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 23, 2011

War News for Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 23rd.

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead Baghdad University professor Dr. Hussein Kadhim and wounded his son in front of the professor's house in the Adil district of western Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Gunmen entered a house and killed a man and his three-year-old daughter in a town near Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Al Zab:
#1: Gunmen shot and wounded an employee of the Baiji oil refinery near his house in the town of al-Zab, near Kirkuk, police said.

#1: Gunmen shot and wounded a farmer in his house on the southwestern outskirts of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A gunman was killed and two policemen were wounded during clashes which erupted after a police force raided the home of the gunman in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen stormed a home on Monday in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, killing the homeowner and his son, a police source in Nineveh province said.

A tribal leader of the city of Mosul, the center of Ninewa, has been killed together with his son by unknown gunmen on Monday, a Mosul security source reported on Tuesday. “A group of unknown gunmen have broken through the house of Misha’al Mohammed Owayid, one of the Chieftains of al-Jugheifa Tribe west of Mosul, killing him and his son during their Iftar (Ramadan breakfast) on Monday evening,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Ninety to 100 Kurdish rebel fighters have been killed during Turkey's incursion on northern Iraq, the Turkish military said Tuesday. The military carried out more than 130 airstrikes and nearly 350 artillery strikes between last Wednesday and Monday in an offensive against fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in neighboring Iraq. Around 80 people have been wounded in the push, the military said. On Sunday night, a PKK spokesman said no rebels had been killed.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A roadside bomb exploded late on Monday, killing municipal council member Nofal al-Hity and his son and seriously wounding a third person, in the city of Hit, about 130 km (80 miles) west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two Germans have gone missing in Afghanistan north of the capital Kabul, the Afghan interior ministry and a provincial police chief said Tuesday, AFP reported. "We are aware that two Germans have gone missing somewhere between Baghlan and Parwan provinces. We are investigating the incident," said interior ministry spokesman Siddiq Siddiqui. The information was corroborated by Parwan police chief Sher Ahmad Maladani. The German embassy in Kabul was not immediately contactable.

#2: Taliban Mujahideen have torched more than 125 NATO oil tankers, both in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the past 3 days. Last Friday 50 NATO tankers were set on fire in the Pak-Afghan border region. NATO tankers were set ablaze in Nangarhar, Wardak, Logar, Ghazni and Zabul provinces of Afghanistan on Sunday. Also on Sunday 25 NATO oil tankers were torched by Taliban in Balochestan province near Afghan border.

#3: A suspected U.S. missile strike killed four alleged insurgents Monday in a militant stronghold near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said. The two officials said a pair of missiles hit a vehicle close to Mir Ali town in North Waziristan.

Au/DoD: Private Matthew Lambert