The present-day U.S. military qualifies by any measure as highly professional, much more so than its Cold War predecessor. Yet the purpose of today’s professionals is not to preserve peace but to fight unending wars in distant places. Intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. forces have destroyed many targets and killed many people. Only rarely, however, have they succeeded in accomplishing their assigned political purposes. . . . [F]rom our present vantage point, it becomes apparent that the “Revolution of ‘89” did not initiate a new era of history. At most, the events of that year fostered various unhelpful illusions that impeded our capacity to recognize and respond to the forces of change that actually matter.

Andrew Bacevich

Saturday, September 15, 2007

War News for Saturday, September 15, 2007

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of Four Task Force Lightning Soldiers when an explosion occurred near their vehicle. in Diyala Province Friday, September 14th.


#1: U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 14 suspected insurgents and arrested 17 others during operations in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

#2: Police found six dead bodies throughout Baghdad. 3 (beheaded) in Abo Desheer, 1 in Amil, 1 in Bayaa , 1 in New Baghdad.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Two bodyguards were killed and three others wounded when gunmen attacked Colonel Adil Abdul-Kareem, the chief of intelligence for police in Diyala province, in Baquba, police said.

#2: Gunmen in police uniforms and driving an ambulance killed Khalid Rasheed, a former Iraqi army brigader-general, and two others outside his house in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#3: an Iraqi soldier was killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Baqouba, capital of Diyala province, Iraqi army said. Police and army officials said eight civilians also were killed and five others wounded in attacks in and around the volatile city, which had been a stronghold of the Islamic State until U.S. soldiers overran it in July.

#1: US and Iraqi forces killed a top Shia militant during a raid on an area in the city of Diwaniyah, the US military said Saturday.Najah al-Agra, also known as Abu-Ali, was killed during the operation Thursday, 160 km south of Baghdad, a military statement said. According to the statement, al-Agra was the leader of a group of more than 25 militiamen, allegedly accused of conducting attacks against the US-led multinational forces, including a July mortar attack on the coalition base in Diwaniyah. During the raid, the troops were attacked from a nearby building prompting them to return fire, the statement said, adding one suspect was also detained for further questioning during the raid.

#1: Five soldiers were wounded by a roadside bomb targeting their patrol on Friday in Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Balad Ruz:
#1: Seven people were wounded by a roadside bomb which exploded in a fuel station in the town of Balad Ruz, 50 km (30 miles) southeast of Baquba, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb wounded two people on the road between Kirkuk and Mosul in northern Iraq, police said.

#2: At 8.10 p.m. of Friday , a roadside bomb exploded in front of a house at Irouba neighborhood near Furateen primary school in Kirkuk city .No casualties reported .
#3: Around 9 p.m. of Friday , gunmen launched Katusha missiles at Tareeq (route) Baghdad in Kirkuk city hit an area behind police directorate headquarter .No casualties reported.

Duhuk Prv:
#1: Turkish forces shelled cross-border regions in Iraq's Kurdistan's province of Duhuk, an official source from the border guard forces in Duhuk said on Saturday. "Turkish artillery fired at two cross-border villages in Zakho and Amadiyah on Friday night with no casualties reported," the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq Meanwhile, Robar Harori, a villager from Kani Masi district of Duhuk, told VOI "more than ten artillery shells fell onto different parts of Haror village last night, leaving no casualties."Harori added "the shelling caused damage to orchards and houses." Another eyewitness from Nazdor village in Amadiyah district said that nearly 20 artillery shells landed near his village last night.

#1: Several rockets landed near the military base of German and US forces in the northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan overnight, officials said Saturday. There is no report of casualties from the attack, but the Taliban said the mortars caused a fire in the targeted area. A media spokesman with the German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kunduz told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that three rockets hit an area close to their base late Friday night. 'Three rockets were fired towards us, but they did not cause any casualties or damage to our facilities,' the spokesman added. However the Taliban said they fired around five mortars at the German base and a training camp of US forces around 1130 pm last night.

#2: several rockets and mortars faired on Zurmat's district headquarters in the south-eastern province of Paktia overnight Saturday, officials said. Esmatullah Alizai, police chief of Paktia province, confirmed that the Taliban fired some rockets on Zurmat district headquarters. There were no casualties and no damage, he told Deutsche Press-Agentur dpa. Taliban spokesman Attal said that 25 mortars and seven rockets had been fired at the district headquarters, adding 'we have no actual information about the losses or damage caused by attack.'