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

Monday, June 13, 2011

War News for Monday, June 13, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 11th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related injury in an undisclosed location in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 11th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 12th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, June 12th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: A Baghdad senior municipal official was wounded when a bomb attached to his vehicle exploded late on Sunday in an eastern part of the city, an interior ministry source said.

#2: A roadside bomb detonated at a playground in a Baghdad neighborhood on Sunday evening, leaving three dead and 14 wounded, a police source said. The explosion occurred in Jihad district in southwestern Baghdad, claiming three lives and wounding 14 others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media. The blast site was a public playground where kids living nearby often play soccer. It is not immediately know whether the casualties include kids.


Diyala Prv:
#1: Three people including two policemen were killed when gunmen attacked a police checkpoint late on Sunday in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, local police said.


Mussayab:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a policeman exploded and killed him in Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, local police said.


Basra:
#1: A suicide bomber killed four people today after ramming a vehicle into a police building in southern Iraq. Police said the bomber crashed through the gate during the morning rush hour and made it a few yards into the police compound before blowing up the car in the city of Basra. Three policemen and one civilian were killed and 24 people were injured.


Balad:
#1: A group of armed men have attacked a mosque preacher close to his house in Balad township, 90 km to the south of Tikrit, the center of Salahal-Din Province on Monday, seriously wounding him, according to Salahal-Din’s Operations Command. “A group of unknown armed men have attacked the house of Al-Rahman Mosque’s Preacher, Sheikh Ismail al-Arabi in Balad township, 90 km to the south of Tikrit, seriously injuring him,” a Command source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. A medical source in Balad’s hospital, where Sheikh Araby was driven to after the attack, said he had suffered from serious injuries in different parts of his body and his condition was very serious.


Mosul:
#1: An Iraqi soldier has been killed in an attack by unknown gunmen in northern Iraq’s city of Mosul on Monday, according to a Ninewa security source. “An Iraqi soldier has been killed, when a group of unknown gunmen opened fire on him in front of his house in southern Mosul’s al-Maamoun district on Monday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan army officials say their troops have killed 32 insurgents in the western region of the country. Officials say four Afghan soldiers were killed and at least three other soldiers were wounded Sunday in the fighting in Badghis province.

#2: Taliban militants in Afghanistan''s eastern Wardak province have destroyed more than 20 NATO tankers carrying fuel to US-led soldiers stationed in the country. Taliban forces launched a prolonged and massive attack on NATO oil tankers in Sayed Abad city on Sunday, destroying more than 20 NATO tankers, Wardak province''s police chief Haghnavaz Haghyar told the (Press TV) on Monday. At least six Afghan soldiers were also left injured in the incident, the Afghan police chief added.

#3: At least three Pakistani soldiers have been killed when a roadside bomb exploded in the restive Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. The bomb struck soldiers who were on a patrol to check for mines ahead of a military convoy in South Waziristan. Three soldiers were wounded in the attack, one report said.

#4: A Polish Mi-24 helicopter crash landed in Afghanistan, Sunday, after it was returning from combat operations to the Warrior base in Ghazni in the south east of the country. None of the four troops on board were injured, says a statement from Polish command and the helicopter was only slightly damaged. According to an initial investigation it was concluded that strong side winds were responsible for the accident.

#5: Two rockets fired by militants landed inside a military camp in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan's tribal region, but caused no damage or injuries, intelligence officials said.

#6: Six persons were injured as a roadside bomb struck a military vehicle in Kandahar province, 450 km south of Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, a press release of Interior Ministry said. "The incident happened at 10:30 a.m. local time in Kandahar city the capital of Kandahar province as a result six people including three Afghan soldiers and three civilians among them a child were injured," the press release added.

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