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

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

War News for Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Reported security incidents

#1: An employee of the Baghdad Province’s Council has been killed in an attack, launched by unknown gunmen using guns fixed with silencers, north of Baghdad on Tuesday, according to a security source. “A group of unknown gunmen, using guns fixed with silencers, have opened fire against an employee of Baghdad Province’s Council in northern Baghdad’s Aadhamiya district, killing him on the spot,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a civilian exploded and seriously wounded him in Adhamiya district, northern Baghdad, the interior ministry source said.

#3: A bomb exploded near the Al Taleea theatre in the Waziriya district of northern Baghdad, wounding two civilians, an interior ministry source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Attackers set off two car bombs next to a government compound Tuesday, then opened fire and took an unknown number of hostages, Iraqi officials said. Eight people were killed in the assault. There were conflicting reports about whether the situation had been brought under control in Baqouba. Gunmen first set off two car bombs near a gate protecting the government compound in Baqouba, 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, said Samira al-Shibli, a spokeswoman for the Diyala provincial council. The compound houses buildings including the provincial council headquarters and the governor's office. Two officials with the Diyala Operations Command said at least some of the gunmen made their way into the compound and one of the officials said the gunmen took hostages. One of the officials at the Diyala Operations Command said there were five gunmen: three were killed, one wounded and authorities were still searching for the fifth. However, a member of the Diyala provincial council said 10 gunmen had stormed into the compound.

#1: A U.S. Army patrol has been attacked by an explosive charge in the city of Kut, the center of southern Iraq’s Wassit Province on Monday, according to an Iraqi police source. “An explosive charge, planted by unknown gunmen at the northern entrance of the city of Kut, has blown up against a U.S. Army patrol, but losses were not known,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Police found the beheaded bodies of two civilians who were kidnapped five days ago in the town of Baaj, 375 km (235 miles) northwest of Baghdad, a police source said.

#1: An officer in the former Iraqi Army has been assassinated by unknown gunmen in northern Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday, an Iraqi police officer said. “A group of unknown gunmen have assassinated Brig-General, Abdul-Wahid Attiya, with a gun fixed with silencer in the city of Kirkuk on Monday,” the police officer told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Seven Nato oil supply tankers were destroyed in attacks by militants on Monday here in Torkham. Sources revealed that last evening an explosive device installed beneath a supply tanker of the allied forces went off in Torkham parking hub. The tanker caught fire that soon engulfed other three tankers parked nearby, sources in political administration and Khasadar force informed. No casualty was reported while the fire brigade and local political administration officials rushed to the scene and vacated the parking point to avoid further loss.

#2: A bomb planted on a bicycle wounded two people in the city of Quetta in southwestern Baluchistan province, police said.

DoD: Capt. Michael W. Newton

DoD: Lance Cpl. Joshua B. McDaniels

DoD: Lance Cpl. Sean M. N. O’Connor

DoD: Lance Cpl. Jason D. Hill

Fr. MoD: Lieutenant Matthew Gaudin

Fr. MoD: Master Corporal Lionel Knight


dancewater said...

CIA Role Suspected in 2003 Iraq Prison Homicide

dancewater said...

Two US Soldiers killed in Iraq

dancewater said...

Photo of the attack in Basra yesterday

Video report of the attack in Baquba today

dancewater said...

We are routinely bombing Yemen, now, on top of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Libya.

This country sure likes to murder people. The politicians of this country love blood! Especially innocent blood! Maybe Obama is a werewolf?