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 29, 2011

War News for Friday, April 29, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 28th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 28th.

To Lead Afghan War, Obama Chooses Marine Known for Swaying Sunnis in Iraq

U.S. military dismayed by delays in 3 key development projects in Afghanistan

Some of the names from the Kubal airbase attack:
Maj. David L. Brodeur
Maj. Phil Ambard
Captain Nathan Nylander
Maj(?) Jim McLaughlin
Civ.(?) Raymond Estelle Jr.
(?) Adam Jones

Reported security incidents

Diyala Prv:
#1: The death toll of a suicide bombing in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala has risen to 12 with 40 others wounded, local police source told Xinhua. "The attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside a Shiite mosque in Baladrowse town, which locates 30 km east of Baquba, capital of Diyala province," said the police who refused to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "The bombing killed 12 people and wounded another 40, all of whom are Shiites," said the source, adding police and ambulances immediately rushed to the site and blocked the ways and evacuated the victims.

#2: Police and medical officials in Diyala province say gunmen stormed the home of the imam in a small village 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of the provincial capital of Baqouba on Friday morning. The imam, his wife and their daughter were killed. Police say the imam had preached against sectarian violence.

#3: In the town of Buhriz, a former Saddam stronghold about 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of Baghdad, gunmen broke into a house and shot and killed three brothers who worked in an anti-al-Qaida militia.

#1: A police officer was killed late Thursday by gunmen in al-Shurqat district, a police source said on Friday. “Unknown gunmen attacked a police officer driving a civilian car near his house in al-Shurqat district, killing him on the spot,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: An officer and a soldier were killed and two other soldiers wounded in an improvised explosive device attack west of Mosul city on Thursday, a local security source said. “A medical officer in the rank of lieutenant and a soldier were killed and two soldiers others wounded when an IED blast targeted their patrol near al-Sham Gate, west of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The patrol belongs to a 3rd Division of the Iraqi army stationed in al-Kasak, west of Mosul, which was on the way to the Samarra pharmaceuticals plant when the IED blew up at the western entrance of Mosul,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least 33 militants were killed by security forces and pro-government militia in tribal areas in northwest Pakistan on Thursday, local media reported. According to TV Express, at least six militants were killed in a clash with local pro-government tribes in Kurram agency, one of the seven tribal regions bordering Afghanistan. After the clash which also killed two militia, security forces launched offensive on militants in Kurram agency and neighboring Orakzai agency. Security forces backed by gunship helicopters bombarded militants hideouts and killed at least 27 insurgents.

#2: Four Afghan private security guards and six Taliban insurgents were killed in a gun battle that broke out after the militants attacked a NATO supply convoy in Aband district of Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul, said provincial police chief, Zelawar Zahed. Two guards and eight insurgents were also wounded in the gunfight.

DoD: Cpl. Adam D. Jones