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, November 26, 2011

War News for Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bush and Blair found guilty of war crimes for Iraq attack - tribunal in Malaysia, spearheaded by that nation’s former Prime Minister, yesterday found George Bush and Tony Blair guilty of “crimes against peace” and other war crimes for their 2003 aggressive attack on Iraq, as well as fabricating pretexts used to justify the attack. The seven-member Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal — which featured an American law professor as one of its chief prosecutors — has no formal enforcement power...

Nato Convoys Cut After Pakistani Troops Die

Reported security incidents

#1: Hours later, three bombs exploded near the kiosks of vendors selling CDs and military uniforms in central Baghdad, killing three people and wounding eight others.

#2: Director General of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Culture escaped death by an assassination attempt, a ministry spokesman said here today. The spokesman told Aswat al-Iraq that Nawfal abu-Righeef escaped death from the assassination attempt in Abu Nuwas street by guns equipped with silencers. He was not hurt, but one of his body guards was wounded.

#3: An Iraqi traffic police officer has been injured and his daughter was killed in an armed attack by unknown gunmen south of Baghdad on Friday night, a police source reported on Saturday. "A group of unknown gunmen have opened fire from guns, fixed with silencers, against Traffic Police Colonel, Mohammed Hani, who was driving his car with his family in southern Baghdad's Daura district, wounding him and killing his daughter, whilst the armed men escaped to an unknown desination," the police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Al anbar prv:
#1: The first two bombs were planted in the early morning in a spot where day laborers gather in the mostly Sunni village of al-Zaidan, near the town of Abu Ghraib west of Baghdad. They killed seven people and wounded 11 others, the officials said.

Six people were killed and eight wounded when a roadside bomb exploded and hit a small truck carrying workers in the western outskirts of Baghdad on Saturday, police and medical sources said. "It was a roadside bomb that went off near a pick-up carrying construction workers in Zobaa village west of Abu Ghraib," said a police source who asked not to be named. A medical source at the nearby hospital in Falluja said they had received six dead bodies and eight wounded.

#2: Gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms kidnapped a policeman and his son in front of their house near the town of Qaim, 300 km (185 miles) west of Baghdad, local police said.

#3: Security sources reported today that an armed group attacked a military check point south of Fallouja city. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the attack resulted in killing one soldier and wounding three in Amiriya area, 21 km south of Fallouja.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO helicopters attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing up to 28 troops and prompting Pakistan to shut the vital supply route for NATO troops fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said. Two military officials said that up to 28 troops had been killed and 11 wounded in the attack on the Salala checkpoint, about 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the Afghan border. The attack took place around 2 am (2100 GMT) in the Baizai area of Mohmand, where Pakistani troops are fighting Taliban militants.

#2: A car bomb exploded near a convoy of troops from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force on Friday in Lashkar Gah, southern Helmand province, ISAF said in a statement. No casualties were reported and the targeted vehicle remained roadworthy, the statement added.

#3: Afghan and foreign troops killed 13 insurgents during joint operations in areas near the capital Kabul, southern Helmand and Uruzgan provinces and western Herat province in the last 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#4: Gunmen killed two Afghan police officers in Gereshk district of Helmand province on Friday, said Shadi Khan, the district police chief.

#5: Two missiles fired by a U.S. drone aircraft struck a vehicle near Miranshah, the main town of Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, killing at least three militants, intelligence officials in the region said. There was no independent confirmation of the incident, and militant groups often dispute official death tolls.


dancewater said...

women were freer under Saddam

A lot more of them were alive, and healthier, and still had their families intact too.

dancewater said...

A series of explosions in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday has killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20, officials say.

dancewater said...

from Moon of Alabama blog post:

The U.S. Military Sends A Message To Iraqis

This NYT piece on U.S. troops leaving Iraq is somewhat funny: U.S. Uses an Insurgent Attack to Send a Message to Iraqis

The statement suggested such rocket attacks had been staged for propaganda purposes to create the impression that the Americans are fleeing under fire after more than eight years of war.

“Terrorists groups are conducting attacks against American forces in order to create a false idea that they have forced us to leave,” the statement said.

So that "impression" is not the reality? What then? U.S. troops are leaving Iraq in parade formations, while being offered sweets and getting showered with flowers?

Further down:

The military has kept the departure timeline a secret, and American soldiers sometimes leave without notice from the bases they share with the Iraqi Army.

At one base in Ramadi, Iraqi and American officers held a low-key farewell party but left the departure time unstated. Iraqi soldiers discovered one morning the Americans had driven away in the middle of the night. “We just woke up and they were gone,” Col. Hisham Abid Fayadh said.

Sneaking away in the dark certainly "sends a message to Iraqis". Though it is probably not the one the U.S. would like to send. But I am quite sure it is well understood. Everywhere.

Link to the blog

dancewater said...

as the war of aggression on Iraq is winding down, it looks like the war on Pakistan is gearing up....