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 8, 2011

War News for Friday, April 08, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 7th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 7th.

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb killed two people and wounded four others on Thursday when it exploded in northern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: Two civilians were wounded on Thursday by a mortar shell attack in western Baghdad, a security source said. "A mortar shell hit al-Sefarat bridge linking al-Aamel neighborhood with al-Shurta tunnel, western Baghdad, wounding two civilians and damaging the bridge and a civilian car," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A mortar shell landed into al-Rustumiya camp in southeastern Baghdad on Thursday but no casualties were reported, a local security source said. “A mortar shell landed today (April 7) into Camp Rustumiya (formerly the Military Academy) in southeastern Baghdad, where police and joint forces are present but no information was available whether the shell left casualties or losses,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The joint forces cordoned off the site and sealed off all entrances or exits while U.S. choppers were seen flying overhead,” the source added.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Iraq's armed forces moved against a camp holding thousands of members of an Iranian resistance movement that's based in Iraq Friday, killing dozens and wounding hundreds, according to a spokesman for the movement. It wasn't immediately possible to verify the claims of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, or MEK, of 31 dead and 300 wounded. Video clips sent out by the MEK's political wing showed armored personnel carriers and military Humvees breaching the perimeter of Camp Ashraf, apparently in the early hours of Friday morning. Five Iraqi soldiers also were reported injured. The AP quoted Iraqi military and government officials denying that weapons had been fired. "One hundred members of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran attacked our security and military forces," said Iraqi government spokesman government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh, the AP reported. "Our forces did not use weapons. The situation is calm now."

#1: Gunmen shot dead Taha Hamad Jaafar, director of the al-Masar television channel, and Abid Farhan, an official with a political prisoner advocacy group, in an attack on their vehicle in the town of Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: A young female was killed by an unknown gunman in front of her house in north of Kut, a police source said on Friday. “An unknown armed man opened his machine gun on a 25-year-old girl in front of her house in al-Sharqiya neighborhood in al-Nuaamaniya district, killing her instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One Iraqi soldier was killed and eight others were wounded when munitions they were transporting exploded in northwestern Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, medical and police sources said.

#1: Gunmen in a speeding car shot dead a tribal leader on Thursday night near his house in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead the chief of the Kirkuk notables council secretary general on Thursday, according to an informed security official. “Gunmen in a vehicle opened drive-by fire on Sheikh Abdulrahman Ali Aziz al-Dalwi near his house in Area 90, central Kirkuk, killing him instantly,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least 50 militants and four soldiers have been killed in clashes between Taliban and security forces in Mohmand Agency in northwest Pakistan. “As many as 50 militants were killed and scores of others were injured when [security] forces pounded militant hideouts, using helicopter gunships and artillery in different parts of Saafi and Baizai in Mohmand,” a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday, quoting local officials. In another incident, at least four soldiers were killed in clashes with the militants in Walidad Kore area in Mohmand.

At least four security personnel and 10 militants were killed and many others were injured during recent clashes in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, local sources said on Thursday. The sources revealed that the clashes started when a security forces convoy came under attack by the militants during a routine movement in Mohmand agency, a tribal region bordering Afghanistan. In retaliation security forces, with the help of gunship helicopters, started an operation against the militants, who reportedly were hiding in the hilly area of Hazai. In the result of clashes four security personnel were killed and five others were injured while 10 militants lost their lives. While in another incident, four security personnel were injured when some unknown miscreants attacked an official mobile van with a remote-controlled bomb fixed on the roadside in northwestern Khyber Agency. The injured people were shifted to the nearby army hospital for treatment.

#2: Two members of the Iowa Army National Guard were wounded in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. Guard spokesman Col. Greg Hapgood said Spc. Timothy Bagley, 21, of Brandon and Sgt. Eric Lindsey, 30, of Eldora were injured Monday on combat operations when their vehicle hit an IED. Both soldiers are members of an Iowa Falls-based company with the 34th Infantry Division.

#3: The bullet-ridden bodies of three Pakistani tribesmen accused of spying for the United States were found in the restive North Waziristan tribal region on the Afghan border, local intelligence officials said. Notes attached to their bodies said the men provided information to the United States, and warned others would be killed if they also did so.

#4: A remote-controlled bomb attack on a paramilitary vehicle travelling in Panjgur, in southwestern province of Baluchistan, left seven soldiers and one civilian seriously wounded, police said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Jeremy D. Smith


dancewater said...

Flyer made to mark Iraq's protests scheduled for April 9, 2011

dancewater said...

Pictures of a massive protest on April 9, 2004. They burned Blair, Bush and Saddam in effigy. Iraqis carried signs saying that the three were all 'cut from the same cloth'.

dancewater said...

Protesters chant anti-US slogans and wave Iraqi flags during a demonstration in the Azamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 8, 2011. Some thousands of demonstrators turned out in one of the city's largest Sunni neighborhoods to protest the U.S. military presence in Iraq. The banners in Arabic read, 'People want to drive out the occupier' and 'Free the detainees' and 'Down with the occupation.' (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

dancewater said...

They are still burning American flags:

Al Jazeera’s Jane Arraf tweets that demonstrators gathered in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square today, burning American flags and protesting against the continuation of the US occupation. The protesters also say even the US embassy — the biggest embassy in the world — is part of the occupation.

dancewater said...

AP Exclusive: Terror suspects held weeks in secret

(AP) – 21 hours ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — "Black sites," the secret network of jails that grew up after the Sept. 11 attacks, are gone. But suspected terrorists are still being held under hazy circumstances with uncertain rights in secret, military-run jails across Afghanistan, where they can be interrogated for weeks without charge, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the top-secret network to The Associated Press.

The Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan, although human rights groups and former detainees have described the facilities. U.S. military and other government officials confirmed that the detention centers exist but described them as temporary holding pens whose primary purpose is to gather intelligence.

The Pentagon also has said that detainees only stay in temporary detention sites for 14 days, unless they are extended under extraordinary circumstances. But U.S. officials told the AP that detainees can be held at the temporary jails for up to nine weeks, depending on the value of information they produce. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the program is classified.

The most secretive of roughly 20 temporary sites is run by the military's elite counterterrorism unit, the Joint Special Operations Command, at Bagram Air Base. It's responsible for questioning high-value targets, the detainees suspected of top roles in the Taliban, al-Qaida or other militant groups.


secret prisons continue under Obama

dancewater said...

Commandos hold Afghan Detainees in Secret Jails