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 22, 2011

War News for Friday, April 22, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Spc. Sonny J. Moses died at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany on Monday, April 18th. He was originally wounded in a grenade attack at FOB Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 16th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 21st.

Barstow contractor killed in Afghanistan

U.S., Pakistani military chiefs trade barbs

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons seriously wounded a police major when they opened fire on his car in the Amiriya district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Three policemen were killed and three more were wounded in a bomb explosion in Ramadi, a police source said on Friday. “An improvised explosive device went off in al-Mustawdaa street in central Ramadi targeting a police vehicle patrol, killing three policemen and wounding three others,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least 14 members of Pakistan's security forces were killed on Friday when Taliban insurgents attacked a checkpoint in the northwest of the country near the Afghan border, DawnNews TV channel quoted local police as saying. DawnNews said several hundred militants attacked the checkpoint in the Lower Dir, seen by Pakistani authorities as a hotbed of Taliban Movement of Pakistan, or Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, which reportedly has links to Al-Qaeda.

#2: Earlier on Friday, Taliban militants also launched an attack on NATO gasoline tanker trucks in northern Afghanistan's Baghlan Province, Bakhtar news agency reported.

In the north, militants attacked a coalition fuel convoy Thursday night in Dushi district of Baghlan province. The governor’s office says two tankers were burned and seven others were damaged

#3: A suspected U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani tribal region killed 25 people on Friday, intelligence officials said. In Friday's attack, a drone fired five missiles on a hideout in Mir Ali of North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan, two intelligence officials said. The officials said the militants, who were staying in the hideout, were planning to move into Afghanistan for an attack against coalition forces. But the attack also killed three women when one of the missiles hit a house next to the targeted compound, officials said.

#4: A roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan has killed five Afghan border policemen. Gen. Abdul Raziq, chief of the Afghan border police in Kandahar province, says one other border policeman was wounded in the blast on Thursday night in Spin Boldak district along the Pakistan border.

#5: Three construction company workers were killed and one was wounded in an airstrike by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Do Munda district of Khost province, police chief Abdul Qayum Esaaqzai said. An ISAF spokesman could not immediately confirm the incident.

DoD: Spc. Sonny J. Moses


dancewater said...

This blog has been going for over 4 years now - and the former blog, TODAY IN IRAQ - was around for less time than that (it ran from June 30, 2003 to April 7, 2007).

Thanks for keeping it going, whisker. You have done a lot of work on this. Cervantes, too, but you did most of it.

Notice how the blog is still functioning fine after all these years? Remember how the old blog got messed up repeatedly? There was a reason for that.