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United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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Originally Published on Jan 19, 2008

“Do not go gentle into that good night”

 Poem by Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953.

 Rage! Rage!

“I regret they got hurt,’ Bush,the former president and war criminal said of the veterans.”

To the War Criminal Bush – And to the thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians?

Never, ever forget that the War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. founded ISIS and today are proud of what they did and feel no regret.

‘It was the right decision’: Bush says he has ‘no regrets’ about invading Iraq and Afghanistan when asked how he feels when he sees wounded veterans

Since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts began, at least 8,000 US and allied soldiers have died, according to CNN.

Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the United Nations.

The civilian death toll in Iraq is estimated to be somewhere between 170,000 and 190,000, according to Iraq Body Count

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GUARD: Britain must seize the initiative on Yemen

UK diplomats at the UN have a chance to ease the humanitarian crisis caused by the devastating civil war in Yemen, says Keith Vaz

Yemeni children carrying food aid

Yemeni children carrying food aid in the capital, Sana’a. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

The UK has the unique ability to influence international matters given its position on the UN security council, sitting at the head table for global affairs. Just this week we have shown the ability to set the agenda there, raising the current developments in Myanmar and calling for a security council meeting. However, all too often we are too slow to address the world’s crises. Nowhere is this clearer than with the current greatest humanitarian crisis worldwide: Yemen. For over two years, its civil war has continued, with over 10,000 civilians dead. Across the country, bombings have destroyed medical infrastructure and over half a million civilians suffer from cholera. Directly and indirectly, thousands are being killed in the conflict and over 19 million Yemenis are hungry.

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NYT: Syrian Army Gains in Islamic State’s Last Central Syria Bastion

BEIRUT — The Syrian army and its allies were fighting on Saturday in Islamic State’s last pocket in central Syria after taking the heavily defended village of Uqairabat on Friday, a war monitor reported.

The enclave lies close to the main road running between the cities of Homs and Aleppo near the town of al-Salamiya, and has been the site of intense fighting for months. Evicting jihadists from the area is viewed as necessary to improve security on the road.

The Syrian army, aided by Russian airstrikes and Iran-backed Shi’ite militias including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, has advanced deep into eastern Syria this year against Islamic State.

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BBC: IS convoy stranded in Syria desert after US bombing

The US-led coalition says it will keep blocking a convoy of evacuated Islamic State militants in Syria from reaching IS-held territory on the Iraq border.

Video shows the militants and their families preparing to leave the Lebanese town of Arsal

The hundreds of fighters recently surrendered an enclave on Syria’s border with Lebanon.

They agreed with Hezbollah and the Syrian government that they would leave with their families and head eastwards.

But the coalition says it and Iraq were not part of the deal and on Wednesday bombed the road ahead of the convoy.

The buses are now stranded in an area of desert under Syrian government control between the towns of Humayma and al-Sukhnah.

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GUARD: Convoy of Isis fighters and families blocked by airstrikes in Syria

The 600 terrorists and civilians had been granted safe passage after surrendering enclave on Syria’s border with Lebanon

A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families being evacuated into jihadist territory in east Syria remained in government-held areas of Syria on Friday, US-led forces have said.

“It has not managed to link up with any other Isis elements in eastern Syria,” said Col Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting Isis.

There are about 300 fighters and about 300 civilians in the convoy, which the Syrian army and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group granted safe passage after the Islamist terrorists surrendered their enclave on Syria’s border with Lebanon.

But the coalition against Isis has used airstrikes to block the convoy from crossing into the group’s main territory straddling Syria’s eastern border with Iraq.

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NYT: Tal Afar After Liberation From ISIS: Battered but Still Standing

TAL AFAR, Iraq — An airstrike left a crater the size of a tennis court in one neighborhood. Artillery punched a gaping hole in the minaret of the city’s main mosque. Some buildings were leveled.

