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28 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 and Rumsfeld 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>>

NYT: Editorial The Yemen Crucible

The Trump administration has long applied a double standard to the violence in Yemen, the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. It fiercely condemns Iran for supporting the indigenous Houthi insurgents and allegedly supplying them with short-range ballistic missiles and other weapons. At the same time, it has nothing bad to say about (and is indeed enabling) Saudi Arabia’s savage bombing in support of Yemen’s government — an air campaign that is worsening a civilian death toll among a population already suffering from a famine and cholera.

That Iran is providing the Houthis with missiles and other weapons has not been proved. If the charge is true, Iran could be in violation of a 2015 United Nations Security Council resolution barring it from selling or transferring certain weapons outside the country without Security Council approval. It would also deserve condemnation for escalating a crisis that could elevate what is already a proxy war between two of the region’s major powers — Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim nation, and Shiite Muslim-led Iran — into direct conflict.

For the moment, however, Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign and its blockade of Yemen’s major ports and airports are the main drivers of the crisis. The United States has provided the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates and other Persian Gulf states, with precision-guided munitions, intelligence and refueling capability……………….At a recent press conference at a military base near Washington, Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, conspicuously ignored America’s involvement. Among the props displayed were pieces of what Pentagon officials claimed were Iranian-made Qiam missiles, including one allegedly fired by Houthi militants at an airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, last month.

Not a word was said about Saudi-American cooperation in the war, and officials, in response to basic questions from reporters, were unable to prove their charges about the source of the missiles. The purpose of this dog-and-pony show — the Pentagon declassified the weaponry for the occasion — was to reinforce the administration’s campaign to rally international support for punishing (and perhaps, someday going to war against) Iran on grounds that Tehran is largely responsible for destabilizing activities in the region.

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In Mosul, Revealing the Last ISIS Stronghold

A photojournalist for The New York Times documented the devastating toll within the Islamic State’s last holdout area in Mosul’s Old City.

BBC: Unicef says scale of attacks on children in conflicts is shocking

The UN children’s fund says the scale of attacks on children in the world’s conflict zones reached “shocking” levels in 2017.

In a new report, Unicef said there was widespread and blatant disregard for international laws designed to protect the most vulnerable.

Unicef director Manuel Fontaine said children were being targeted in their homes, schools and playgrounds.

He said such brutality “cannot be the new normal”.

The report highlights several conflict zones where it said children had suffered in the past year. It included: …….Fighting in Yemen has left at least 5,000 children dead or injured according to official figures, with the real number expected to be much higher

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GUARD: Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns

2017 was a brutal year for young people caught in conflict, UN agency says, citing their recruitment as fighters and bombers

A five-year-old Syrian refugee. ‘Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds,’ Unicef says. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP/DPA

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields – the United Nations children’s agency has warned.

In a statement summarising 2017 as a brutal year for children caught in conflict, Unicef said parties to conflicts were blatantly disregarding international humanitarian law and children were routinely coming under attack.

Rape, forced marriage, abduction and enslavement had become standard tactics in conflicts across Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as in Nigeria, South Sudan and Myanmar.

Some children, abducted by extremist groups, are abused again by security forces when they are released. Others are indirectly harmed by fighting, through malnutrition and disease, as access to food, water and sanitation are denied or restricted.

Some 27 million children in conflict zones have been forced out of school.

“Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds,” said Manuel Fontaine, Unicef’s director of emergency programmes. “As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal.”

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AP: Suspected Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Yemen kills 25

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni witnesses and security officials say a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a crowded market has killed at least 25 people, including children.

They say Tuesday’s strike in the western province of Taiz wounded at least 30 others.

The witnesses and officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation or were not authorized to brief the media.

The coalition could not immediately be reached for comment.

International rights groups have accused the coalition of bombing civilian gatherings, markets, hospitals and residential areas across Yemen since the beginning of its air campaign against Iran-backed rebels, known as Houthis, in March 2015.

The stalemated war has killed more than 10,000 civilians and pushed the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine.

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BBC: Syria child evacuees may be used as bargaining chips, UN warns

A senior UN official says he fears children waiting to be evacuated from the besieged rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area near the Syrian capital, Damascus, are being used as bargaining chips.

The UN’s humanitarian co-ordinator, Jan Egeland, told the BBC he believed that rebels had agreed to free government workers in exchange for the children.

Another 12 patients were evacuated on Wednesday, following four on Tuesday.

Thirteen more urgent cases are expected to be evacuated on Thursday.

News of the latest evacuations from the Eastern Ghouta came in a tweet from the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a medical relief organisation that supports hospitals in rebel-held Syria.

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GUARD: Race to evacuate sick from besieged eastern Ghouta region of Syria

Almost 30 critical cases, including children with cancer, approved for help in area near Damascus where 400,000 people remain trapped

Syrian staff from the ICRC evacuate a baby in Douma, in the eastern Ghouta region of Syria. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Critically ill patients are being evacuated from the besieged Syrian rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta, but the fate of hundreds of others with life-threatening conditions remains unresolved.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria said its staff, along with those of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (Sarc), had “begun the evacuation of critical medical cases from eastern Ghouta to central Damascus” on Wednesday.

The Syrian American Medical Society (Sams) said four patients had been taken to hospitals in Damascus, the first of 29 critical cases approved for medical evacuation, and the remainder would be evacuated over the coming days. They include 18 children and four women with heart disease, cancer, kidney failure and blood diseases.

The news was confirmed by the official Syrian government news agency, and appears to follow local negotiations as well as several humanitarian appeals from high-profile figures including King Abdullah of Jordan, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Turkey’s president, and Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister.

The Sams advocacy manager, Mohamad Katoub, tweeted that five people had been approved for the first group of evacuations. It was not clear why only four of the five left.

