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 8, 2011

War News for Thursday, December 08, 2011

Reported security incidents

#1: Two mortars landed at the Green Zone in war-battered Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Thursday's dawn and casualties or damages have not been clear so far. An official of the country's interior ministry confirmed the attack, which could be heard at Xinhua office on the bank of the Tigris River.

Diyala Prv:
#1: An Iraqi policeman was killed and two others were wounded during a sabotage attack on powerlines in the province of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. "The electricity supply of 400 megawatts from the Iranian city of Kermanshah to Diyala has been suspended as a result of a sabotage Tuesday that destroyed four towers and cut the line," said electricity ministry spokesman Mussaab al-Mudares. Mudares said the attack took place in the region of Lake Hamrin, some 50 kilometres northeast of Baquba. The collapse of the towers killed one officer and wounded two others.

Jurf al Sakhar:
#1: A sticky bomb attached to a car carrying an employee at the Ministry of National Security wounded him along with two others in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, about 60 km (40 miles)south of Baghdad, police said. Another police source said only the employee was wounded in the attack.

#2: A roadside bomb went off near the house of a government-backed Sahwa militia leader, and wounded one man in the town of Jurf al-Sakhar, police said.

#1: Gunmen opened fire at a car carrying an off-duty Kurdish peshmerga soldier, killing him on Tuesday in eastern Kirkuk, a local police source said.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded a senior official at state-run Iraqi Railways Company, in central Kirkuk, police said.

#3: A sticky bomb attached to a car carrying an employee at the North Oil Company killed him in southern Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: The source told Aswat al-Iraq that unknown gunmen killed a lawyer, called Nadhim al-Jbouri east of the city, while leaving the court premises.

#2: In another incident, the police found the body of Establishment Protection Force, east of Mosul. The source said that the deseaced had many shots in his body at the head and breat, which was thrown on the side of the street.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Gunmen killed a police officer near his house in the city of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two Taliban insurgents including a self-proclaimed district leader were killed in an overnight NATO air strike in Manogai district of eastern Kunar province on Wednesday, said Kunar police chief Ewaz Mohammad Nazari.