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

Sunday, November 6, 2011

News of the Day for Sunday, November 6, 2011

Reported Security Incidents


Three bombs planted in various places in the Shurja market kill 8 people and injure 26, as shoppers buy supplies for Eid al-Adha.

A commercial building burns in a separate incident. (Aswat al-Iraq also reports there were four bombs, not three, in Shorja; but appears to be describing an additional incident here as well.)

An "official" who works in the Green Zone is assassinated late Saturday in east Baghdad. No further information provided.

Also late Saturday, sticky bomb attacks in Sadr City and Ur kill one civilian and injure six.

Bomb attack on the home of a Sahwa leader kills his wife, brother, and another relative. As people rush to the scene, a second explosion injures five people.

Other News of the Day

Al Arabiya reports on the arrest of a woman in Diyala who is alleged to have sent her 9 year old son on a suicide mission.

According to the officer, [her boyfriend] Alwan convinced Obaidi to send nine-year-old Murtada Latif Kadhem to bomb a Shiite mosque in Khales, north of Baghdad, several years ago. Alwan “took her son with her ... by car to the Shiite mosque but, on the way there, she started to cry about her son,” the officer said.

“He put her out of the car, and took the son, who was wearing an explosive belt, to the mosque,” where “he blew himself up.”

Afghanistan Update

Suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Baghlan province kills 7 people, including 2 local police officials, with 18 people going to the hospital. A second would-be attacker is captured before he can detonate his explosives. (Other sources give higher death totals, up to 10.)

An ISAF soldier is killed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday. No further information as of now.