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

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

War News for Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern 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 Wednesday, November 16th.

Karzai aims to set limits on American troops

Reported security incidents

#1: Iraqi officials say two Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite shrines in Iraq were killed when a bomb went off next to a minibus they were traveling in. Police and medical officials in Baghdad say nine other Iranians were wounded in Wednesday's explosion, as well as eight Iraqis who were nearby. The Iranians were traveling from the northern city of Samarra, which is home to a holy Shiite shrine, to another Shiite shrine in the Kazimiyah neighborhood in Baghdad. They were about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad when the bomb went off.

#2: The Secretary-General of the so-called "Iraq's Honest Sons Coalition," Abbas al-Mohammadwi, has been injured in an assassination attempt in northern Baghdad's A'athamiya District on Wednesday, according to the Coalition's statement. "During my drive through A-athamiya District, trying to cross al-A'imma Bridge, heading to west Baghdad's Kazimiya District, a guy, disguised behind a newspaper seller, opened fire on me and escaped in A'athamiya streets," Mohammadawi said in his statement, distributed by his brother, who said his Brother Abbas was shot in one of his shouders and was driven to a hospital for treatment.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Early on Tuesday morning, gunmen disguised in military uniforms broke into the house of Sheikh Bashar al-Azzawi, a Sunni Arab tribal leader, and shot him dead in Adhim in the eastern province of Diyala, a source from Diyala's operation commands told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: In a separate incident, three civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Muqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, the source said.

#3: Also in Diyala, gunmen shot and wounded a former member of the local armed group Awakening Council near the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Baghdad, the source added.

#1: A roadside bomb went off and wounded three civilians late on Tuesday in the town of Rashad, near Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: Gunmen kidnapped a government employee late on Tuesday near the city of Kirkuk, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: US drones on Wednesday fired a salvo of missiles, destroying a house and killing 10 militants in Pakistan's Taliban-infested tribal badlands close to the Afghan border, officials said. Four missiles slammed into the compound in the Baber Ghar area of South Waziristan, killing at least 10 militants who were reported to be local Taliban fighters, the Pakistani security officials said.

Suspected U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region killed 18 alleged militants Tuesday night, intelligence officials told CNN. Two Pakistani intelligence officials said the suspected drones fired two missiles at different sites in South Waziristan.

#2: Unidentified gunmen have torched two NATO fuel tankers in the southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan, Press TV reports. The gunmen attacked the fuel tankers carrying supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan on Tuesday near the Dasht area of Mastang district of Balochistan, a Press TV correspondent reported.

#3: Five armed insurgents were killed and nine arrested after the Afghan police, army, National Directorate of Security and coalition forces launched four joint and independent operations in Khost, Helmand, Ghazni and Zabul provinces, during the past 24 hours, the interior ministry said in a statement.

#4: At least two people were injured when a pick-up car carrying local pro-government militiamen was attacked by a bomb in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency which borders Afghanistan on Wednesday afternoon, reported local Urdu TV channel Express.

#5: At least 20 militants were killed in clashes with the security forces in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Kurram Agency which borders the eastern side of Afghanistan on Wednesday, reported local media. Local Urdu TV channel Duniya quoted anonymous security officials as saying that one troop was also killed and another was three injured in the clashes. The clashes broke out when a group of militants in unknown number launched an attack on an army checkpost in the Murghan area of east Kurram Agency, said the report, adding that the army fought back in retaliation with the help of gunship helicopters.


dancewater said...

Some US Troops to stay in Iraq as trainers

Some United States forces will remain as military trainers on 10 bases in Iraq even after an end-of-year deadline for all American troops to be out of the country, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee on Tuesday.

The forces will provide training in counterterrorism to Iraqis and also instruction in operating American-made tanks and F-16 fighter jets, General Dempsey said. The trainers are expected to remain largely on the bases, "so this isn't about us moving around the country very much at all," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

General Dempsey did not provide a number, although a military official later said there would be no more than 200 American military personnel in the country. Overall, there will be about 16,000 American Embassy personnel in Iraq, including a large number of civilian contractors as security guards. Currently there are some 24,000 American troops in Iraq.

At a sometimes heated hearing, both General Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta tried to counter criticism from Republicans on the panel that the Obama administration was abandoning Iraq, but also sought to make their case that any military personnel left behind would have limited roles.