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

Monday, January 10, 2011

War News for Monday, December 10, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, January 9th.

Mujahideen control 7 districts in Balkh province and the main road to Shubarghan: Mullah Abdul Karim

Afghans Strained by Shortages as Iran Tightens Flow of Fuel

Reported security incidents

#1: Two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have blown up close to a doctor’s house in central Baghdad’s Karrada district early on Monday, wounding several citizens, an eyewitness said. “An IED blew up in a car, parked in front of the house of a doctor and his doctor-wife, in central Baghdad’s Karrada district early on Monday, wounding a number of citizens,” they said, adding that the police had closed the area of the blast and began invistigation, giving no further details.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In the central city of Baquba, three siblings were injured when a bomb exploded in front of their house in the city centre, according to police.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to a car wounded the driver and two passengers in the town of Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, on Sunday, police and hospital sources said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Iraq police officer was killed Monday in a roadside bombing in which his motorcade appeared to have been targeted, police said.Mohamed Faisal, the chief of police in the city of Hit, in western Anbar Province, was killed and three people travelling with him were injured, according to police sources.Police have imposed a curfew on the city,

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A foreign force air raid in central Afghanistan may have killed three Afghan police and wounded three, the NATO-led force said on Monday, the third such incident in more than a month. Foreign troops on patrol in Daykundi province on Sunday called in an air strike after seeing nine people setting up what appeared to be an ambush, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. It was later determined the raid may have targeted Afghan police, it said.

#2: In southern Kandahar's Spin Boldak town -- scene of the country's deadliest insurgent attack in nearly six months late last week -- a suicide bomber killed two policemen and a civilian, the Interior Ministry said. In southern Kandahar, a suicide bomber detonated his explosives as Afghan police surrounded his vehicle in Spin Boldak on Monday morning, killing two policemen and a civilian, the Interior Ministry said. The police had pursued the bomber after deciding his vehicle looked suspicious, it said. Police had earlier said three policemen had been killed

#3: A senior Taliban leader and 14 other militants have been killed in an Afghan-NATO operation targeting the militants in north Afghanistan. The coalition said in a statement on Monday that its forces, along with their Afghan counterparts, were searching for the Taliban leader identified as Mawlawi Zahir who was Taliban shadow governor for Khanabad district in Kunduz province, reported the Associated Press. The coalition said the troops attempted to draw the occupants out of the compound where the man was believed to be. When that failed, they entered the compound, a gunbattle ensued, and 14 militants were killed. Two other militants were also captured in the operation.

#4: 'Three civilians including a child were killed during a clash between coalition forces and militants in Helmand,' a statement issued by the provincial governor's office said. The fighting took place between international troops and Taliban militants in Helmand's Nad Ali district. The child died at the hospital due to injuries sustained during the fight,' the statement said, adding that it was not clear which side was responsible for the civilian casualties.

#5: Separately, two other civilians were killed and three others injured when militants fired a rocket into a civilian house in the same district Saturday, the statement said.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Joseph R. Giese

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Robert W. Pharris

DoD: Spc. Christian J. Romig

DoD: Spc. Ethan C. Hardin

DoD: Pfc. Ira B. Laningham, IV

Caporal-chef de 1re classe (Master Cpl. 1st Class) Hervé Guinaud