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 17, 2011

War News for Friday, June 17, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, June 16th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an unreported reason in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, June 16th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi federal police vehicle killed one passer-by and wounded three others, including two policemen, in Baghdad's southern Doura district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: Armed men attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint late on Thursday, killing one soldier and wounding three others in Sadr City in northeastern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: An Electricity Ministry employee was wounded when armed men opened fire on his car in Sadr City late on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said.

#4: A roadside bomb wounded one policeman when it went off in Baghdad's southern Doura district late on Thursday, an Interior Ministry source said.


Hilla:
#1: Gunmen armed with machine guns stormed the house of an Iraqi contractor killing him and his Indian maid and his Turkish engineer guest in central Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, a local police source said.


Kurdistan:
#1: Seven Iranian soldiers were killed when they strayed into a minefield laid along their border with Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region, a local Kurdish official said on Thursday. Jabar Yawar, spokesman for the local Iraqi Kurdish forces, said the Iranian troops were new to the area and had accidentally entered a minefield laid by Iran along the remote frontier with Kurdistan. "The newly arrived forces were unaware of the existence of a minefield where they got trapped. The mines killed all of them. There were seven of them, according to the information we have obtained," Yawar told Reuters.


Kirkuk:
#1: A dead body showing signs of torture and gunshot wounds was found in the southern part of the city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, local police said.


Mosul:
#1: Gunmen shot dead a porter in a vegetable market in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#2: Gunmen shot dead a civilian who was standing in front of his home in eastern Mosul, a local police source said.

#3: Armed men killed a civilian as he left a mosque late on Thursday in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#4: Armed men on foot killed a civilian near his house in western Mosul late on Thursday, local police said.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A bomb blast destroyed a truck carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan in the ethnic Pashtun tribal region of Khyber on the Afghan border, a local government official said.

#2: Gunmen on a motorcycle killed a former Olympian boxer in a suspected sectarian attack in the southwestern Baluchistan province, police said. The deceased was a member of Muslim Shi'ite community.

#3: A roadside bomb hit a military convoy in the northwestern Orakzai region, wounding two soldiers, government officials in the region said


DoD: Pvt. Ryan J. Larson

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