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

Monday, September 5, 2011

War News for Monday, September 05, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 3rd.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED blast in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 3rd.

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb targeting the convoy of Baghdad Security Operations Commander in Chief, Lieutenant General Ahmed Hashim, wounded three passers-by when it blew up in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: Two Iraqi civilians have been detained in a US air-landing in northern Nasiriya, the center of southern Iraq’s Thi-Qar Province on Sunday, a Thi-Qar official reported. Nassiriya city had witnessed broad US air activity by warplanes and helicopters, that flew on low altitudes over the city.

Northern Iraq:
#1: Iran's Revolutionary Guard soldiers have killed at least 30 members of Kurdish opposition group in fighting near the Iraqi border, a senior military official said Monday. Col. Hamid Ahmadi was quoted by state TV as saying that 40 other members of the Iranian Kurdish group PEJAK were injured during fierce clashes outside the border city of Sardasht.

One woman was killed and two other people were wounded late on Sunday by Iranian artillery shelling near the Iraqi border town of Siydah Khan, north of Arbil, 310 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, Kirmange Azat Sulaiman, the district's mayor, said.

#1: An officer of north Iraq Kirkuk city’s Emergency Police, has escaped an assassination attempt by a booby-trapped car explosion against his motorcade on Monday, a Kirkuk Police Director reported. “Colonel Orhan Haider, the Commander of Kirkuk’s Emergency Police, has escaped an assassination attempt, when a booby-trapped car blew up against his motorcade while on his way for his office on the main Kirkuk highway leading to Baghdad,” Lt. Brigadier, Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Qader said that the attacked officer was not hurt

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide bomber killed two private security guards and wounded 21 others on Sunday in Afghanistan after attacking a convoy headed for Nato troops in the country. The explosion happened in the southern province of Kandahar, local officials said, adding the security guards were escorting the logistics convoy destined for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). "The attack took place around 6:30 pm, a suicide attacker detonated his car loaded with explosives near the private security firm," Zalmay Ayoubi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar, told AFP. "He targeted the logistic convoy. As a result, two people were killed and 21 injured." Ayoubi named the security company as Afghanistan Naween and said the attack happened close to the firm's premises. All the dead and injured belonged to the security firm with the exception of one of the wounded, who was a civilian, Ayoubi said.

#2: A minor girl sustained injuries while several animals were killed when Pakistani militants based in Afghanistan fired missiles and rockets on the border Sappari village in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency on Sunday, tribal and official sources said. The sources said the militants first intruded Pakistani territory and then started firing missiles and rockets on Sappari village in the Mamond subdivision.

#3: Unknown armed men shot and killed a senior police officer in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand province 555 km south of capital city of Kabul, a spokesman for provincial government said on Sunday. The police officer named Abdul Haleem who serves as police commander of Afghan Local Police Force (ALP) in Helmand’s Marjah district, was attacked by two suspected militants at around 05:00 p.m. local time on Saturday in Kariz area of provincial capital Lashkar Gah,” Daud Ahmadi said.

#4: Five civilians were killed when their car hit a roadside bomb in Qaisar district of northern Faryab province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

#5: Afghan security forces killed eight insurgents during operations in central and eastern parts of the country, the Interior Ministry said.

#6: At least seven suspected militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike late Sunday night in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan, reported local Urdu TV channel Ajj. No more details are immediately available.

DoD: Spc. Christopher J. Scott