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, January 11, 2011

War News for Tuesday, December 11, 2011

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Reported security incidents

#1: Three Iraqi sailors were wounded and four others went missing due to an attack by Kuwaiti Coast Guards on an Iraqi boat that was drowned, Al Sindibad Iraqi Fishermen Association said. Kuwaiti Coast Guards detained two Iraqi sailors, the Association said denying reports saying that Iraqi sailors returned fire. Kuwaiti coast guards attacked the fishermen boat near Iraqi-Kuwaiti waters, head of the Association Aqil Rasoul told Alsumaria News. The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry released a statement, saying the radar system of the Coast Guard showed a target which was later discovered to be an Iraqi boat. The boat refused to stop when ordered by the guards, leaving no option but the use of force. A Kuwaiti coast guard on patrol was killed while trying to stop an Iraqi fishing boat in the Kuwaiti territorial waters, the interior ministry said.

#1-2: Police and hospital officials in Baghdad say blasts in the capital wounded five people, including a university professor. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

#1: “An explosive charge blew off early on Tuesday in front of a house belonging to an employee of the Science & Technology Ministry in west Baghdad’s Ghazaliya district, wounding him and causing material damage to the house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: He said that another explosive charge blew off close to a bridge in southern Baghdad’s Daura district, wounding four persons and causing damage to their car.

#3: Two roadside bombs exploded in front of a house in Baghdad's central Karrada district, wounding four passers-by, an Interior Ministry source said.

#4: Iraq Swat teams and unknown gunmen clashed in Al Amel District, southern Baghdad, a police source told Alsumaria News. Clashes erupted while Swat teams were carrying out a search and crackdown operation in Al Amel District, the source added.

#1: “Two explosive charges, planted on the roadside, blew up early in the day in Qasr al-Awsat district in southern Baghdad’s Mahmoudiya township, wounding 6 persons,” he said,

#1: adding that a third explosive charge blew off in Latifiya area of Baghdad, wounding three civilians.

#1: He also said that another charge blew off against a bus close to northern Baghdad’s Taji Gas Plant, wounding two persons, along with a sticking charge that blew off in central Baghdad’s Kasra area, wounding two persons.

#1: An Iraqi policeman has been killed and another injured while trying to dismantle a booby-trapped car close to a secondary school north of Tikrit, the center of Salah al-Din Province, a police source said on Tuesday. “A booby-trapped car, parked close to an industrial secondary school in Shirgat township, 100 km to the north of Tikrit, blew up early on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding his colleague, who tried to dismantle the car,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Authorities say a car bomb has killed a policeman and wounded four others in a northern Iraqi town. Security officials say the bomb-rigged car exploded as a police patrol moved passed it Tuesday in the town of Shurqat, 155 miles (250 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. Dr. Ahmed Mawlood of the town's hospital gave the casualty figures.

#1: One civilian was killed by gunmen in eastern Mosul on Monday, according to a police source. “Unknown gunmen shot and killed an ethnic Shabak civilian in al-Jazaer neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, noting that the gunmen killed the man while leaving his work.

#2: A Shabak civilian was killed in Mosul on Monday, the second incident of its kind in the city in the past few hours, a security source said. “A doctor, from the Shabak minority, was killed on Monday (Jan. 10) by gunmen inside his clinic in Adan neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

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