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, July 13, 2011

War News for Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, July 12th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, July 13th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Three Katusha rockets fell on the U.S. Embassy in west Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Tuesday, a security source reported. “Three Katusha rockets fell on the American Embassy in the Green Zone on Tuesday, but there had been no reports about human or material losses,” the security soruce told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A roadside bomb wounded a member of the government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia in central Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Three petrol filling stations have been burnt in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 2 civilians, injured 2 others and burning 5 mobile fuel tankers and other civilian cars, a security source reported. “The final result of the victims of three filling stations, burnt in Karbala city on Tuesday night had been 2 persons killed, 2 inured and 5 mobile tanks burnt, along with several civilian cars.

#1: An Iraqi soldier has been killed, while another soldier and a civilian were injured in an armed attack by unknown gunmen west of Mosul, the center of Ninewa Province on Tuesday, a Ninewa security source reported. “A group of armed men have launched an armed attack against an Iraqi Army checkpoint in west Mosul’s Agricultural Reform district, killing one soldier and wounding another soldier and a civilian,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A bomb exploded against the motorcade of an Afghan governor on Wednesday, as he made his way to the funeral of President Hamid Karzai’s brother. The attack wounded two Afghan troops, the government said. The governor was en route to join thousands of mourners in the Kandahar province. The governor of Helmand province, Gulab Mangal, and the provincial chief of intelligence were unhurt in the attack. The bomb was detonated by remote-control, wounding two nearby soldiers, the government’s office said.

#2: A roadside bomb explosion rocked Lalpur district in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Wednesday, leaving one police dead and six others injured, an official said. All the victims were personnel of Border Police Force, spokesman for provincial administration Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told Xinhua.

#3: There are also reports of another bomb attack in Wardak province. A car bomb went off at the front gate of a joint military base of Afghan and foreign soldiers. Afghan authorities have not commented on the second incident. However, the Taliban have claimed responsibility for the explosion, stating that it led to the killing of several foreign and Afghan troops.

#4: A NATO air strike left up to 12 civilians dead in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Tuesday, but the US-led foreign military said they had killed insurgents. NATO called in air strikes on two houses where suspected insurgents had gathered for a meeting, district police chief Bakhtiar Gul said. “Twelve civilians, including women and children, were killed last night when NATO planes targeted two houses,” he said, adding that the bodies of four Taliban insurgents had been recovered from the rubble. But provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said only that an “unknown” number of civilians were killed, along with seven Taliban. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they had killed “numerous” insurgents in the strike.

#5: Two women were killed and 12 other persons sustained injuries when two mortar shells fired from Afghanistan side land in a house in Gabir village in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday. Official sources confirmed that two mortar shells fired from Afghanistan side landed in a house in Gabir village, killing two women at the spot and wounding a dozen other people. The house hit by the mortar shells was also badly damaged.