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, February 7, 2011

War News for Monday, February 07, 2011

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Reported security incidents

#1: An IED blew up today (Monday) against an Iraqi Army patrol in east Baghdad's Sadr City, wounding two of the patrol's soldiers and two civilians, who were driven to a nearby hospital," he said. One of the patrol's vehicles was damaged, along with a number of other vehicles close to the venue of the blast the source added.

#2: He said that another explosive charge blew up targettomg a government vehicle, carrying two employees in west Baghdad's al-Amal al-Shaabi district, wounding both persons

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An official in southern Afghanistan's largest city says a suicide bomber has struck near a NATO convoy in Kandahar. Zalmai Ayubi, the spokesman for the Kandahar provincial governor, says there are casualties in Monday's blast near the Kandahar customs house. It wasn't immediately clear if anyone was killed. In the capital, Kabul, NATO says the multinational force has a report of an explosion in Kandahar and is investigating.

#2: Gunmen disguised as soldiers killed a local government chief on his way to work in Afghanistan's volatile east Monday, according to officials. The acting chief of Khost province's Bak district was shot by four men wearing Afghan national army uniforms as he was driving from his home to the office at about 9 in the morning, provincial police chief Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai said. Mobarez Zadran, a Khost government spokesman, identified the official as Sayed Mohammad. He said Mohammad also served as the district's head of administration.

#3: Militants fired rockets and bullets on a police patrol van in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing one officer and injuring seven others, one of them critically, police said. The incident, claimed by the Taliban, took place in Balyamina village, 10 kilometres (six miles) west of northwestern Hangu, a town regularly suffering from sectarian violence and a Taliban-linked insurgency. "One policeman was killed and seven others wounded, one of them critically when militants fired five rockets and shot at their van patrolling the village," police spokesman Fazal Naeem told AFP. A senior local police official, Abdul Rasheed, confirmed the incident.

#4: Two Nato oil tankers were destroyed following an attack by unidentified persons in Mitri area of Balochistan on Monday. Official sources said three oil tankers carrying fuel for Nato troops stationed in south-western Afghanistan were on their way to Kandahar via Quetta. Two of these tankers caught fire as unidentified persons opened fire on them in Mitri area, some 200 kilometers southeast of Quetta. Although the tankers have been completely destroyed, no casualties have been reported.

#5: Two Afghans hired by a Singapore-based engineering firm were killed last week by "friendly fire" from NATO-led security forces in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the company said Monday, AFP reported. A third Afghan employee of the Central Asia Development Group (CADG) was seriously injured in the incident on February 3, CADG spokesman Matthew Goldthwaite said in an email to AFP. "On February 3, 2011, a CADG vehicle, carrying four of CADG's Afghan national staff were caught in kinetic activity between ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) forces and insurgent forces on Highway 1 near Spin Masjid Bazaar, near Gereshk in Helmand Province," he said. "As a result of this exchange, two of the passengers were killed, one passenger was seriously wounded (and) the fourth passenger was unharmed. "CADG was informed that ISAF have accepted responsibility for this incident... We believe it's friendly fire."

#6: At least 11 people were injured on Sunday evening in a bomb blast in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, local media reported. According to the reports, a bomb exploded near the office of a local land officer in the city of Hub in Balochistan. The blast injured 11 including two children.

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