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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

War News for Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Militants Turn to Death Squads in Afghanistan

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol and wounded four people, including three policemen, in Baghdad's northern Shaab district, police and hospital sources said.

#2: Two civilians were killed and four wounded in a sticky bomb blast planted inside a private car to the west of Baghdad, security sources said today. The source told Aswat al-Iraq that the bomb exploded in Mansour area, close to the Baghdad International Fair, which led to the casualties.

#3: Media sources at the Iraqi parliament announced today that an explosion hit the entrance of the parliament , with possibility of several casualties, at the end of Mayer of Baghdad questioning session. Different opinions on the explosion, some said it was a bombed car, while others reported that it was a mortar shell fell in the garage. Kurdish Alliance spokesman was gravely wounded in his leg, in addition to a Peshmerga guard.

#4: "A group of unknown armed men have opened fire from guns, fixed with silencers, on a Director-General in Iraqi Oil Ministry, close to the Hunting Club in west Baghdad's al-Mansour district, causing him several injuries," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A sticky bomb attached to the car of a local leader of the government-backed Sahwa militia exploded, seriously wounding him, in the town of Mahmudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

#2: In southern Baghdad's Mahmoudiya area, the security source reported that "an explosive charge blew off close to a filling station on the main road passing through the township, wounding 5 persons, who were driven to a nearby hospital for treatment.

#1: A parked truck bomb went off near an Iraqi army patrol and wounded three people, including two soldiers, in the city of Hit, about 130 km (80 miles) west of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#1: Gunmen threw hand grenades at a Sahwa militia patrol and wounded five people, including two Sahwa fighters, in Tarmiya, 25 km (15 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: At least one civilian was killed and 15 people wounded, including five policemen, when three roadside bombs exploded late on Monday near a Turkman provincial council member's house in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said.

#1: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed one policeman and wounded two others in the village of Shura, south of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a local police source said.

#2: Gunmen wounded an off-duty policeman in western Mosul, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: US-led forces have killed five Afghan civilians in separate attacks in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar and southern province of Kandahar, Press TV reports. NATO helicopters on Monday fired four rockets into houses in Zhari district of Kandahar, killing three women and injuring two men, said Zalmai Ayoubi, the provincial governor's spokesman, on Tuesday. The Afghan official added that the US-led alliance had confirmed the attack.

Three women and two children were killed in the Zhari district of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, on Sunday during a rocket attack by the International Security Assistance Force, the Zalmai Ayobi, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor, said. ISAF said it could not confirm the deaths but was aware of an incident and was investigating further.

#2: In another attack on Tuesday, US-led forces raided a house in Surkh Rod district of the Nangarhar province and killed two brothers. NATO said in a statement that its forces carried out the operation in collaboration with Afghan forces. It claimed that the fatalities were “militants,” although locals have rejected the claim.

#3: Security forces backed by NATO-led troops during a night raid in Surkhrod district of Nangarhar province 120 km east of Afghan capital city Kabul eliminated two suspected insurgents and detained two others early Tuesday, spokesman of provincial administration Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. "The operation conducted in Dand village of Surkhrod district in the wee hours of today during which two suspected insurgents were killed," Abdulzai told Xinhua. The troops also captured two others, he further said, adding investigation would be initiated to determine if the victims were insurgents or civilians.

#4: Afghan security forces killed two insurgents in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province on Monday, the Helmand governor said in a statement.

#5: Insurgents killed a local deputy council in the Jaghato district of Wardak province on Monday, the Wardak governor said in a statement.

#6: A roadside mine in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province killed three policemen on Monday, Mohmmad Hassan, a police detective for Ghazni said.

#7: An Afghan civilian was killed and three others injured when a bomb went off in Laghman province with Mehtarlam as its capital, 90 km east of capital city of Kabul, police said on Tuesday. "A roadside bomb blasted Monday night in Baba Dashti area in vicinity of provincial capital Mehtarlam, leaving a person walking by dead and injuring three others," deputy to provincial police chief Daud Barakzai told Xinhua.

DoD: Cpl. Adam J. Buyes

MoD: Rifleman Sheldon Lee Jordan Steel