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, March 14, 2011

War News for Monday, March 14, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, March 12th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, March 12th.

Two Ex-Blackwater Workers Convicted in Fed Court in Fatal Shooting in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: One civilian was killed and two others were wounded in western Baghdad's al-Amriya neighborhood after a roadside bomb blast, police said.

#2-4: Eight other people were wounded earlier Monday when three roadside bombs exploded in Baghdad neighborhoods, the interior ministry said.

#2: Five persons, including 3 policemen, have been injured in an explosion in east Baghdad early on Monday, a security source said. "An improvised explosive device (IED) blew up against a police patrol in east Baghdad's Canal Street, wounding 3 policemen and 2 civilians, who were driven to hospital for treatment, the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, giving no further details.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A suicide bombing at an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad killed at least 10 people and wounded 25 others Monday, police said. Most of the dead and wounded were Iraqi soldiers, according to Baquba police, who said the truck bomber ran into a barracks. Police combed through the rubble of the building looking for victims. The attack took place in the town of Kanan about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Baquba in Diyala province, which is ethnically mixed.

#1: Clashes in a prison, central Tikrit, in Salahuddin province wounded 15 people including a senior officer. Two prisoners were killed and 14 others were wounded due to riots that erupted on Sunday in the prison, media reported. After negotiating with prisoners, they were transported to the prison of former President Saddam Hussein’s castle since the building they were occupying is no longer fit for use, a police source told Alsumaria News.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has killed more than 33 people at an Afghan army recruiting centre in the northern province of Kunduz. Kunduz Deputy Governor Hamdullah Danishi says the attacker approached on foot and detonated a bomb on Monday afternoon as recruits lined up outside the centre. He says at least 42 people were also wounded in the blast.

#2: An American missile killed two Arab militants and two local fighters as they traveled in a vehicle close to the Afghan border on Monday, the fourth such attack in the space of 24 hours in the region, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The vehicle was laden with explosives when it was struck in the village of Malik Jashdar in North Waziristan, said the officials.

#3: Five civilians were killed by a bomb in Sharshark village in the southern province of Helmand on Sunday evening, the Government Media and Information Centre said in a statement. The civilians were returning from a poppy eradication campaign when the vehicle they were travelling was hit in Marjah district in the volatile province, killing all five in the vehicle, the statement said.

#4: In a separate attack, one civilian was killed and three others were wounded early Monday by a roadside bomb in the Siah Sang area of the eastern province of Nangarhar, a statement from the Interior Ministry said.

#5: In another incident, in south-eastern Afghanistan, a rocket was fired by the 'enemies of peace and stability' in Koch-e-Baba Tahir area in Ghazni province, the statement said. No casualties were recorded but the police launched an investigation into the case, it said.

#6: NATO air raids against militants left five insurgents dead in Afghanistan's Kunar province, some 185 km east of capital city of Kabul, a press release issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Monday. "Coalition forces killed five insurgents after they observed an imminent threat from armed individuals at a historic insurgent fighting position in Ghazi Abad district, Kunar province." the press release said. Without giving the exact time for the attack, the press release added that coalition forces on the ground monitored the five insurgents for several hours to ensure positive identification and intent of the individuals prior to requesting the close air support to engage. "The insurgents killed were in possession of automatic weapons and were digging to emplace a mortar tube,"

DoD: Pfc. Andrew M. Harper