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 22, 2011

War News for Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, March 22.

US military says plane crashes in Libya

Reported security incidents

#1: A senior army officer and a policeman were killed and nine people injured by a series of attacks in Baghdad Tuesday, according to a source within Iraq's interior ministry. Lieutenant-Colonel Yussef Mohammad, based in the defence ministry, was killed while driving on an expressway in the east of the capital by a magnetic bomb that had been placed under his car.

#2: In central Baghdad's Karada district a policeman was killed and three others injured when their patrol was targeted by a bomb.

#3: In Zafraniya, a southern district of Baghdad, three people, including two soldiers, were injured by a bomb placed at the side of a main road.

#4: Elsewhere, in the eastern district of Sheikh Omar, three passers-by were injured by a device that exploded on the passing of a convoy carrying the finance ministry's administration director.

#5: A woman has been killed and her son was seriously injured, in an armed attack by unknown gunmen, targeted against her husband in central Baghdad, a security source said on Monday. “An unknown armed group opened fire on a government vehicle of an Oil Ministry employee in eastern Baghdad’s Palestine Street on Monday, killing his wife and seriously wounding his son, who was driven to a nearby hospital,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#6: "A roadside bomb exploded in Oqba bin Nafiaa intersection near the National Theatre targeting alcoholic beverages store, injuring two civilians and damaging the store," he said.

#7: "Two bombs exploded consecutively in al-Zaafaraniya region, southeastern Baghdad, near al-Ali al-Azeem mosque, near a police patrol, without causing casualties."

#1: A Sahwa officer was killed on Monday by unknown gunmen in southwest of Kirkuk, according to local police chief. “Unknown armed men opened their fire Monday evening (March 21) on Lieutenant Ibrahim Matar in Riyadh district, southwest of Kirkuk, killing him on the spot,” Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two civilians were wounded on Monday by a bomb blast in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “Two civilians were wounded on Monday (March 21) by a roadside bomb explosion in Dourat Hamam region, eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Bulgarian soldiers at the Isaf/Nato air base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, have been attacked with missiles, the Bulgarian Defence Ministry said on March 21 2011. The airport is a frequent site of attacks by Taliban insurgents. The latest incident occurred over the weekend at 8.03pm Afghan time. There are about 300 Bulgarian soldiers in the base, as well as troops from a number of other countries. According to the Defence Ministry, there were no casualties.

#2: A suicide bombing rocked Afghan town in southern Uruzgan province on Tuesday, an official said. "A suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up next to headquarters of Deh Rawad district at 11:00 a.m. local time today, killing himself," spokesman for provincial administration Ahmad Milad Madasir told Xinhua. There were no casualties except the bomber in the suicide attack as the bomber due to fear of identifying by police detonated his explosive device 100 meters away from the district headquarters, the official further said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Mecolus C. McDaniel

DoD: Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski