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

Thursday, September 13, 2007

War News for Thursday, September 13, 2007

Photo: From an article in "The Sun Online" entitled "Brits destroy own Hercules" featuring a Royal Air Force Hercules aircraft which was destroyed last February in Maysan Province. I collected Three articles for this incedent which follows where at least two of the links still appear to work. Editors note: the article states that the plane was hit during landing be some form of land mines but to me it appears that something exploded one of the port engines which broke off part of the wing. This is only my speculation.

Date: 02-13-07

Maysan Prv:
#1: AN RAF Hercules has gone down in Iraq with passengers on board. No-one was killed in the incident which is believed to have happened late last night when the plane was attempting to land. Two passengers were injured but every passenger and crew member escaped from the plane. It is not known which regiment was flying the plane or who the passengers were. The families of those people involved are being told before details are released. Troops destroyed the plane after the incident because it was unsalvageable. An RAF Lyneham spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a Hercules went down in Iraq sometime yesterday after a false landing. There were passengers on board but everyone got off.

(a non-confirmed report) A British Hercules aircraft was shot down in southeastern Iraq and was suspiciously destroyed by coalition forces for what they called 'the risk of mounting a recovery operation'. Two people suffered minor injuries in the incident Monday night, the Ministry said. The C-130 had just touched down at an airstrip in Maysan province when it was damaged by an explosion, said a Ministry spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with Department policy. Another C-130 in the area quickly landed at the same strip and rescued the crew, the spokesman said.
The DoD has announced two new Deaths of Marines previously unreleased by CENTCOM. They died on Monday, September 10, while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq: Cpl. Carlos E. Gilorozco, 23, of San Jose, California and Lance Cpl. Jon T. Hicks, Jr., 20, of Atco, N.J. They both were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Security incidents:

#1: An Iraqi civilian was killed and three others wounded in two roadside bomb attacks in the Iraqi capital on Thursday, a police source said. A roadside bomb went off in the morning in the Zaiyounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing a civilian and wounding three others, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

#2: Another roadside bomb detonated near a U.S. patrol in the al- Wathiq Square in Baghdad's central neighborhood of Karradah, the source said. The source could not reveal the casualties of U.S. soldiers in the attack, as the U.S. troops sealed off the area preventing the police from approaching the scene.

Iraqi police saying six people were killed and 18 wounded when a bomb hidden under a parked car exploded in Sadr City. The bomb was apparently aimed at an American convoy, but missed its target -- killing all civilians and setting shops in the area on fire, police said.

#3: Earlier, the source said that a car bomb went off in the Talbiyah neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad, killing at least four people and wounding ten others.

#4: Iraqi security forces killed four suspected insurgents and detained 51 others in different parts of Baghdad during the past 24 hours, the Defence Ministry said.

#5: An IED exploded in Al Wathiq square in Karrada neighborhood downtown Baghdad around 11,30. No casualties reported.

#1: U.S.-Iraqi forces killed at dawn Nagah al-Aqraa, owner of al-Aqraa gas station, at his office in al-Dubat neighborhood in central Diwaniyah," the source, who asked not to be named, told the independent news agency Voices of Iraq (VOI), adding no more details.

#1: And near Samarra, 60 miles north of the Iraqi capital, authorities said about 60 gunmen attacked a police station and ignited clashes with residents and police -- leaving four assailants dead and two policemen wounded.

#1: Gunmen kidnapped a civilian near Albo Najim village, part of Daqooq district south of Kirkuk yesterday evening.

#1: A sniper killed a policeman in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Gunmen wounded another four policemen in two other attacks.

#2: Gunmen killed a Kurdish citizen was who works in a bakery in Babil neighborhood in Mosul city yesterday evening. The body of Amjad Jabir was moved to Rizgari hospital in Arbil province north Iraq and doctors found out that he was shot with 6 bullets in different parts of his body.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: The most prominent figure in a revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed Thursday in an explosion near his home in Anbar province, Iraqi police said. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha was leader of the Anbar Salvation Council, an alliance of clans backing the Iraqi government and U.S. forces. Abu Risha and two of his bodyguards were killed by a roadside bomb, said Col. Tareq Youssef, supervisor of Anbar police.

#1: One policeman was killed and two wounded when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

#1: At least four Spanish soldiers have been injured in an accident in Afghanistan today. Two of the injured are thought to be seriously hurt when a BMR ambulance overturned on its side which was travelling close to the Spanish base at Qala I Naw. A statement from the Ministry of Defence said the accident happened at 1,22 am Spanish time, and that the serious injured are a Capitan, who has a fractured hip and two ribs and a Second Lieutenant who has head injuries, but they are out of danger. They are being treated at the Spanish military hospital in Herat, where they were taken by helicopter. It’s thought the poor condition of the road was to blame for the accident.