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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

War News for Tuesday, September 13, 2011

NATO-backed local police terrorising Afghans: HRW -- likely the same people who worked for the Taliban and now working for the Karzai government using the same age old tactics they have always used. – meet the new boss he’s the same as the old boss. – whisker

Turkey says may launch ground offensive into northern Iraq at any time

Pentagon to drastically cut spending on Afghan forces

Reported security incidents

#1: A sticky bomb attached to a car carrying a government-backed Sahwa militia member killed him when it went off in Baghdad's western Amiriya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: Police found the body of a man who had been shot in the head in the city of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Police found the body of a man who had been shot in the head and chest in a town near Hilla, police said.

#1: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint manned by Iraqi army and government-backed Sahwa militia members, killing one civilian and one Sahwa member and wounding nine, including two soldiers, in the town of Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: At least 7 civilians have been seriously injured in an explosive charge blast under their car in Balad township of Salahal-Din Province on Monday night, a security source reported. “An explosive charge blew off under a civilian car on Monday night in al-Saoud area of Balad township, south of Salahal-Din Province, seriously wounding 7 persons,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency on Tuesday.

#1: Police found the body of a man who had been beheaded in a house in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol wounded one policeman when it went off in eastern Mosul, police said.

#3: A suicide car bomb went off near a police patrol, wounding five policemen and one civilian in western Mosul, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen killed 22 Shi'a Muslim pilgrims on their way to Syria as they were passing through a predominantly Sunni Iraqi province from the shrine city of Karbala, officials said on Tuesday. The group had all been passengers on a bus passing through Anbar province, long a stronghold of Sunni insurgents and al-Qaeda's front group in Iraq, when their vehicle was stopped by gunmen at 9.30pm (18.30 GMT) on Monday. “Gunmen dressed in military and police uniforms set up a fake checkpoint, made the passengers get off the bus, separated the men from the women and children before killing the men and fleeing,” a Karbala official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

#2: A roadside bomb went off near a police patrol, killing two people and wounding four others in a town near the city of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Police say insurgents are firing rockets at the U.S. Embassy as gunbattles shake downtown Kabul and its diplomatic quarter. Police official Mohammed Zahir says a large group of gunmen are firing from positions in a tall office building that is under construction near the U.S. embassy. Heavy blasts and gunfire were heard Tuesday throughout the Wazir Akbar Khan area, which is home to the American and other embassies.

"Today at one o'clock at Kabul's Abdul Haq roundabout a massive suicide attack on local and foreign intelligence facilities is ongoing," said a spokesman for the insurgent group, Zabiullah Mujahid, in a text message to AFP. A Western military source said NATO's International Security Assistance Force headquarters was one of the targets. "ISAF HQ is under attack at the moment," the source said.

The insurgent group said the ongoing assault began with a suicide attack targeting local and foreign intelligence in the capital. AFP reporters heard a string of loud blasts while police confirmed one explosion and a gunfight close to the heavily-guarded embassy compound. "Today at one o'clock at Kabul's Abdul Haq roundabout a massive suicide attack on local and foreign intelligence facilities is ongoing," said a spokesman for the insurgent group, Zabiullah Mujahid, in a text message to AFP.

#2: Afghan and foreign troops killed 14 insurgents after a patrol came under fire in southern Uruzgan province on Sunday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement. Three insurgents were killed in an initial air strike, with another 11 killed in two subsequent strikes which also destroyed a heavy machine gun, ISAF said.

Casualty Reports:
One bullet from the machine gun fire went straight through the young soldier’s arm. The other became lodged in his pelvic area, miraculously missing bone, organs and major arteries. And so it was that U.S. Army Specialist Cody Chandler survived.

DoD: Pfc. Brett E. Wood

DoD: Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Quintana

DoD: Staff Sgt. Keith F. Rudd


Anonymous said...

its funny how the history repeat it self. US hunted down Saddam, wich were a great US ally on the ´war on terror´, now US is somehow defeating Kadaffi. Kadaffi and Saddam were somehow US allies on the war on terror, they turned over lots of jihadists to US. Now what is emerging on this two states after the bloood civil war that they are into, is a mujahideen - sharia law governament, total opposite with US interests. Kadaffi and Saddam like it or not are far better for US interests than what it is turning to be.
My suggestion is for you to search on youtube Michael Scheuer position over this US foreign policy. Scheuer is a former CIA agent that after his retire, he started to blow up the trombone over the US foreign policy. He is a great guy with a trully vision of the mess

Jorge - Brasil

Cervantes said...

It remains to be seen what kind of govt. will emerge in Libya, although I can understand why some people are pessimistic.

I think the U.S./European intervention in Libya was motivated more by a broader wish to be on the right side of Arab public opinion than it was by a calculation that a post-Qadhaffi government would be friendlier. They figure whoever is in charge will be happy to sell the oil. An Islamist Libya would have no particular reason to sponsor terrorist acts against European/American interests -- but Qadhaffi had already shown that he would do so.

Anonymous said...

Dear Cervantes, my point is kadaffi and saddam never were a treath to US like bin laden was. They had their speeches but they are harmless


dancewater said...

I think the new government in Libya will have many more terrorists than Gaddafi had.

I do agree that many of Michael Scheuer's informed opinions on US foreign policies are accurate. I would never say he is a 'good guy' however - he has expressed that he was quite okay with torturing foreigners to "protect" Americans.

He has no morals, like a lot of people in the US government and US population.

dancewater said...

And while the Taliban do their mini-TET offensive, the American people have the highest rate of poverty in over four decades.

If you want to see how immoral and stupid the American people are, just pay attention to audience reactions to the Republican debates.