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

Friday, July 22, 2011

War News for Friday, July 22, 2011

Iraqi forces wary of major Baghdad attack

US supply to Afghanistan through Pakistan reduced to 35 per cent

Reported security incidents

#1: A gunman was killed in an attack on an Awakening Council group members in west of Baghdad on Wednesday, while a bomb explosion in western the capital wounded three people, the police said. Unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by members of a local Awakening Council group in Abu Ghraib area, some 20 km west of Baghdad, sparking a clash between the attackers and the group members, a local police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The attack resulted in the killing of a gunman and the capture of another, while a group member was also wounded by the clash, the source said.

#2: In a separate incident, a roadside bomb ripped through Amriyah district in western Baghdad wounded three people, an Interior Ministry source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A roadside bomb on the road leading to Al Jazira region near Al Miqdadiya District, northeastern Baaquba, targeted a police patrol and wounded four policemen.

#1: Unknown gunmen bombarded a residential house in Tarmiya District, northern Baghdad, on Thursday overnight. Wounding four people from the same family, a police source told Alsumarianews.

#1: Gunmen in a speeding car killed a government employee in front of his house in northern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunman threw a hand grenade at an Iraqi army checkpoint in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, late on Wednesday, killing one soldier, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The U.S.-led coalition says more than 50 insurgents have been killed in a military operation at a foreign fighter encampment in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement Friday, NATO says the camp in the Sar Rawza district of Paktika province is a staging area for foreign militants and members of Haqqani, an insurgent network affiliated with the Taliban and al-Qaida. The coalition says the fighters were moved into Afghanistan by Haqqani insurgents who planned to use them for attacks throughout the country. The coalition says that after getting tips about the camp, coalition forces, including Afghan special forces, battled heavily armed insurgents Thursday night and into Friday. The insurgents fought from several sites, including caves and fortified bunkers.

#2: An early warning defence system at the multinational military base at Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, has saved Australian solders in a rocket attack. Australia's Defence Ministry says three rockets were fired at the base but the counter-rocket, artillery and mortar warning system meant people had time to take cover. One of the rockets hit accommodation housing Australian troops but they were not hurt. The Defence Ministry said the rocket exploded on the roof but it did not penetrate the building. One soldier who is not Australian was treated for concussion.

#3: Two people were killed and five others injured in yet another cross-border incursion by Afghan based militants in Bandagai area in Bajaur Agency on Thursday, tribal and official sources said. The militants fired seven mortar shells into Bandagai village in the Mamond tehsil of Bajaur tribal region, sources said, adding that some of the mortar shells fell on houses and killed two persons, including a woman. Five persons, including children and women, were injured in the incident. The injured people were taken to Agency Headquarters Hospital in Khar.

#4: Three Afghan civilians have been killed in a night raid carried out by US-led forces in Afghanistan's eastern province of Wardak. Residents of the city of Sayed Abad said foreign troops attacked a home on Thursday night, killing a father and two of his sons, a Press TV correspondent reported.

#5: A roadside bomb hit the vehicle of a pro-government tribal leader in the Dera Bugti district of the southwestern Baluchistan province, wounding four, police said.

DoD: Staff Sgt. James M. Christen

DoD: Sgt. Jacob Molina

DoD: Sgt. Omar A. Jones


Anonymous said...

Dear Editors, can we have some posts from lybia???

Keep it up thow

Jorge from Brasil

whisker said...

I'm not going to get into following with the idiocy going on in Libya.

dancewater said...

So is it really possible that we will abandon thousands of Iraqis who risked their lives to help American troops and civilians but now face a grave threat of being killed as "collaborators"?

The short answer is yes.

And the long answer is yes, too.

dancewater said...

Claims by a senior Obama administration official that there hasn’t been a single collateral (civilian) death in drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2010 were found to be untrue following a detailed investigation by the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ).

The number of murdered civilians by US drones is known only to God. I hope these murderous criminals face justice one day, but I guess that is up to God also.

dancewater said...

A man doing really brave work:

London exhibition shows horrors of US drone attacks on Pakistan

Introducing the exhibition on Thursday night, Reprieve founder Clive Stafford Smith and Pakistani human rights lawyer Mirza Shahzad Akbar condemned the unmanned aircraft firing missiles in the North Waziristan region, which have resulted in more than 2,200 deaths, mostly innocent civilians.

Preliminary investigation by Reprieve human rights group suggests that the number of innocent victims may be far higher, and that contrary to American claims, the likelihood of the US hitting its intended “high-value terrorist” is low.

“Without doubt, the victims include a significant number of women and children,” said the London-based organisation which defends the human rights of prisoners from death row to Guantanamo.

To highlight the dangers of the attacks carried out by US soldiers and CIA civilians 13,000 km into a novel form of videogame warfare, Reprieve is promoting a new project “Bugsplat” the official term used by the US authorities when human beings are successfully killed with drone missiles.

dancewater said...

Over 1,400 arrests for anti-war protesters in the last two years.

There are far, far more anti-war protests than there are tea-bagger bullshit protests.