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 18, 2011

War News for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Sgt. Robert C. Schlote died from a non-combat related medical illness in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. on Saturday, May 14th. He was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Hungarian MoD is reporting the deaths of two Hungarian ISAF soldiers from a vehicular roll-over accident in Baghlan province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 17th. Four additional soldiers were wounded in the accident. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an unspecified insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 18th.

Troops face increasing dangers in Iraq

11 killed at violent protests over Afghan deaths

Pakistani troops, NATO helicopters engage in firefight

Reported security incidents

#1: Officials say that a bomb in Baghdad has killed an Iraqi man and injured three other people. A Baghdad policeman said the Wednesday morning casualties were the result of a so-called sticky bomb that was hidden on the underside of a car. A hospital official confirmed that the driver of the car was killed and that his two passengers were wounded. A passer-by also was injured.

#2: An Iraqi civilian has been killed and three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a security source said. “An explosive charge, planted on the roadside in northern Baghdad’s Waziriya district, had blown up to kill a civilian and wounding three others,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A roadside bomb blew up and wounded four civilians late on Tuesday in the Doura district of southern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#4: Sticky bombs attached to two oil tanker trucks went off, killing one driver and wounding the other, late on Tuesday in the Amil district of southwestern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: update A woman and her daughter have been injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast against a U.S. Army patrol in southern Iraq’s Wassit Province on Tuesday, a security source said. “An IED that blew off against an American military patrol in Kut city, the center of Wassit Province, had injured a woman and her daughter, who happened to be close to the venue of the blast,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two employees of North Iraq’s Oil Company in Kirkuk have been injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on Tuesday, a Kirkuk police director said. “An IED blew off under a vehicle of two employees of the North Oil Company in Kirkuk in Riyadh Township, 45 km to the southwest of Kirkuk, seriously wounding both men and causing serious damage to their vehicle,” Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police found the body of man with gunshot wounds in the head in northern Kirkuk, police said.

#1: Unknown gunmen killed a civilian working as a driver at the Faculty of Arts east of Mosul city, security sources said here today.

#2: The manager of the police internal affairs department in Mosul escaped an attempt on his life but a police officer was wounded when a roadside bomb blew up late on Tuesday near their vehicle in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Dozens of militants bearing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a key security checkpoint near the Pakistani city of Peshawar early Wednesday, sparking a three-hour clash that killed two police officers and 15 insurgents, police said. The attack on the Sangu Mera checkpoint is more likely tied to the Pakistani military's offensives against militant groups in its tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. Sangu Mera lies just along the border of Khyber tribal region, one of the areas where Taliban and other militants have hideouts and where the Pakistani army has staged multiple operations. The checkpoint is about 6 miles (10 kilometres) away from Peshawar, a strategically important city near Afghanistan. Senior police official Liaquat Ali Khan said as many as 100 militants carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons attacked the security forces overnight. But eventually the insurgents were pushed back.

#2: Also Wednesday, gunmen on a motorbike killed five minority Shiite Muslims in a minibus in what appeared to be a sectarian attack in Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province, police said. Six people also were wounded in the attack in Quetta, the provincial capital.

#3: Afghan soldiers, backed by NATO-led forces, during cleanup operations killed 16 insurgents in Paktika province 155 km southeast of capital city Kabul over the past two days, spokesman for provincial administration said on Tuesday. "Based on intelligence a unit of joint Afghan and international troops launched a cleanup operation in Mata Khan District Tuesday morning leaving four rebels dead," Mukhlis Afghan told Xinhua. In separate operation a day earlier on Monday the combined forces killed 12 militants in the neighboring Urgun district, he said.

DoD: Spc. Brian D. Riley Jr.

DoD: Sgt. Robert C. Schlote

HU/MoD: Andras Dalnoki

HU/MoD: Orsolya Roth