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

Saturday, April 16, 2011

War News for Saturday, April 16, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, April 15th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of five ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, April 16th. various news reports that a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan Army uniform attacked a base near Jalalabad, Nangarhar province. Four Afghan soldiers were also killed and 4 afghan soldiers and four Afghan translators were wounded in the attack.

In Afghanistan, Kandahar police chief Mohammad Mojayed killed by suicide bomber

Australian soldier classified as a battle casualty after 2010 IED strike

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen opened fire at a police patrol and killed one policeman in the southern Baghdad district of Ilaam, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: A group of unknown armed men have attacked a Federal Police patrol in northern Baghdad’s Kadhimiya district, wounding a policeman and escaping to an unknown destination,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: He said that an explosive charge blew off close to a petrol filling station in central Baghdad’s Karrada district, targeted against a motorcade of Director-General of Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education & Scientific Research, wounding 3 civilians and damaging 2 cars.

#1: A sticky bomb attached to an Iraqi army vehicle seriously wounded an Iraqi officer in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, the Kirkuk police operations centre said.

#1: The Wassit morgue received the unidentified body of a young man found dumped in the open north of al-Kut city and showing signs of having been shot, a morgue source said on Friday. “The al-Zahraa Hospital morgue in Kut received today (April 15) the body of a young man found by security forces in the district of al-Dabbouni, (75 km) north of the city,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A roadside bomb went off at an Iraqi army checkpoint close to a mosque and wounded four people, including two soldiers, in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A grenade thrown at a police patrol wounded a policeman in western Mosul, police said.

#3: A roadside bomb went off near an Iraqi army patrol and wounded one officer in northern Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a police lieutenant-colonel cut off part of his legs when it exploded in the town of Khaldiya, 83 km (50 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber attacked an Afghan army base near the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing four Afghan soldiers and wounding eight, a Defence Ministry spokesman said. There were also foreign casualties he said, without giving details. A spokesman for NATO-led forces confirmed there had been casualties but declined to say how many were dead or wounded.

A Taliban suicide bomber wearing a military uniform hit an Afghan army base near the city of Jalalabad, the Afghan defence ministry said. Coalition officials said five foreign troops died but gave no more details. Four Afghan soldiers and four translators were said to be injured. the attack was one of the deadliest in months against foreign troops. It took place shortly after 0730 (0330 GMT) when the bomber approached the gate of the military base and detonated his explosives. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, adding that the attacker was a "sleeper agent" who had served in the army for at least one month before launching his attack.

#2: Two civilians were killed, and three others wounded when the rickshaw they were travelling in hit a roadside mine in western Farah province on Friday afternoon, the Ministry of the Interior said in a statement.