22 Jul

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

The dead & suffering children of Iraq.

Iraq Children by The McGlynn

Published 11 years ago

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Tehran says some of the Iranians allegedly spying for US have been sentenced to death

Seventeen Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the CIA to spy on Iran’s nuclear and military sites have been arrested, Tehran said on Monday, adding that some of them had already been sentenced to death.

The arrests took place over the past months and those taken into custody worked on “sensitive sites” in the country’s military and nuclear facilities, an Iranian intelligence official told a press conference in Tehran.

He did not say how many of them had received the death sentence or say when the sentences were handed down.

The announcement comes as Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers is unraveling and tensions have risen in the Persian Gulf region. The crisis stems from the decision by the US president, Donald Trump, to pull the United States out of the deal last year and intensify sanction on the country.

Donald Trump flatly rejected the Iranian claim.

“The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false,” he tweeted. “Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!”

On Friday Tehran denied a claim by Trump that a US warship had brought down one of its drones. Last month Iran shot down a US drone.

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, also dismissed Iran’s announcement. “The Iranian regime has a long history of lying,” Pompeo said on Monday in an interview on Fox News.

The Iranian official who made the claim did not give his name but was identified as the director of the counterespionage department of Iran’s intelligence ministry. Such a procedure is highly unusual in Iran; officials usually identify themselves at press conferences. It is also rare for intelligence officials to appear before the media.

The official claimed that none of the 17, who allegedly had “sophisticated training”, had succeeded in their sabotage missions. Their spying missions included collecting information at the facilities they worked at, carrying out technical and intelligence activities and transferring and installing monitoring devices, he said.

The official further claimed the CIA had promised those arrested US visas or jobs in America and that some of the agents had turned and were now working with his department “against the US”.

He also handed out a CD with a video recording of an alleged foreign female spy working for the CIA. The disc also included names of several US embassy staff in Turkey, India, Zimbabwe and Austria who Iran claims were in touch with the recruited Iranian spies.

There was no immediate comment from Washington.

Occasionally, Iran announces detentions of spies it says are working for foreign countries, including the US and Israel. In June, Iran said it executed a former staff member of the defence ministry who was convicted of spying for the CIA.

In April, Iran said it had uncovered 290 CIA spies both inside and outside the country over recent years.

REU: Air strikes kill at least 32 in rebel-held city in Syria, rescuers say

AMMAN (Reuters) – Air strikes on a popular market and residential neighborhoods killed at least 32 people and wounded dozens on Monday in an attack on one of the main opposition-held cities in northwestern Syria, rescuers and residents said.

The raids, believed to be carried out by either Syrian or Russian jets, targeted Maarat al-Numan, a densely populated city in the south of Idlib province, leaving a trail of destruction and carnage, they said.

“Bodies are lying on the streets. May God take revenge on (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Syrian President Bashar al-Assad) for their crimes,” Abdul Rahman al-Yasser, a rescuer from Idlib’s civil defense team, told Reuters. He was searching for bodies under the rubble.

Busy marketplaces and residential areas have been frequently targeted during a campaign waged by Syria and Russia since the end of April. Assaults on civilian areas have killed hundreds, rescuers say. Airstrikes killed another six people in the town of Saraqeb on Monday.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence on Monday denied its planes had carried out the latest air strikes, saying they had not flown any missions in Idlib.

Allegations of Russian involvement were “a fake” pushed by the White Helmets rescue workers, it said in statement.

Syrian state media reported that several people had been injured by shells fired by rebels near the insurgent enclave.

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The Lowell SunCongress needs say in use of force

It’s time for Congress to step up and restore a balance of power in the use of U.S. military force that it has largely ceded since World War II. While recent House amendments to the $733 billion defense authorization bill went too far, the call for limits on a president’s ability to start another war in the Middle East is welcome.

After deciding against a military strike on Iran following the downing of a U.S. drone, President Donald Trump asserted his right to authorize such action without Congress’ OK. The president’s claim of authority to attack Iran, and potentially start a major war, appears to be tied to the post-9/11 congressional authorization that preceded the Iraq War of 2003 and our military’s nearly 18-year engagement in Afghanistan.

A State Department official said in a June letter that the administration had not yet interpreted that 2001 measure as authorizing war with Iran. But the same letter appeared to do just that, by adding “except as may be necessary to defend U.S. or partner forces engaged in counterterrorism operations.”

As the letter’s recipient, U.S. Rep. Eliot L. Engel, a New York Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told The New York Times, that it’s “a loophole wide enough to drive a tanker through.”

In June the Senate unfortunately rejected a chance to narrow the gap between presidential and congressional war powers. A bipartisan measure that would have required Congress’ OK before striking Iran failed on a 50-40 tally that required 60 votes to pass.

“We must tell the president and affirm to the American people that we will assume our constitutional responsibility,” said Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell managed to completely ignore the issue of defending Congress’ war powers.

“The president made it absolutely clear that he is not interested in starting a war with Iran,” McConnell, R-Ky., said following the vote. “Everybody ought to take a deep breath.”

In this case, taking a deep breath appears to mean ignoring Congress’ role in major military actions — the power to declare war is its alone — and continuing the troubling trend of dodging that responsibility by ceding it to the president.

Debating the wisdom of military action does not have to mean not trusting the president of the United States. It can and should mean getting the nation behind him and our troops before such action is undertaken.

The president is commander in chief of U.S. armed forces. His hands should not be tied if military force is needed to protect our nation, but that’s not what’s happening in the Persian Gulf.

No vital U.S. interest was at stake in the dispute over whether the U.S. drone Iran shot down last month was over international or Iranian territorial waters.

