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 27, 2011

War News for Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Hughes died from a non-combat related incident in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Sunday, April 24th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of six ISAF soldiers from a shooting incident in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 27th. News reports that an Afghan pilot started shooting after a "dispute" in an area of Kabul airport for afghan military pilots. The shooter was killed in the incident.

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Reported security incidents

#1: In Baghdad, four people were wounded in the morning when a roadside bomb ripped through the neighborhood of al-Mashtel in eastern the capital, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Also in the capital, Shafeeq al-Mahdi, director general of the state directorate of cinema and theater, escaped unharmed a sticky bomb explosion in his car when he arrived the garage of his office in the morning, wounding two guards at the garage, the source said.

#3: Eleven civilians were wounded on Tuesday in a bomb blast in southeastern Baghdad, according to a security source. "An improvised explosive went off this afternoon near the Technology University in southeastern Baghdad, injuring 11 civilians," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: Three gunmen were arrested on Tuesday while planting a bomb in southeastern Baghdad, according to a security source. “The three gunmen were arrested while planting a bomb near a children park in Baghdad al-Jadieda region, southeastern Baghdad,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: In Iraq's northern Kirkuk, a sticky bomb attached to a truck detonated near the convoy of a police chief late on Tuesday in Arafah area in northern the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The police chief escaped unharmed, but later two roadside bomb explosions hit police and Kurdish security forces who arrived at the scene of the first blast, killing a Kurdish security man and wounding 15 others along with three policemen, the source said.

#1: A policeman was killed on Tuesday by gunmen in western Mosul, a security source said. “A policeman was killed on Tuesday when gunmen opened fire on him in Mosul al-Jadieda region, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A policeman has been injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) blew off against a police patrol south of Mosul city on Wednesday, a Ninewa police source said. “An IED, planted on the roadside in Hammam al-Alil township, 20 km to the south of Mosul, blew off against a police patrol, wounding one of its policemen, who was driven to hospital for treatment,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: the police found three bodies dumped in southeastern the city of Falluajh

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A veteran Afghan military officer opened fire on foreign forces Wednesday after a dispute at the Kabul airport, killing several NATO troops, Afghan and coalition officials said. It was the latest in a spate of deadly incidents that have occurred inside government or military installations, a favorite target of Taliban insurgents. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Mohammad Zahir Azimi said the gunman was an Afghan military pilot who "opened fire on foreigners after an argument." The pilot was killed in the shooting, which occurred inside a facility used by the Afghan Air Force, Azimi said.

#2: At least three Afghan soldiers were killed and four Pakistani troops were injured in a clash that broke out on Wednesday morning along the border area of the two countries, according to local media reports. According to the report of a local Urdu TV channel Duniya, the clash broke out following the intrusion of the Afghan government forces into the Pakistani side in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan, a tribal area in northwest Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan. But one local English TV channel Express report said that the clash was triggered off by the bombardment of the Afghan army at a checkpoint in the Pakistani side and in retaliation the Pakistani border troops fought back. The on-going exchange of fires between the troops of the two countries have lasted for about two hours, said the Express report.

#3: Two civilians have been killed by US-led foreign troops in eastern Afghanistan, amid growing discontent over the rising number of civilian fatalities in the war-ravaged country. The civilians lost their lives on Tuesday in Ghazni province, a Press TV correspondent reported. The two Afghan civilians were killed when the US-led forces opened fire on them as they were on their way on a motorcycle.

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Hughes

DoD Sgt. David P. Day

DoD: Capt. Joshua M. McClimans


Cervantes said...

Latest is that nine Americans were killed in the shooting incident at Kabul airport, 8 military and one civilian. It's looking like this is a guy who just freaked out, not a Taliban operation, but these stories often change over time.