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

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

War News for Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Photo: A U.S. Marine inspects the remains of a vehicle destroyed in a roadside bombing that killed 14 Marines and a civilian interpreter near Haditha, Iraq. (Antonio Castaneda / Associated Press)

#1: MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier in a non-hostile accident in Qadisiya Province in the south of Iraq on Monday, October 1st. Another soldier was injured in the incident.
#2: The DoD has announced what would appear to be a new death, not previously reported by CENTCOM. Army Sergeant 1st Class Randy L. Johnson, 34, of Washington, DC, died in a roadside bombing in Baghdad on Thursday, September 27th. He was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, out of Vilseck, Germany ... a unit that deployed to Iraq last August as a rapid reaction force.
#3: MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier during combat operations in central Baghdad on Sunday, September 30th. 10 other U.S. soldiers, two Iraqi army troops, an interpreter, and an Iraqi civilian were wounded in the incident.
#4: The DoD has announced a new death, not previously reported by CENTCOM: Marine Gunnery Sergeant Herman Jerome Murkerson Jr., 35, of Adger, Alabama. Murkerson died "while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province". He was assigned to the Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron 2, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II MEF, out of Cherry Point, NC.
Security incidents:
#1: The first device targeted an Iraqi police patrol and exploded about 7.30am local time (1430 AEST) on a highway in south-eastern Baghdad, according to a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorised to release the information. One police officer was killed and five were wounded, he said.

#2: a roadside bomb detonated near a commercial area in the early morning in al-Rashid camp, south-eastern Baghdad, killing three civilians and wounding five.

#3: A second bomb left at a garbage collection site near an eastern Baghdad market exploded about 8.15am local time (1515 AEST), killing two people and wounding four others, the officer said.

Around 8.15 a.m., a roadside bomb exploded at Karrada neighborhood near the commercial Mission compound killing 2 people and injuring 4 others.

#4: Another explosive went off near an Iraqi police patrol in nearby Zaafaraniya neighbourhood killing a policeman and wounding five more.

#5: In the third reported explosion, three policemen and two civilians were wounded in Zayuna neighbourhood, eastern Baghdad. The blast scenes were all sealed off.

#6: Around 2 p.m., a roadside bomb targeted an American patrol at Shaab neighborhood injuring 3 people.

Diyala Prv:
#1: A suicide car bomber has detonated his explosives-laden vehicle at a police checkpoint near a town north of the Iraqi capital, killing six people and wounding 10, the police say. Those killed in the blast near Khalis, 80 kilometres north of Baghdad, included two policemen and four civilians, police said. The civilians - two women, a man and a child - were passengers on a minibus that was closest to the checkpoint. It caught fire in the explosion. The 10 wounded, including six women and three children, were travelling in a second minibus, hit by shrapnel from the explosion.

In a town near Baquba, capital of the northern Diyala province, at least 10 Iraqis were killed - including six police officers - and 10 were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive-laden vehicle near a police checkpoint.

#2: an armed group blew up a fuel station in a nearby district. The same source said that an armed group blew up a fuel station in Khalis district, 62 kilometres east of Baghdad, but no casualties were reported.

#1: a group of unknown gunmen shot dead a family of three on Tuesday morning in Diyala. The Iraqi parents and their daughter were attacked in Mafraq area in Baquba, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, according to a police source.

#1: A roadside bomb targeting a bus wounded one person on Monday in the small town of Hamza al-Gharbi, near the city of Hilla, police said.

#2: Gunmen killed one person and wounded a policeman in the city of Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. Gunmen had targeted a small group of policemen.

#1: A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed one policeman and wounded five in Madaen, about 45 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: Police found two dead bodies in Tuz Khurmatu ( south Kirkuk ) on Tuesday morning . Both are brothers , the first on is a policeman while the other is a student .They are from Turkman nationality.

#1: A mortar round killed one civilian and wounded another on Monday in the town of Riyadh, 60 km (40 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

#1: One militant killed and one policeman wounded in clashes between insurgents and Iraqi police in the town of Abbasi, 70 km (45 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

#1: a police source in Kirkuk, 250 kilometres north of Baghdad, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that a civilian was killed and two were wounded in a bomb blast

#2: police forces said they had found five bodies overnight across Kirkuk, which lies in the Tamim province.

#1: Two bodies, including one of an officer in the former Iraqi army, were found in Mosul on Monday, police said.

