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

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

War News for Tuesday, August 02, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Monday, July 1st,

Reported security incidents

#1: “A group of unknown gunmen have attacked a joint Iraqi Army and Police patrol in central Baghdad’s al-Wathba Square,” the security source said, adding that the attack had injured an Iraqi soldier, who was driven to a nearby hospital for treatment.”

#2: In a separate incident, an explosive charge blew off against a U.S. Army patrol in east Baghdad’s Canal Street, causing damage to one of its vehicles,” the security source said, expecting that the blast could have caused human casualties among the patrol’s men.

#3: The Director of the Judicial Section in Iraq’s Electricity Ministry has escaped an assassination attempt by an explosive charge in southern Baghdad on Monday, according to a Ministry statement on Tuesday. “The Director of the Judicial Department in the Electricity Ministry, Ali Halim Hassan, has escaped an assassination attempt on Monday, when an explosive charge blew off under his personal car in west Baghdad’s Bayaa district,” the statement reported. The statement added that the explosion had injured 2 of his young sons, both less than 10 years old.

Diyala Prv:
#1: “A group of unknown gunmen have attacked a joint Police and Sahwa (Awakening) force checkpoint in al-Mansouriya village of Khanquin township, 155 km to the northeast of Baaquba, the center of Diala Province, on Tuesday, killing a civilian and 2 Sahwa elements,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: In another incident, the security source said that “a group of unknown armed men killed a civilian in al-Saadiya village of Khanqauin township as well.”

#1: A car bomb outside a Christian church wounded 23 people on Tuesday morning, police said, as security forces found and disabled vehicles packed with explosives outside two other parishes in northern Iraq. The bombing and the two averted attacks in the northern city of Kirkuk. The parish's leader, the Rev. Imad Yalda, was the only person inside at the time of the blast and was wounded. The 22 other wounded were people whose nearby homes were hit by the blast, said Kirkuk police chief Maj. Gen. Jamal Tahir.

#2: Following the blast at the Syrian Catholic church, police discovered two more car bombs parked outside the Christian Anglican church and the Mar Gourgis church, both in downtown Kirkuk.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber blew up his car outside a small residential hotel frequented by foreigners just after dawn Tuesday, killing four guards, as two other militants stormed the hotel in Kunduz city and engaged the Afghan police in a two-hour gunbattle. Four Afghan building guards were killed and 10 other people, including an Afghan policeman, were wounded, Sayedi said. Foreigners staying at the two-story hotel escaped through the rear of the building, he said. Sarwar Husseini, a provincial police spokesman, said German aid workers often stayed in the house, but that it was not clear who the foreigners staying there when the attack took place were. The Interior Ministry said the house was used by GIZ, a German development and assistance organization that contracts mostly with the German government.

#2: Intelligence officials say a roadside bomb has hit a vehicle carrying Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan border, killing two of them. The officials say the soldiers were patrolling near Ladha town in the South Waziristan tribal area on Tuesday when the attack occurred. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

DoD: Sgt. William B. Gross Paniagua