Local Shiite militia fighters walked amid the rubble of a street in Tal Afar the day after the city was declared fully liberated from the Islamic State. Credit Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

But in the hard calculus of the war against the Islamic State terrorist group, which was evicted from Tal Afar this week after three years of occupation, that was good news.

The majority of Tal Afar’s structures are still standing, even if many have been defaced. Compared with the wholesale destruction in the battle to retake Mosul, where the worst-hit neighborhoods resemble the landscape after a 7.0-magnitude quake, the smaller city to the north is largely intact — even if it may still take months to repair the scarred masonry, cover up craters and sweep aside the detritus left by Islamic State fighters, including their graffiti of death.

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IraqiNews: UPDATED: Islamic State suicide bombers killed 6 employees at Samarra power station

Samarra (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State suicide bombers killed six employees at an electricity station in Salahuddin, the Iraqi ministry of electricity said on Saturday.

Four Islamic State suicide attackers sneaked into a power station on Samarra, with security killing one while three others blew up themselves at various sections of the station, leaving six employees dead, according to the ministry’s statement.

Earlier, security sources were quoted saying Iraqi troops, backed by paramilitary forces, killed  seven Islamic State militants who besieged employees inside the power station Galisiyah, east of Samarra but did not made mention of casualties among employees.

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BBC: The Iraqi courts sentencing IS suspects to death

A young man wearing a shabby, brown prisoner’s outfit stands before three black-robed judges in a tiny, provincial courtroom, shaking nervously.

After sipping some water, he confirms his name: Abdullah Hussein. He is accused of fighting for so-called Islamic State (IS).

“The decision of the court has been taken according to articles 2 and 3 of the 2005 Counterterrorism Law,” states the judge. “Death by hanging.”

And then Hussein – who, like many suspects here, was picked up on the Mosul frontline – breaks down crying.

As IS is defeated on the battlefields of northern Iraq, some 3,000 suspected group members or collaborators are waiting to be prosecuted in Iraqi courts. Usually there are at least 50 hearings a day.

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NYT: Australian Military Probes ‘Rumours’ of Possible War Crimes in Afghanistan

MELBOURNE — Australia’s military watchdog has issued a public plea for information regarding rumours of possible war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported in July on an alleged cover-up of the killing of an Afghan boy as well as hundreds of pages of leaked defence force documents relating to the secretive operations of the country’s special forces.

On Friday, the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force released a statement saying it was conducting an inquiry “into rumours of possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict” by Australian troops in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.

“The inquiry would like anyone who has information regarding possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by Australian forces in Afghanistan, or rumours of them, to contact the inquiry,” the statement read.

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Taliban insurgents suffer casualties in Kandahar and Paktika operations: MoD

The Taliban insurgents have suffered casualties during the operations of the Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar and southeastern Paktika provinces. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said at least 9 insurgents were killed and 4 others were wounded during the operations conducted in Khakrez district of Kandahar. The statement further added that

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Pentagon approves new contract for Afghan Air Force worth $69.3 million

The United States Department of Defense or Pentagon on Friday informed regarding the award of a new contract for the Afghan Air Force having a value of more than 69 million dollars. “Orbital ATK, Fort Worth, Texas, has been awarded a $69,368,834 firm-fixed-price undefinitized contractual action for the Afghanistan Air Force AC-208 armed intelligence surveillance

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UNAMA says 28 civilians killed, 16 wounded in Logar and Herat airstrikes

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its preliminary findings regarding the deadly airstrikes conducted in Logar and Herat provinces of Afghanistan. According to UNAMA, at least 28 civilians were killed and 16 others were wounded in the airstrikes, citing preliminary findings the mission conducted into the alleged civilian casualties reports. The report

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah, died Aug. 16 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations. The incident is under investigation.

Butler was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Camp Williams, Utah.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died Aug. 13 of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Iraq. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York

Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 2 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle-borne improved explosive device detonated near their convoy. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Indiana.

Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died August 2 in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations.

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

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, died July 3, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

DOD:  The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

They died June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

Killed were:

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and

Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina

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