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, October 1, 2011

War News for Saturday, October 01, 2011

Iraq needs lower oil output target, official says

Polio rises by 50% in Balochistan

Reported security incidents

#1: Two mortar rounds landed near a municipal council building, wounding four civilians in Baghdad's central Karrada district late on Thursday, a police source said.

#2: Three Iraqi civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast on the main highway passing through west Baghdad on Saturday, a security source reported. “An explosive charge, planted on the main highway passing through west Baghdad’s Hay al-Adel district, blew off on Saturday, wounding 3 civilians that were close to the venue of the blast,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An Iraqi civil guard has been killed and 3 others were injured in an attack by a group of armed men wearing military uniform, in Baaqaba city, the center of northeastern Iraq’s Diala Province on Friday, a security source reported. “A civilian, working as guard in a service project in Baaquba city, has been killed and 3 civilians have been injured in an armed attack by unknown gunmen, dressed in Iraqi Army uniform, the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: He said that the same area had witnessed an explosive charge blast early in the dazy, that caused no casualties, giving nor further details.

#3: A group of armed men have attacked the house of an element of the pro-government al-Sahwa (Awakening) group in northeastern Iraq’s Diala Province on Saturday, killing his mother and abducting his child sister, whilst 2 policemen were injured in a clash close to al-Sahwa element’s house in the city, the Chairman of al-Sahwa Councils in Diala reported. “A group of armed men, belonging to al-Qaeda organization, have launched an attack on Saturday on a house of al-Sahwa element, Ammar Samir, in Albu-Fayath village in Buhriz township, 5 km to the south of Baaquba, killing his mother and kidnapping his child sister,” Khalid al-Luheiby told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said the armed men had planted a time-bomb close to the attacked house, that blew off against a police patrol, wounding a police officer and a policeman,” whilst a security force detained a suspected element in Saddam District, after the incident.

#4: In Diyala, Al Qaeda member was killed and two of the security forces were wounded during an exchange of fire northern Baaquba.

#5: In Diyala as well, a security guard was killed and another wounded in an armed attack northern Baquba.

#1: The death toll from a car bomb attack in central Iraq on Friday grew to 10, Interior Ministry officials said Saturday. The attack occurred during a funeral procession near the city of Hilla, south of the Iraqi capital. Forty people were wounded by the attack.

#1: A special security force has foiled an attempt to blow up a passenger bus by a sticky bomb in Kut, the center of southern Iraq’s Wassit Province on Friday, a Wassit police source reported. “A group of Kut’s Anti-explosives Directorate elements have managed to foil an attempt to blow up a passenger car, using a sticky bomb in central Kut on Friday,” the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He said that the explosive charge included a large quantity of explosive material, attached to a wire and a mobile phone to use them in blowing up the charge inside its garage, which is usually crowded during Friday holidays.

Irbil Prv:
#1: Turkish warplanes have resumed their raids on border areas of northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Province of Arbil on Friday night, an official of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) reported on Saturday. “The Turkish air bombardment began at 08:30 pm local time (05:30 pm GMT) Friday night on Khwakurk and Khanira areas of Saidakan township, north of Arbil,” Ahmed Deniz told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that the raids had been intensive, but losses were not known yet.

#2: Iranian artillery raids had continued since more than 2 months, along with Turkish air raids on border areas and villages in Kurdistan Region, killing and wounding dozens of civilians and damaging houses, agricultural fields and other property, belonging to citizens in Kurdistan’s border areas.

#1: A suicide bomber has been killed, while wearing an explosive belt in his house east of the city of Mosul, the center of northern Iraq's Ninewar Province on Friday, a Ninewa police source reported. “A suicide bomber was killed at his house in Domiz district, southeast of Mosul on Friday night, while trying to wear an explosive belt, in preparation to attack some target in the city,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: An Iraqi doctor, working with the Iraqi Army, has been killed in northern Iraq’s city of Mosul, the center of Ninewa Province, on Saturday, a security source reported. “A doctor, with major rank in the Iraqi Army, has been killed in an explosive charge, planted under his car on Telkef road, north of Mosul,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A roadside improvised explosive device detonated next to a police truck in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, killing at least one policeman and injuring several others, district officials said.

#2: Unknown armed men raided the house of a district governor in Takhar province 245 km north of capital city Kabul Saturday, leaving one person dead but the district governor escaped unhurt, police said. "Unidentified armed men attacked the house of Abdul Dayan, the governor of Yangi Qala district, at 03:00 a.m. local time today. Dayan escaped unhurt but one of his bodyguards was killed," deputy to provincial police chief Mohamoudul Hassan told Xinhua.

#3: At least five policemen were killed and nine others injured on Saturday morning in a bomb blast in Pakistan's northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said official sources. According to district coordination officer Farid Khan, the blast took place when a police van was hit a roadside bomb in Tor Ghar district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The remote controlled explosive, fixed on the roadside, destroyed the vehicle partially in which at least five policemen, including an officer, got killed on the spot while nine others were injured. A police official told local media that the police van was taking 32 police personnel from Tor Ghar district to the police training center in Abbottabad city when it came under attack in Joghar area of the aforementioned district.

DoD: 1st. Lt. Andres Zermeno

DoD: 1st Lt. Ivan D. Lechowich

DoD: Spc. Steven E. Gutowski

DoD: Pfc. David A. Drake

DoD: Staff Sgt. Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff

DoD: Sgt. Christopher Diaz

DoD: Spc. Adrian G. Mills