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

Monday, May 9, 2011

War News for Monday, May 09, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in western Afghanistan on Monday, May 9th.

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb in central Baghdad went off near a police patrol and wounded six people, including two policemen, police said.

Iraqi police and health officials say a roadside bomb has detonated near a police patrol in central Baghdad, killing two civilians. A police officer says seven people, including four civilians, were also wounded in Monday's blast in the capital's Firdous Square. A doctor at a nearby hospital confirmed the causality figures.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded seven people, including a policeman, in Sadr City, a district in northeast Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: Two civilians were wounded by a roadside bomb in Baghdad's southern district of Doura, an Interior Ministry source said.

#4: A sticky bomb attached to the car of Hassan Jasim, a leader at the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (ISCI), killed him in northeast of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#5: A bomb planted in front of a liquor store in central Baghdad wounded the owner and burned down the shop, late on Sunday, an Interior Ministry source said.

#6: A Director General in the Iraqi Police has escaped an assassination attempt by an explosive charge blast against his motorcade that wounded 6 persons, including 3 of his guards, a Baghdad security source said on Monday. “Major-General, Sabah al-Shibly, the Director General of Police in Iraq, has escaped an assassination attempt, when an explosive charge blew off against his motorcade in central Baghdad’s al-Firdous Square, wounding six persons, including 3 of his guards and causing damage to several cars of the motorcade,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A border policeman was killed in a clash with smugglers on the Iraqi-Syrian border late on Sunday in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Tal Afar:
#1: Gunmen using weapons equipped with silencers shot dead an electricity operator, late on Sunday in Talafar, about 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Militants attacked a group of police officers Monday in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, killing at least six of them and wounding four, officials said. The officers were hit by a roadside bomb and then came under fire not far from the police headquarters in Deh Yak district, a BBC report said. "The group of our police [was] leaving for the provincial capital of Ghazni," a security official told the BBC. "It was a shock because the attack took place so close to the district headquarters."

#2: A suicide bomber in Afghanistan has killed three civilians and injured five others in an attack near a government office, officials say. The blast took place close to the district government compound in Qarghayi, Laghman province, eastern Afghanistan on Monday. "Three civilians were killed and another five civilians were wounded in the suicide attack today," provincial spokesman Faizanullah Pattan said.

#3: Taliban militants have targeted and killed a former commander along with four others in Kunduz province, 250 km north of capital city Kabul, a local official said Monday. "Taliban rebels raided the house of Mullah Mohammad Nabi a former Taliban commander in Imam Sahib district and killed him along with four others Sunday night," Governor of Imam Sahib district Mohammad Ayub Hakmal told Xinhua.

DoD: Spc. Riley S. Spaulding