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11 Dec

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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The War Criminals

The war criminals of the Bush regime lied and fabricated evidence to go to war.

Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Powell are war criminals and today they are enjoying freedom.

The thousands dead, the region in chaos, the creation of Islamic State and the trillions of dollars cost and for what? The worst of all is that they were so desperate for war that they had no plans for peace.

So where are the protests and demonstrations today in the US to bring Bush, Chaney, Wolfowitz, Rice, Powell andRumsfeld to Justice? There are none. There has been none. And now the US people ask – why do we have so many enemies and why do peoples from other cultures hate us?


We condemned children to death, some after many days of writhing in pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers. Some died quickly, wasted by missing arms and legs, crushed heads. As the fluids ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits. They could have lived, certainly should have lived – and laughed and danced, and run and played- but instead they were brutally murdered. Yes, murdered!

The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

The McGlynn

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War News

IRAQ BODY COUNT>>

This data is based on 51,544 database entries from the beginning of the war to 28 Feb 2017, and on monthly preliminary data from that date onwards. Preliminary data is shown in grey when applicable, and is based on approximate daily totals in the Recent Events section prior to full analysis. The full analysis extracts details such as the names or demographic details of individuals killed, the weapons that killed them and location amongst other details. The current range contains 36,537–38,380 deaths (20%–19%, a portion which may rise or fall over time) based on single-sourced reports.

Graphs are based on the higher number in our totals. Gaps in recording and reporting suggest that even our highest totals to date may be missing many civilian deaths from violence.

Total Dollar Cost of War>>

Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

Cost of Military Action Against ISIS>>

NYT: Pentagon Foresees at Least Two More Years of Combat in Somalia

WASHINGTON — Amid its escalating campaign of drone strikes in Somalia, the Pentagon has presented the White House with an operational plan that envisions at least two more years of combat against Islamist militants there, according to American officials familiar with internal deliberations.

The proposed plan for Somalia would be the first under new rules quietly signed by President Trump in October for counterterrorism operations outside conventional war zones. The American military has carried out about 30 airstrikes in Somalia this year, twice as many as in 2016. Nearly all have come since June, including a Nov. 21 bombing that killed over 100 suspected militants at a Shabab training camp.

In a sign that the Defense Department does not envision a quick end to the deepening war in Somalia against the Shabab and the Islamic State, the proposed plan is said to include an exemption to a rule in Mr. Trump’s guidelines requiring annual vetting by staff from other agencies — including diplomats and intelligence officials — of operational plans for certain countries.

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AP: UN calls for urgent evacuation of 137 sick Syrian children

BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations children’s agency said Sunday 137 children stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital require immediate evacuation amid a crippling siege in which five have reportedly died from a lack of medical care.

The Eastern Ghouta suburb, home to 400,000 residents, has been besieged since 2013 and humanitarian conditions there have deteriorated sharply amid violence that intensified since Nov. 14. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 202 people, including 47 children, have been killed since.

The area, the last remaining rebel-held pocket near the capital Damascus, is technically part of a “de-escalation zone” brokered by Russia earlier this year. Cease-fires brokered by Russia have largely held elsewhere in Syria but there has been little progress toward a political solution to the conflict that has claimed nearly 400,000 lives since it began in 2011…………….In its statement Sunday, UNICEF said its aid workers described seeing one of the worst health situations since the conflict began in 2011 during a rare international aid convoy to a neighborhood in the Eastern Ghouta district at the end of November……………UNICEF says 137 children, aged between 7-months to 17-years, require immediate evacuation for conditions that include kidney failure, severe malnutrition and conflict wounds.

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REU: Syrian government returns to Geneva talks, Western envoys skeptical

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Syrian government’s delegation returned to Geneva on Sunday for the resumption of talks with United Nations mediator Staffan de Mistura after more than a week’s absence, but Western diplomats voiced scepticism about its willingness to engage.

Bashar al-Ja‘afari, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N. and chief negotiator in talks aimed at finding a political solution to end the nearly seven-year-old war, landed in a snowstorm on a flight from Beirut, a Reuters reporter on board said. Ja‘afari declined to comment.

