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, August 11, 2011

War News for Thursday, August 11, 2011


NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, August 10th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of five ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, August 11th.


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Two members of the Churches Protection Force were wounded by shots from gunmen using weapons with silencers in the center of Baghdad, security sources reported today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the two members were wounded and rushed to a nearby hospital.

#2: Two Katusha rockets fell on west Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Wednesday, but losses were not known, a security source reported. “Two Katusha rockets fell on the Green Zone, but losses were not known,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Kut:
#1: An employee in southern Iraq’s Sunni Waqf (Endowment) has been killed in Kut, the center of southern Iraq’s Wassit Province on Wednesday, a security source reported. “A group of unknown armed men have opened machinegun fire against an employee of the Sunni Waqf (Endowment) in Kut city, killing him on the spot, whilst the armed men fled to an unknown destination,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Hilla:
#1: Police found the body of a man with gunshot wounds on Wednesday in southern Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, a local police source said.


Taji:
#1: A parked car bomb wounded six passers-by when it went off in the town of Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.


Suliamaniya:
#1: An explosion took place in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan city of Sulaimaniya on Wednesday night, wounding 2 civilians and causing material damage, a city police source reported on Thursday. “An explosion took place in a small shop, selling chicken in Kurdistan Region’s central Sulaimaniya’s Mowlawi street on Wednesday night, wounding two persons, one of whom had lost one of his legs,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said the blast was caused by a TNT explosion, for which its case was sent to the special security forces for investigation, giving no further details.


Kirkuk:
#1: A policeman has been injured in 2 explosive charges blasts south of north Iraq’s oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Wednesday night. “Two explosive charges blew off on Wednesday night, shortly before the arrival of anti-explosive experts to dismantle the explosives,” Col. Shirzad Mofry told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said the explosions caused the injury of an Emergency Police element and damaged several houses close to the venue of the blasts.

#2: Police found the body of a man with stab wounds on Wednesday in western Kirkuk, a police source in Kirkuk's operations centre said.


Mosul:
#1: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol wounded a child on Wednesday in northern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source in Nineveh province said.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi police patrol wounded one policeman on Wednesday in western Mosul, a police source in Nineveh said.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: An Iraqi civilian has been seriously injured in an explosive charge blast under his car in Rawa township in west Iraq’s Anbar Province on Wednesday, a police source reported. “An explosive charge blew off on Wednesday night under a civilian car close to a trade compound in Rawa township, 260 km to the west of Ramadi, the center of Anbar Province, seriously injuring its driver, who was driven to a nearby hospital and causing severe damage to his car,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Four Iraqis, including 2 soldiers, have been injured in a hand-grenade, tossed by an armed man at the center of Falluja city in west Iraq’s Anbar Province on Wednesday, a security source reported. “An unknown armed man have tossed a hand-grenade on an Iraqi Army patrol in central Falluja’s Golan district on Wednesday, wounding 4 persons, among them 2 of the patrol’s soldiers,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded eight people, including one soldier, on Wednesday, in Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, a police source in Falluja said.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A female suicide attacker and a handcart bomb targeted Pakistani police on Thursday, killing seven people in the first deadly attacks to hit the northwest during Ramadan, officials said. The city of Peshawar, where the bombs struck. Dozens were wounded in Thursday’s attacks, carried out several hours apart in the Lahori Gate area of Peshawar. “This was a female suicide bomber aged around 17 or 18 who threw a hand grenade on the police checkpost, 20 metres away from the site of the first blast, and then blew herself up,” police official Shafqat Malik told AFP. “Her vest did not explode completely. She was killed and another woman was also killed and three policemen were injured,” Malik said.





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