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 30, 2011

War News for Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, August 30th.

Reported security incidents

#1: Three policemen on a foot patrol were killed by armed men in a speeding car in eastern Baghdad, according to hospital and police officials.

Two federal cops were killed and one wounded when they were attacked by unknown group with weapons equipped with silencers, security sources said here today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the attackers stormed in a federal police check point east of Baghdad, which led to the killings.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Five cops were injured in a bomb blast in the center of Baaquba, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that a bomb exploded in the main street of Baaquba city targeting a police patrol, which led to injuring five, including a captain.

#1: An Iraqi Kurdish journalist told AFP on Tuesday he was beaten with the butt of a pistol outside his office. Asos Hardi, the journalist who helped found two of the region's biggest independent newspapers, told AFP that he did not expect the police to catch his assailant, despite official pledges to bring him to justice. Hardi, who suffered six wounds to his head, said his attacker only left when two men saw what was happening and rushed to the scene.

#1: A woman and her daughter were hit by a bomb blast south of Kirkuk, security sources said here today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb was implanted in cemetery in Daqooq area, south Kirkuk, which led to the injuries.

#1: A parked car bomb killed an Iraqi soldier and wounded nine people, including a traffic policeman, when it went off in the northern outskirts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Police found the body of a young man with gunshot wounds to his head and chest in the western outskirts of Mosul, police said.

#3: A car exploded near a police center north west Mosul, with no casualties, as reported by a security source in the province. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the explosion was partial near Rabee'a police station, 120 km north west Mosul. This is the second car explosion in Mosul today.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A parked car bomb went off in the centre of Falluja city, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, targeting an Iraqi army patrol, wounding seven soldiers and nine civilians sitting in a nearby cafe, according to local police.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A total of 10 insurgents were killed and nine others captured when Afghan and NATO-led forces conducted joint operations in the country's eastern Ghazni and Wardak province, the NATO said on Tuesday. "A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed more than 10 insurgents and detained another nine during separate, overnight searches targeting a Haqqani network attack cell in eastern Afghanistan," said a statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

#2: A remote controlled mine on Monday wounded two policemen and two civilians in the northern Kunduz province, regional police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said. He added that the mine had targeted a police vehicle.

DoD: Spc. Douglas J. Green