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, April 19, 2012

War News for Thursday, April 19, 2012

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier at the at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, UK, on Wednesday, April 18th. The soldier was wounded from an IED blast in in Nad 'Ali, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 11th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-hostile injury in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 11th.

CIA seeks new authority to expand Yemen drone campaign

Reported security incidents
#1: Pakistani security forces Tuesday killed at least six militants in Kurram Agency, tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said. Security officials said that the Pakistan army fighter jets pounded hideouts of the militants in mountain area of the agency, killing six militants and destroyed three hideouts.

#2: Afghan police backed by national army and the NATO-led forces have killed 25 Taliban militants and wounded nine other over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Thursday. "During the past 24 hours, Afghan Police backed by National Army and the NATO-led Coalition Forces launched 15 joint clean up operations in Kabul, Nangahar, Baghlan, Kunduz, Balkh, Helmand, Zabul, Logar, Ghazni, and Farah provinces during which 25 armed insurgents were killed, nine wounded and another one arrested," the statement added. However, it did not say if there were any casualties on the security forces.


dancewater said...

Iraq Carnage: 69 Killed, 176 Wounded
by Margaret Griffis, April 19, 2012
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Iraq suffered significant bomb attacks in multiple cities today, leaving at least 69 dead and 176 more wounded. The multiple large-scale attacks were apparently coordinated, took place mostly during a 75-minute span, and focused on security personnel. In stark contrast, recent violence has largely resulted in only one or two deaths at a time.

Hamid Mutlaq, a Sunni member of parliament, blamed Baghdad for the slaughter, noting that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s office has been stoking political tensions in recent weeks and causing several groups to call for an end to Maliki’s budding "dictatorship." Among the most aggrieved parties is Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi who fled to Iraqi Kurdistan. He fears that Maliki’s machinations are tearing the country apart.

The carnage cut short a relatively quiet period for Iraq. According to the Interior Ministry, March saw the lowest death toll since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Their figures came up to 112 killed. The deadliest day last month left 63 dead and 257 wounded.

The gravest single attack today took place near Kirkuk in Malhaa/Dibis, where a multiple bomb attack killed nine people and wounded 24 more.

In Baghdad, a bomb targeted Health Minister Majeed Hamad Amin but instead killed two bodyguards and wounded six others on Palestine Street. Three people were killed and 20 more were injured in a blast in Kadhimiya. A bomb in Amil killed two construction workers and wounded 18 more. Two people were killed as they allegedly tried to plant a bomb in Ghazaliya. Five civilians were wounded in a Zaafaraniya blast. A judge was assassinated in Saidiya. Two civilians were killed in a blast in Harthiya.

A car bomber exploded his cargo at a Sahwa checkpoint in Samarra, killing five militia members and wounding eight more. Nearby, another bomb killed two people and wounded a Sahwa member. Three policemen were killed in a third but separate blast.

Eight civilians were killed in two separate bombing in Ramadi. As many as 10 others were also wounded.

A suicide bomber in Taji killed five people and wounded nine more. Two more bombs killed a civilian and wounded five others.

Two bombs in Kirkuk itself left four dead and 19 wounded. The police chief from Muqdadiya was among the wounded.

In Mosul, a suicide bomber was killed by security personnel before he could pull off his attack. A blast near a college left two dead and three wounded. A separate blast left three dead and two wounded at a restaurant.

One person was killed and 13 more were wounded in a blast, the first attack in the series, in Baquba.

In Tarmiya, a bomb targeting police killed one civilian and wounded six others, including three policemen.

Four policemen were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near Falluja.

Last night, a bomb in Amiriyat al-Fallujah killed a policeman and wounded another.

Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Khales, killing one person and wounding three more.

Gunmen stormed a home in Mansouriyat al-Jabal where they killed a Sahwa member.

A car bomb exploded in Dujail, but only killed the driver of the car.

A roadside bomb killed a soldier in Ishaqi.

Gunmen killed a man in Mussayab.

The body of a four-year-old who had been shot was found in Imam Weis.

Six oil policemen were wounded in a blast near Jalawla.

At least five more people were wounded across Diyala province.

A blast in Hawija wounded three soldiers. Gunmen wounded a policeman.

In Kanaan, an I.E.D. blast wounded five people at a stadium.

In Jurf al-Sakhar, three people were wounded when the bomb they were allegedly planting exploded prematurely.

Mortars were launched into Balad and Tikrit, but no casualties were reported.

A car bomb was defused in Mafraq.

dancewater said...

Bad day in Iraq.

Here is the link to the article above.

dancewater said...

March 2012 was the lowest death toll in Iraq since the US invasion in March 2003.