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 18, 2011

War News for Monday, July 18, 2011

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from an apparent attack from an ANA soldier small arms fire/gunshot wounds in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday, July 16th. Here's the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from unreported combat causes in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, July 15th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, July 16th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, July 17th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of three ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, July 18th.

Reported security incidents

Al Rashad:
#1: A pro-government Sahwa (Awakening) element has been killed and another injured in an explosive charge blast south of northern Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Monday, a police director reported. “An explosive charge blew off on Monday morning against a checkpoint of al-Sahwa (Awakening) Force in al-Rashad township, 35 km to the southwest of Kirkuk,” Lt-Brigadier Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, killing an al-Sahwa element and wounding another.

#1: Two cops were killed and one injured in an attack against a checkpoint west of Mosul, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the two cops were killed and a third one was gravely wounded when unknown gunmen attacked the check point west of Mosul.

#2: A security source in Ninewa province said today that a man and a woman were killed in bomb blast mid of Mosul. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb exploded in Cornish street, mid of the city, which led to their death.

#3: Iraq’s police forces have killed 3 armed men and arrested 3 others, east of the city of Mosul, the center of north Iraq’s Ninewa Province on Monday, a Ninewa security source reported. “A Ninewa police force have killed three armed men and detained three others, in west Mosul’s al-Shuhadaa district early on Monday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Iran has taken “full control” of three camps of the Iranian Kurdish rebel PJAK movement inside neighbouring Iraq, a commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards told the official IRNA news agency on Monday. “All the three camps on Iraqi soil that were backing the terrorist group have fallen under our control and we have full control of the area,” said Colonel Delavar Ranjbarzadeh, who commands Revolutionary Guards in the northwestern Iran border town of Sardasht. He added that operations launched on Saturday inside Iraq were still continuing in other areas but he did not give more details. Ranjbarzadeh added that a member of the Revolutionary Guards was killed in the fighting and three others wounded and that “many anti-revolutionary and PJAK terrorist members were (also) killed.”

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: One of Afghan President Hamid Karzai's senior advisers has been killed by militants in an attack on his home in Kabul. Police said two gunmen strapped with explosives stormed Jan Mohammad Khan's house murdering him and local politician Hasham Atanwal. Officers killed one of the attackers before he could detonate his explosives. The other one blew himself up shortly after dawn after barricading himself in the house. Jan Mohammed Khan was an adviser to Mr Karzai on tribal issues and was close to the president, a fellow Pashtun.

#2: At least six civilians have been killed and several others injured in the latest US-led airstrike in Afghanistan's southeastern Logar Province. The province's spokesman Din Mohammad Darvish confirmed the airstrike and the fatalities, saying that six people were also injured in the attack on Sunday evening, a Press TV correspondent reported Monday. However, local residents put the number of the wounded civilians at 11, saying that all those killed and injured were tribesmen. NATO has confirmed carrying out the Sunday airstrike, saying that “four militants” have been killed in the attack.

#3: Finnish soldiers came under fire in Afghanistan on Saturday while patrolling with Afghani security forces 50 kilometres from the city of Mazar-i-Sharif. No one was injured in the attack, according to the Finnish Defence Forces. The Finnish troops were attacked twice with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms, and returned fire.

#4: Gunmen killed a NATO oil supply tanker driver on Sunday after opening fire on supply trucks heading to Afghanistan from Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, officials said. The attackers on motorcycles opened fire on the convoy of NATO trucks in Dasht district, some 35 kilometers from Quetta, the provincial capital, they said, adding that a driver of one NATO supply truck was killed and all the other drivers and their helpers remained safe. Two NATO oil tankers were destroyed during the attack and the gunmen escaped after the incident.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Wyatt A. Goldsmith

DoD: Sgt. Lex L. Lewis

DoD: Spc. Frank R. Gross


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