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

Friday, January 14, 2011

War News for Friday, December 14, 2011

Iraq's oil expansion plans face major challenges

The ghost of Saddam Hussein

Afghan Panel and U.S. Dispute War’s Toll on Property

Reported security incidents

#1: A jeweler was killed and a civilian was wounded on Thursday by gunmen in western Baghdad, a police source said. “Unknown gunmen opened fire using guns with silencers on a jeweler in al-Sidiya region, western Baghdad, killing him instantly and wounding another civilian,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A total of 13 members of al-Qaeda armed group managed on Friday to escape from a detention center in Basra despite the tough security measures, according to a lawmaker from the National Alliance.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Gunmen stormed the house of a female police officer, killing her and four relatives, in an unusual attack in northwest Pakistan, police said Friday. The attack happened Thursday night in Hangu, a district just outside the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

#2: Also Friday, Afghan officials denied Pakistani claims that Afghan troops carried out a cross-border mortar attack that killed eight people in a Pakistani tribal region. NATO said its initial reports indicated foreign troops played no role, either. The mortar shells hit Tity Mada Khel village in North Waziristan, according to Pakistani intelligence officials. The dead included five men and three women, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. Eleven people were wounded.

DoD: Sgt. Omar Aceves.

DoD: Spc. Jarrid L. King

DoD: Pfc. Benjamin G. Moore

DMD: Konstabel Samuel Enig


The Wiz said...

From the last paragraph in The Ghost of Sadam linked above;

Saddam got rid of the country's weapons of mass destruction (although not the ability to manufacture them ), but kicked out the United Nations inspectors - not because he feared they would find weapons, but because he feared they would confirm he had none.

So Saddam bluffed he still had WMDs....and that bluff led to his end.

dancewater said...

And that is a bullshit claim.

Saddam went on live Channel 4 TV in Britain in February 2003 and said that Iraq did not have any WMDs at all.

And that was not the first time he said it. He had been saying it repeatedly, for months.

The guy who wrote The Ghost of Saddam article in Haaratz is an idiot, as is the guy who interviewed Saddam and wrote the book, as is all the fools who will believe whatever they want to believe - and facts be damned.

dancewater said...

The Unforgivable Horror of Village Razing

On October 6, Flynn’s unit approved use of HIMARS, B-1, and A-10s to drop 49,200 lbs. of ordnance on the Taliban tactical base of Tarok Kalache, resulting in NO CIVCAS. Their clearance of Babur, Khosrow Sofla, Charqolba Sofla, and other villages commenced October 7, aided by USSF, ABP, and an additional infantry company from B/1-22 IN.

dancewater said...

before and after pictures in the above link

dancewater said...

TIKRIT - A sticky bomb attached to the car of a municipality worker killed him when it exploded in central Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.

MOSUL - A sticky bomb attached to the car of an off-duty policeman killed him when it went off in southeastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.

dancewater said...

Enforced disappearances in Iraq

Focusing on enforced disappearance in Iraq since 2003, Dirk Adriansens, an expert on Iraq and member of international anti-war group the Brussels Tribunal, gave a presentation at a 9-12 December conference in London organized by the International Committee Against Disappearance (ICAD). Citing 2009 surveys by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), he said 20 percent of internally displaced and 5 percent of returnee families reported cases of missing children.

Further, UNHCR published findings in 2009 showing that “many communities reported missing family members - 30 percent of IDPs, 30 percent of IDP returnees, 27 percent of refugee returnees - indicating that they were missing because of kidnappings, abductions and detentions and that they do not know what happened to their missing family members,” he said.

Adriansens added in his presentation: “A rough estimate would therefore bring the number of missing persons among the refugee population and the internally displaced after ‘Shock and Awe’ [2003 US-led military operation to invade Iraq] to 260,000, most of them enforced disappearances.”

Adriansens went on to say that by extrapolating UNHCR figures to cover the Iraqi population which had not suffered displacement, the total number of missing persons since 2003 “could be more than half a million”.

Jordan-based analyst Al-Haidari believes this number is higher, placing it in the range of 800,000 to one million. “There is no safe place in Iraq. People can be disappeared and sent to secret, illegal detention centres anywhere in the country, without the knowledge of the family or the person’s lawyer,” Al-Haidari said. “Many are assassinated and buried in secret. Many others are charged with trumped-up terrorism charges.”


With that many disappeared, most of them are clearly not in a prison in Iraq.... most of them are likely dead.

All because the evil US government went in there and started a war of aggression where no war existed, imitating the Nazis.

Damn them to hell for their evil ways.