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, December 1, 2011

War News for Thursday, December 01, 2011

Newlywed soldier from Bury shot and killed in Kenya training accident

Nato ignored warnings, top army official says

Reported security incidents

#1: Four Iraqi civilians have been injured in an explosive charge blast in west Baghdad's Aadamiya district on Thursday, a security source reported. "An explosive charge, planted close to the Royal Graveyard in west Baghdad's Aadamiya district, blew off on Thursday, wounding 4 civilians and causing damage for a number of a civilian cars, close to the venue of the blast," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Iraqi officials say a car bomb has killed 10 people and injured more than 20 in a town northeast of Baghdad. Authorities immediately imposed a curfew in the town of Khalis, in Diyala Province. Police said the car bomb exploded in a marketplace as shoppers were starting to arrive.

#2: Also in Diyala, gunmen stormed the home of an anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighter at dawn and killed seven people, police said. The victims of the attack in the town of Buhriz about 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of Baghdad included the local leader of the pro-government Sahwa or Awakening Councils movement and six members of his family, four of whom were women. Faris al-Azawi, the spokesman of Diyala's health directorate, confirmed the death tolls in both Khalis and Buhriz.

#3: A parked car bomb exploded near a Shi'ite procession, wounding seven people, in Balad Ruz, 90 km (55 miles) northeast of Baghdad, a source in the Diyala province security operations centre said.

#1: Two Army men and 2 policemen have been injured in an explosive charge blast against their joint patrol in west Baghdad's Taji district on Thursday, a Baghdad security source reported. "An explosive charge blew off in north Baghdad's Taji district against a joint Iraqi Army and Police patrol, wounding 4 of its elements," the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A militant was killed when a roadside bomb he was planting exploded in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, a source in the Nineveh province security operations centre said.

#2: Police found the skeleton of a civilian who was kidnapped in 2008 and shot in the head, in an area west of Mosul, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two Pakistanis were allegedly gunned down by NATO forces in the Bibijan area of Afghanistan, which borders the Chagai district of Balochistan. Balochistan Levies confirmed the incident and said that the that two men had been shot dead in the Helmand province of Afghanistan on Thursday morning. “The two men went to visit their relatives living inside Afghanistan from Chagai, when NATO forces opened fire on them, killing both instantly,” relatives told local journalists.

#3: Afghan officials say three policemen died and four others were wounded in an explosion in northeast Afghanistan. Kamen Khan, a police official in Baghlan district of Baghlan province, says all seven were riding in an Afghan National Police vehicle on Thursday morning when it hit a roadside mine.

#4: On Tuesday in a neighboring district, (Baghlan province) two German troops were wounded when their vehicle ran over a roadside bomb.

#5: Seven Pakistani engineers have been kidnapped in an area near Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, Afghan police said, Press TV reports. Unknown gunmen attacked a minivan carrying the Pakistani engineers, when they were going home from work on Wednesday. The abductees were assigned to a hospital construction project in Pol-e-Alam, the capital of eastern province of Logar. Their driver was forced out of the car and all were taken away to an unknown location, Logar police chief Ghulam Sakhi Roghliwani said.

#6: A bomb exploded near the office of a regional government official in the often restive northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar early on Thursday, police officials said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. A wall of the district coordination officer's building collapsed after the blast, which was heard throughout Peshawar

DoD: Sgt. 1st Class Dennis R. Murray