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 23, 2011

War News for Monday, May 23, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, May 22nd. The ISAF has a duplicate release for this attack.

The AFP is reporting the deaths of two U.S. soldiers while conducting operations in an undisclosed location in central Iraq on Sunday, May 22nd. Various news reports that the patrol hit a roadside bomb either in the outskirts or in Amiryah the district of Baghdad and two or three additional soldiers were wounded in the attack.

NATO is reporting the deaths of four ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, May 23rd.

Reported security incidents

#1: And in Baghdad, a car bomb blew up in the eastern Zayouna neighbourhood at around 4:00 am (0100 GMT), destroying 13 shops, including seven alcohol stores, an interior ministry official said. There were no casualties resulting from the attack, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

#2: A road-side bomb wounded six people in the western district of Khadra, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: Four people were hit in two consecutive explosions to the east of Baghdad, security sources said today. The source informed Aswat al-Iraq that the two bombs were planted on the side of the road east of Baghdad, which led to four civilian casualties, including the personal driver of government spokesman's advisor.

Wadssit Prv:
#1: An American military convoy was hit today by a Katyusha rocket in Wassit province, police sources said. The source added to Aswat al-Iraq that an unknown armed groupt shot the convoy with the rocket 40 km north west Kut. The rocket damaged one of the vehicles. There have been no reports on human casualties.

#1: A car bomb struck an Iraqi police convoy Monday in the disputed city of Kirkuk, killing two bystanders and wounding five police officers, an interior ministry official said. The blast Monday targeted a convoy carrying the captain of a local police station, the official said. The captain, Ahmed Abdul-Ghafour, was wounded in the blast, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information.

A morning car bomb targeting the convoy of a police commander in Al-Rashad, south of Kirkuk city, killed two policemen and wounded 12 other people, an officer said. Major Ahmed al-Barzanji and four other policemen were among the wounded.

#2: On the road to Kirkuk from Tuz Khurmatu further south, a roadside bomb targeting a patrol in the early hours killed a captain and another soldier, the town's police chief, Colonel Ali Hamdani, said. Two more soldiers were wounded.

#1: A mortar round landed on an Iraqi army base, wounding one soldier in eastern Mosul, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi Army patrol killed one civilian and wounded two soldiers in eastern Mosul, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan troops killed four insurgents during a gun battle in the Zherai district of southern Kandahar province, the Defence Ministry said.

#2: A suicide bomber struck a crowded Afghan bazaar on Monday, killing four civilians and wounding another 14 in a remote town in the east of the country. There were no government offices or military patrols in the area where the incident happened in the small town of Najeel Khail in Alishing district of Laghman province, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital Kabul.

#3: Elsewhere in Afghanistan on Monday, the interior ministry said seven insurgents were killed after Afghan and foreign forces repelled an attempted ambush in the highly unstable eastern province of Kunar, which borders Pakistan.

#4: Troops recaptured Pakistan's naval air force headquarters on Monday after a 16-hour battle with Taliban gunmen who had stormed the facility in the most brazen attack since the killing of Osama bin Laden. More than 20 militants assaulted the PNS Mehran base in the city of Karachi late on Sunday, blowing up at least one aircraft and laying siege to a main building in one of the most heavily guarded bases in the unstable, nuclear-armed country. At least 12 military personnel were killed and 14 wounded in the assault that started at 10.30 p.m. on Sunday (1730 GMT), a navy spokesman said.

#5: A Jordanian officer was killed and four soldiers injured Sunday when a roadside bomb exploded as a humanitarian convoy passed by in the Afghan province of Lugar, a spokesman for the Jordanian armed forces said in a statement. The statement, carried by the official Petra news agency, identified the officer killed as First Lieutenant Majed Abu Qudairi. "The four wounded are in good health," the Army spokesman said.


Anonymous said...


hello there. this is a brilliant blog.

may i suggest that from now on please put "taji, baghdad, mosul, afghanistan" headings as bold.

i want to RSS this blog, and it would be great if the different sections were in bold. so ppl would know those are different regions/places.