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

Friday, August 26, 2011

War News for Friday, August 26, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, August 25th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, August 25th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, August 25th.

Reported security incidents

#1: In Baghdad, a car bomb killing one passer-by and wounded 17 other people as an Iraqi army convoy drove by al-Mustansiriya University in a Shiite neighborhood. A Baghdad policeman said 11 soldiers were among the wounded. Cars parked along the street were also damaged in Thursday's explosion.

Jbela (?): Gunmen in a car opened fire on a car carrying Thamir Ubaid, the former head of Jbela municipal council, killing him, his son and his uncle, and wounding one other relative, a local police source said. The source said the incident occurred late on Thursday in Jbela, 65 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad

#1: The office of Armed Forces General Commander Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki denied reports saying that Iraqi territories were used to launch attacks on Kuwaiti Mubarak Port, a source told Alsumaria. Security sources in Basra Province revealed on Thursday that unknown gunmen launched three missiles from inside Iraqi territories on the project’s site in Kuwaiti Boubyan Island. The missiles landed in Gulf waters, the sources reported. Kuwait on the other hand did not report any missile attack from Iraq.

#2: In the southern city of Basra, a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a Shiite mosque, said Ayad al-Emarah, press secretary for the Basra provincial governor. Four worshippers died and another 50 were injured, said hospital and morgue officials.

#1: Earlier in the day, a roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army checkpoint in eastern Mosul, police said. One soldier died in the afternoon blast in the city that was once an al-Qaida hotbed.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen attacked a police station Thursday in the town of Karmah, about 50 miles west of Baghdad. After exchanging gunfire with the policemen, the gunmen withdrew and a car bomb exploded near the police station, killing five of the police officers, Iraqi police and hospital officials said.

#2: update - About 30 minutes later, a parked car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint in a village outside of Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad. Three policemen and one civilian were killed in the second attack, officials said.

#3: A car driven by a suicide attacker exploded at a police checkpoint, killing four policemen and wounding five others in southern Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#4: The Commander of Iraq’s 7th Army Division has escaped an assassination attempt, in an explosive charge blast against his motorcade in west Iraq’s Anbar Province, killing his driver and wounding two of his bodyguards, a security source reported. “An explosive charge blew off against the motorcade of the 7th Army Commander of the Iraqi Army, Maj-General Ismail al-Duleimy, on the main road between west Iraq’s Anbar Province, connecting its towns of Hit and Qaim, killing his driver and wounding two of his bodyguards,” the security source stressed.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Six Afghan civilians from the same family were killed by a coalition air strike in the insurgent-hit east of the country, local officials said Friday. A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said he could not confirm civilians were killed but that several insurgents were among the dead in the operation at around midnight Thursday in Logar province. Logar provincial police chief Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewani said the operation targeted a Taliban commander with a bounty on his head known as Qari Hijran and had also killed civilians. "Four Taliban militants were killed along with three Afghan army and six members of a family during the incident," he said.

#2: A women was killed and five other civilians were injured on Friday when a blast rocked Herat, the capital city of Herat province, 640 km west of Kabul, police said. "A quantity of explosive materials were placed in a hand cart which left by a suspect near the entrance gate of provincial police department and was detonated by a remote-control device at around 11:00 a.m. local time Friday," Ghulam Faruq Kohistani, head of criminal investigation department of Herat police told Xinhua.

#3: Earlier Friday, an army officer and three of his family members, all women, were injured when a roadside bomb targeted an army vehicle in country's northern Baghlan province.

#4: Five Pakistani nationals, including a woman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan’s volatile eastern Paktia province on August 14, were found dead on Thursday. An Afghan journalist in Paktia, Ihsanulah Mahjoor, told The Express Tribune via phone that bodies of the five Pakistanis were found in Jani Khel district. They were kidnapped a week ago from Samankani, a district bordering Pakistan on their way to Parachinar. Family members of the victims earlier this week had said that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs6 million.

#5: At least two laborers have been killed and four others injured in an incident of firing took place in the provincial capital night. “Three armed men entered into a bakery located in Chaman Housing Scheme and opened fire at the laborers working in the bakery,” police sources told APP. As a result of firing, six laborers sustained serious wounds. Two of the laborers succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital.

#6: Meanwhile at least three people have been killed and two others injured when an oil tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan fell on a car in Qila Abdullah Chaman district on Thursday. “The NATO fuel tanker fell on the car near Saranan area lying between Quetta and Chaman on national highway,” police said. The Levies Force rushed to the scene and rescued the injured. The dead include man and his wife and their one relative.

#7: A US surveillance drone crashed near Frontier Corps (FC) Cantonment in Chaman, a bordering town near Afghanistan on Thursday. Frontier Corps officials, while confirming the crash of US unmanned plane, said it was Unarmed Aerial Vehicle (UAV) measuring 4 meter wide and 3 meters long having two cameras and fell 300 meters east of Frontier Corps Balochistan fort. They say that the site of the crash was approximately 2 Kilometres inside Pakistani territory. The officials also confirmed that American UAV had been doing surveillance over Pak-Afghan border areas for about an hour, but crashed due to technical fault. However, they denied that Pakistani forces shot US pilot aircraft,