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, May 11, 2010

War News for Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The DoD is reporting a new death unreported by the military. Capt. Kyle A. Comfort was killed in an IED attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Saturday, May 8th.

The DoD is reporting another new death unreported by the military. Cpl. Kurt S. Shea died in an undisclosed attack in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Monday, May 10th.

NATO is reporting the deaths of two ISAF soldiers in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, May 11th.

Toll for Iraq attacks rises to 119

Iraq boosts security after deadliest day this year:

Red Cross confirms 'secret jail' in Bagram, Afghanistan:

Reported security incidents


#1-13 updates from Monday:

#1: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at an Iraqi army patrol under the traffic bridge in Ghadeer neighbourhood, east Baghdad at around dawn Monday, killing two soldiers and injuring two others.

#2: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at a police checkpoint in Karrada neighbourhood, central Baghdad, early Monday, killing one policeman and injuring another.

#3: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at a police checkpoint in Jihad neighbourhood, west Baghdad, early Monday, killing one policeman and injuring two others.

#4: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at an Iraqi army checkpoint in Adil neighbourhood, west Baghdad, early Monday, killing one soldier and injuring three others.

#5: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at an Iraqi army checkpoint in Ghazaliyah neighbourhood, west Baghdad, early Monday, killing one soldier and injuring three others.

#6: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at an Iraqi army checkpoint in Yarmouk neighbourhood, west Baghdad, early Monday, killing one soldier and injuring another.

#7: A roadside bomb targeted the checkpoint at the entrance of Saidiyah neighbourhood, south Baghdad, early Monday, injuring three policemen.

#8: A roadside bomb targeted the checkpoint at the entrance of Dora neighbourhood, south Baghdad, early Monday, injuring two policemen.

#9: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol in Jihad neighbourhood, west Baghdad at 7 a.m. Monday, killing two police officers and injuring another nine.

#10: Armed men in a speeding car opened fire at a police checkpoint in Bayaa neighbourhood, southwest Baghdad, at 8 a.m. Monday, injuring two policemen.

#11: A roadside bomb targeted civilians in Bayaa neighbourhood, southwest Baghdad at 8 a.m. Monday, injuring two young men.

#12: A car bomb parked near the district commissioner's office in Tarmiyah neighbourhood, northwest Baghdad exploded at 11 a.m. Monday, killing three people and injuring 16 others, including the district commissioner himself.

#13: A magnetic bomb stuck to a civilian car exploded in the centre of the town of Abu Ghraib at 2.30 Monday, killing three civilians, including the driver and injuring 13 others.

#14: Police captured three militants who shot at a police checkpoint in the Harithiya district of western Baghdad, the Baghdad security operations centre said

#1: Update In Hilla, which saw Monday's worst attack, five more people died, raising the toll there to 50 dead. A pair of car bombs near a factory lured rescuers and onlookers to the scene where a suicide bomber detonated himself in their midst.

#1: the worst of Monday's violence hit Basra, Iraq's second largest city, where three bombs exploded in the city, including one that targeted a marketplace. Basra morgue said 30 people died, nearly twice as many as were originally reported, in the string of three bombings that ripped through the city on Monday, part of a series of attacks that convulsed the country.

A parked car bomb targeted civilians in the main motorbike marked in the old city in Basra that resulted in more than 20 civilians killed and more than 100 injured, according to health officials in Basra, according to health officials in Basra.

A parked car bomb in Khamsa Mile area, to the north of the city of Basra targeted civilians in a market specialized in electronics and mobile phones at 7 p.m. Monday. A second car bomb, a GMC SUV parked a few meters away from the first car bomb exploded half an hour later targeting the crowd gathered to help transport the victims of the first explosion. Casualties stand at 10 killed and 126 injured according to health officials in Basra.

#2: Iraqi security forces seized two alleged car bombs on Tuesday at two different places in Basra province.

