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 30, 2011

War News for Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Army Times is reporting the deaths of three U.S. soldiers in an indirect fire attack/rocket attack on a base in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, June 29th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, June 30th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, June 30th.

Pakistan orders US out of drone base

Reported security incidents

#1: Security sources announced today that unknown gunmen killed a director general with the Ministry of Planning in Sadr City. "Unknown gunmen assassinated Jamal Faisal Al-Lami, DG at the Ministry of Planning, and fled to an unknown location," the source told Aswat al-Iraq.

#2: An Iraqi soldier has been killed and four others injured in an explosive charge blast against an Army patrol in western Baghdad late Wednesday night, a security source said on Thursday. “A soldier has been killed and 4 others injured when an explosive charge, planted on the roadside, blew off against any Army patrol in Zanbaraniya village, west of Baghdad,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: An employee in Iraq’s Ministry of Sciences & Technology has been killed and his son injured in a sticking bomb blast in his car late Wednesday night, a security source reported. “Jassim Mohammed Saleh, an employee in Iraq’s Ministry of Sciences & Technology, was killed and his son was injured in an explosive charge blast under his personal car after mid Wednesday night in Jisr Diala area in southeastern Baghdad,” the security source said.

#4: A group of unknown armed men have failed to assassinate a colonel in Iraq’s Interior Ministry and a lt-Brigadier in the Baghdad Traffic Police late on Wednesday, a security source reported on Thursday. “Interior Ministry’s Colonel, Mohammed Abdul-Reza, has escaped an assassination attempt, but was injured in an abortive attempt on east Baghdad’s Ur district, late on Wednesday night,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The security source said that another attempt to assassinate Traffic Police Lt-Brigadier, Abdul-Majid Abdul-Hussein, when they attacked him in west Baghdad’s Police Tunnel, also on Wednesday night.

#5: Gunmen using silenced weapons seriously wounded Defence Ministry Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Abdul Ridha in Baghdad's northeastern Ur district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: A railway driver and his assistant have been injured in an explosive charge that blew up insider a luggage train on its way from Baghdad towards Salahal-Din Province, whilst a soldier was injured in an attack against an Army patrol after the train attack, a Railway Station Master reported on Thursday. “Three explosive charges blew off inside a luggage train on its way from Baghdad to Salahal-Din Province in Dujeil area on Thursday, causing its overturn, seriously wounding its driver and his assistant,” Mowafaq Bedawi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that a fourth explosive charge blew off in the same area, after the arrival of an Army patrol to investigate the incident, wounding one of its soldiers.

#1: A soldier was hit by a bomb blast west of Mosul city, security sources disclosed today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb was directed against a military patrol in Nahrawan area , west of Mosul city, which led to the wounding of one soldier.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Anbar police sources announced today that a police lieutenant was killed today and a cop injured by a sticky bomb in his car in the center of Garma area, east of Falluja.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Pakistani troops backed by jets and helicopter gunships have killed 40 militants in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan in the past three days, a military commander said Thursday. Brigadier Aftab Ahmad told AFP by telephone that his forces had destroyed 17 militant hideouts in the Baizai region under his command in the lawless tribal area of Mohmand. “Militants were regularly attacking our posts on the Afghanistan border at Shonkari and Mithai and also targeting goods vehicles going to Afghanistan,” he said.

#2: Five people including two policemen were injured when a mine went off Thursday morning in Kunduz city, provincial capital of Kunduz province, 250 km north of capital city of Kabul, a police official said. "A mine placed inside a garbage heap was detonated by a remote- control device in a street at the eastern part of Kunduz city at around 7:15 a.m. local time when a police vehicle was passing-by. As a result three civilians and two policemen were injured," provincial police spokesman, Sayed Sarwar Hossanin told Xinhua.

#3: At least four persons were killed and five others injured when a container truck carrying Nato goods to Afghanistan ran over three vehicles at Ali Masjid on Peshawar-Torkham Road in Khyber Agency on Wednesday. Sources said that the driver of a taxicab, Faqirullah, and three passengers, two of them real brothers, were killed on the spot while five other persons sustained injuries when a container ran over three vehicles while negotiating a narrow turn at Ali Masjid.

#4: Meanwhile, an oil dealer Yar Bacha escaped an attempt on his life when an explosive device planted by unidentified persons outside his house in Kandukhel exploded minutes before he left his residence. Family sources said that Mr Bacha had been receiving threats from a local militant group for his alleged involvement in supply of fuel to Nato forces in Afghanistan.

#5: Six civilians were killed on Thursday morning when their car hit a roadside bomb in Marja district of southern Helmand province, a statement issued by local government said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Donald V. Stacy

DoD: Lance Cpl. John F. Farias

DoD: Lance Cpl. Mark R. Goyet