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 12, 2011

War News for Monday, September 12, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 10th.

DNO says Tawke production back after pipeline down

Mass Grave in Iraqi Town Held Bodies of 40 Cabbies

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb wounded five people when it went off in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

Three Iraqi civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast against an alcohol-shop in central Baghdad on Monday, a security source reported. “An explosive charge blew off against an alcohol-selling shop in central Baghdad’s al-Nidhal Street on Monday, wounding 3 civilians and causing damage to the shop,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: At least 9 persons, among them 5 policemen, have been injured in an explosive charge blast against a police patrol in eastern Baghdad on Monday, a security source reported. “An explosive charge blew off against a police patrol in eastern Baghdad’s Baladiyat District, wounding 5 policemen and 4 civilians,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: The office of Baghdad’s Lord-Mayor has announced on Monday that one of its employees has been killed and two others injured in an explosive charge blast in east Baghdad’s Baladiyat (Municipalities) district on Monday, demanding the security authorities to protect its employees and their safety. “An explosive charge blew up in Baladiyat district on Monday, causing the death of a cleaning employee and seriously wounding two others, who were carrying out their daily work to serve the citizens of Baghdad,” a statement of the Lord-Mayor’s office reported.

#4: In a separate incident, gunmen shot dead a woman in the morning at a village near the city of Maqdadiyha, some 40 km northeast of Baquba, the source added.

#5: In addition, a member of a local Awakening Council group and a civilian were wounded when a roadside bomb went off near their minibus in the town of Buhrez near Baquba, he said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A roadside bomb wounded two people when it went off in the northeastern outskirts of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) northeast of Baghdad, police said.

Two policemen were wounded in a bomb explosion targeting a police checkpoint

#2: while a civilian was killed and another wounded in a bombing northeastern the city, a security source reported.

#1: Gunmen shot dead a government employee when they raided his house late on Saturday in Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb wounded two people when it went off in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Thi Qar Prv:
#1: An American Army patrol has become target for 3 explosive charges blasts in southern Iraq’s Thi-Qar Province, a Thi-Qar security source reported on Sunday. “Three explosive charges blew off against a US Army patrol that passed on the main road, connecting southern Iraq’s Missan and Thi-Qar Provinces, close to Qalat-Sikar township, 100 km to the north of Nassirya, the center of Thi-Qar Province on Sunday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A roadside bomb killed three people late on Saturday in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: Gunmen shot and wounded an off-duty guard at the Kirkuk Provincial Council building in southern Kirkuk, police said.

#2: Gunmen in a speeding car shot dead a civilian in the northwestern outskirts of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A US drone attack has killed at least two suspected militants in north-west Pakistan, intelligence officials say. The men were travelling in a vehicle in the Esokhel area of North Waziristan when the drone fired two missiles. Officials say the dead included Hafeezullah, a commander of the Haqqani militant network in the area, and a foreigner. The vehicle was completely destroyed.

#2: Six persons were killed and nine more injured when a passenger vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Karezgi area, Barmal district of Paktika province yesterday, a press release issued by the Paktika governor’s media office said.Six persons, including two women and four men, were killed and nine more, including a woman and eight men, injured in the incident, the press release said.

#3: the Kunduz police headquarters spokesman Syed Sarwar Hussaini told the AIP that four persons were killed when an IED went off on a vehicle of passengers in Gortipa area of Kunduz province late yesterday.However, a security official in the area told media that five persons, including three children, were killed in the incident.

#4: at least five civilians were killed when their car hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in northern Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, police said on Sunday. ”An ill-fated civlian car touched off an IED in Gur Tipa area on outskirt of Kunduz city at around 9 p.m. local time on Saturday.

#5: six civilians including two women were killed and seven others injured when their vehicle ran over a roadside bomb or IED in eastern Paktika province on Saturday.

#6: Insurgents in Nad-e Ali district of southern Helmand province killed the head of a school on Sunday, the Education Ministry said in a statement.

#7: Insurgents killed three policemen in Gulran district of eastern Herat province on Sunday, Nor Khan Nikzad a spokesman for Herat police chief, said.

#8: Unknown gunmen killed a member of the Ulema Council in Laskar Gah city of southern Helmand province on Sunday, said Dawood Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

#9: A suspected militant was killed when explosives he was trying to plant on a jeep went off in Rawalakot town in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, police said.

#10: A U.S. drone aircraft fired two missiles at a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border on Sunday, killing at least two militants, local intelligence officials said. The missiles struck the suspected militant hideout in Datta Khel village, 30 km (20 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, known as a hotbed of Taliban and al Qaeda militants.

Casualty Reports:
John Coker Jr., a 2001 Muskogee High School graduate and a sergeant in the National Guard, was wounded while on duty in Afghanistan over the weekend. Stacy Coker, Coker’s mother, said her son was shot in both legs and the pelvis. One of his legs was crushed, he was shot in the knee in the other leg and a femoral artery was nicked, she said, adding he was stable. Three members of her son’s unit were killed, and eight others were wounded, she said.

DoD: Spc. Koran P. Contreras

DoD: Pfc. Douglas J. Jeffries Jr.

DoD: Sgt. Bret D. Isenhower

DoD: Spc. Christopher D. Horton

DoD: Pfc. Tony J. Potter Jr.

DoD: Petty Officer Brian K. Lundy