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

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

War News for Wednesday, April 06, 2011

MNF-Iraq (OND) is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier in a non-hostile incident in an undisclosed location in central Iraq on Monday, April 4th.

The Polish defense ministry is reporting the death of a Polish ISAF soldier from an unknown causes, presumably non-combat related, at a base in Ghazni, Afghanistan on Monday, April 4th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession, killing two people and wounding six others, in northern Baghdad, Al Shalijiah region, a security source said.

Iraqi officials say a pair of roadside bombs in northern Baghdad have killed three people and wounded 11. A Baghdad policeman says the explosions took place only minutes apart late on Tuesday in the capital’s Shiite-dominated Utaifiya neighborhood. He says the bombs were planted about 200 yards (meters) away from a cafe and a Shiite mosque.

#2: An employee in the Nationality Directorate affiliated to the Ministry of Interior was killed during a silent guns attack in Zayouna region.

Jarf al sakhr:
#1: In Babel an Awakening Council member was killed and another one was wounded when two explosives 50 meters apart blasted in Abed Wais region in Jarf Al Sakhr North of the Province.

#1: A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest killed three people and wounded seven others, when he struck at a car market in Baaj west Mosul.

#1: Moreover, a policeman was killed in an armed attack in Mahlabiah west Mosul. In Mosul too.

#3: in Sinaat Al Sahel Al Aysar region, armed men with silent guns killed a goldsmith.

#4: Police forces found on Tuesday a body of a civilian, who had been kidnapped, a few days ago, in west of Mosul, a security source said. “Policemen found on Tuesday evening a bullet-riddled body in Talabta district, west of Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The body belongs to a 30-year-old civilian man, who had been kidnapped last March 29 in Owienat region, northwest of Mosul,” he added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Police say gunmen have torched two NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan as they traveled to Afghanistan. Police official Aziz Ahmad said the attack happened Wednesday in the district of Bolan in southwestern Baluchistan province.

#2: British troops killed an Afghan woman and wounded a woman and a child in a car accident in Kabul on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief said, adding that initial reports a man had been shot dead at the scene were wrong. Spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said information he had initially given out, that two women and a man had been killed, was the result of miscommunication between security forces.

#3: NATO forces killed seven insurgents who tried to storm their way onto a base in eastern Afghanistan, the coalition said Wednesday. NATO said the attack was carried out late Tuesday in the city of Jalalabad by insurgents firing assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades. A statement from the coalition added that NATO forces returned fire and called in an attack helicopter. It said there were no coalition casualties; there were no further details on the killed insurgents.

#4: Police say four boys were killed while playing with an abandoned explosive device that went off in northwest Pakistan. The children were playing near a pond in the garrison town of Kohat with what officials describe as a ”shell” apparently from a mortar. Senior government official Khalid Khan Umarzai says Wednesday’s blast appeared to be an accident.

DoD: 1st Lt. Robert F. Welch III

DoD: Sgt. Jorge A. Scatliffe

DoD: Capt. Wesley J. Hinkley

DoD: Sgt. Scott H. Burgess

DoD: Sgt. Michael S. Lammerts

P/MOD: Jubior Warrant Officer Bartosz SpychaƂa