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, May 4, 2011

War News for Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Sgt. Adam D. Craig died from a non-combat related illness at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md, USA, on Tuesday, May 4th. was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

NATO containers cause Rs 122bn damage to roads

Reported security incidents

#1: In the Al-Shaab neighbourhood of north Baghdad, an employee of the department of transport was assassinated by unknown attackers using guns with silencers, an official from the interior ministry said.

#2: Police officer Abdulhussein Jassem was killed in similar fashion in the Qahira district of north Baghdad.

#3: At least 9 Iraqi civilians have been killed and 27 others injured in a booby-trapped car explosion in southern Baghdad’s Daura district on Tuesday night, a security source said on Wednesday. “A booby-trapped car, parked on the roadside in southern Baghdad’s Daura district, blew off late Tuesday night, killing 9 people and wounding 27 others,” the security source said.

#4: several other mortar shells fell on the headquarters of Iraq’s previous General Security building in east Baghdad’s Baladiyat District, now used as a base for joint U.S. troops and Iraqi police forces, but losses were not known.”

#5: A sticky bomb attached to a vehicle carrying Iraq's grain board director, Hassan Ibrahim, wounded him and a passer-by and killed his driver when it went off in southeastern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: three civilians were killed in roadside bombings south of Baghdad, medical and security sources said. The civilians were killed in explosions around 8:00 am (0500 GMT) in the village of Al-Khanafsa, north of the central Shiite shrine city of Karbala, a police officer said. It was not immediately clear who was the target of the attack which also wounded three civilians, according to Jamal Abdullah, spokesman for Karbala provincial health services.

#1: An Iraqi Integrity Commission employee has been injured in an explosive charge blast in southern Iraq’s city of Basra, the city’s police media director said on Tuesday. “An explosive charge blew up close to the house of an employee of Basra’s Integrity Commission, wounding him and causing damage to his car,” Lt. Brigadier, Abdul-Karim al-Zaidy told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Meanwhile, a Basra security source said that the U.S. base in Basra Airport had been attacked by 5 Katyusha rockets, causing no human casualties.

#1: The source also said that “a number of mortar shells struck northern Baghdad’s Taji Camp. but losses were not known.”

Irbil Prv:
#1: One civilian was killed and three children were wounded in a landmine explosion in northeast of Arbil, a security source said on Tuesday. "A land mine exploded today in a rural area in Souraa district, northeast of Arbil, killing a civilian and wounding three children," the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Three of north Iraq Kirkuk’s Traffic Policemen, once of them with major rank, have been injured in a sticking explosive charge blast in the officer’s car south of the city, a Kirkuk Police Director said on Wednesday. “An explosive charge blew off on Wednesday morning in a car, driven by a major in Kirkuk’s Traffic Police Directorate, wounding him and two of his guards, early on Wednesday, also causing severe damage to his car,” Lt. Brigadier, Shirzad Mofry, told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Gunmen stopped two trucks and killed their drivers west of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A sticky bomb attached to a vehicle killed its driver in northern Mosul, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO-led forces in Afghanistan killed a civilian and six Taliban militants in the country's south-east, officials said Wednesday. NATO special forces were dropped by helicopter to raid a house Tuesday night in Zurmat district of Paktia province, said Rohullah Samoon, the provincial governor's spokesman. 'Six Taliban fighters and one civilian were killed and 10 other civilians were wounded,' Samoon said. Three men, three women and four children, who were injured in the raid, were taken to hospital by the NATO forces, he said. In a statement, NATO confirmed that 'during an operation, insurgents engaged the security forces and the Afghan and coalition forces responded.' NATO said the operation was part of a search for a leader of the Haqqani terrorist network who had plans to attack the Paktiya governor. One Afghan woman was killed in the battle, said the statement, which put the number of injured civilians at seven.

#2: An oil tanker, carrying fuel for the US-led NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan, was blown up near Ali Masjid in a bomb blast here on Tuesday, administration sources said. The oil tanker was gutted completely, besides some nearby houses on the bank of the main road. Similarly, a general store was also destroyed due to a powerful bomb blast near Charwazgai checkpost in Landikotal on Monday night. However, no loss of human life was reported in both the blasts.

Militants blew up three oil tankers supplying fuel to Nato forces in Afghanistan near Torkham border in Khyber tribal region on Tuesday. Eyewitness said that a blast occurred in an oil tanker due to which two other vehicles, parked nearby, caught fire and gutted completely. A local Taliban faction, Abdullah Ezam Brigade, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

#3: Meanwhile, seven militants of Lashkar-i-Islami, a Bara-based militant outfit, were killed in a raid on its hideouts in Tirah valley of Khyber Agency on Tuesday night, sources said. They said that volunteers of Zakhakhel tribal lashkar and members of Lashkar-i-Islami were trading fire with each other when army helicopters targeted the later and killed seven of its men. Sources said that separately one person was killed and four received injuries during clashes between Zakhakhel and LI.

#4: An explosion hit the Afghan capital of Kabul on late Tuesday evening, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on early Wednesday morning. "There was an explosion in Kabul, it was in the vicinity of TV Hill," an ISAF spokesperson said. TV Hill is an area in Kabul which provides stunning views of the city below. The midnight explosion was heard in a large area of Kabul, but the cause and exact location was not immediately clear. CNN reported it was a rocket attack which targeted a police station, but ISAF could not confirm that. There were no immediate reports of casualties and, according to officials, the explosion did not target an ISAF convoy and no coalition service members were involved.

#5: Nine police officers were wounded in two bomb attacks in western Afghanistan, police said Wednesday. The attacks occurred in Herat province, said Brig. Gen. Esa Iftikhari, a police commander. The officers were injured after driving near an area where remote-controlled bombs had been placed.

DoD: Sgt. Adam D. Craig