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

Thursday, November 3, 2011

War News for Thursday, November 03, 2011

US night raids killed 1,500 Afghan civilians - United States Special Operations Forces (SOF) killed well over 1,500 civilians in night raids in less than 10 months in 2010 and early 2011, analysis of official statistics on the raids released by the US-North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command reveals.

Asaib Ahl Al Haq group: dropping arms out of question until full US withdrawal

Reported security incidents

Diyala Prv:
#1: A PAIR of near-simultaneous bombings killed six security guards today who were waiting in line to pick up their paychecks outside an Iraqi military base, officials said. At least 35 people were wounded in the double-bombing near Baqouba, 60km northeast of Baghdad, said Diyala Heath Directorate spokesman Faris al-Azawi. The attack started with a suicide bomber who joined the line of the guards known as Sahwa, and detonated himself around 8am, according to an Interior Ministry official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information. Two minutes later, a car bomb blew up about 10 meters away. The dead all were members of Sahwa, or Awakening Councils. An official at the Baqouba general hospital said at least five soldiers were among the wounded.

#1: Three motorbike bombings in the southern Iraq port city of Basra killed at least nine people and wounded at least 37, police and a doctor said on Thursday, raising a previous toll. A police lieutenant colonel said that nine people were killed and 37 wounded in the Wednesday night bombings. But a senior official in the Basra health department said that at least 12 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in the blasts. Both spoke on condition of anonymity. A doctor and a police officer had on Wednesday night put the toll at eight dead and at least 22 wounded in the bombings. Basra province police chief General Faisal Al Abadi said that the explosives-laden motorbikes, which were parked in the city centre, had detonated about 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Wednesday.

#1: Two civilians were killed when a roadside bomb went off in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a police source in Nineveh province said.

#2: A child was wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in eastern Mosul, a police source in Nineveh province said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A bomb attack has hit a NATO logistics base in western Afghanistan, leaving at least seven people dead and three others wounded, Press TV reports. Officials say the blast ripped through the building of a private construction company in the city of Herat near Herat airport. The company provides logistical support for the US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan. A number of gunmen reportedly entered the compound after the blast and exchanged fire with Afghan security forces.

#2: The police foiled a bid to set ablaze an oil-tanker carrying diesel for Nato forces and arrested its driver. According to source, driver of an oil-tanker carrying diesel from Karachi was on way to Afghanistan allegedly stolen 54,000 litres of diesel from the tanker here in the remit of Shahpur Saddar Police. The driver, who was identified as Javed, first stole diesel from the tanker in connivance with his accomplices and then attempted to torch the oil-tanker to prove it as a terrorist action. However, the police arrested the driver who confessed that some persons had asked him to do so.

#3: Afghan and NATO-led coalition forces during operations have killed 25 Taliban insurgents in different Afghan provinces over the past 24 hours, Afghan Interior Ministry said on Thursday. "Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan Army and ISAF ( International Security Assistance Force) forces in 14 joint operations over the past 24 hours in Kabul, Heart, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Paktia, Helmand and Khost provinces have killed 25 Taliban insurgents," the ministry said in a statement.

#4: A suspected U.S. drone aircraft on Thursday fired two missiles into a house in Miranshah, the main town of Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least two militants and wounding three more, local intelligence officials said.

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DoD: Pfc. Sarina N. Butcher