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, December 1, 2009

War News for Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The British MoD is reporting the death of a British ISAF soldier in an IED attack in the Babaji area, Helmand province, Afghanistan on Monday, November 30th.

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Petty Officer 3rd Class David M. Mudge died in a non-hostile accident aboard USS Rentz while in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 28th.

Oil Companies Look to the Future in Iraq:

Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan:

Obama faces steep challenges in new Afghan policy:

Pentagon targets inside threats:

Reported security incidents

#1: Iraqi army forces on Tuesday found an unknown body belonging to a young man near a village in northern Iraq, according to a local source. “On Tuesday morning, army forces found a civilian body near Diyozanti village (32 km west of Makhmour),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“The body belonged to a young man in his twenties and bore signs of gunshot wounds to the belly,” the source pointed out.The body could not be identified, the source added.

#1: At least eleven people were wounded in two thermal bombs attacks in al-Huwaiyja district in southwestern Kirkuk, a local police chief said on Monday. “Eleven persons, including five policemen and six civilians, were injured on Monday evening (Nov. 30) when two thermal bombs were thrown on a number of civilians at the artists syndicate in al-Huwaiyja district, southwestern Kirkuk,” Brig. Sarhad Qader told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A general from the Iraqi army's military intelligence service was killed in the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday, police told the German Press Agency dpa. Mohammed Khader, 46, was an ethnic Kurd and a member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the two political parties that have for decades dominated Iraqi Kurdish politics. Armed men jumped out of a civilian car in front of his house in the eastern Kirkuk district of al-Nasr and fatally shot the general, police said Monday.

#2: An army officer was killed on Monday by gunmen in southern Kirkuk, a senior police officer said. “Unknown gunmen shot and killed Colonel Muwafq Mohammad, intelligence official of the 46th brigade, at al-Nasr neighborhood in southern Kirkuk,” Shirzad Moufri told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: An Iraqi army serviceman has been injured in an armed attack by gunmen in southern Kirkuk, according to a local source. “On Monday evening, unknown gunmen opened fire from a silencer-equipped pistol on an Iraqi army serviceman in al-Nidaa neighborhood, southern Kirkuk,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.The serviceman was wounded in the attack, the source pointed out.

#1: Unknown gunmen killed on Monday a security element in eastern Mosul. “Unknown gunmen killed on Monday (Nov. 30) an element from the buildings’ protection force in Garage al-Shamal region in eastern Mosul,” a police source said.

#2: One policeman was killed and another one was injured in a thermal bomb explosion in central Mosul on Monday, according to a security source. “A thermal bomb went off on Monday afternoon (Nov. 30) targeting a police vehicle patrol in Bab al-Beid region in central Mosul, killing a policeman and injuring another one,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Gunmen in a car attacked another car and killed a man and wounded three other people on Monday in the town of Rabia, northwest of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Both the attackers and victims were Yazidis, a pre-Islamic Kurdish sect living in northern Iraq and Syria.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: Three members of a government-allied Sunni militia were injured in an attack on a checkpoint near the western Iraqi city of Falluja on Tuesday morning, police said. Gunmen attacked a checkpoint manned by members of the local Sahwa, or 'Awakening,' militia in al-Karama, north of Falluja, injuring three militiamen, police in Falluja told the German Press Agency dpa.

#2: A police force defused on Monday two bombs south of Falluja city, and arrested three suspects.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A police officer with Afghan National Police (ANP) were injured as gun battle erupted between Taliban militants and ANP in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province in the wee hours Tuesday, an official said. "It was 1 a.m. local time when militants attacked ANP check points in Dashti Archi district, and police repelled attack. As a result, an ANP officer got wounded," district chief Shikh Sadi told Xinhua. Sadi also said that ANP inflicted causalities on enemy, but failed to give more details.

#2: A teenage suicide bomber has killed an anti-Taliban lawmaker in his house in Pakistan's Swat Valley, showing the militant threat in the region remains months after a military push there was declared a success. The attacker blew himself up among guests greeting provincial assembly member Shamsher Khan in his house close to the main Swat Valley town of Mingora, police and hospital officials said. Nine other people were wounded, including the lawmaker's brother.

#3: A rocket fired by militants hit a residential area in Gorbaz district of Khost province in east Afghanistan, police said Monday. "The rocket fired by rebels hit a residential area Sunday night injuring one civilian," Bismillah Hashimi the police chief of Gorbaz district told Xinhua.

#4: At least 10 militants were killed in shelling of gunship helicopters in northwest Pakistan's Kurram tribal region on Tuesday, local TV channel reported. Pakistani security forces with aerial assistance of gunship helicopters attacked the hideouts of militants in Talosi area of Kurram region, and 10 militants were killed during the operation, the private channel ARY News reported. Militants fired rockets at troops near Makeen, the major militant base controlled by security forces, and the latter responded effectively, the statement said.

#5: An Afghan civilian was killed and three others sustained injuries as a bomb blast rocked Uruzgan's provincial capital Trinkot on Tuesday, deputy to provincial police chief Mohammad Musa said. "The bomb planted on a hand-cart exploded in a bazaar this morning killing a passerby on the spot and wounding three others," Musa told Xinhua.

DoD: Pfc. Michael A. Rogers

DoD: Petty Officer 3rd Class David M. Mudge