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

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

War News for Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Afghan nation-building programs not sustainable, report says

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded four people, including two policemen, in central Baghdad's Karrada district, an interior ministry source said.

#2: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a government employee exploded, wounding him and two passers-by in the Binoog district of northern Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

#3: Gunmen using silenced weapons attacked Interior Ministry Colonel Mussab Kamil and his family, wounding the colonel and his wife and killing their son in the Jamiaa district of western Baghdad, the interior ministry source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A Police officer, with Lt.- Brigadier rank has been killed in a sticking bomb that blew off under his military vehicle in northeast Iraq’s Diala Province on Tuesday, a Diala security source said. “A sticking bomb, planted under an Army vehicle, carrying Diala Province’s Hibib town’s Police Directorate, Lt. Brigadier, Mahdi al-Obeidy, blew off to kill him on the spot and seriously wounding his driver,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Unknown gunmen killed a civilian in northern Baaquba, Diyala, a police source said. Two suspects were arrested thought to be involved in the incident, a source told Alsumaria.

Nafaq al Shorta:
#1: Unknown gunmen killed as well an employee at the Defense Ministry in Nafaq Al Shorta

#1: An explosive charge blew off against a U.S. Army patrol in western Iraq’s Province of Babel on Tuesday, but losses were not known, a Babel security source said. “An explosive charge, planted on the highway passing through northern Hilla, the center of Babel Province, blew off against a U.S. Army patrol on Tuesday,” the security source said. He added that the American forces “began to shoot in the air,” and eyewitnesses said they saw columns of smoke coming out from the venue of the explosion.

#1: A roadside bomb killed a member of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia when it exploded near a Sahwa-run checkpoint in the town of Rashad, near Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to an off-duty policeman's car exploded and killed him in central Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1-2: US missiles have killed 23 suspected militants in an attack on a compound in a tribal region near the Afghan border. The strikes occurred within minutes of each other, Pakistani intelligence officials said. One missile hit a vehicle carrying five men, while the other struck a nearby compound, killing 18 people in the Shawal area, which lies along the border that separates the South and North Waziristan tribal regions.

#2: DynCorp International is deeply saddened by the loss of team member Brett Benton, 37, of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, who was killed on June 4, 2011 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle near Alingar District, Laghman Province, Afghanistan. Mr. Benton joined the mission in May 2011, to assist in mentoring and training the Afghan National Police, following more than a decade of law enforcement service in Kentucky.

#3: At least seven oil tankers, supplying fuel to Nato forces in Afghanistan, were destroyed in a bomb blast near Torkham border in Khyber Agency on Tuesday, sources said. They said that the vehicles were parked at a parking lot near the border when a magnet bomb planted at a tanker exploded in the afternoon. The blast caused a huge fire, which engulfed six other oil tankers parked in the area. “The fire was so huge that it was impossible for us to control it on time,” said a khadadar.

MoD: Rifleman Martin Jon Lamb

DoD: Sgt. Christopher R. Bell

DoD: Sgt. Joshua D. Powell

DoD: Spc. Devin A. Snyder

DoD: Pfc. Robert L. Voakes Jr.

DoD: Chief Warrant OfficerKenneth R. White

DoD: Chief Warrant Officer Bradley J. Gaudet

DoD: Sgt. Joseph M. Garrison