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, May 13, 2010

War News for Thursday, May 13, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a small arms fire attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 12th.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 12th.

Distrust of Afghan Leaders Threatens U.S. War Strategy:

Mysterious Blight Destroys Afghan Poppy Harvest:

Pentagon rethinking value of major counterinsurgencies:

Reported security incidents

#1: A late night car bomb that tore through a cafe in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood appears to have detonated prematurely, killing three suspected militants riding inside, police said Thursday. The death toll from the blast, excluding the three suspected militants, rose to nine, according to police and medical officials. Police had initially said it was a parked car bomb, but subsequent reports revealed the minibus was moving when it exploded and three bodies were found inside, suggesting they were headed to another target inside the densely populated district of at least 2 million.

#2: Also Thursday, a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in Baghdad's downtown al-Nahda square, killing a bystander and wounding eight others, including five policemen, according to security and medical officials.

#3: Two Iraqi soldiers were killed and seven more were injured in an improvised explosive device blast in southern Baghdad on Thursday, a police source said. “The bomb went off on Thursday afternoon (May 13) while army personnel were attempting to defuse it on the road near al-Mahmoudiya region, southern Baghdad, killing two soldiers and injuring seven,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Diyala Prv:
#1: Unknown gunmen kidnapped two brothers on Wednesday north of Baaquba city.

#2: Chief of the Diala police survived an attempt on his life on Thursday in central Baaquba, according to a police source. “An improvised explosive device went off on Thursday morning targeting the chief of the Diala police, Colonel Salam al-Zuheiri, while on duty in central Baaquba, damaging his vehicle,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: Five persons from the same family were wounded on Thursday in a bomb explosion to the east of Baaquba, a police source said. “An explosive charge was detonated on Thursday (May 13) near a civilian car on the al-Saadiya-Mendli road in east of Baaquba, injuring five family members,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency, pointing out that the father is a cop.

#1: Unknown gunmen kidnapped a student in front of Wassit university in central Kut on Wednesday, according to a security source. “Gunmen kidnapped the student while leaving the university in central Kut on Wednesday (May 12),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: Al-Mosuliya satellite channel’s employee was killed on Wednesday by gunmen in eastern Mosul, according to a security source. “Unknown gunmen killed on Wednesday evening (May 12) Maher Mohammad Saeed, al-Mosuliya channel’s employee, near his house in al-Zahraa neighborhood in eastern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “They killed him while leaving the mosque,” he noted.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A sticky bomb went off on Thursday in central Falluja, without leaving casualties, a police source said. “A bomb, stuck to a policeman’s car, went off in al-Joulan neighborhood in central Falluja, without casualties,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: In one of the overnight strikes, special forces in three helicopters swarmed in on insurgents who had attacked a volunteer security force near the northern town of Kunduz, two regional police officials said. The troops killed 31 insurgents, said provincial police Chief Gen. Abdul Razaq Yaqoubi.

#2: Separately, in the southeastern Ghazni province, NATO and Afghan forces stormed three villages in Qarabagh district, killing 14 militants, said provincial police chief Khial Baz Sherzai.

#3: In southern Afghanistan, Afghan forces partnered with international troops arrested at least 14 insurgents Wednesday in the Now Zad district of Helmand province, said Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said the Taliban were captured and their weapons were seized after troops received a tip that they were holed up in a small house.

DoD: Cpl. Jeffery W. Johnson

DoD: Sgt. Kenneth B. May, Jr.


Dancewater said...

Here's what those blood-sucking evil little psychopath war mongers from the USA created in Iraq:

Monday: 154 Iraqis Killed, 620 Wounded

At least 154 Iraqis were killed and 620 more were wounded in a staggering series of attacks across the country. Some of the attacks likely were coordinated, such as those on checkpoints in Baghdad. Others seemed completely random. Security officials were quick to blame al-Qaeda or foreign nations, but the attacks crossed the sectarian lines, striking Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurd targets. In an unusual switch, the worst attacks occurred south of the capital in Hilla, Suwayra and Basra, where such attacks after tapered off. Conflicting casualty figures often follow such large and wide-ranging attacks.

A triple bombing in Hilla left 55 dead and 220 wounded. Police had received information on a potential attack were unable to stop it. First, two car bombs exploded as workers were leaving a textile factory. A suicide bomber then struck as people gathered to assist earlier victims. A separate bomb attack killed a police officer and wounded six patrolmen.

A blast in Suwayra left 16 dead and 80 wounded near a mosque and marketplace.

Three bombs in and around Basra killed 42 and wounded at least 214 more. The head of security for the province suggested that unnamed Arab states were involved in the bombings.

In Baghdad, gunmen using silencers staged attacks at checkpoints across the city, killing 10 and wounding 22 security members. Three roadside bombs in southern and southeastern neighborhoods left two policemen dead and 11 injured. A roadside bomb wounded two people in Husseiniya. Other bombs left no casualties. An evening blast wounded four people.

In Tarmiyah, a car bomb blast killed five and wounded another 18 people. The mayor was among the injured.

A bomb in Abu Ghraib killed three people and wounded 13 others. A separate bomb killed two more. A third blast killed a homeowner when it demolished his house.

In Fallujah, the first series of blasts targeting homes belonging to security personnel left three dead and seven wounded. Later, a bomb at a civilian home killed a woman and wounded four people. Another bomb killed one person and wounded another.

A suicide bomber killed two Peshmerga fighters and wounded four more at a checkpoint near Mosul in Kokajli.

In Mosul, gunmen killed a college student outside his home and wounded a passerby in Rashidiya. A soldier was wounded in blast. Yesterday, gunmen killed a carpenter and his son, while also wounding two females.

Gunmen assassinated a senior official working for Khalis municipal council’s committee for displaced people.

A bomb at a shop in Iskandariya left two dead and three wounded.

Three people were wounded by a blast at a market in Mussayab.

Four policemen were wounded in Samarra when a bomb blasted their patrol.

In Tal Afar, two bodies were discovered.

A car bomb parked in front of the Yusufiya council offices left no casualties.

No casualties were reported after gunmen blew-up the home of an Awakening Council (Sahwa) member in Balad.

A wanted suspect was arrested in Bab Jadied.

Kurdish Asayesh forces in Suleimaniyah arrested a number of suspects.

The army arrested a number of suspects and defused several bombs in Baquba.

Kuwait arrested 10 Iraqi fishermen for straying into their waters.



may the evil blood-sucking war mongers in the USA rot forever in hell.... and may the evil shits behind these bombings rot there with them.

Dancewater said...

those blood-sucking war mongers intend to continue their evil campaign of killing people and ruining lives and destroying countries and destroying the environment - That's what they do!

They never had any morals and they never will. period.

And they are America's politicians because the majority of American people are also evil to the core!


White House to host members of Congress to build support for keeping 50,000 in Iraq; Combat to continue

Dancewater said...

Afghan children, who are refugees, were killed in Pakistan.

Three children among seven killed in Pakistan
Irish Sun
Wednesday 12th May, 2010

Three boys died and two people were injured Wednesday when a bomb exploded in a camp of Afghan refugees in northwestern Pakistan, police said.

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