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 16, 2011

War News for Friday, September 16, 2011

Soldier, 21, killed during training exercise for Afghanistan

US threatens Pakistan with sanctions over Iran gas pipeline deal

Azerbaijani crashed plane's initial version announced - The remains of crew members of the Azerbaijani aircraft, owned by Silk Way Company and crashed in Afghanistan, were not found. They are considered as missing


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Iraqi security forces found two bodies with bullet wounds in Baghdad's southern Doura district late on Thursday, an interior ministry source said. The source said the deceased were Iranians.

#2: Gunmen using silenced weapons opened fire at a police patrol, killing two policemen and wounding two others in Baghdad's southern Doura district late on Thursday, an interior ministry source said.

#3: An Iraqi civilian has been killed in an explosive charge blast under his car in a west Baghdad district on Thursday, a security source reported. “An explosive charge blew off under a civilian car in al-Bakriya area of west Baghdad’s Ghazaliya district, killing its driver,”


Mosul:
#1: Two roadside bombs targeting a police patrol exploded in quick succession and wounded nine policemen in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad late on Thursday, a police source in Nineveh province said.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded one soldier in northern Mosul late on Thursday, a police source in Nineveh province said.

#3: The body of a man with bullet wounds was found in western Mosul late on Thursday, a police source in Nineveh province said



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The death toll from a suicide bombing at a funeral in Pakistan's northwest climbed to 40 on Friday, police said. No one has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack on the funeral of a pro-government tribesman in Lower Dir district near the Afghan border, where Taleban militants have carried out numerous attacks in recent years. More people succumbed to their wounds overnight, raising the death toll to 40, with 68 wounded, police official Saleem Marwat told Reuters.

#2: Five policemen were killed when insurgents in Qarabagh district of eastern Ghazni province attacked their vehicle on Thursday, provincial police chief Delawar Zahid said.

#3: Insurgents in western Farah province burnt 15 trucks carrying supplies for coalition troops and killed the driver of one of them on Wednesday, Abdul Raoof Ahmadi, a police spokesman said. Five people were wounded.

#4: A road-side bomb struck a convoy of security forces in the Khyber region on the Afghan border, killing one soldier and wounding two, a senior government official said. The convoy was on a routine patrol.

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