimed a U.S. Army patrol, passing through the main highway of the so-called “Bahr al-Najaf” Desert, connecting the Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, with Iraq’s southern provinces, on Tuesday,” the eyewitnesses told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The eyewitnesses did not give any details about the nature of the attack or whether it had caused any human or material losses by the U.S. Army patrol.

#1: In the western part of Mosul, five Iraqi police were killed and three others wounded when a car bomb targeted their patrol.

#2: Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces said they killed three gunmen and arrested seven others in a security operation in the eastern part of Mosul, located some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad. The sweep was aimed at 'hunting down armed groups in the village of al-Buraq, east of Mosul,' said a security source.

#3: A Katyusha rocket killed 30 sheep in southern Mosul on Monday, according to a security source. “The rocket hit al-Ghazlani region, southern Mosul, killing 30 sheep, but caused no human casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: The Director of northern Iraq’s Zummar town of Ninewa Province has escaped an assassination attempt on Monday, according to a Ninewa security source. “Zummar township’s Police Director, in northwest Mosul, Brigadier Khudhier Ahmed Sallo, has escaped an assassination attempt, when his motorcade passed through the main road, connecting Mosul with Fuleifil town, 30 kms to the north of Mosul,” the security source said, adding that the attack had caused no casualties.

Tal Afar:
#1: An Iraqi soldier has been killed and another soldier injured in an armed attack against an Army patrol in northern Iraq’s Talaafar town on Monday night, according to a Ninewa security official. “A group of armed men have launched an attack against a patrol, belonging to the Iraqi Army’s 3rd Division in al-Salam area, north of Talaafar town, 60 kms to the northwest of Mosul, the capital of north Iraq’s Ninewa Province on Monday, killing a soldier and seriously wounding another soldier, who was driven to the nearby Talaafar Hospital for treatment,” the security official told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan police defused a motorcycle bomb that was meant to go off in the troubled southern city of Kandahar shortly after a suicide car bombing there killed three and wounded 26 people, most of them police, authorities said Tuesday. Police found the explosives-laden motorbike Monday at a busy intersection in the center of the city, the Interior Ministry said in a statement, about a mile (1.5 kilometers) from where the suicide bomber struck near a police compound and a bank in central Kandahar.

#2: On Tuesday, gunmen killed an employee at the Kandahar mayor's office as the man was walking in the street, deputy police chief Fazel Ahmed Sherzad said. No further details were immediately available, but people working for local governance have been targeted in the past. In April, gunmen shot dead Kandahar's deputy mayor as he knelt for evening prayers in a mosque.

#3: Two suspected U.S. missile strikes targeting the same building killed eight people in a region near Afghanistan today, including at least two people who were retrieving bodies from the first attack, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The first strike today hit a house in the Ghulam Khan area of North Waziristan, killing six, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media. The officials did not know the identities of those killed but said they were militants. About three hours later, as people went to the site to pick up the bodies, more missiles hit the same spot. The intelligence officials said civilians may have been among those killed in the second strike.

#4: The US-led NATO headquarters in Afghanistan have announced the killing of at least 10 militants by its soldiers in a face-to-face fire fight in south and northeast Afghanistan. According to a NATO statement, the Taliban militants were killed in Helmand and Kapisa provinces over the past 24 hours. Although NATO asserted that its forces were unharmed, a Taliban spokesman claimed that several NATO troops were also killed during the clash.

#5: A civilian and a militant were killed in northern Afghanistan when the Taliban's own bomb accidently exploded, an official said Tuesday. The incident took place Monday night in the northern province of Baghlan when a number of Taliban insurgents were taking refuge in a house in the Baghlan-e-Markazi district. 'An older man and a Taliban fighter were killed and six other insurgents were wounded by the rebels' own bomb,' district Governor Amir Gul said.

#6: Gunmen killed a pro-government tribesman in the southern city of Karachi, police said. Qadir Khan, a resident of South Waziristan, had helped security forces to fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the rugged mountainous region before moving to Karachi.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. Corzine

DoD: Sgt. Garrett A. Misener