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 24, 2011

War News for Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Italian Defense Ministry is reporting the deaths of three Italian ISAF soldiers from a vehicle accident somewhere in Afghanistan on Friday, September 23rd. News reports the accident was near their base in Haret Afghanistan. Here’s the ISAF release.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, September 23rd.

Erdogan: US to provide drones to Turkey

US soldier jailed for killing Afghan boy

US Centcom chief visits Pakistan amid rift

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed a Foreign Ministry employee in Baghdad's western district of Jamiaa, an Interior Ministry source said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An Iraqi policeman has been killed and three others were injured in an armed attack in Baaquba city, the center of Diala Province on Friday, a security source reported. “A group of unknown gunmen, carrying weapons equipped with silencers, have attacked a police inspection point in central Baaquba on Friday, killing a policeman and wounding three others,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Irbil Prv:
#1: Turkish warplanes have resumed their raids against northern Iraq’s Kurdistan border areas on the villages of Qandil Mountain late Thursday night, causing terror among their inhabitants and material damage to their properties, eyewitnesses said on Friday. “We heard the noise of strong bombardment that forced people awake at midnight, whilst children began to cry and shout,” a citizen of Bukriskan village of Rawanduz township in Arbil Province, called Mohammed Khider told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The Turkish warplanes continued bombarding the area till early Friday, but did not cause human casualties, though they destroyed all the orchards and agricultural fields,” he said.

Al Rashad
#1: At least 5 persons, including 2 soldiers and an Army officer, have been injured in a traffic accident south of the city of Kirkuk on Thursday night, a police source reported on Friday. “Two vehicles, one an Army vehicle and the second a civilian car, have collided in al-Rashad township, 35 km to the southwest of Kirkuk on Thursday night, injuring 2 civilians, 2 soldiers and an Army officer,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.”

#1: Gunmen opened fire on an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing a soldier, in northern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen shot dead a civilian in western Mosul, police said.

#3: A child was wounded when a bomb went off as he played near his home in northern Mosul, police said.

#4: The body of a woman who had been shot was found on the roof of her house in western Mosul, police said

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen attacked four houses belonging to former members of a government-backed Sunni militia, killing a man and wounding three other people, on the southwestern outskirts of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Five people were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a lake at Habaniya, 85 km (50 miles) west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#3: An Iraqi policeman has been killed and three others injured in an armed attack by unknown gunmen on a police checkpoint south of Falluja city of west Iraq’s Anbar Province on Saturday, a security source reported. “A group of unknown gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint on Saturday morning at Amiriyat al-Falluja township in Anbar Province, killing 3 policemen and wounding 3 others, along with causing material damage to the checkpoint,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that preliminary investigations have shown that the gunmen have used middle-size and light weapons

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt on Sept. 23 killed at least six militants including four foreigners and destroyed a compound‚ security officials said. Two missiles fired by the unmanned aircraft hit a house in the village of Khushali Turikhel‚ 40 kilometers east of Miranshah‚ the main town in the lawless North Waziristan tribal district‚ security officials told AFP. “The US drone fired two missiles which hit a house. Two locals and four militants of central Asian origin have been killed‚” a Pakistani security official said. The official based in Peshawar said militants were using the house as a compound‚ which was completely destroyed.

#2: Gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a passenger vehicle near the city of Quetta in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing two people and wounding three, police said.

#3: An overnight roadside blast killed four suspected militants riding a vehicle in the northwestern Khyber region on the Afghan border, security officials said. Pakistani military has been active against militants in the region, where rival insurgent groups also attack each other.

#4: Pakistani warplanes killed 10 militants and destroyed three hideouts in raids in the northwestern Orakzai region, local government officials said. There is no independent verification of the attacks and casualties, and militants often dispute official accounts.

#5: Seven Afghan civilians were killed and four others sustained injuries as a roadside bomb went off on Friday in Kandahar province, 450 km south of capital city Kabul, police said. "The tragic incident happened in Miwand district at 3 p.m. local time when a civilian vehicle ran over a mine planted by Taliban rebels, as a result seven civilian people including two women were killed and four others sustained injuries," Abdul Razaq, the police chief of Kandahar, told Xinhua.

DoD: Spc. Jakob J. Roelli

DoD: Spc. Robert E. Dyas

DoD: Lance Cpl. Terry C. Wright

IT/DM: Ten. Riccardo Bucci

IT/DM: Caporal Maggiore Scelto Mario Frasca

IT/DM: Caporal Maggiore Massimo Di Legge


dancewater said...

That seven-year sentence for killing an Afghan teenage boy, and then taking a trophy picture, was much too light.