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 30, 2011

War News for Friday, September 30, 2011

Forbes News is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier from an indirect fire/mortar attack in an undisclosed location in northern Iraq on Thursday, September 29th as according to U.S. military officials. We are waiting for military confirmation before adding this to our count.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in Wardak province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 28th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of Three ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 28th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, September 28th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 29th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of Three ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, September 29th.


NZSAS Afghanistan - Death of a trooper: Release 1


US-led coalition: Afghan insurgent attacks falling -- International forces in Afghanistan released new data Thursday showing violence trending downward in their favor, only a day after the U.N. reported considerably more clashes and other attacks per month than last year.

Press Freedoms Observatory condemns detention of TV Channel’s reporter

Two soldiers killed in PKK attack in southeast Turkey


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons opened fire at a car, killing an interior ministry official and wounding his driver in Baghdad's northeastern Palestine Street, an interior ministry source said.

#2: Gunmen on a motorcycle, using silenced weapons, opened fire at an Iraqi police patrol, killing a police major and wounding a policeman in Baghdad's northern Waziriya district, police and hospital sources said.

#3: Gunmen in a speeding car, using silenced weapons, opened fire at an Iraqi army checkpoint, wounding a soldier in Baghdad's northern Waziriya district late on Wednesday, a police source said.

#4: Five civilians have been injured in 2 explosive charges blasts in southeast Baghdad on Friday, a security source reported. “Two explosive charges blew up on Friday morning close to a shop selling construction materials in the compound of southeast Baghdad’s Zaafaraniya district.


Tarmiya:
#1: Two mortar rounds landed at an Iraqi army base, killing a soldier and wounding two others in Tarmiya, 25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad, an army source said.


Al Riyadh:
#1: “An explosive charge blew up on Thursday night in a car, close to al-Riyadh township, 45 km to the southwest of Kirkuk, wounding all its 5 passengers belonging to one family, including 3 children,” Lt-Brigadier, Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1-2: Five Australian soldiers were Wounded in Action as a result of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts during two separate incidents in Uruzgan Province on 23 and 25 September 2011. On Friday 23 September, three soldiers from Mentoring Task Force – Three (MTF-3) were wounded when their Protected Mobility Vehicle (PMV) struck an IED during a partnered Mentoring Task Force – Three (MTF-3) and Afghan National Army (ANA) resupply mission in the Karmisan Valley.

On Sunday 25 September, two soldiers were wounded as a result of an IED blast while conducting a partnered MTF-3 and ANA foot patrol in the Mirabad Valley.

#3: A US drone Friday killed at least two suspected militants when it fired missiles on a vehicle in South Waziristan area bordering Afghanistan, security officials said. The strike took place at Baghar village of South Waziristan tribal district, two security officials said. "A US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle and at least two militants were killed," a senior security official told.

#4: One person was killed when a bomb disposal unit tried to defuse a bomb planted near a convoy of trucks carrying fuel through the Pakistani town of Chaman in the southwest to NATO forces in Afghanistan, a security official said.

#5: Two policewomen were killed early on Thursday when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle was detonated as a police vehicle drove past in western Herat province, the Interior Ministry said. A hospital official said a civilian was also killed and six others wounded, including a child.

#6: Afghan security forces and foreign troops killed 34 insurgents, wounded four and detained 36 more in 12 operations across 10 provinces, the Interior ministry said in a statement.

#7: A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up beside a convoy of ISAF troops in the southern province of Kandahar on Thursday morning, killing three civilians and wounding nine others, the provincial governor's spokesman said. ISAF declined to say if the servicemember who died after an insurgent attack had been travelling in that convoy, or had been targeted in a different incident.

#8: Afghan troops killed four insurgents during an operation in Kandahar, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

#9: A roadside bomb killed three Afghan soldiers in southern Uruzgan province, the ministry said on Thursday.

#10: Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces killed three insurgents during a clearing operation aimed at disrupting the Taliban's freedom of movement in the northern province of Kunduz on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.


DoD: Lance Cpl. Franklin N. Watson

DoD: Spc. Garrett A. Fant

DoD: 1st Lt. Ryan K. Iannelli

DoD: Lance Cpl. John R. Wimpey Cagle

NZ/DF: LCPL Leon Smith.

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