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 23, 2011

War News for Thursday, June 23, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 22nd.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: An officer in Iraq’s former Army has been killed in southwestern Baghdad’s Saidiya district late Wednesday, a security source said on Thursday. “An explosive charge, stuck to the car of the former Iraqi Army Colonel, Mohammed Jassem, in Baghdad’s Saidiya district late on Wednesday, killing him on the spot,” the security source added.

#2: Gunmen attacked an Iranian oil delegation visiting Iraq for talks, the Iranian oil ministry said. An Iraqi security source said the delegation's convoy was attacked in central Baghdad and two Iraqi guards were wounded.


Diyala Prv:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to a car exploded, killing a former member of Saddam Hussein's outlawed Baath party, in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A gunman on a bicycle, using a silenced weapon, killed the mayor of the Gatoon neighbourhood in Baquba, police said.


Diwaniya:
#1: Six Iraqi civilians have been injured in a Katusha rocket attack on an American base west of southern Iraq’s Diwaniya city on Wednesday, due to missing their target, a Diwaniya security source reported. “Six Katusha rockets were launched on the U.S. Echo Base, 3 km to the west of Diwaniya, and one of the rockets missed its target, falling on al-Thawra street in the middle of the city, wounding 6 civilians and causing damage for a civilian car,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. the losses of the American base, where 5 explosions were heard, were not known.


Abu Ghraib:
#1: An explosive charge blew off in northwestern Baghdad’s Abu-Ghuraib district late on Wednesday, killing a civilian and wounding two others, a security source reported. “An explosive charge blew off in al-Haswa area in Abu-Ghuraib district, 20 km to the northwest of Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding two others,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Taji:
#1: Gunmen in a speeding car using silencer guns shot and wounded an employee of the Sunni Endowment, an organisation which manages Sunni religious sites, in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.


Shirqat:
#1: Two persons, one of them a former candidate for the Iraqi Parliament, have been killed in an attack in Shirgat township of north-central Iraq’s Salah al-Din Province on Wednesday, a Salah al-Din security source reported. “The candidate from Iraq’s Unity Coalition, Jassem Mohammed and another person have been killed by unknown gunmen in Shirgat township, 100 km to the north of Tikrit,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Kirkuk:
#1: Two civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast south of northern Iraq’s oi-rich city of Kirkuk on Wednesday. “An explosive charge blew off in a house in southern Kirkuk’s Domiz district, wounding a woman,” Lt-Brigadier, Sarhad Qader, told Aswat al-Iraq news

#2: A sticky bomb attached to a minibus went off and wounded the driver in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.


Mosul:
#1: An Iraqi civilian has been killed, a policeman and a child injured, in an explosive charge blast in central Mosul on Wednesday, a Ninewa security source said. “A civilian was killed, a child and a policeman were injured, in an explosive charge blast, targeted against a police patrol in central Mosul’s Khazraj district on Wednesday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the explosive charge blew off when the police patrol passed through the area, when the victim and the child were close to the venue of the blast, adding that both the injured child and the policeman, were driven to a nearby hospital for treatment.

#2: A cop was killed in an attack against a police checkpoint west of Mosul. A security source told Aswat al-Iraq that "an armed group carried out an attack against a police checkpoint, which resulted in the death of one cop."

#3: Security sources in Ninewa province announced that four people were injured by a grenade blast west of Mosul. The casualties were a woman, a cop and two civilians.

#4: Police found the bodies of two men with bullet wounds to their heads in a car in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.


Al Zab:
#1: An Iraqi soldier was wounded by a flashlight stuffed with explosives which he found near his checkpoint in al-Zab, an area about 35 km (20 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: At least three people were killed and another three were injured in a blast Thursday afternoon in the Mastung area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan Province in southwest Pakistan, reported local Urdu TV channel Geo. According to the report, the blast took place at about 13:50 p. m. local time when some unidentified miscreants threw an unknown number of handgrenades in the Mastung area of the city. Other details about the blast are not immediately available.


DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Alvin A. Boatwright

DoD: Sgt. Edward F. Dixon III

DoD: Staff Sgt. Alan L. Snyder

DoD: Spc. Tyler R. Kreinz

DoD: Lance Cpl. Jared C. Verbeek

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