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

Friday, April 1, 2011

War News for Friday, April 01, 2011

Iraq war: estimated 1 million dead/ 5 million misplaced

1.611 mln registered Afghans refugees living in Pakistan

Reported security incidents

#1: Three civilians were wounded on Thursday when a mortar shell hit a house in central Baghdad, according to a security source. "A mortar shell hit a house near the Polish embassy in al-Aarsat region, central Baghdad, wounding three civilians," the source told news agency. "Two more shells landed near the Green Zone and the Babel hotel in al-Jadieriya region, central Baghdad, with no word on damage," the same source said.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: Unknown gunmen wearing military uniforms raided the house of a former member of the awakening council in Al Haswa region in Abu Ghraib District, western Baghdad and killed him, a source told Alsumaria.

#1: A bomb exploded late Thursday near a U.S. vehicle patrol in central Amara city, according to chairman of the security and defense commission of the Missan council. “The explosion that targeted a U.S. vehicle patrol occurred near the Missan police department in central Amara,” Sarhan Salem Younnis told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The blast caused no casualties or material damage,” he added.

#1: Two civilians were wounded when attackers hurled a hand grenade at a police patrol in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source said.

#2: A man was killed by gunfire in a commercial area in central Mosul, a police source said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: At least three Iraqi soldiers were killed on Friday in a suicide bombing, police officials told CNN. The incident occurred in the Anbar province city of Falluja, 37 miles, or 60 kilometers, west of Baghdad, Iraq's capital. A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest at a group of soldiers near an army post in the central part of the city. Among the three dead was Iraqi army officer Col. Khalid Abbass. At least three civilians were wounded.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Three security guards have been killed by suspected militants at a Nato truck terminal in a volatile district of north-west Pakistan, officials say. The attack took place in Landi Kotal town in the Khyber tribal district on the Afghan border. Ten oil tankers were damaged.

#2: Pakistani tribesmen gunned down a suspected suicide bomber as he tried to attack a market area in the northwestern tribal region of Darra Adamkhel on Friday. One tribesman was killed and two wounded when the explosives strapped to the body of the bomber exploded, a senior government official in the region said.

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Ofren Arrechaga

DoD: Staff Sgt. Frank E. Adamski III

DoD: Spc. Jameson L. Lindskog

DoD: Pvt. Jeremy P. Faulkner