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

Friday, November 4, 2011

War News for Friday, November 04, 2011

The AP is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier while conducting military operations in an undisclosed area in northern Iraq on Thursday, November 3rd.

90,000 US soldiers medically unfit for combat: report

US cuts civilian funding to Pakistan, Afghanistan

US tightens drone rules: WS Journal

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb exploded near a restaurant in Baghdad's central Karrada district, killing two civilians in a car, police and hospital sources said. A second bomb exploded when police arrived at the scene, killing two policemen and wounding six others, the sources said. Baghdad's security operations centre said the two blasts killed one policeman and wounded four others.

Diyala Prv:
#1: update 35 people, mostly Al Sahwa militants, were killed and injured in two consecutive explosions south-western Baquba, a Diyala police source reported on Thursday. “10 people were killed and 25 other wounded this morning, mostly Al Sahwa militants, in a car explosion following a suicide belt explosion that targeted Al Sahwa militants who were gathering to receive their salaries in the headquarters of brigade 18 of Iraqi army in Umm Al Izam area, 10km southwest Baquba,” the source told Alsumarianews.

“5 people are killed and 14 other wounded, mostly Al Sahwa members, in a second explosion with a car bomb targeting the first explosion’s rescuers,” a Diyala police source had previously told Alsumarianews.

#1: update The toll rose to 12 dead and at least 70 wounded in the explosion on Wednesday of three motorcycle bombs near cafes in the city of Basra, 420 km (260 miles) southeast of Baghdad, said Riyadh Abdul-Amir, head of the Basra health department.

#1: Gunmen stormed the home of a policeman and killed him in the town of Qaiyara, 290 km (180 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb went off near a police patrol and wounded two civilians in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from a small arms fire attack/gunshot wounds in the Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Thursday, November 3rd. Here's the ISAF release.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Afghan and coalition forces killed six insurgents and detained 14 in eastern Afghanistan during operations on Thursday, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

DoD: Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers