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 27, 2011

War News for Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed Iraqi Army Brigadier General Talal Belasim and his wife in their car near a mosque in the Amil district of southwestern Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded three people in the Jamiaa district of western Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

#3: Gunmen using silenced weapons killed Mohammed Ali, office manager of the Minister of Health, in the Yarmouk district of west-central Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

The Director of Iraq's Healthy Minister's Office has been assassinated by a group of unknown gunmen in western Baghdad on Monday, a security source reported.

#4: Gunmen in a speeding car opened fire at a police checkpoint, killing a policeman and wounding two others in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad, police said.

#1: Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on an imam of a mosque in central Diwaniya, 150 km (95 miles) south of Baghdad, seriously wounding him and killing one of his relatives, a police source said.

#1: A roadside bomb killed three people and wounded another in the southwestern outskirts of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A Kurdish peshmerga soldier was killed and another was wounded in a clash between troops and villagers in a disputed area of Nineveh province northwest of Mosul, which is 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen killed an off-duty soldier in the eastern outskirts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen opened fire at a police checkpoint and wounded a policeman in western Mosul, police said

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suicide car bomber has attacked a bakery popular with police in southern Afghanistan, killing at least five people and injuring 22, officials say. The attack took close to the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the main city in volatile Helmand province. According to witnesses, police were buying bread when attack took place. Two civilians were among the dead.

#2: A Spanish patrol carrying out a reconnaissance mission near the VIGOCHO Observation Post near the town of Ludina in Afghanistan was attacked on Monday morning by a group of insurgents. The patrol, comprised of Spanish military personnel and members of the Afghan Security Force, responded to the hostile fire and the insurgents fled the area. As a result of the exchange of fire, one Spanish soldier suffered a bullet wound to the shoulder but was able to reach the stabilisation unit on his own two feet. He was subsequently air-lifted by helicopter to the ROLE-2 hospital in Bala Murghab, where his bullet wound was operated on.

#3: A would-be bomber and three associates were killed when explosives were accidentally detonated while preparing for a suicide attack in eastern Ghazni province on Monday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

#4: Afghan security forces and coalition troops killed 13 insurgents and detained 33 more in 10 operations across eight provinces over the past 24 hours, the Interior ministry said.

#5: Afghan and foreign troops killed three insurgents in Char Bolak district of northern Balkh province on Monday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

#6: Missiles fired from two suspected U.S. drone aircraft killed three militants near North Waziristan's main town of Miranshah, Pakistani intelligence officials in the region said. There was no independent confirmation of the incident, and militants often dispute official accounts of such attacks.

DoD: Sgt. Tyler N. Holtz

DoD: Spc. Francisco J. Briseno-Alvarez Jr.