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 27, 2011

War News for Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Reported security incidents

#1: Ali Air Base, used by the U.S. forces in southwestern Iraq’s city of Nassiriya has come under two Katusha rocket attack on Tuesday, but losses were not known, a Thi-Qar security source reported. eyewitnesses told Aswat al-Iraq that they saw 6 rockets launched from their area on Tuesday. Noteworthy is that a Katusha rocket on the same base early this week.

#1: A bomb exploded against a U.S. convoy in the north of Basra, police sources said here today. No casualties were reported.

#1: Security sources reported today that an officer in the pro-government Al-Sahwa (Awakening) forces was killed in front of his residence south of Kirkuk. Police Director General Sarhat Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq that unknown gunmen shot officer Hazim Sajit by machine guns in front of his house, which led to his death instantly.

#2: A roadside bomb went off, wounding a policeman in northern Kirkuk, police said.

#1: Unknown gunmen assassinated a female doctor today in Mosul, security sources reported today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that she was killed in her clinic in the middle of the city.

#2: The Iraqi Security Forces have dismantled an explosive charge, inside a car in a security area, close to northern Iraq’s Ninewa Province’s Operations Command, south of Mosul, the Chairman of the Province’s Security & Defense Committee reported on Wednesday. “A Team in Ninewa Operations Command has managed to dismantle an explosive charge, stuck under a car in al-Tayaran district, south of Mosul, on Tuesday” Abdul-Rahim al-Shimmary told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The mayor of Afghanistan's restive southern city of Kandahar was killed in a suicide bomb attack, the latest in a series of recent high-profile assassinations the Taliban have taken credit for. Ghulam Haidar was killed Wednesday while at a city hall meeting in the provincial capital, said Zalmai Ayoubi, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor's office. "The suicide attacker placed an explosive device in his turban and detonated it inside the city meeting hall," Ayoubi said. One civilian was also injured in the attack.

#2: Three children from the same family were killed and four others were injured in northern Afghanistan in a mortar attack allegedly carried out by militants, an official said Wednesday, dpa reported. A shell hit a civilian house on Tuesday night in the Chardarah district of the northern province of Kunduz, killing three children aged between 5 and 10 years and injuring four others, Abdul Momen Omarkhil, the district governor, said.

#3: A landmine blast killed a paramilitary soldier and wounded three in the Mohmand region on the Afghan border where Taliban militants are active, an intelligence official in the area said.

#4: A bomb struck a truck carrying fuel for foreign forces in Afghanistan in the northwestern Khyber region but caused no casualties.

#5: Ten Pakistani Taliban militants were killed in the tribal region of Kurram during clashes with tribesmen opposed to militant activity, government officials said. The fighting broke out after militants set fire to 10 abandoned houses used by tribesmen in the central Kurram region. There were no casualties reported.

#6: One child was killed when Afghan police carried out a "controlled" detonation of explosives in district five inside Kandahar city on Wednesday, the Kandahar governor's office said in a statement.

#7: Five civilians and two Afghan soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb in district nine of Kandahar city on Wednesday, the Kandahar governor's office said in a statement