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 13, 2011

War News for Wednesday, April 13, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 13th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: A bomb wounded three people in Baghdad's northern Adhamiya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: A sticky bomb attached to a minibus killed the driver and wounded two passers-by in Baghdad's western Yarmouk district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: A sticky bomb attached to a car killed the driver in Baghdad's southern Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#4: A mortar round wounded three people in Baghdad's central Salhiya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#5: A roadside bomb wounded three people when it went off in Mansour district in west-central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#6: Gunmen using silenced weapons opened fire at a car and wounded four people, including two off-duty policemen, in Baghdad's southern Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said.


Kirkuk:
#1: A roadside bomb struck a police convoy and seriously wounded Lieutenant-Colonel Najat Hassan in southeastern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.


Mosul:
#1: Police said they found the body of a kidnapped prison guard with gunshot wounds in an area south of the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad.

#2: Gunmen shot and killed a man in western Mosul, police said.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed a man inside his shop on Tuesday evening in central Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A sticky bomb attached to a car carrying a police lieutenant killed him and wounded another person in the city of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: An old rocket shell exploded in Dadno village in eastern Paktika province, killing two children, and wounding several others, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

#2: A roadside mine detonated under a vehicle belonging to private security firm Watan Risk in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. One security guard was killed and three injured.

#3: A suicide bomber killed ten people in an attack on Wednesday on a gathering of tribal elders in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, a volatile area where insurgents have gained ground in recent months. The attack took place in Asmaar district when elders from two tribes, some of them former warlords, were meeting to resolve a dispute, provincial police chief Khalilullah Ziaee said. The suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of the group, targeting former mujahideen commander Mohammad Zarin, who died along with nine others. At least seven people were wounded, Ziaee said.

#4: A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region killed six suspected militants on Wednesday, intelligence officials told CNN. Two intelligence officials said the suspected drone fired two missiles on a militant hideout in South Waziristan, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

#5: Afghan and coalition forces have killed more than 10 Taliban insurgents during a two-day operation in northwest Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday. ISAF said the operation, which began on Monday and ended on Tuesday, was aimed to clear a suspected Taliban safe haven in Tez Nawa village of Ghormach district, located in Faryab province. It said the safe haven is associated with improvised explosive device (IED) activity and is a cache location. During the operation in the area, coalition forces killed more than 10 Taliban insurgents and detained 'numerous' others, ISAF said. "This area has historically been associated with the senior Taliban leader and Head of the Taliban Shura council for Ghormach," it added.

#6: Three Polish soldiers have been wounded by a roadside explosive device in Ghazni province in the south of Afghanistan - there condition is not serious, say media reports. The explosion occurred earlier this morning and caused minor damage to the troop’s Rosomak military vehicle.


DoD: Spc. Brent M. Maher

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