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 10, 2009

War News for Thursday, September 10, 2009

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Wounded troops recover as US war coverage wanes:

Two Turkish soldiers killed in mine blast:

Five Armenian soldiers killed near Karabakh-report:

US eyes military equipment transfer to Pakistan from Iraq:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: A State Department contractor from Henderson. Nevada, has been electrocuted while showering in Baghdad even as U.S. authorities in Iraq try to remedy wiring problems that have led to the deaths of American troops there. 25-year-old Adam Hermanson's wife says he died Sept. 1. Hermanson did three tours of duty in Iraq with the Air Force before returning to Iraq as an employee of the Herndon, Virginia-based private contractor Triple Canopy.

#2: In central Baghdad's Karrada district, at least five civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on a busy street.

An improvised explosive device (IED) on Thursday went off near a joint checkpoint in a downtown Baghdad area, according to eyewitnesses. “The device exploded at al-Karada intersection, downtown Baghdad, near a checkpoint set up by police and army personnel,” an eyewitness told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Three civilians on Wednesday were injured when a sticky explosive device hit a bus in northern Baghdad, according to the Iraqi police. “An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated inside a Coaster bus on 14 Ramadan Bridge, northern Baghdad, wounding three passengers and causing damage to the bus,” a police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#4: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S military convoy in Ameriyah, western Baghdad, Thursday. No casualties were reported

Diyala Prv:
#1: Mayor of an Iraqi town in the volatile Diyala province escaped unhurt a suicide car bomb attack on his convoy on Thursday, while a civilian was killed and eight others wounded in the attack, a provincial police source said. Ahmad al-Karkushi, mayor of the town of Sa'diyah, survived the attack when a suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden car into the convoy which was travelling in the town, some 120 km northeast of Baghdad, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Four of Karkushi's bodyguards were among the wounded, the source said. The blast destroyed three vehicles of Karkushi's convoy and four nearby civilian cars, along with five houses, the source added.

#2: Wafa Natiq, college student and daughter of the press liaison in the local government of Baquba was kidnapped as she was leaving the college campus in central Baquba, Thursday morning.

#1: Two roadside bombs exploded in quick succession in a popular market south of Baghdad on Thursday, killing four people and wounding 29, Iraqi police said. The blasts struck the town of Mahmudiya, about 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, which has been largely quiet for many months.

Jarf al-Sakhr:
#1: Three policemen were wounded on Thursday by gunmen in northwest of Hilla, a police source said. “Unidentified gunmen clashed with a police patrol in Jarf al-Sakhr district, northwest of Hilla, on Thursday (Sept. 10), injuring three policemen,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A car bomb killed eight members of a family on Wednesday in Kirkuk. Maj. Gen. Jamal Taher Bakr, Kirkuk’s police chief, said a displaced family from Diyala Province had been taking refuge in a house close to where the bomb exploded.

#1: At least 20 civilians were killed and 20 others wounded in a suicide bombing Thursday in northern Iraq, an Interior Ministry official said. A suicide truck bomber hit the Kurdish village of Wardek, south of Mosul, before dawn Thursday, the official said. Many houses in the village were destroyed in the bombing, the latest in a series of similarly devastating attacks that have struck small villages in Nineveh province over recent months.

#1: Iraqi army forces on Wednesday killed two gunmen while they were trying to shoot down a traffic policeman in Mosul, according to a security source. “On Wednesday evening, Quick Intervention Corps (QIC) forces killed two gunmen in al-Zahraa neighborhoo after they had opened fire on a traffic cop,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The forces seized two pistols, which were in the gunmen’s possession, the source noted.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Thirteen people were wounded as dozens of Afghans took to the street in Ghazni city, capital of southern Ghazni province Thursday and demanding the punishment on the murders of Malawi Shams, who serves as a religious scholar in the city, said an official. "The angry people gather near the government buildings where security forces tried to stop them, but open no fire,"Mohammad Usman Usmani, governor of Ghazni told reporters in a press briefing. Usmani rejected the claim that four people were killed by security forces. He said that "some protesters, who have pistols, opened fire injuring 13 people but no one was killed in the incident." However, Ismahi Abrahimzai, the director of Ghazni hospital told Xinhua that two body and 18 injured people were transferred to hospital on Thursday. Some protesters claimed that the attackers were in military uniform.

#2: Pakistan's security forces killed one militant and apprehended 35 others in the continued search and clearance operations in northwest Pakistan's Swat and Malakand districts during the last 24 hours, the army said Thursday.

DoD: 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton

DoD: Capt. Joshua S. Meadows

News: Pfc. Artur Pyc