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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

War News for Thursday, July 28, 2011

Reported security incidents

#1: Central Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone has come under a Katyusha rocket attack on Wednesday, but losses are not yet known, a Baghdad Security source reported. “A Katyusha rocket fell on the Green Zone in Central Baghdad on Wednesday, but losses were not known,” the Security Source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Four civilians and four cops have been injured in a booby-trapped car blast, close to an alcohol shop in northern Baghdad on Wednesday night, a security source reported on Thursday. “A booby-trapped car blew off close to an alcohol shop in northern Baghdad’s Waziriya district on Wednesday night, wounding 8 persons, including 4 policemen,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: : U.S. warplanes have raided a vehicle, parked east of Amara, the center of southern Iraq’s Missan Province on Tuesday, the Chairman of Missan’s Security & Defense Committee reported on Wednesday. “American warplanes on Tuesday night raided a pick-up vehicle, parked on a main street in Musharah township, 35 km to the east of Amara, completely destroying the vehicle, but causing no human casualties,” Sarhan al-Moussawi said. He added that his his committee has opened an investigation to learn the reasons behind the incident.

#1: A local official says a suicide bomber has blown himself up outside a bank in Saddam Hussein's hometown, killing 10 people and wounding about 30. Salahuddin provincial spokesman Mohammed al-Asi says Thursday's midmorning explosion occurred outside the state-run Rafidain bank in Tikrit, located 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad. Al-Asi says policemen who were picking up their monthly paychecks were among the casualties.

A roadside bomb and a suicide bomber struck a crowd of Iraqi soldiers outside a bank in the city of Tikrit, the capital of Salahudin province, on Thursday, killing and wounding dozens of people, a provincial police source told Xinhua. The attack took place before midday when a roadside bomb went off near a crowd of Iraqi soldiers gather outside the government- owned al-Rafidain Bank in central Tikrit to collect the salaries on behalf of their military units, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The semi-final result of two suicide explosions on Thursday morning in central Tikrit early has reached 15 killed, including 4 police and Army men and more than 38 wounded,” the medical source told Aswat al-Iraq

Irbil Prv:
#1: Iran said Wednesday two of its Revolutionary Guards and 21 rebels were killed in a clash between government forces and the PJAK rebel group.The website of Iran’s English language PressTV reported that two other Guards were injured in the fighting. Local media Wednesday reported Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have killed more than 50 PJAK rebels since beginning the assault nearly two weeks ago and will continue the operation until Iraq takes control of the region.

#1: A sticky bomb wounded a policeman late on Tuesday in eastern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Two Iraqi soldiers have been killed in an armed attack by a group of unknown gunmen, using guns fixed with silencers, in northern Iraq’s city of Mosul on Wednesday, a Ninewa security source reported on Thursday. “Two Iraqi soldiers have been killed by unknown gunmen, who opened fire on them by guns, fixed with silencers, in northern Mosul’s al-Had’ba district on Wednesday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said the two soldiers were in a checkpoint, when the gunmen opened fire on them, killing them on the spot and escaping to an unknown destination.

#2: An insurgent was killed and an Iraqi soldier wounded during clashes that erupted during a raid by an Iraqi army force in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, an intelligence source in Nineveh security operation centre said.

Anbar Prv:
#1: A car bomb that exploded in the center of Falluja today resulted in four casualties, police sources said. The source added that this the preliminary toll from the blast totals four civilians.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Officials say militants, including at least three suicide bombers, are fighting Afghan police in the southern Uruzgan province. Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says at least three attackers blew themselves up Thursday afternoon at a police headquarters building in the provincial capital of Tarin Kot. Provincial spokesman Milad Ahmad Mudasir says the attack caused casualties but it's not yet known how many. He says initial reports indicate that seven explosions occurred, but it's unclear what caused them.

Militants wielding guns and strapped with explosive devices attacked the governor's office and a police station on Thursday in Afghanistan's southern Uruzgan province, killing at least three people, officials said. The condition of governor Muhmmad Omar Sherzad was not immediately clear. At least 20 people were wounded, including three police officers, in a strike that occurred in the provincial capital of Trin Kowt. according to Khan Aga Miakhail, head of Uruzgan's regional department of health. The Taliban has taken credit for the attack, saying six insurgents penetrated the governor's headquarters and are currently embroiled in a firefight with government forces, according to Taliban spokesman Qari Ahmad Yousofi.

#2: Three Afghan civilians were killed by coalition service members on late Tuesday evening when their vehicle failed to stop in northeastern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Thursday. The shooting took place at around 10 p.m. local time on Tuesday in the Nejrab district of Kapisa province when a civilian vehicle was seen approaching the rear of an ISAF unit. That unit had been forced to stop on a road due to stones blocking the route.

#3: Unknown gunmen killed Haji Norani, the commander of an auxiliary police force in Marjah, an area in Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday evening, the governor of Marjah, Abdul Mutaleb, said. Norani was killed along with his son while visiting a village in neighbouring Lashkar Gah district of Helmand, he said. Noorani commanded a government-backed community police unit in Marjah, separate from Afghanistan's national police force and was a powerful man in Marjah, Mutaleb added.

#4: One policeman and a civilian were killed and two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb the police were trying to defuse exploded in Bolan area of Lashkar Gah district, deputy police chief for Helmand province, Mohammad Ismail Hotak, said.


dancewater said...

Two suicide bombers killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 30 in Iraq's Tikrit city as police and soldiers were collecting their salaries at a local bank, police and hospital officials said on Thursday.