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21 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 Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>

Afghanistan Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>

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>>

GUARD: Saudi Arabia agrees to re-open key Yemen port of Hodeidah

International agencies, including the UN, have condemned the blockade, which has left millions unable to receive aid

Saudi Arabia appears to have succumbed to growing international pressure and agreed to re-open the key Yemeni port of Hodeidah to food aid and commercial fuel for a minimum of 30 days.

Aid agencies, including the UN, have been warning that a month-long blockade on the port was cutting off aid to nearly 70% of those desperately in need of humanitarian relief. The Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to defeat Houthi rebels and restore the UN-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, but neither of those objectives has been met, and the war recently dragged past its 1,000th day.

Saudi Arabia has previously promised to open the ports, but a further closure within the 30-day period would cause a major political problem, not just for Yemen, but also UK-Saudi relations.

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NYT: Chicago Foundation Awards $100M to Syrian Children’s Program

CHICAGO — Two New York-based organizations planning to educate Syrian refugee children are being awarded a $100 million grant.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago announced Wednesday that Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee will get the money over five years.

The organizations are developing a joint program to address the “toxic stress” experienced by children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. The program will focus on home visits for early learning, child development centers and a local version of “Sesame Street.”

The award stems from a MacArthur Foundation program for organizations that solve critical problems. There were roughly 1,900 proposals.

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BBC: Syria war: Air strikes on rebel-held Idlib village kill 19

At least 19 people are reported to have been killed in air strikes on a rebel-held village in northwestern Syria.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a number of homes were hit overnight in Maarshurin, in the province of Idlib.

Thirteen of the dead were members of the same family, it added.

Activists believe the raid was carried out by Russian or Syrian government warplanes. Russia said its jets were not flying in the area at the time.

Idlib has been designated a “de-escalation zone” by Russia and Iran, the government’s main allies, along with Turkey, which supports the opposition.

But government forces last week launched an offensive to try to retake the province, reportedly attacking rebel-held towns in southern Idlib and the neighbouring Hama countryside.

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REU: U.N. mediator de Mistura to attend Syria talks on Friday: report

MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.N. special envoy on Syria Staffan de Mistura will arrive in Kazakhstan’s capital on Friday to take part in Syria peace talks, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, according to Russia’s state news agency RIA.

De Mistura will fly to Astana after talks in Moscow on Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Kazakhstan is hosting negotiations that aim to end the Syria crisis. Discussions in the past few months have focused on establishing de-escalation zones in Syria.

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NYT: Opposition Groups Quit Iraqi Kurdish Government Over Protests

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq — Opposition groups quit the government of Iraq’s Kurdish region on Wednesday in protest at violent unrest in which at least three people were killed, with one group saying authorities had shown a flagrant disregard for life.

In another test for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, the United States meanwhile called on authorities in the semi-autonomous region to respect press freedoms after it shut down a local broadcaster.

The United Nations called for restraint on all sides.

Tension has been high in the region since the central government in Baghdad imposed tough measures in response to an independence referendum on Sept. 25 called by the KRG in which Kurds voted overwhelmingly to secede.

The move, in defiance of Baghdad, also alarmed neighbouring Turkey and Iran who have their own Kurdish minorities.

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Iraqinews: Six civilians killed, wounded in bomb blast, northeast of Diyala

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Six civilians were killed and injured in a bomb blast near a school in northeast of Diyala, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

“A bomb placed near a school gate in abul Khanazeer village, caused death of two civilians and four others wounded,” the source told AlSumaria News.

“Security troops transferred the wounded to nearby hospital for treatment, while the victims were taken to forensic medicine department,” the source, who asked to remain anonymous, added.

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VOA: Violent Protests Ease in Iraqi Kurdistan, Anger Remains

Violent protests eased Wednesday in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, but concerns remained that the crisis could grow as opposition politicians quit Parliament and the government cracked down on media accused of fomenting the unrest.

The protests began mostly peacefully Monday over unpaid wages, poor services and government corruption but turned violent Tuesday as security forces tried to prevent people from gathering. Several people were killed as security forces opened fire with rubber bullets and tear gas. The United Nations called for calm and restraint.

Curfews were imposed in several areas. The Ministry of Culture said Wednesday that it had suspended NRT’s Kurdish and Arabic services for a week to “stop chaos” and force media to commit to the “ethics of journalism.”

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Iraqinews: HRW: 350 prisoners ‘disappeared’ from Iraqi Kurdistan prisons

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three-hundred and fifty prisoners have disappeared from prisons of the northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan Region, Human Rights Watch reported on Thursday, fearing that their disappearance was perpetrated by security authorities.

Those missing are mostly Sunni Arabs who were displaced by war at their home regions and moved to Kirkuk, as well as residents of the city, according to the organization .

Those were “detained by the regional government’s security forces, the Asayish, on suspicion of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) affiliation after the regional forces took control of Kirkuk in June 2014”, it reported.

It quoted local officials saying that “the prisoners were no longer in the official and unofficial detention facilities in and around Kirkuk when Iraqi federal forces regained control of the area on October 16, 2017”.

“Families in Kirkuk are desperate to know what has become of their detained relatives,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The secret, incommunicado detentions raise grave concerns for their safety.”

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Iraqinews: UNAMI expresses concern over violence in Kurdistan region

Erbil (Iraqinews.com) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) expressed on Wednesday deep concern over violence in Iraqi Kurdistan region.

In a statement on its website, UNAMI said it “is deeply concerned about the violence and the reported casualties during demonstrations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) in the last two days, and calls for restraint and calm on all sides.”

“The people have the right to partake in peaceful demonstrations, and the authorities in KRI have the responsibility of protecting their citizens, including peaceful protesters. KRI security forces also are urged to exercise maximum restraint in dealing with the demonstrators. UNAMI also calls on the demonstrators to avoid any act of violence, including the destruction of public and private properties,” the statement read.

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India mulls buying more Mi-35 gunships for the Afghan forces

The government of India is mulling to buy more Mi-35 gunship helicopters for the Afghan Air Force in a bid to bolster the fighting the capability of the Afghan national defense and security forces, it has been reported. The proposal comes after a request from the Ghani government, including during a visit to Delhi by

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Afghan govt reacts at recent Houthis missile attack on Saudi capital

The Afghan government reacted at the recent missile attack by the Houthi rebels on the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Riyadh. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is saddened by the recent missile attack by the Houthi rebels on

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Taliban shadow district governor killed by own mine in Kunduz

A shadow district governor of the Taliban group was killed by a mine planted by his own fighters in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan army in the North said the district shadow governor of the Taliban for Khanabad was killed after stepping on a mine planted by the

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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 Freedom’s Sentinel.

Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander, 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Dec. 11 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The incident is under investigation.

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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.

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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