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

Friday, June 10, 2011

War News for Friday, June 10, 2011

MNF-Iraq (OND) is reporting the death of a U.S. service member (Marine) during combat operations in an undisclosed area in southern Iraq on Wednesday, June 8th.

NATO is reporting the death of a U.S. service member from an unreported cause somewhere in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, June 7th.

Here's what "might" be the last American Marine killed in Iraq.

Reported security incidents

#1: The source informed Aswat al-Iraq that an explosion was near a mosque in Zafaraniyah district, where three persons were injured.

#2: The same area witnessed yesterday launching a Katyusha rocket directed against the heavy-fortified Green Zone, but no casualties were reported.

Around eight Katyusha rockets launched from eastern Baghdad landed late on Thursday in the city's heavily-fortified Green Zone, where government buildings and foreign embassies are located, interior ministry and civil defence sources said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

#3: Another explosion took place today by a sticky bomb near a federal police check point in Saydiah area, south west Baghdad, which led to hurting the driver, civilian and a cop.

#4: The third explosion was by a bomb implanted near alcohol shop in east of Baghdad, that led to material losses only.

#1: A security source stated that a bomb blast took place late Thursday night in Touz Area which resulted in injuring a cop. The source informed Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb exploded in the Military Quarter in the center of Touz area, 80 km south of Kirkuk, which led to one casualty with material losses due to the explosion.

#1: A child has been injured in an explosive charge blast in the city of Mosul, the center of northern Iraq’s Ninewa Province, on Thursday, according to a Ninewa security source. “A child has been injured in an explosive charge blast, targeted against a police patrol in west Mosul’s al-Risala district on Thursday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber targeted prayers for a prominent assassinated Afghan police chief on Friday, killing four policemen but another top officer escaped unharmed, officials said. Eighteen other people were wounded in the attack in Kunduz city, capital of the province of the same name which has become a Taliban bastion in recent years and seen an increase in insurgent assaults. Provincial government spokesman Mahboobullah Saeedi said the suicide bomber tried to enter a mosque where memorial prayers were taking place for general Mohammed Daoud Daoud, but policemen prevented him from getting inside.

#2: A roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying paramilitary troops in the southwestern Baluchistan province, killing two soldiers and wounding three, a local government said.

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