#1: A roadside bomb targeted an Iraqi army patrol in al Islah al Ziraai neighbourhood, west Mosul, Monday, injuring one soldier.

#2: A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi military patrol wounded a solider in northern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A car bombing on Tuesday left a number of casualties in eastern Falluja city. “The blast targeted a police patrol,” a local police source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
He noted that the blast was big.

A suicide car bomb exploded near a police checkpoint, wounding six people including two police officers, at the eastern entrance of Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: US drones fired a barrage of 12 missiles, destroying a training camp for extremists in Pakistan's tribal belt and killing 14 militants on Tuesday, security officials said. "According to the latest reports we have, a total of 14 militants were killed. They targeted a compound and vehicles parked outside the house," one senior Pakistani security official said on condition of anonymity. A local official described the training camp at Inzarkas village as a collection of temporary mud-brick homes about 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

#2: The Afghan government said 18 insurgent fighters have been killed in a joint operation between Afghan and international forces in southern Helmand region. The Interior Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that six militants were also arrested during the operation a day earlier led by Afghan police, soldiers and intelligence agents backed by NATO forces in Helmand's Sangin district.

#3: Separately, deputy provincial police chief Fazel Ahmad Sherzad said an Afghan man was killed and a woman was wounded after insurgents attacked a house Monday in the Shah Wali Kot district of neighboring Kandahar province.

#4: Two pro-government militiamen were killed in a clash in northern Afghanistan. The militiamen, who are locally hired by the Afghan government to protect their villages, clashed Monday with a group of Taliban fighters in Loaka, an area close to Kunduz, the capital of the province of the same name, a spokesman for the provincial governor said. Two other militiamen including the village-level commander were injured, spokesman Mahboubullah Mahboub said, adding that Taliban fighters suffered casualties but he did not provide any figures.

#5: Four French soldiers were wounded at the weekend when their armoured vehicle hit a landmine near their base northeast of Afghan capital Kabul, a French military spokesman told AFP. "One of the soldiers who was more gravely injured is being brought back to France," Admiral Christophe Prazuck, the general staff spokesman, said late Monday. Three others were treated at a hospital at Kabul airport. Prazuck said the attack occurred near the French military camp at Tagab.

#6: A landmine wounded 10 students near a school in southeastern Khost province, provincial officials said.

#7: An air strike by foreign forces killed five militants overnight in Khost, an official said.

#8: At least eight Taliban guerrillas were killed in raids by Afghan forces in Ghazni province, south of Kabul, an official said.

#9: Afghan troops killed four militants in an operation in Logar province, south of Kabul, the Defence Ministry said.

#10: An MH-60 helicopter made a controlled landing after being hit by enemy fire in Helmand Province this afternoon. All crewmembers have been safely returned to base. The helicopter was supporting a combined Afghan-international assault force on a targeted compound near Nangazi, in the Sangin district, and had just begun its return flight when it was hit by enemy fire and forced to make a controlled landing. After landing, the helicopter crew was immediately picked up by additional aircraft. The helicopter could not be recovered and was destroyed in place with close air support. Multiple enemy fighters were engaged by the combined force and several suspected militants were captured at the targeted compound.

MoD: Corporal Christopher Lewis Harrison

DoD: Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Davis

DoD: Lance Cpl. Christopher Rangel

DoD: Capt. Kyle A. Comfort

DoD: Cpl. Kurt S. Shea

DoD: Spc. Jeremy L. Brown


Dancewater said...

A large and growing number of Iraqi children are suffering from severe birth defects, as shown in the heartbreaking CNN segment embedded below, and their parents blame alleged U.S. chemical-weapons attacks.



Think any of the blood-sucking war lovers will give a shit about these kids?

Dancewater said...

oh, and the attacks on Fallujah are NOT "alleged" - they did happen. The US military used all kinds of nasty weapons there, and as always, did some huge environmental damage.

War is only destruction, and causes mass environmental damage. Unfortunately, the damage does not happen in the homes of the blood sucking war lovers.

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