De Mistura convened an eighth round of separate talks with the government and unified opposition delegations on Nov. 28, focusing on constitutional reform as well as elections.

But Ja‘afari arrived a day late and left after two days, saying the opposition had “mined the road” to the talks by insisting that President Bashar al-Assad could not play any interim role in Syria’s political transition.

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NYT: How ISIS Produced Its Cruel Arsenal on an Industrial Scale

WASHINGTON — Late this spring, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in Mosul discovered three unfired rocket-propelled grenades with an unusual feature — a heavy liquid sloshing inside their warheads. Tests later found that the warheads contained a crude blister agent resembling sulfur mustard, a banned chemical weapon intended to burn a victim’s skin and respiratory tract.

Decimated cars and houses in a neighborhood in western Mosul, Iraq, recently recaptured from the Islamic State. Its militants built an advanced system of weapons production without recent precedent among insurgent groups. Credit Felipe Dana/Associated Press

The improvised chemical rockets were the latest in a procession of weapons developed by the Islamic State during a jihadist arms-manufacturing spree without recent analogue.

Irregular fighting forces, with limited access to global arms markets, routinely manufacture their own weapons. But the Islamic State took the practice to new levels, with outputs “unlike anything we’ve ever seen” from a nonstate force, said Solomon H. Black, a State Department official who tracks and analyzes weapons.

Humanitarian de-miners, former military explosive ordnance disposal technicians and arms analysts working in areas captured from the Islamic State provided The New York Times with dozens of reports and scores of photographs and drawings detailing weapons that the militant organization has developed since 2014, when it established a self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.

The records show the work of a jihadist hive mind — a system of armaments production that combined research and development, mass production and organized distribution to amplify the militant organization’s endurance and power.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi PM modifies statement, mentions Peshmerga’s role in anti-IS war

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has modified his speech, offering congratulations to the Kurdish troops over victory against Islamic State.

This came after Abadi was highly slammed by official authorities and figures in Kurdistan for ignoring the role of Peshmerga during anti-IS war at his speech on Saturday, when he named all of the Iraqi troops to offer congratulations without mentioning the Peshmerga.

Criticized, Abadi’s office modified on Sunday evening the speech on behalf of Abadi and greeted Peshmerga as well as other troops.

“I would like to greet all those who achieved victory: our champion troops of army, police, security services, al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), Counter-Terrorism service, air force, army jets, Peshmerga and all divisions of the armed forces,” the modified statement said.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi troops detonate seven booby-trapped houses in Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) Iraqi security forces have detonated seven booby-trapped houses in Mosul city, a security source told Baghdad Today website.

“As part of a military operation to cleanse Mosul of Islamic State remnants, security forces have set seven houses off at Hawi al-Kanisah area in western Mosul city,” the source said on Sunday.

The houses were booby-trapped by the IS militant group, he added.

“The troops also found a tunnel that was used by Islamic State militants for storing explosive charges,” the source added.

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IraqiNews: Military parade to celebrate victory against Islamic State in Iraq

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The military parade of Iraqi troops has started to celebrate the victory against Islamic State members, according to Prime Minister’s office.

In a statement on Sunday, the office said, “the military parade of Iraqi troops began in attendance of the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces Haidar al-Abadi.”

An informed source said, “the parade will take part in participation of the Iraqi army, Federal Police and Counter-Terrorism Service as well as other troops, with al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) on top.”

In related news, another security source indicated tight security measures were taken in the center of the capital to “secure the citizens celebrating the victory against IS.”

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REU: U.S. agency to help Iraq recover from IS despite Trump aid cuts

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from three years of war against Islamic State despite President Donald Trump cutting the foreign aid budget, a senior official in its main government aid agency has said.

Thomas Staal, the Counselor of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), said the agency would continue to provide basic humanitarian services and additional support for minority groups such as psychosocial support to those who suffered genocide, slavery, and gender-based violence.

“The budget that the president submitted included a 30 percent cut, but for Iraq actually we are looking at additional funding, especially for the victims of Islamic State,” Staal told Reuters in an interview at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.

Trump staked out his position on foreign aid on the campaign trail, casting it as a waste of U.S. tax dollars. The White House proposed slashing the budget for foreign aid by a third.

