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 17, 2011

War News for Thursday, November 17, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an insurgent attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, November 16th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two more ISAF soldiers from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, November 17th.

Afghan journalist killed by Taliban roadside bomb

Soldier from 2 RIFLES killed in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: In Baghdad, gunmen using silenced weapons wounded a police officer who was driving his car in Jamia district in the western part of the capital, the source said.

#2: A roadside bomb went off near a temporary police checkpoint and wounded six people, including three policemen, in the Saidiya district of southern Baghdad, police said.

#1: Iraqi officials say four people have been killed when a car bomb went off next to an Iraqi military patrol south of Baghdad. A police officer says the military patrol was traveling in the town of Mahmoudiya when a parked car bomb exploded near it on Thursday, killing two soldiers and two civilians. He says eight other people were wounded in the attack. A doctor in a nearby hospital confirmed the casualty figures.

#1: Police said they found the bodies of a father and his son, shot in the head and chest, in the town of Qaiyara, 290 km (180 miles) north of Baghdad, a day after they were kidnapped from their home.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: In Salahudin province, a civilian was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his vehicle detonated in the city of Tuz- Khurmato, some 90 km east of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, a source from Salahudin's operations commands told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

A bomb attached to a bulldozer went off and killed the driver in central Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#1: A roadside bomb exploded late on Wednesday near an Iraqi police patrol, wounding six people including four policemen, in central Samarra, 100 km (62 miles) north of Baghdad, a source at the Samarra police operations centre said.

#1: A bomb left at the window of a local mayor's office went off and wounded him in the southern outskirts of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A civilian was killed and 13 people were wounded, including two Iraqi soldiers, when a roadside bomb went off near an army patrol in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: Two roadside bombs went off simultaneously near a police convoy in southern Mosul, killing Major Jabar Rasheed Mwlood, chief of a city police station, the source from Nineveh's operations commands told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. A passer-by was also killed by the blasts, which destroyed a police vehicle, the source said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Insurgents fired two rockets Thursday toward a site where more than 2,000 Afghan elders are attending a national assembly to discuss the future of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, officials said. Both rockets missed their target, but one man was injured.

#2: A bomb strapped to a donkey blew up in northern Afghanistan yesterday, killing a policeman and a civilian and wounding 16 people, officials said. The bomb went off in a market in Ghormach district, Faryab province. Although donkey bombs are rare in Afghanistan, they are occasionally used by insurgents as a way of getting close to targets. A spokesman for the Faryab police chief, Sayed Massoud Yaqubi, said that one policeman and a civilian had died in hospital after the attack.

#3: A NATO air strike killed 27 insurgents in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday after they opened fire on an international military patrol, officials said. The attack came in Nangarhar province, close to the border with Pakistan where insurgents have hideouts and many of the 10-year war's bloodiest battles take place. "Coalition aircraft killed 27 insurgents this morning in the Nazyan district of Nangarhar province," said a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Force (ISAF) in eastern Afghanistan. "Insurgents attacked a coalition patrol with small arms and RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades). Air weapons teams responded immediately. There were no coalition or Afghan civilian deaths reported."

#4: Two rockets fired by suspected separatist militants, targeting a paramilitary post, wounded five civilians in Kohlu district of southwestern Baluchistan province on Wednesday, police said.

DoD: Spc. David E. Hickman