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

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

War News for Tuesday, April 05, 2011

MNF-Iraq (OND) is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier in a non-hostile incident in an undisclosed location in northern Iraq on Sunday, April 3rd.

Reported security incidents

#1: A policeman was wounded on Monday night in a bombing on the highway near Um Al Qora Mosque, western Baghdad, a police source told Alsumaria News.

#2: He said that an explosive charge blew off against a police patrol in west Baghdad’s Iskan district, wounding three policemen and a civilian, who happened to be close to the venue of the blast,” the security source said.

#3: Two policemen and one civilian were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in the west-central district of Mansour, a Ministry of Interior said.

#1: Gunmen killed six people sleeping in their home in an area south of Baghdad that remains an al-Qaida stronghold, Iraqi police said Tuesday. Two officials said the gunmen fled without being captured late Monday after shooting members of two families who were living together in the town of Youssifiyah, 12 miles (20 kilometres) south of Baghdad. One Interior Ministry official said the dead included a local policeman and a member of the Sahwa, or Sons of Iraq — the Sunni militia that battled al-Qaida at the peak of the war.

Jurf al sakhar:
#1: Five members of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia were killed when a bomb exploded outside the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, a spokesman for the Babel provincial police said.

#1: Two Iraqi civilians have been injured in an IED (improvised explosive device) blast in southern Iraq’s Amara city, the center of Missan Province, on Tuesday, a Missan security source said. “An IED blew off early on Tuesday against a truck, loaded with foodstuff, in Amara city, wounding its driver and a man sitting beside him in the bus,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Thi Qar Prv:
#1: A U.S. vehicle patrol was damaged on Monday by a bomb blast in Thi-Qar province, according to a security source. “A U.S. vehicle was damaged as an Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) was remotely detonated targeting a U.S. motorcade on the road linking between al-Masouriya region and Imam Ali airbase, southern Nassiriya,” the source, who asked for anonymity, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The road was closed for two hours to defuse two more EFP bombs at the same place,” he added. Nassiriya, the capital of Thi-Qar, is 380 km south of Baghdad.

Sulaimaniya Prv:
#1: The Iranian artillery shelled on Monday the border villages in Sulaimaniya near Iran causing material damage to agricultural lands, mayor of the Qalaat Daza district in Sulaimaniya said. "The Iranian artillery started at 7:00 am on Monday shelling the villages in Qalaat Daza district, causing material damage to a number of agricultural lands," Hassan Abdullah Hassan told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. "The shelling caused panic among residents, but left no casualties," he noted. The Iranian army is shelling these areas under the pretext they harbor the PJAK fighters.

#1: Early Tuesday, an Iraqi army patrol hit a roadside bomb near the northeast Iraqi city of Kirkuk, killing one soldier and wounding two others, said Capt. Ahmed Salih.

#1: Turkey shelled on Monday the border regions in Dahuk less than a week following the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Iraq.

#1: In Nineveh, gunmen attacked a checkpoint on Monday night using muted weapons in Al Soha District, western Mosul, killing two policemen.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO troops killed six civilians during a night raid on a house in northern Afghanistan's Sar-e Pul province late, the provincial governor told Reuters. The NATO-led force said soldiers on a joint operation with Afghan troops had killed five men who were armed and opened fire on them. They are investigating the identity of the dead men, a spokesman said.

#2: Five policemen were injured Tuesday when a bomb blasted in Kandahar city, capital of the same name Kandahar province, some 450 km south of Afghan capital of Kabul, a statement of provincial administration said, Xinhua reported. "A unit of border police force was on routine patrol in sub- district nine of Kandahar city but at round 11:40 a.m. local time a roadside bomb was detonated near police vehicle. As a result five policemen slightly injured,"the statement said.

News: Lieutenant Colonel Siki Skare (Civ.)

DoD: Lance Cpl. Harry Lew


dancewater said...

Afghan Officer Turns Against U.S. Soldiers, Killing 2

Kabul, Afghanistan - Two American soldiers were shot to death by an Afghan police officer on Monday in northern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said. It was at least the third time this year that Afghan security personnel had turned on coalition soldiers.

The shooting came after three days of anti-American protests, which claimed at least 24 lives, set off by the burning of a Koran at a church in Florida. It is not known if that had any connection to Monday's episode, but the attacker was identified as an Afghan border policeman, named only Samarudin, 23, a resident of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the violence began last Friday, and where seven United Nations staff members were killed in rioting.

Scattered protests over the Koran burning continued Monday, but they were largely peaceful.

The two American victims were involved in training the Afghan border police at a base in Maimana city, the capital of Faryab Province, according to Abdul Sattar Bariz, the deputy governor of the province.

"It was an individual act, which could have various reasons or motives, but it does not mean at all that the security situation is bad in the province," said the governor of Faryab Province, Abdul Haq Shafaq. He said the American trainers had good relations with the border police battalion. "It's early to say if the shooting had links with the Holy Koran burning or not."

dancewater said...


US lawmakers reject upbeat government assessment of progress in Afghanistan, Pakistan

Washington - Some lawmakers are rejecting an upbeat government assessment of U.S. policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They say that despite billions in aid to the countries, most people there still hate America.

Members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs also voiced skepticism Tuesday about building democracy in the tribal society of Afghanistan.

Senior State Department official Daniel Feldman said al-Qaida was under pressure as never before at the Afghan-Pakistan border and the Taliban's momentum has been reversed in south Afghanistan. He said Pakistan's government is increasingly exerting control over its territory.

Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman said: "After hearing the same sales pitch for 10 years, I doubt it." And Republican Rep. Steve Chabot said: "We spend all this money and they still hate us."

dancewater said...

Nine people killed in Iraq attacks

Baghdad - Nine people were killed in two separate attacks in Iraq on Tuesday, according to police sources.

Three civilians were killed and two injured in a suicide bombing attack in Mosul, a city located some 400 kilometres north of Baghdad.

The bomber blew up his explosive belt inside a car dealership in the city.

In the southern part of the capital, six members of one family were killed and three injured when gunmen attacked their house.

Three al-Qaeda suspects were arrested in Baquba city, police said.

Baquba, once a stronghold of al-Qaeda, is the ethnically mixed capital of Diyala, which remains one of the country's most unstable provinces.