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REU: Yazidis caught in ‘political football’ between Baghdad, Iraqi Kurds

SINJAR, Iraq (Reuters) – Since Iraqi forces pushed the Kurds out of the Yazidis’ mountainous heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in October, residents are wondering what could happen to them next.

Food and money are in short supply since aid organizations stopped delivery after Iraq’s advance. Buildings collapsed in the fighting and of those still standing, many are marked with bullets and littered with IEDs. Water and electricity barely work.

The Yazidis, whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions, have long been viewed with suspicion and repeatedly persecuted by other groups in Iraq.

In 2014, more than 3,000 were killed by Islamic State militants in a campaign described by the United Nations as genocidal.

Now the land they have lived on for centuries is caught up in a tug of war between Baghdad and Iraq’s Kurds, who had controlled it since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

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NYT: After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

MOSUL, Iraq — In the heat of the late summer sun, weeks after the end of one of the largest urban battles since World War II, a high school principal trekked from his home in east Mosul to the west bank of the Tigris River to confront the ruins of his life’s work.

Bordering Mosul’s Old City, his stately Ottoman-era school, where generations of Iraqi political and military leaders studied, lay in ruin. Two campus buildings had been leveled by American coalition airstrikes during the battle against the Islamic State. Century-old stone walls were scarred from shrapnel. The once-gleaming computer lab, library and theater, which in 2014 presented a student production of “Macbeth,” were burned by retreating Islamic State fighters.

The scale of devastation at the place he hoped to mold Iraq’s next generation of leaders drew a flutter of despair from the principal, Muthana Saleh. But then he harnessed the traits that residents of Mosul are famous for: ingenuity and industriousness. This month, thanks in part of volunteers and an Iraqi donor, he is planning to restart classes for 450 students.

“We solve problems,” he said. “We find resources. We find a way. It’s the spirit of Mosul.”…………..

Mosul’s Old City, where the militants made their last stand, sustained the worst damage and many homes remain uninhabitable. Credit Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

About a mile away, at the Sharqiya Secondary School, Mr. Saleh, the principal, is using the challenge of rebuilding as a teachable moment, reflecting the motto that hangs on one of the school’s old stone walls: “The misfortunes of some can be turned into an advantage for others.”

Since August, Mr. Saleh has been fielding calls from dozens of teachers and hundreds of parents pleading to resume classes.

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Only enemies to benefit from Hekmatyar’s remarks, warns Abdullah

The Chief Executive of the Government of National Unity Abdullah Abdullah reacted at yesterday’s remarks of Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar after he claimed that the share of certain tribes have been compromised in the government. Speaking to supporters in a larage gathering in Khost province on Sunday, Hekmatyar said the share of the eastern and

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US airstrike leaves 3 ISIS militants dead in East of Afghanistan

At least three ISIS militants were killed in an airstrike conducted by the US forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Haska Mina district on Saturday. The provincial police commandment also confirmed the report and in a statement said a hideout of

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Hekmatyar slams Iran and supporters of Syrian regime within the Afghan govt

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar harshly criticized Iran for interfering in Afghanistan as he accused the country for investing in the Afghan war during the past thirty years. Hekmatyar made the remarks during a press conference in Khost province a day after he delivered a speech among his supporters during a large gathering. He

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Arrests made in connection to killing of 10 members of a Kabul family

The Kabul security officials inform regarding the developments made in the probe into a deadly murder case in Kabul city which left at least ten members of a family dead. The head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Mohammad Salem Almas said Sunday that three suspects have been arrested in connection to the incident. He

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Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

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

Cpl. Todd L. McGurn, of Riverside, California, died Nov. 25, 2017, in Baghdad, Iraq as a result of a non-combat related incident.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. The incident is under investigation.

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

Sgt. 1st Class Hughton O. Brown, 43, of Brooklyn, New York died Nov. 14 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 306th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, Farmingdale, New York. The incident is under investigation.

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

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, of Arlington, Texas, died Nov. 11 at Camp Taji, Iraq, due to injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. The incident is under investigation.

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Care for Veterans:

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD ProgramLocator to find a PTSD program.If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.

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