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, August 29, 2011

War News for Monday, August 29, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, August 27th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, August 28th.

NATO is reporting the death of another ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, August 28th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, August 28th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: A suicide bomber blew himself up inside Baghdad's largest Sunni mosque Sunday night, killing 29 people during prayers. Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, a spokesman for Baghdad's military operations command, confirmed the bombing happened inside the Um al-Qura mosque during prayers in the western Baghdad neighborhood of al-Jamiaah. The blue-domed building is the largest Sunni mosque in Baghdad.

#2: A roadside bomb went off and wounded five people, including two policemen, in the Zaafaraniya district of south-eastern Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: A parked car bomb blew up near a mosque in south-western Baghdad late on Sunday, killing one person and wounding eight others, an Interior Ministry source said.


Diyala Prv:
#1: Two cops were killed and two wounded due to an armed attack in the center of Baaquba city, Diala province security sources said here today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that an armed group attacked Monday morning a police check point in mid of the city and shot them which led to two killings and two wounded cops.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Security forces had killed 12 Taliban militants in Helmand province 555 km south of capital city Kabul on Sunday, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said Monday. "Security forces came in contact with a group of armed Taliban rebels in Washir district on Sunday during which 12 insurgents were killed," Ahmadi told Xinhua. A Taliban commander Mullah Salam sustained injuries during the fighting, he said. There were no casualties on the troops, he emphasized.

#2: Three militants were killed when a roadside bomb they were planting exploded in the eastern Paktika province on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

#3: Afghan security forces and ISAF troops killed an insurgent in northern Kunduz province on Sunday, the coalition said in a statement.

#4: Afghan forces and ISAF troops killed six insurgents overnight in central Ghazni province, regional governor spokesman Mahrof Ayoubi said

#5: A government health worker and his driver were killed Sunday in a roadside bomb blast in northern Afghanistan, officials said. Dr. Ahmad Jawed Karim and his driver hit an explosive as they were driving in Takhar provinc's Dahana Sangi district, the health ministry said in a statement.


DoD: Pfc. Brandon S. Mullins

DoD: Pfc. Jesse W. Dietrich

DoD: Spc. Michael C. Roberts

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