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

Saturday, June 11, 2011

War News for Saturday, June 11, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier when a helicopter crashed somewhere in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, June 10th. The French MoD is reporting that a French soldier died when the helicopter crashed about 20 kilometers from Bagram air base. A second soldier was wounded.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-battle related injury in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, June 10th. The French MoD is reporting that a French soldier died from a weapon discharge accident.

Reported security incidents

#1: Three civilians were injured in a bomb blast in Adhamiyah District, north Baghdad, security sources said today. The source added to Aswat al-Iraq that "the bomb exploded near the court building."

#2: At least 10 persons have been killed and 15 others injured in 2 explosive charges blasts in southeastern Baghdad on Friday night, a security source reported. “Two explosive charges blew off against an Iraqi Army patrol in southeastern Baghdad’s al-Madaen district on Friday night, killing 10 persons, among them one of the patrol’s elements and wounding 15 others, including a soldier,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Saturday.

Diyala Prv:
#1: In Diyala, unknown gunmen attacked three people including an awakening council member in northeastern Baaquba.

Al Dour:
#1: A Sunni Arab family of five was gunned down in their home in the early hours of Saturday morning north of Baghdad, security and medical officials said. It was unclear why the family were targeted in the attack in the village of Al-Jalam, near the town of Al-Dour in Salaheddin province, the officials said. "Two gunmen stormed the house of Yunis Hassan Salman after midnight and they killed him, his wife, their two sons and their daughter before running away," an Iraqi army first lieutenant said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

A senior member of a government-backed Sunni militia and his three siblings were killed when gunmen attacked their house in central Iraq, police sources said Saturday.

#1: Two car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Saturday, killing four people and injuring at least 50, police and hospital officials said. The blasts occurred in a street with many restaurants near the government compound in the main city of Nineveh province, 390 km (240 miles) north of the capital Baghdad.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Three policemen have been injured in two explosive charges blasts in central Ramadi on Friday night, an Anbar police source said. “Two explosive charges blew off late Friday night in central Ramadi, the first targeted against a police patrol, wounding 3 of its elements and causing damage to a civilian car, parked close to the venue of the blast,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the second explosive charge blew off 5 minutes after the time of the first blast, causing damage to a cafĂ©, adding that the police forces rushed to the venues of the blasts, to avoid the presence of a cache against ambulance men and security forces.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The worst attack took place in the Khakrez district of Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan, where a roadside bomb killed all 16 people traveling in a minibus, including eight children, said provincial police chief Abdul Raziq. He said the bomb was planted by the Taliban and was intended for NATO or Afghan forces.

#2: In the eastern province of Khost, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the local police headquarters in the Shai Kali area, killing three policemen and a child, according to provincial police chief Sadar Mohammad Zazai. Among the four people killed in the blast was a local police chief, Mohammad Zahir Khan, Zazai said. It was not immediately clear whether Khan was specifically targeted. Provincial health director Hedayatullah Hamidi said 25 also were wounded in the attack.

#3: A second suicide bomber, this one pushing an ice cream cart, killed one child and wounded three more in the central Afghanistan province of Ghazni, according to provincial police chief Mohammad Hussain. "The suicide attacker was a young boy with a thin beard and mustache wearing a scarf," said an eyewitness who identified himself as Asadullah. "He was pushing an ice cream cart. I was just standing 20 meters from him and then he exploded."

#4: Meanwhile, a bomb killed two policemen and wounded nine others who were investigating an earlier explosion late Friday at a satellite television network office in Mehterlam city in the eastern province of Laghman, said Faizelullah Patan, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

#5: Four Iowa National Guard soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. The attack happened June 7, 2011 in Laghman Province.

#6: A driver of a NATO oil tanker was killed and his assistant received bullet injuries when unidentified armed men attacked the oil tanker in the Yaro area on Friday. According to police, the NATO oil tanker was on its way to Karachi from Afghanistan when armed men riding a bike opened fire on it and fled from the scene. As a result, the driver, Abdul Hameed, died on the spot while his helper was seriously injured. The oil tanker was partially damaged, police said.

DoD: Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. O’Brien