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

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

War News for Wednesdayy, September 07, 2011

The DoD is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany on Sunday, September 4th. Pfc. Christophe J. Marquis was originally wounded in an IED attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Saturday, August 27th.

PJAK's Number 2 Man Killed

Plan Would Keep Small Force in Iraq Past Deadline: - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is supporting a plan that would keep 3,000 to 4,000 American troops in Iraq after a deadline for their withdrawal at year’s end

Afghan Army Attracts Few Where Fear Reigns:

Reported security incidents

#1: A sticky bomb attached to a civilian car blew up and wounded two people in the Mansour district of west-central Baghdad, police said.

#2: The Saqr Baghdad (Hawk of Baghdad) Division dismantled a bomb today in the Adhamiyah area, in the north of Baghdad, security sources said. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that bomb experts were able to dismantle a bomb planted on the side of the road in the aforementioned area.

#1: Gunmen raided the house of a tribal chief and shot and killed him in eastern Diwaniya, 150 km (95 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen shot at a policeman in front of his house and wounded him late on Tuesday in eastern Diwaniya, police said.

#3: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot at and seriously wounded the local governor's financial adviser and a tribal chief who was with him late on Tuesday while they were walking in their neighborhood in central Diwaniya, police said.

#1: Gunmen raided the house of a government-backed Sunni Sahwa militia leader and shot and killed him in front of his wife in the eastern outskirts of Dujail, 50 km (30 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb went off while a bomb squad was trying to defuse it, wounding one civilian late on Tuesday in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: The father of an Iraqi policeman and his brother have been injured in a sticking bomb blast against their car in Falluja city of western Iraq’s Anbar Province on Tuesday, a security source reported. “A sticking bomb blew up on Tuesday inside a civilian car in east Falluja’s Garma village, wounding 2 civilians and causing damage to their car,” the security source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A pair of suicide bombers attacked a top army officer in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, missing him but killing his wife. At least 22 others died, including several guards, a senior officer and two children, officials said. Police said they were investigating whether the strike was in revenge for the recent arrests in Quetta of three top al-Qaida suspects, an operation that was assisted by the CIA. In Wednesday's blasts, the first attacker detonated his vehicle next to a group of Frontier Corps officers close to Shahzad's house. Hurling grenades, the second attacker than stormed the house and blew himself up inside it, police officer Naseer Ahmed Kurd said. Police officer Hamid Shakil said at least 23 people were killed and more than 60 were injured. Two of the dead were children traveling in a rickshaw. A colonel in the corps was also killed, he said.

#2: Four Afghan government workers were kidnapped by approximately 15 suspected insurgents while travelling in eastern Kunar province on Monday, ISAF said. It gave no further details.

#3: Insurgents killed an Afghan district governor for northern Baghlan province on Monday in an ambush that also killed his driver, Afghan officials said.

#4: NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops killed an unspecified number of insurgents during an air strike in an area of southern Kandahar on Monday, the U.S. military said.

#5: Insurgents killed three Afghan children and wounded five in an attack on an ISAF combat outpost in southeastern Paktika province on Monday, the U.S. military said.

DoD: Pfc. Christophe J. Marquis