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

Friday, September 9, 2011

War News for Friday, September 09, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Spc. Kevin R. Shumaker died from a non-combat related illness presumably in a hospital in New York state on Wednesday, August 31st. News reports that he contracted rabies somewhere overseas. He was supporting OAF.

The DoD is reporting another new death unreported by the military. Cmdr. James K. Crawford died from a non-combat related incident in Manama, Bahrain on Wednesday, September 7th. News reports he suffered a heart attack while working out and could not be revived. He was supporting OND (Iraq).

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Friday, September 9th.

Kuwait may host US Iraq backup force

Nato-led forces killed BBC reporter in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi police checkpoint, killing one policeman and wounding two others, in Baghdad's southwestern Amil district late on Thursday, police and hospital sources said.

#2: Armed men using silenced weapons broke into a foreign exchange shop late on Thursday and killed the owner before fleeing with money in Baghdad's eastern Ghadir district, police said.

#3: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead Hadi al-Mehdi, an Iraqi radio journalist, at his house in Baghdad's central Karrada district late on Thursday, police said.

#1: Gunmen killed a civilian while he was shopping in a commercial centre in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source in Nineveh province said.

#2: A roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi army patrol, seriously wounding a soldier in western Mosul, a police source in Nineveh province said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: In Kabul, the Defence Ministry announced that a roadside bomb in eastern Khost province killed five Afghan soldiers on Wednesday. The ministry gave no other details.

#2: The police chief for Afghanistan’s western regions, Zia Uddin Mahmoodi, said the Turkish engineer died working on road construction projects in western Herat Province’s Adraskan district when his vehicle hit a bomb. Two of his bodyguards were wounded.

#3: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed 12 insurgents and detained four in an operation in Sirkanai district of eastern Kunar province on Friday, Ewaz Mohammad Nazir, the police chief for Kunar, said.

#4: A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb inside the Sangin district governor's compound in southern Helmand province on Thursday killing seven people, the Helmand provincial governor said in a statement. Four of the victims were civilians.

#5: A U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing seven militants, intelligence officials said. The missiles hit a compound near an Islamic seminary set up by a veteran Afghan mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, whose son now leads one of the Taliban factions fighting U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan.

#6: A U.S. drone targeted a car carrying militants about 40 km (25 miles) west of the region's main town of Miranshah, killing four militants, security officials said.

#7: A bomb blast killed two people and wounded six in southwestern Baluchistan where for decades nationalists have waged a low-level insurgency for greater autonomy and a bigger share in income from province's natural resources.

#8: A suspected U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles into Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border early on Thursday, killing at least four militants, local intelligence officials said. The attack raised the death toll to 19 in four such strikes in the region in less than 24 hours.

DoD: Spc. Kevin R. Shumaker

DoD: Cmdr. James K. Crawford