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

Monday, November 14, 2011

War News for Monday, November 14, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, November 12th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, November 13th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, November 14th.

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb targeted a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims, killing one Iranian and wounding four others in Baghdad's northwestern Kadhimiya district, a police source said.

#2: Gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire at an Iraqi army checkpoint, killing one soldier and wounding another in Baghdad's northern Adhamiya district, late on Saturday, police and hospital sources said.

#3: "Two policemen have been injured in an attack by a group of unknown gunmen, who used silencer-fixed guns in their attack on a police patrol in west Iraq's Jami'a district on Monday" the Security Source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, adding that the attackers have escaped to an unknown destination.

#4: In another incident, "an explosive charge, planted on the roadside blew off close to western Baghdad's Baya'a Garage, wounding 3 civilians and causing severe damage to a number of vehicles, parked in the garage."

#5: Four Iraqi civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast east of Baghdad on Monday, a security source reported. "An explosive charge, planted on the roadside in one of a main road, leading to east Baghdad's al-Sadr city, has blown up early on Monday, wounding 4 civilians and causing damage to a number of vehicles, parked close to the venue of the blast," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#6: Three terrorists, wearing explosive belts, have been killed while driving a booby-trapped car in west Baghdad on Monday, according to the Baghdad Operations Command (BOC). "Three terrorists, wearing explosive belts and driving a booby-trapped car close to a checkpoint in west Baghdad's al-Jami'a district, have been killed close to a checkpoint," the BOC statement was announced on the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV Satellite Channel on Monday.

#1: Two roadside bombs went off near the car of an Electricity Ministry employee, killing him and wounding seven others, including four policemen, in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said. The second bomb went off when police rushed to the scene.

#1: A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol, killing one officer and wounding a soldier north of Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad, a source at the police operations centre in Salahuddin province said.

#1: A cop was killed by unknown gunmen in Samarra city, security sources said here today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that "unknown gunmen with pistols equipped with silencers attacked a group of cops west of Samarra that led to the killing one member of the patrol before fleeing to unknown destination.

#1: A soldier was killed when a mortar shell landed at an Iraqi army checkpoint in northern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#2: A bomb attached to a car exploded, wounding a prison guard officer, in eastern Mosul, a local police source said.

#3: Gunmen in a car shot dead a teenager in western Mosul, a local police source said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen using silenced weapons shot dead a police lieutenant colonel near his house in central Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, late on Saturday, a local police source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A suspected suicide bomber was shot dead Monday near the site of Afghanistan's loya jirga or traditional meeting which will take place this week, officials said. "No one was killed but the bomber," said interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

#2: According to local officials in southern Afghanistan, at least four Taliban militants including two Taliban fighters were killed following an operation in southern Zabul province early Monday morning. Provincial police chief for southern Zabul province Gen. Fazal Ahmad Shirzad confirming the report said, at least two Taliban commanders and two Taliban fighters were killed following an operation by NATO-led international forces in this province. The source further added, the operations were conducted by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Sewrai district of southern Zabul province based on intelligence reports.

#3: Another mortar shell attack in Sipah area of the same region killed eight people including three children, and two injured. The first attack took place around 10.20 am in Sipah when a mortar shell was fired at a house. Both the two attacks occurred in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

#4: Shortly after, a blast was reported at the market in Teerah Valley. Eight local militiamen who were fighting against militants in the area were killed and seven other people were injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the two attacks.

#5: Five Afghan civilians were killed and three more, including a woman, were injured when foreign forces conducted bombardment on a house in Daulatshah district in Laghman province where volunteers were busy in working on Sunday. The Laghman provincial shura deputy chairman Gulzar Sangarwal told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) one Sher Muhammad had gathered volunteers to repair roofs of his house in Chakla village of Daulatshah district today. He maintained the foreign forces conducted bombardment on them. "Owner of the house Sher Muhammad and four volunteer workers were killed and three more, including a woman, were injured in the blitz," he said. "They were clearly Afghan civilians. As deputy chairman of the Laghman provincial shura, I strongly condemnt this incident," he added.

#6: A detainee at the Detention Facility in Parwan died early on Sunday, U.S. Central Command said in a statement. The detainee had been receiving medical care since he was captured on Oct. 25 during a combat operation in Kunar Province.

#7: Security forces mounted a search for Islamist militants near the central town of Jhelum on Saturday following an intelligence tip-off, security officials said. The militants opened fire, killing four intelligence officials. There was no word on casualties from the militant side

DoD: Pfc. Theodore B. Rushing


whisker said...

After eight years of my research I believe that it's about time to end the Iraq portion of this blog and my documentation and just rename it today in Afghanistan. Assuming the last few soldiers leave before new years this can be a good ending to an unjust and illegal war. I will continue to post any newsworthy events and continue with the Afghanistan debacle till that is also over. The news is already reporting hardly anything about Iraq and the continuing strife we have created for their people. -- Whisker

Cervantes said...

I'd like to hear from others about this -- personally I'll continue to follow Iraq on Sundays, anyway. But if we don't hear objection from the public, I'll go along with the name change and we'll make other appropriate design changes, e.g. the resources in the sidebar and the banner.

Let's hear from folks!

amagi said...

Although this is purely selfish, I would like to request continued focus on Iraq. For years I have used this site as a daily aggregator of Iraqi English language news and it has been of immense help to me. Media coverage of Iraq has been incredibly slim since around 2008, after the end of this year it will likely diminish to practically nothing (unless, God forbid, the civil war is reignited). There may not be much news to feature even if you do continue to cover Iraq.

I would hesitate, however, to assert as Whisker does above that the troop withdrawal is the end of the war. It may be the end of our military involvement, but for Iraqis the nation will almost certainly remain a low-intensity battlefield for some time to come. That said, and I may be alone in this, I am far more interested in learning what happens to Iraq after we leave than in the U.S.-centric news coverage of the past decade. I know you guys tend to emphasize the heinous brutality of the war, and that this site is maintained in no small part as an act of protest (which I respect), but although the Iraqi government is fractuous and incompetent and the country remains violent and dangerous, there does appear to be the development of a real grass-roots civil society among the Iraqi people. This is specifically what I am interested in, and why I hope you will continue to cover Iraq... even and especially if the news gets less depressing.

dancewater said...

I would like to see ongoing coverage of both Iraq and Afghanistan.... maybe a name change is in order?

I am not the one doing the work, however, so I guess the real decision is up to whisker, since he has done most of the work here.

And I appreciate your efforts!

dancewater said...

for the gullible (or incurably stupid) among us:

Don't believe the WMD hype in SEAL TARGET GUANTANAMO

dancewater said...

I just noticed that this blog has been going longer than the original blog "Today in Iraq" --- and without any glitches too.

I am still posting to my blog FACES OF GRIEF. It is pictures of what is happening to the Iraqi people. I plan to continue that, but the pictures coming out are fewer these days, unless something big and horrible happens.

dancewater said...

I don't think the US interference in Iraq will be over once the US military leaves (or mostly leaves).... I think the messing with Iraq will continue for decades.

Unless the US goes totally broke - that might get our troops and mercenaries back in the USA itself.

dancewater said...

Hiring US mercenary Air Force for Iraq

Sounds like a horrible idea for the Iraqi people - more death from the sky.

Anonymous said...

please dont cut the Iraq matter all over, if you editors want to do it shorter, its fine, lets say 2 times a week, but dont cut it off totally PLEASE
the world must know what hell iraq became, this blog is probably the only single place on internet about this subject.
You edtors have my full support on whatever decision you may make.