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 30, 2011

War News for Monday, May 30, 2011

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, May 28th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, May 28th. These were two German soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Talokan, Afghanistan.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a small arms attack from an apparent ANA soldier in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, May 30th.

Haqqani insurgent group proves resilient foe in Afghan war

Reported security incidents

#1: “Five persons, including 2 policemen, have been injured in an explosive charge blast against a police patrol in east Baghdad’s Palestine Street on Monday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: He said that a civilian has been killed and 4 others injured in an explosive charge blast on the roadside in west Baghdad’s al-Shaab district, also on Monday.

#3: “An explosive charge blast on southwestern Baghdad’s al-Rashid Military Camp, blew up against a private security company motorcade, wounding 2 civilians.

#4: a police officer, with a lieutenant rank, was injured in an explosive charge blast agaisnthis car on Sunday night in southeast Baghdad’s “New Baghdad” district.

#5: “A Professor in the Islamic Sciences Collage of Baghdad University was injured in an explosive charge blast under his car, while passing through western Baghdad’s al-Khadhraa district, on Monday night,” the security source added.

#1: An explosive charge blew off against a U.S. Army patrol in southern Iraq’s Kut city on Monday, but losses were not known, a Wassit security source said. “An explosive charge blew off in southern Iraq’s Kut’s main street against an American Army patrol early on Monday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said the U.S. forces have imposed a cordon around the venue of the blast, preventing people to approach the place, whilst Iraqi police forces closed all the roads leading to the area.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: An explosive charge, planted on the roadside in northern Baghdad’s Abu-Ghuraib township, blew off against an Army patrol early on Monday, killing 2 soldiers and wounding 6 others,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: The Assistant Director of the state-owned Northern Cement Company and a civilian has been killed, and the official’s bodyguard was injured, in an armed attack west of Mosul on Monday, according to a Mosul security source. “Two armed men opened fire early on Monday on the car of the Assistant Director of the Northern Cement Company, Arkan Jihad, killing Jihad and a civilian, along with wounding his bodyguard, in western Mosul early on Monday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: The Governor of northern Iraq’s Ninewa Province, Athil al-Nujaify, has escaped an assassination attempt in its center city of Mosul, when an explosive charge blew off against his motorcade in the city, a Mosul security source said on Monday. “An explosive charge blew off against the motorcade of Nujeify, when it passed through Tiloul-al-Baj area, south of Mosul, while on his way for Baghdad,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said the explosion had failed to cause human casualties, but damaged one of the motorcade’s.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1-2: Suicide bombers targeted NATO troops and foreign civil affairs workers in separate blasts Monday in the western Afghanistan city of Herat, killing at least four people and wounding 26, a police official told CNN. The attacks occurred within minutes of each other just blocks apart in Herat, an area that U.S. military officials have hinted American troops would be withdrawn by July because it has been largely free of violence. The bombers targeted the Ministry of Transport in central Herat, and a compound that houses an Italian Provincial Reconstruction Team -- an outreach unit made up of civilian affairs and aid workers, said police commander Abdul Rauf Ahmadi.

#1: A bomber struck near the Ministry of Transport, where witnesses say there were civilian casualties. It was not immediately clear whether anybody was killed in the blast.

#2: The second attack came minutes later when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the main gate of a compound housing the PRT team, paving the way for gunmen to launch an assault at the compound, Ahmadi said. Afghan and NATO-led forces battled gunmen, who had taken up position inside a building next to the PRT compound, Harif Taib, a government official in Herat, told CNN. Ahmadi said the situation was under police control and the gunfight had ended, though witnesses said gunfire could be heard coming from direction of the compound. The leading Italian news agency, ANSA, reported 15 Italian soldiers are among the wounded in Herat. But none were among the dead, a government official said.

#3: A roadside bomb has killed four police officers in southern Afghanistan, the Afghan government says. The Interior Ministry said in a statement today the officers were on a convoy patrol with NATO forces when their vehicle struck a bomb laid in the road. The blast happened in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, a former Taliban stronghold where US Marines have poured in to try to establish peace and a functioning government.

#4: A bombing Monday at a restaurant in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border wounded 11 people, including four children, authorities said. The blast occurred in the town of Miran Shah in North Waziristan, said Muhammed Khan, a government official.

#5: An International Security Assistance Force helicopter made a precautionary landing in southern Afghanistan today. The landing site has been secured and all personnel are accounted for. There are no casualties as a result of the precautionary landing.

MoD: Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin

MoD: Marine Samuel Giles William Alexander MC

DoD: 1st Lt. John M. Runkle

DoD: Staff Sgt. Edward D. Mills Jr.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman

DoD: Sgt. Thomas A. Bohall

DoD: Sgt. Louie A. Ramos Velazquez

DoD: Spc. Adam J. Patton

DoD: Pfc. John C. Johnson

DoD: Spc. Adam S. Hamilton