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 25, 2011

War News for Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, January 25th.

Pakistan to take up arms-smuggling issue with Afghanistan: Rehman Malik (what a joke)

Reported security incidents

#1: A high-ranking officer in Iraqi Interior Ministry's Embassies Protection Directorate was shot dead in southwestern Baghdad's Al-Amil District on Monday evening, a security source said on Tuesday. "Lt. Brigadier, Raad Fakhri, from the Interior Ministry's Embassies Protection Directorate, was shot dead by unknown gunmen in southwest Baghdad's Al-Amil District, while driving his personal car on Monday night," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: An Iraqi doctor was injured and his driver was shot dead in an attack by unknown armed men on their car in northern Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source said. A group of armed men have opened fire on Dr. Laith Khalid Hussein of southern Baghdad's al-Madaen Hospital and his driver in northern Baghdad's Uteifiya district, seriously wounding him and killing his driver, before they escaped to an unknown destination," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday.

#3: Six Iraqi civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast targeting a bus, carrying them through east Baghdad's Al-Shaab District, during their return from a visit to Karbala.

#1: “Two unknown persons stabbed a policeman in Arafa neighborhood, western Kirkuk,” he said, noting that the man was taken to the Kirkuk public hospital in a serious condition.

#1: “Unknown gunmen opened fire on a civilian car early Monday near al-Humiera village in Riyadh district, southwest if Kirkuk, killing a Sahwa element and a civilian,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

The Iraqi army found the bodies in a car of two government-backed Sahwa members showing signs of torture and bullet wounds near the town of Riyadh, 50 km (30 miles) southwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, army sources said.

#1: In Nineveh, the oil productions company manager Othman Abdul Rahman was wounded in an armed attack in Palestine Street, eastern Mosul.

#2: “Two vehicles collided on Mosul-Talafar road near Abu Mariya village, killing three soldiers and a woman and injuring another one,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: “A civilian was seriously wounded in a blast in al-Hamadaniya region, east of Mosul,” the source added.

#4: Unknown gunmen kidnapped a contractor on Monday in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen kidnapped a civilian contractor near his house in al-Muthanna neighborhood, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: The muezzin of Al Tawfiq Mosque Mohammed Khalil Al Alwani was killed in an armed attack by unknown gunmen in central Fallujah, a police source in Anbar province said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A civilian was killed Monday night during an operation conducted by Afghan and foreign troops in the northern province of Takhar, said Mullah Mohammed Omar, a district governor.

#2: Five militants were also killed in the operation in the Khoja Ghar district. 'Another civilian and several other insurgents were detained,' the governor said.

#3: In the southern province of Helmand, an airstrike by foreign troops Monday killed six Taliban commanders as they were distributing roadside bombs to other insurgents, the provincial governor's office said.

#4: Two insurgents were killed Monday by an ISAF airstrike in the southern province of Ghazni, the alliance said.