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 24, 2011

War News for Friday, June 24, 2011

Reported security incidents


#1-4: Four bombs ripped through Shi’ite neighborhoods in Baghdad yesterday evening, killing at least 40 people in the worst violence the capital has seen in months, Iraqi officials said. The officials said 34 people died and 82 others were injured in the three blasts. An official from Baghdad’s Yarmouk hospital confirmed the casualty figures.

#1: The first three bombs went off in quick succession in a southwestern Baghdad neighborhood shortly after 7 p.m.

#2: One targeted a Shi’ite mosque,

#3: another exploded just outside a popular market,

#4: while the third went off inside the market where people were doing evening shopping ahead of the Muslim weekend, Iraqi police officials said.

#5: A U.S. embassy spokesman said a contractor working for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Iraq died in a bombing while leaving a campus of Baghdad University. Another American was wounded in the attack, along with another civilian. The bomb used in the attack was described as an explosively-formed penetrator,

#6: Three elements of a special security company have been injured in an explosive charge blast against their motorcade in eastern Baghdad’s Tabibiyia area on Thursday, a security source reported. “An explosive charge, planted in front of the Collage of Administration & Economy in eastern Baghdad’s Talibiya area, blew off when a special security company’s motorcade passed through the area, wounding 3 of its elements,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#7: A cop was killed today while leaving his official department west of Baghdad, security forces said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the cop left his post, 20 km west of Baghdad, when an armed group shot him. "The cop died instantly, and killers fled the scene," the source added.

#1: A cop and his wife were killed by an unknown armed group after they stormed their house in Tikrit. A source in Salah al-Din Police Operations informed Aswat al-Iraq that the attackers made their attempt early this morning and then fled.

#1: A fire at Iraq's largest oil refinery was halted after a fire caused serious damage to the complex, sources within the company operating the refinery said Friday. Civil defence teams brought the fire under control four hours after it started, sending thick black smoke from the facility located in Beiji, some 200 kilometres north of Baghdad. The cause of the fire was being investigated, according to the sources.

#1: An Iraqi officer and a soldier have been killed in an explosive charge blast against their patrol in Gayara township, 60 km to the south of northern Iraq’s city of Mosul, a security source reported on Thursday. “An officer, with a major rank and a soldier have been killed in an explosive charge blast against their patrol in Gayara township, 60 km to the south of Mosul,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A civilian was assassinated today east of Mosul, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the deceased owns a clothes shop.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) helicopter has crashed in Afghanistan's southern province of Zabul. "The landing site has been secured and all personnel are accounted for. There are no casualties reported," said an ISAF press release, adding that they are investigating the cause of the incident that took place on Thursday, Xinhua reported on Friday.

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