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

Thursday, June 9, 2011

War News for Thursday, June 09, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, June 9th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen, also using silenced weapons, wounded a judge in the Jamiaa district of western Baghdad, the interior ministry source said.

#2: Gunmen killed an off-duty policeman driving his car in Utaifiya district of west central Baghdad, the interior ministry source said.

#3: Police found the body of an unidentified man shot in the head in Baghdad's northern Binoog district, the interior ministry source said.

#4: A roadside bomb wounded two people in Baghdad's west central Utaifiya district, the interior ministry source said.

#5: A roadside bomb exploded as a police patrol passed, wounding four people, including one policeman, in Zaafaraniya district in southeast Baghdad, a ministry of interior source said.

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed Jalal Jassim Mohammed, the head of a company belonging to the ministry of industries in the town of Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

#1: Gunmen shot dead an off-duty policeman near his house in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to a vehicle exploded, killing one person and wounding another in central Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, a local government official said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Taliban fighters stormed a checkpoint, killing eight Pakistani soldiers in an Afghan border region that the army previously said it had cleared of insurgents. The Taliban raid on the army checkpoint the Marabi area of South Waziristan took place late Wednesday and two intelligence officials said 10 insurgents who took part in the attack were also killed when soldiers returned fire. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with their organization's policy.

#2: The deadliest of the two bomb attacks Thursday took place on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar in the Matani area, where several anti-Taliban militias are based. The blast hit a passenger vehicle, killing four people, including a woman and a child, said Peshawar police chief Liaquat Ali Khan. The target was not immediately clear, but on Sunday another blast in Matani killed six people.

#3: Two other people were killed and three were wounded in a second roadside bombing against a vehicle carrying food supplies for a paramilitary camp in the Upper Dir district of Saber Killy, said police officer Rehmat Khan. Upper Dir saw several large-scale militant attacks last week.

#4: Gunmen killed nine people at a wedding party in the Dur Baba district of eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan officials said on Thursday. All nine were shot in their sleep and those killed included the groom and his father. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

#5: In northwestern Pakistan, militants have torched a NATO oil supply truck carrying fuel for US-led foreign troops in Afghanistan, local officials say. According to the Pakistan officials, militants destroyed the NATO oil tanker in Landi Kotal tehsil of Khyber Agency on Thursday, a Press TV correspondent reported. The tanker was completely destroyed as a result of the blast. However, no human loss was reported in the incident.

DoD: Cpl. William J. Woitowicz