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, March 15, 2011

The Ides of March 15, 2011

Another Georgian serviceman killed in Afghanistan

Iraq- Repairs in damaged oil pipeline completed

Reported security incidents

#1: One man was wounded in Baghdad's central Karrada district by a roadside bomb, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded two people in Baghdad's southern Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: A double bombing in southern Baghdad wounded head of Al Saydiya Police Station and three security guards, a police source said.

#1: Policemen found this afternoon an unknown bullet-riddled corpse of a man near Bash Blagh village in Qurat Hanjier district, north of Kirkuk,” Colonel Othman Abdullah told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A policeman was killed on Monday by gunmen in west of Mosul, a security source said. "Unknown gunmen shot and killed a cop using guns with silencers near his house in Talafar, west of Mosul," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Two civilians were wounded on Monday in two explosions in the city of Falluja, a security source said. “An explosive charge went off near a policeman’s house in al-Joulan region, north of Falluja, injuring two civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: “Another bomb exploded targeting a police vehicle patrol in central Falluja, without leaving casualties,” the same source said.

#3: Three civilians and a policeman were killed on Monday by gunmen in west of Anbar, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen killed three civilians and a policeman while on hunting trip in the western desert in al-Ratba district, west of Anbar,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An Afghan government spokesman says a local provincial council member in the northeast of the country has been killed by a bomb while walking near his home. Spokesman Kochai Nasery says the explosion took place on Tuesday morning in the capital of Laghman province. The remotely detonated bomb killed the local official, Malang Malik, and also wounded a relative of his.

#2: In neighboring Nangarhar province, government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai says a bomb blast inside a school in the Behsud district killed principal Bahram Khail Salehi and wounded another school employee as children were arriving for classes on Tuesday morning.

#3: The Finnish Defence Forces said in a statement Tuesday that a Finnish soldier has been wounded by the accidental discharge of an automatic grenade launcher in Mazar-i-Sharif. The soldier was hit by a Finnish grenade early Tuesday morning as the Finnish troops were leaving for a firing exercise. The projectile did not explode. The soldier did not sustain serious injuries but is currently receiving treatment at an on site German field hospital.

#4: Unidentified armed men torched two NATO containers carrying military hardware for ISAF and NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan in Surab area of Kalat on Monday. According to levies sources, the containers carrying military hardware for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan were going to Chaman town from Karachi when some unidentified men opened fire on them. The attackers made the driver and cleaner hostage at gunpoint and set the both the containers on fire and managed to escape from the scene. Levies Forces rushed to the spot after being informed by the local people. “The two containers were completely destroyed and no casualty was reported in the attack,” levies official said.

#5: Meanwhile, in separate accidents, two NATO oil tankers were overturned near Chaman and Kuchlak. The incidents took place due to over-speeding and reckless driving, due to which hundreds litres of oil spilled over on the road.

#6: Pakistani Taliban killed three pro-government volunteers in a tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Tuesday. The bullet-ridden bodies of the volunteers, who were kidnapped last week after attack on their checkpoint, were found in Mohmand tribal agency on Tuesday. Bodies of the slain men were found near a canal at Gadakhel area, 40 kilometers from Ghalanai, center of Mohmand agency.

#7: At least six militants were killed and many others injured on Tuesday morning in a shootout between militants and security forces in northwestern region of Pakistan, said security sources. According to security officials, some unknown number of militants attacked a security check post with automatic guns and hand grenades in Hangu district and injured some local policemen. Security personnel at nearby check posts responded with fire and killed six militants and injured many others.

#8: While in another incident, some gunmen opened fire at a police mobile and killed two policemen and injured another in Mardan city in Pakistan's northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

News: Corporal Valeri Verskiani

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Daehan Park

DoD: Cpl. Ian M. Muller