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IraqiNews: Four IS members killed, two paramilitary personnel wounded in attack in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have killed four Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province, a security source said on Wednesday.

“While a patrol of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) was setting up an ambush at al-Qawshaja region, south of Amerli, in Salahuddin, confrontations occurred in the evening with Islamic State militants,” the source told Baghdad Today.

“The troops managed to kill four IS members and destroyed their vehicle, which urged the rest to run away,” he added.

“Reinforcements from the 52 brigade headed to the region to support troops there. They managed to control the situation and follow the militants for long distance south of Amerli,” the source said.

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AP: After Islamic State’s defeat, a massive bill to rebuild Iraq

Boys, one of them carrying a toy gun, walk on the empty streets of the Old City. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — For nearly 2½ miles along the western bank of the Tigris River, hardly a single building is intact. The warren of narrow streets of Mosul’s Old City is a crumpled landscape of broken concrete and metal. Every acre is weighed down by more than 3,000 tons of rubble, much of it laced with explosives and unexploded ordnance.

It will take years to haul away the wreckage, and this is just one corner of the destruction. The Iraqi military and U.S.-led coalition succeeded in uprooting the Islamic State group across the country, but the HYPERLINK “https://apnews.com/tag/CollapseoftheCaliphate” is nearly incalculable.

Three years of war devastated much of northern and western Iraq. Baghdad estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild. Local leaders in Mosul, the biggest city held by IS, say that amount is needed to rehabilitate their city alone.

So far no one is offering to foot the bill. The Trump administration has told the Iraqis it won’t pay for a massive reconstruction drive. Iraq hopes Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will step up, and Iran may also take a role. The U.N. is repairing some infrastructure in nearly two dozen towns and cities around Iraq, but funding for it is a fraction of what will be needed. As a result, much of the rebuilding that has happened has come from individuals using personal savings to salvage homes and shops as best they can.

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GUARD: Blast at Afghan news agency in Kabul kills dozens

At least 40 people killed and 30 wounded in suicide bombing – the latest in a series of attacks on media organisations

Dozens of people, many of them students, have been killed in a suicide attack on an office of the Afghan Voice news agency and a neighbouring cultural centre in Kabul.

At least 40 people died and 30 were wounded in the blast, the latest in a series to have hit media organisations in Kabul, the interior ministry deputy spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said.

The attack occurred during a morning panel discussion at the centre, which was mostly attended by students, witnesses said.

Sayed Abbas Hussaini, a journalist at the agency, said there appeared to have been more than one explosion, after an initial blast at the entrance to the compound. He said one reporter at the agency had been killed and another injured.

Photographs sent by witnesses showed what appeared to be serious damage at the site, in an area with a large Shia Muslim population west of the capital, and a number of dead and wounded on the ground. Afghan Voice has Shia links.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, issued a statement on Twitter denying involvement.

The incident follows an attack on a private television station in Kabul last month.

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AP: Kabul bombing kills at least 11, mine kills 6 kids in north

KABUL Afghanistan. (AP) — A suicide bombing attack in the capital Kabul killed at least 11 people and a roadside mine exploded in northern Balkh province killing six shepherd children, Afghan officials said Thursday.

Mohammad Sabir Nasib, director of Istiqlal Hospital, said 11 people were killed and 20 wounded including women and children in the Kabul attack.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, called it a suicide attack and confirmed there were casualties.

Separately, Dawlat Abad District Gov. Mohammad Karim said a powerful mine killed six shepherd children ranging in age from 8 to 10 on Wednesday.

No one immediately took responsibility for the attack but Karim blamed the Taliban, saying the insurgents planted the mine to target Afghan officials and security forces.

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NATO condemns Kabul attack as death toll rises 40 people

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan condemned the deadly attack on a cultural and media organization in Kabul that left nearly 40 people dead. Resolute Support spokesman Lt. Col. Kone Faulkner said “Resolute Support condemns the heinous attack on the Tebyan Social and Cultural Center and the Afghan Voice Agency.” Lt. Faulkner further added

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Six children killed in an explosion in Balkh province of Afghanistan

At least six children were killed in an explosion in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan as the local officials are saying that the blast was triggered by a roadside mine explosion. The incident took place in Dawlatabad district after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside went off, targeting the children aged between

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Taliban rejects involvement as dozens feared dead in Kabul attack

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan rejected the involvement of the group’s fighters in Kabul explosion as dozens are feared dead in the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the Taliban group has no links with the attack in Pul-e-Sukhta area of Kabul city today. He said the attack of the target

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NATO condemns Kabul attack as death toll rises 40 people

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan condemned the deadly attack on a cultural and media organization in Kabul that left nearly 40 people dead. Resolute Support spokesman Lt. Col. Kone Faulkner said “Resolute Support condemns the heinous attack on the Tebyan Social and Cultural Center and the Afghan Voice Agency.” Lt. Faulkner further added Read the full art

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Senior Pakistani Taliban leader blown by own explosives in Kunar province

A senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in an explosion triggered by own explosives in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Army said the Taliban leader Jan Wali who was also famous as Ahmad Sheena was killed in Shaltan district on Wednesday. A statement

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Six children killed in an explosion in Balkh province of Afghanistan

At least six children were killed in an explosion in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan as the local officials are saying that the blast was triggered by a roadside mine explosion. The incident took place in Dawlatabad district after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside went off, targeting the children aged between

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Taliban rejects involvement as dozens feared dead in Kabul attack

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan rejected the involvement of the group’s fighters in Kabul explosion as dozens are feared dead in the attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the Taliban group has no links with the attack in Pul-e-Sukhta area of Kabul city today. He said the attack of the target

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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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