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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

War News for Saturday, September 17, 2011

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Sgt. Chester G. Stoda died from a non-combat related incident in an unreported place on Friday, September 2nd. He was supporting OEF.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed area in southern Afghanistan on Friday, September 15th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-combat related incident in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, September 17th.

Photo Essay: Marines fight on in south Afghanistan

Chemical arms found North of Iraq

Reported security incidents

#1: A car bomb exploded, wounding three people, in the town of Jbela, 65 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, local police said.

A Babel media official reported that the explosion from a car bome north of Hilla city reached to 8 injuries, pointing out that the explosion was near the convoy of the governor who was visiting the area to mediate a tribal conflict. Murad al-Bakri told Aswat al-Iraq that Jbala area explosion, 50 km northeast of Hilla, was within range of the governor's convoy by 20 meters.

#2: To that, North of Jabla, unknown armed men opened fire late at night on the bodyguard of the head of the Judicial Commission in Babel Province Council Ahlam Rashed Hamza as the later prevented them from entering the house and caused him serious wounds.

#1: Two soldiers and a policeman have been injured in a clash between a group of Iraqi Army soldiers and the guards of north Iraq Ninewa Governor, Athil al-Nujeify, a Ninewa security source reported on Friday.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen in a speeding car shot and killed a police lieutenant-colonel in front of his home in Garma, 30 km (20 miles) northwest of Baghdad, local police said.

#2: Two suspected militants and an Iraqi army officer were killed, and three soldiers and a policeman were wounded, during an army raid on a militant hideout near the town of Haditha, 190 km (120 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Haditha police said. Police said one suspect detonated a suicide belt and another was killed by soldiers, while a third was arrested in the raid in an area on the road connecting Haditha and the town of Baiji.

#3: Police forces found two bodies for two policemen one from Fallouja and the second from Ain Al Tamer in Karbala’ province near the location of passengers buss kidnapping in Al Qather Valley, South of Al Nakhib region southwest Ramadi. Gunshot wounds were found on the chest and head of the two bodies, a source told Alsumarianews.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan commandos killed 15 militants in a raid that lasted five hours in the northeast part of the country, a district official said Saturday. The commandos landed Friday night near two villages in Barg-i-Matal district, according to district chief Mavlavi Muhammad Ismail. "Our security forces killed 15 militants and wounded 18 others, among these 18 wounded we have captured two Taliban," the chief said.

A total of 18 insurgents were killed when warplanes of NATO-led forces pounded Taliban hideouts in Nuristan province, some 180 km east of the capital city of Kabul, provincial police Chief Zahid Nuristani said on Saturday. "Based on intelligence reports indicating insurgents' activities, international forces carried out an airstrike in Logal area of Bargi Matal district overnight, leaving 18 armed insurgents dead," Nuristani told Xinhua.

#2: Nine civilians including five children have been killed by a roadside mine as they herded cattle in northwest Afghanistan, police said Saturday. The incident took place in Faryab province, which borders Turkmenistan, late Friday and again highlights the dangers civilians face in the ten-year war in Afghanistan.

#3: Two security officials were injured in an explosion that took place in the Khyber tribal region on Saturday, DawnNews reported. The blast that targeted a security forces convoy took place in the agency’s Landi Kotal bazaar. Khyber is on the main Nato land supply route through Pakistan into Afghanistan.

#4: A small coalition surveillance drone crashed in northern Takhar province after developing technical problems, ISAF said in a statement. The drone carried no weapons or sensitive intelligence data, it said.

#5: Afghan and coalition troops killed three insurgents in an operation in southern Kandahar province, ISAF said in a statement.

#6: Two election candidates were among more than 20 people kidnapped across Afghanistan, officials said. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said a candidate was kidnapped in eastern Laghman province, and the Taliban claimed responsibility. Another candidate has been missing for the past three days in western Herat province, along with three campaign workers, the candidate's family said. Eight IEC officials and 10 campaign workers were kidnapped in northwestern Badghis province.

MoD: Lance Corporal Jonathan James McKinlay

DoD: Sgt. Rodolfo Rodriguez Jr.

DoD: Sgt. Chester G. Stoda

DoD: Sgt. Mycal L. Prince

DoD: Cpl. Michael J. Dutcher