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

Monday, September 14, 2009

War News for Monday, September 14, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier from small arms fire/ gunshot wound in the Babaji district, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Sunday, September 13th.

The DND/CF is reporting the death of a Canadian ISAF soldier in a roadside bombing in the Panwjai District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan on Sunday, September 13th. Four additional soldiers were injured in the blast.

2 SAF teams for Afghanistan:

US could shift war on terror focus to Pak-Afghanistan border:

Cholera outbreaks in 10 Afghan provinces:

Polio returns to Afghanistan:

Unstoppable Western Fascism in Afghanistan-III (An interesting commentary -- whisker)

'Bin Laden' tape: Obama can't stop war:

Prosecutors in Iraq Case See Pattern by Guards:

A Somber Warning on Afghanistan:

Pakistan sacks 700 tribal policemen subject to Taliban threats:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: And in Baghdad late Sunday, a civilian was killed and four others wounded, one seriously, when a bomb targeted a cafe in the Askandariyah neighbourhood, in the south of the capital, a local hospital said.

#2: A member of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi’s Iraqi National List was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in front of his house in al-Latifiya district, southern Baghdad, according to an INL official on Sunday. “Yas Khudeir al-Janabi, a leading member of the INL-Latifiya, was killed when unidentified gunmen raided his house in a rural area in the district at a late hour of Saturday (Sept. 12),” Ahmed Hussein told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Two civilians and a policeman were wounded in an explosive charge blast that occurred in a downtown Baghdad neighborhood, the Iraqi police said on Monday. “This afternoon, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on 62 St. of al-Karada neighborhood, central Baghdad, near a police patrol car,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
#1: One man died on Monday when a roadside bomb struck his car in Bohruz district, five kilometres (three miles) south of the Diyala provincial capital Baquba, said an officer from the city's operation command headquarters, which comprises army and police. The victim's three-year-old son was wounded, the officer said.

An employee working for the antiquities department was killed in a blast near Diala’s Baaquba city, according to a local security source. “Today, an explosive device exploded on a main street in Bahraz district (5 km south of Baaquba) near a civilian vehicle carrying an antiquities employee and his son,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A second attack saw a college student shot dead in Mukheefa village, north of Baquba while he was walking from his house to a nearby farm.

#3: Five Iraqis, including a solider, were injured when a booby-trapped car bomb detonated in downtown Baaquba, according to a local security source. “The car exploded in front of the Diala Movie Theater, downtown Baaquba, while an Iraqi army patrol vehicle was passing the location,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: One person was killed Monday when a bomb exploded near a coffee shop in the southern Iraqi city of Iskandariyah, a security source told the German Press Agency dpa. Four people were injured and were admitted to a nearby hospital.

#1: A civilian contractor was shot and killed Sunday on an American military base in the Iraqi city of Tikrit and a U.S. soldier has been detained in connection with the incident, the U.S. military said.

#1: An improvised explosive device went off near a U.S. military convoy north of al-Kut city on Sunday but no casualties or losses were reported, an Iraqi police source said. “A home-made explosive charge linked to detonation wires and planted at al-Nomaniya district intersection, (40 km) north of Kut, went off on Sunday (Sept. 13) while a U.S. convoy was passing by, but left no casualties or losses,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Two gunmen were killed during clashes with the police after a group of armed men had opened fire on a U.S. chopper in western Mosul, a security source said on Monday, adding that two policemen were also killed in the incident. “The incident occurred near Tal Abta district, western Mosul at a late hour last night,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “Police personnel, which were deployed at the police, engaged with the gunmen and killed two of them,” the source explained. The source had told Aswat al-Iraq that the U.S. chopper killed a gunman and arrested another.

#2: One woman on Monday was killed and her daughter was injured when an explosive device exploded in western Mosul, according to a local security source. “Today, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a National Police patrol vehicle in al-Boursa area, western Mosul, killing a woman and wounding her daughter,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A US missile slammed into a car killing four militants at dawn Monday in Pakistan's remote tribal belt near the Afghan border in the third attack in a week, Pakistani officials said. "Four militants were killed," a local government official said, requesting anonymity. Another security official said four people were wounded.

#2: Pakistan's security forces killed 16 militants and apprehended another three in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malakand districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Monday. The army said in a daily update that one soldier was killed and another soldier injured during the exchange of fire between the security forces and the militants in Swat, while 15 militants werekilled and three arrested.

#3: In nearby Dir, the security forces conducted search operation at Shagai and killed one militant. They also recovered one suicide jacket and one improvised explosive device (IED), said the statement.

#4: Quarrel between an Afghan police constable and an American soldier injured three, including the soldier, his interpreter and police, a local newspaper reported Monday. "The incident occurred in Khak-e-Jabar area outside Afghan capital city of Kabul Sunday when an American soldier asked a policeman if he has cigarette, but the police said it is fasting month and the soldier ridiculed," said daily Arman-e-Millie.

DND/CF: Private Patrick Lormand