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 8, 2011

War News for Saturday, October 08, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from unreleased causes in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6th.

Karzai admits US-led NATO mission failure

State Department readies Iraq operation, its biggest since Marshall Plan

Reported security incidents

#1: Gunmen in a speeding car using silenced weapons shot dead a traffic police lieutenant and wounded a policeman in Baghdad's western Ghazaliya district, police and hospital sources said.

#2: Gunmen in a speeding car using silenced weapons shot dead a police lieutenant in his car in Baghdad's southwestern Amil district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#3: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead a civilian at his house in Baghdad's western Amiriya district, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: Two blasts that hit a pipeline network near the southern part of Iraq's supergiant oil field, Rumaila, in Basra, late on Friday cut production from the field, but exports haven't been affected, Iraq Oil Minister Abdul Kareem Luaiby told Dow Jones Newswires Saturday. "We have to stop some of the production stations because of the fire but the incident hasn't affected levels of our exports," Luaiby said. The minister gave no details how much they had to cut output from Rumaila, which was producing around 1.2 million to 1.3 million barrels a day before the blasts.

#1: A woman was killed and civilian was wounded in bomb blast south of Mosul, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the incident took place 30 km south of Mosul. The bomb exploded by itself, where no security patrols in the area.

#2: Another bomb targeting a police patrol ripped off in Mansur neighborhood of western Mosul, wounding three children, the source added.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The Afghan police, backed by army and NATO-led Coalition forces, have killed nine insurgents and detained 11 others in eastern Afghanistan's Laghman province, Afghan Interior Ministry said on Saturday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) in collaboration with army and Coalition forces launched an operation in eastern Laghman province killing nine armed insurgents and detaining 11 other suspected insurgents over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in a statement provides daily operational updates.

#2: Militants have carried out coordinated attacks on four American military bases in Afghanistan's eastern province of Paktika, as the US-led invasion of the Asian country enters its eleventh year. On Friday morning, a bomber detonated his explosives-laden car near the gate of Margah base in Paktika Province, which borders Pakistan, after the facility was hit by 22 rockets, the Associated Press reported. Dozens of rockets also fell on the US's Tillman, Boris and Orgun-E bases in Afghanistan during the attacks that started shortly after 6 a.m. local time and continued for several hours. US forces returned fire by artillery and aircraft to repel the attacks. The American regional command said one soldier was injured in the assaults which it described as the largest such offensive in Paktika Province since 2009. US military sources claimed at least 25 militants were killed during the attack.

#2: Three missiles fired by a U.S. drone hit a house in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing at least five militants, local intelligence officials said. There was no independent confirmation of the strike.