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

Monday, July 11, 2011

War News for Monday, July 11, 2011

The Danish military is reporting the death of a Danish ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an area west of Patrol Base Line in the Upper Gereshk valley, Helmand province Afghanistan on Sunday, July 10th. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, July 9th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 10th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 10th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non combat related injury somewhere in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, July 11th.


US moves toward Afghan guerrilla war


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Six rockets were Monday fired into the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad, reported state-run Iraqiya television. It added that the rockets had been launched from a neighbourhood south of the Iraqi capital. The attack caused no casualties, according to the report.

#2: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a member of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia exploded, seriously wounding him, in the Ghazaliya district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.


Kut:
#1: An Iraqi Army officer has been killed in an explosive charge blast under his car in southern Iraq’s city of Kut on Saturday night, a police source reported on Monday. “The victim, who was killed in a sticking bomb that blew off under his personal car on Saturday night had been a Lt-Brigadier in Iraq’s Defense Ministry,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Baiji:
#1: An Iraqi police officer, with a colonel rank in Salahal-Din’s Police Command, has been killed, a captain and a policeman, injured in a sticking bomb that blew up under their car north of Tikrit on Monday, a Salahal-Din security source reported. “An explosive charge, stuck under a police car in Beiji township, 40 km north of Tikrit, blew up on Monday morning, killing Police Colonel, Salam Juma’a, wounding a captain and a policeman, along with causing severe damage to the car,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.



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