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 28, 2011

War News for Monday, February 28, 2011

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British sailor from a traffic accident somewhere in Dubai on Sunday, February 27th. Until we learn more details this will not be counted as an OEF/OIF casualty.

The Italian Defense ministry is reporting the death of an Italian ISAF soldier from an IED attack near Shindand, Herat province Afghanistan on Monday, February 28th. Four additional soldiers were wounded in the attack. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, February 27th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, February 27th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, February 28th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, February 28th

British guard gets life for killing colleagues in Iraq

RPT-Iraq's Basra oil exports restored to 1.872 mln bpd

Afghans say NATO attack killed 65 civilians

Reported security incidents

#1: In Baghdad, two people were wounded when a roadside bomb struck their car on the highway that passes through Doura district in southern the capital, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Separately, a roadside bomb went off near an oil tanker in Baghdad southeastern neighborhood of Kamaliyah, wounding the driver and set fire to the tanker, the source said.

"An IED blew off in east Baghdad's Kamaliya district against a mobile oil-products tank early on Monday, wounding two persons.

#3: Also in the capital, a makeshift bomb detonated outside a liquor store in Baghdad central district of Karrada, destroying the store and wounding a civilian, the source added.

another IED blew off close to central Baghdad's Alwiya Telephone Exchange Office, aimed at an alcohol drinks shop, wounding two persons.

#4: He said that a third IED blew off in central Baghdad's Mohammed al-Qassim Highway, wounding three persons.

#5: a fourth IED blew off in southwest Baghdad's Amiriya District late Sunday night, against a vehicle belonging to the office Baghdad Mayor, wounding two persons, who were also taken to hospital for treatment.

#1: Two Katusha rockets fell on Sunday night on a U.S. Army base in southern Iraq's Diwaniya city, an Iraqi Army source said. "Two Katusha rockets fell on the U.S. Echo Camp, 3 kms to the west of Diwaniya city, but losses were not known," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that air sirens were heard after the fall of the two rockets, adding that Iraqi Army and police forces rushed to venue of the attack, searching for the attackers in the streets of the city. The source added that the past few days had witnessed at least three attacks on the U.S. forces in the area, two of them with Katusha rockets and the third with an improvised explosive device (IED) that damaged an armoured vehicle.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In Diyala, a roadside bomb went off near a car carrying two off- duty policemen in a village near the town of Baldruz, south of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, killing one of them and seriously wounding the other, a source from the provincial operations command told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: In a separate incident, three people were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion at a village near the town of Jalawla, 70 km northeast of Baquba, the source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A Canadian man is missing in Afghanistan, Canadian officials said Sunday, with the Taliban claiming they had captured him in a volatile central province because he was a spy. A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa said the man had travelled to Afghanistan as a tourist.

#2: Unknown men kidnapped two lower court judges in Pakistan's troubled southwestern Balochistan province, local media reported Monday. Session Judge Jan Muhammad Gohar and Senior Civil Judge Muhammad Ali went missing along with their driver and body guard in Jafarabad district late Saturday night, the daily DAWN reported, quoting official sources. Three lawyers were also abducted last week from Sibi area of Balochistan.

IT/DM: Lt. Massimo Ranzani


The Wiz said...

Interesting fact; more civilians killed in Mexico than Afghanistan last year

dancewater said...

and more civilians killed in DR Congo in the last ten years than in the rest of the world combined.

of course, this is a stupid kind of comparison.....

The Wiz said...


Dancewater; I figured the complexity of the comparison would escape you so allow me to explain for ya.

There is a war on in Afghanistan, in case you forgot (the Forgotten War). Even though there are over one hundred thousand American troops.... plus tens of thousands of coalition troops..... plus thousands of contractors.... plus heavy air cover...... plus covert operations.....add in the fact that civilian is poorly defined.... add that the enemy uses civilians for cover.... add that a great many civilians are killed by the enemy fighting....and even killed intentionally by the enemy.... targeted assassinations....suicide bombers....retribution....enforcing Sharia law....yet more civilians are killed in Mexico than in A'stan....then one would conclude that the US and coalition forces take great care and use extreme measures to minimize civilian death.

Hope that helped

no need to thank me


Cervantes said...

Actually your comparison does not include common crimes in Afghanistan, including fights among drug traffickers etc. as in Mexico. Since there is essentially no law enforcement and no criminal justice system in most of Afghanistan, we actually have no idea how many civilians are killed there.

The Wiz said...

Cervantes; excellent point that I failed to mention civilian on civilian crime. There is no way to know how many of these civilian deaths are actually due to criminal activity and not related to the war.


Black Friday said...

The Wiz

In case you've forgotten.....You are not, never have being and never will be one of the 100,000 American troops
killing and dying over there in Afghanistan.