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

Saturday, February 5, 2011

War News for Saturday, February 05, 2011

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from a combat related accident in the Nad-e Ali District, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Friday, February 4th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, February 5th.

7 killed in plane crash in Sulaymaniya

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen wearing military uniforms killed a former army officer in Al Dora region, southern Baghdad.

#2: Three policemen and a civilian were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off near a police patrol north of Baghdad on Friday, a security source said. “An IED went off on Oman bin Abdulaziz street in al-Aadhamiya neighborhood, north of Baghdad, near a police patrol, leaving three patrolmen and one civilian wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Several bombs (mortars?) exploded in Muthanna airport in western Baghdad, according to al-Iraqiya satellite channel. “A number of explosions heard today due to detonating bombs by security forces in Muthanna airport in western Baghdad,” the channel said in breaking news.

#4: One civilian was killed on Saturday by gunmen in eastern Baghdad, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen shot and killed a civilian in al-Mashtal region, eastern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, without giving further details.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An employee at the Electricity Ministry was wounded in a bomb explosion at his house’s gate, western Baaquba, a police source told Alsumaria News.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: Four Iraqi soldiers including a Major officer were seriously wounded in a bombing targeting their patrol in Al Zaydan region, southern Abu Ghraib District, western Baghdad.

#1: An Iraqi soldier was wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in eastern Mosul city on Friday, a local security source said. “An IED went off near an Iraqi army patrol in the neighborhood of al-Muthanna, eastern Mosul, leaving a soldier wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Militants shot dead four men for alleged spying and dumped their bodies outside a northwestern Pakistani town on Saturday, police said. Police said they found four bullet-riddled bodies with notes from militants in their pockets outside Karak, a northwestern town near the lawless North Waziristan tribal district where Taliban militants are active. "We found bodies of four men, they had been killed by shooting and notes in their pockets said they were spying for Indian and Jewish intelligence agencies," district police chief Sajid Mohmand told AFP.

#2: A bomb planted in a car exploded Saturday killing three passengers and wounding two pedestrians in a tribal area on the border with Afghanistan, officials said. The bomb, which was on a timer, exploded in a moving car at Barqambarkhel village in the Khyber tribal district, they said. "Three people were killed and two pedestrians were wounded when a time bomb planted in a car exploded," Khyber's top administrative official Shafirullah Khan told AFP.

#3: A US helicopter has crashed in Khaki Jabbar distruic near Kabul province in Afghanistan with no reports yet on the possible fatalities in the incident. Witnesses said on Saturday that Afghan police have cordoned off the scene of the crash. The cause of the incident and the number of casualties are still unknown, the correspondent said.

At least two pilots have been injured after a helicopter belonging to the US-led foreign forces crashed in Afghanistan's eastern district of Lateh Band near the capital Kabul. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has confirmed the incident, which took place on Saturday as the combat helicopter was escorting transport helicopters from a French base in the Surobi district of Kabul province back to the capital, a Press TV correspondent reported. According to eye witnesses, foreign troops have sealed off the crash scene and are looking into the incident, the correspondent added.

#4: A dozen anti- government militants were killed as security forces launched cleanup operation in Tagab valley of Uruzgan province 370 km south of capital Kabul, Juma Gul Humat the police chief of the province said Saturday. "Security forces raided Taliban hideouts in Tagab valley on Wednesday and during the operation wrapped up Saturday morning 12 insurgents had been killed,"Humat said.

DoD: Spec. Ryan A. Gartner