While some House amendments passed recently go too far — tying military funds to other policy disputes that should be fought in court instead — Congress is well within its rights to insist on its central role in the use of force.

And Trump of all presidents should be sympathetic. He’s the one, after all, who said in his most recent State of the Union address that “As a candidate for president, I loudly pledged a new approach. Great nations do not fight endless wars.”

AP: Afghan officials: Airstrike kills 6 in eastern province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A joint airstrike by NATO and Afghan forces killed at least six civilians in eastern Logar province, officials said Monday.

Two children were among those killed in Sunday night’s attack, and a woman and three children were wounded, said Mohammad Naser Ghairat, a provincial councilman in Logar.

He blamed the international forces in Afghanistan, saying they carried out the airstrike in Baraki Barak district. The alliance did not immediately comment on the reports.

Shah Poor Ahmadzai, the Logar provincial police chief’s spokesman, said a delegation had been sent to the area and that an investigation was underway.

“I can confirm the airstrike and casualties among civilians, including women and children,” Ahmadzai said.

The Taliban, who control roughly half of Afghanistan, said via their Twitter account that five women and four children were killed by the airstrike in Logar.

In northeastern Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents overran the district headquarters of Kuran wa Munjan in Badakhshan province, according to Afghan security officials.

A police official from the province said the Taliban had intensified their attacks on Afghan forces over the last nine days, culminating in the district headquarters’ capture late Sunday.

He said there were casualties on both sides but could not provide an exact figure, as the fight was still ongoing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility and said the group’s fighters had taken control of the district headquarters.

Rohullah Ahmadzai, spokesman for the defense ministry, said that Afghan troops were preparing to retake the district headquarters.

The Taliban have a strong presence in Badakhshan and often target Afghan security forces in different parts of the province.

Bush’s Five Big Lies That Led to the Iraq Quagmire

These are the five lies Bush told that Ralph Nader documented to impeach him.

  • Weapons of Mass Destruction. The weapons have still not been found. Nader emphasized, “Until the 1991 Gulf War, Saddam Hussein was our government’s anti-communist ally in the Middle East. We also used him to keep Iran at bay. In so doing, in the 1980s under Reagan and the first Bush, corporations were licensed by the Department of Commerce to export the materials for chemical and biological weapons that President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney later accused him of having.” Those weapons were destroyed after the Gulf War. George W. Bush’s favorite chief weapons inspector, David Kay, after returning from Iraq and leading a large team of inspectors and spending nearly half a billion dollars told the president We were wrong. See: David Kay testimony before Senate Armed Services Committee, 2004-01-28.Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) ’s Europe division, revealed that in the fall of 2002, George W. Bush, Vice President Cheney, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice and others were told by CIA Director George Tenet that Iraq’s foreign minister — who agreed to act as a spy for the United States — had reported that Iraq had no active weapons of mass destruction program.

  • Iraq Ties to Al Qaeda. The White House made this claim even though the CIA and FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) repeatedly told the Administration that there was no tie between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. They were mortal enemies — one secular, the other fundamentalist.

  • Saddam Hussein was a Threat to the United States. In fact, Saddam was a tottering dictator, with an antiquated, fractured army of low morale and with Kurdish enemies in Northern Iraq and Shiite adversaries in the South of Iraq. He did not even control the air space over most of Iraq.

  • Saddam Hussein was a Threat to his Neighbors. In fact, Iraq was surrounded by countries with far superior military forces. Turkey, Iran and Israel were all capable of obliterating any aggressive move by the Iraqi dictator.

  • The Liberation of the Iraqi People. There are brutal dictators throughout the world, many supported over the years by Washington, whose people need liberation from their leaders. This is not a persuasive argument since for Iraq, it’s about oil. In fact, the occupation of Iraq by the United States is a magnet for increasing violence, anarchy and insurrection

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DOD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Sgt. William Edward Friese, 30, from Rockport, West Virginia, died July 18, 2019 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

Friese was assigned to 821st Engineer Company, 1092nd, Engineer Battalion, 111th Engineer Brigade, Summersville, West Virginia.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sgt. Maj. James G. Sartor, 40, of Teague, Texas, died July 13, 2019, in Faryab Province, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained from enemy small arms fire during combat operations. This incident is under investigation.

Sartor was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Sgt. 1st Class. Elliott J. Robbins, 31, from Ogden, Utah, died June 30, 2019, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

Robbins was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Both soldiers died June 25, 2019, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained from small arms fire while engaged in combat operations. The incident is under investigation.

The deceased are:

Master Sgt. Micheal B. Riley, 32, of Heilbronn, Germany. Riley was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

Sgt. James G. Johnston, 24, of Trumansburg, New York. Johnston was assigned to 79th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 71st Ordnance Group, Fort Hood, Texas.

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Save The Children Organization

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children and has been working with families, communities and local authorities in Iraq since 1991, leading NGOs in general relief and development programs.Save the Children is currently responding to the needs of internally displaced persons (IDP) and the Syrian refugees in Iraq, in camps and non-camp settings. Our goal is for children in Iraq to be supported in raising their voices and attaining their rights, especially the right to participate in decisions affecting their lives. They should have access to quality education, health and protection services. We are increasing access to community based services that protect, educate and improve quality of life for children. We are ensuring that there is an increased participation of boys and girls in age appropriate activities and services. We are ensuring that children benefit from government actions that create an environment of awareness and accountability to uphold child rights. We are also developing new resources and innovative practices that support our work for children and youth.In Iraq, Save the Children’s interventions include Child Protection, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, Shelter and Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), reaching vulnerble children and families in northern and central Iraq. Save the Children’s programs are implemented through field offices in Erbil, Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah, Kirkuk and Kalar, with a country office located in Erbil.

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