#2: Gunmen kidnapped Hisham al-Qazaz, the head of Ibn Sina hospital on Monday in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: A suicide bomber blew himself up alongside a bus in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 11 people, including police officers and civilians, Afghan officials said. It was the second such attack in the capital in four days. The front of the bus was blown apart by the blast at the start of the morning rush hour on a narrow road in a shopping district in the city's western outskirts. "The report we have indicates that so far 12 police have been killed and 15 wounded," said a police official who declined to be named. The Interior Ministry later said that 11 people - six police officers and five civilians, three of them children - had been killed.

#2: The first attack happened near the village of Data Khel, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Miran Shah, the main town in the North Waziristan tribal region near Afghanistan, where Pakistan has deployed thousands of troops in an effort to flush out remnants of the Taliban and al-Qaida. One soldier died and three were wounded, while authorities later found the bodies of two militants, a local intelligence official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media.

#3: Militants also attacked paramilitary forces in Swat, a scenic valley in North West Frontier Province, where Islamic militants recently have stepped up attacks against security forces. Six security personnel were wounded, said two other officials who also requested anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to media. It was not clear whether militants suffered any casualties.
#4: Also Monday, some 150 militants attacked the Richi Fort security post west of Bannu and captured 24 paramilitary police officers, said an intelligence official who was not authorized to speak publicly. Arshad confirmed that attack but said he had no confirmation that anyone was captured. Bannu is near North Waziristan, about 180 kilometers (110 miles) south of Peshawar.

#5: The Taliban have executed four people in Afghanistan for spying for foreign forces and the Afghanistan government, Taliban sources said Monday. A teenager was hanged in Sangin district of Helmand province Sunday night apparently for giving information on the Taliban hideouts to government and foreign forces. Sangin district chief, Haji Ezatullah, said the 15-year-old boy was found hanged to an electricity column.

#6: Also in Ghazni province, a tailor was beheaded, in broad daylight, out of the town where he was working on Sunday by Taliban rebels, officials said Monday. The tailor, Muhammad Kabir, was taken from his shop and beheaded out of Liwanai town in Qarabagh district. Qarabagh district chief Khwaja Muhammad Seddiqi told DPA that the tailor's only sin was that he was sewing cloths for local soldiers.

#7: In Kapisa province, to the northeast of Kabul, the Taliban executed a man for the same charge. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they shot dead Gul Dad for spying for the US-led Coalition troops in the province. However, local officials said the victim was "an ordinary man".

#8: The fourth case of execution took place in the southeastern Paktika province Sunday night. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told DPA that Kakai Khan was "found guilty of giving intelligence to the US-led forces against the Taliban". He said the man was killed after he confessed to "this crime" during investigation.

#9: Two bombs exploded Tuesday, targeting Norwegian peacekeepers in northern Afghanistan, but no one was injured, the military said. The roadside bombs — the second going off about two hours after the first — damaged two vehicles in the northern city of Maymana, where troops with the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, have a large operation under way, the Norwegian Joint Headquarters said. The bombs went off about 3 kilometers (2 miles) from one another near the border of the Badghis and Faryab provinces — an area seldom visited by ISAF forces, the military said. The first bomb left a Norwegian vehicle damaged but still drivable, while the second bomb destroyed another vehicle, he said.
Casualty Reports:
#1: The DoD has identified the Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier who died in an attack involving an IED and small arms fire in eastern Baghdad on Saturday, September 29th: Sergeant 1st Class James D. Doster, 37, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The Associated Press is reporting that Doster had served in the army for 17 years, signing up during his second year in college. For much of his career, he was a recruiter. However, he did see combat duty during the Gulf War ... and was currently serving in Iraq as a convoy leader. Doster leaves behind a wife and two young daughters, ages 6 and 3.
#2: The DoD has identified the Task Force Lightning soldier who died in a small arms fire attack in Baloor, Diyala Province, on Saturday, September 29th: Staff Sergeant Donnie D. Dixon, 37, of Miami, Florida. Dixon served on the personal security detachment for the commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, out of Fort Hood, TX, which is currently stationed at Ba'qubah.
#3: The DoD has also identified the Multi-National Division - Baghdad soldier who died in a small arms fire attack in a southern part of Baghdad on Saturday, September 29th: Sergeant Robert T. Ayres III, of Los Angeles, California. Ayres served in the 3rd Squadron of the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment out of Vilseck, Germany ... a squadron which lost another member last September 18th in the same area, Spc. Aaron Walker.
#4: The DoD has issued a release identifying Sgt. Zachary D. Tellier, 31, of Charlotte, N.C., who died September 29th at Firebase Wilderness, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. We believe this corresponds to this previous release by NATO-ISAF.