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29 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>>

REU: Commentary: Here’s what Washington should do about Yemen

People stand outside houses destroyed by Saudi-led air strikes in the northwestern city of Saada, Yemen September 5, 2017. REUTERS/Naif Rahma

Ambassador Nikki Haley pulled no punches at her Dec. 14 media conference in a U.S. Air Force hangar at Anacostia-Bolling. Taking what she called the “extraordinary step” of displaying missile parts that had been declassified for the event, she told reporters that it was Tehran that had supplied the equipment used by Houthi militants trying to attack the civilian airport in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. “The evidence is undeniable,” she said. “The weapons might as well have had “Made in Iran” stickers all over it.”……..The Trump administration, however, would be deluding itself if it believes Iran is the sole cause of Yemen’s troubles.

The unfortunate reality of the situation is that millions of Yemenis are the primary victims of a cruel and unforgiving contest for power and influence between far more powerful nations. And regrettably, the United States is a big part of the problem.

While it may be convenient to simply write off Yemen’s civil war as yet one more sectarian skirmish in an Arab world infected by polarization and historical grievance, the fighting in the region’s poorest country goes beyond that simplistic paradigm. The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, the two biggest powers in the Middle East and the countries with the largest war-chests, interpret the region’s politics as a zero-sum game where compromise is neither possible nor advisable.

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GUARD: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 68 civilians in one day of Yemen’s ‘absurd’ war

United Nations condemns mounting casualties after intensive air campaigns and says conflict has no military solution

Yemeni people carry coffins of people killed in airstrikes in Sana’a

Yemeni people carry coffins of people killed in airstrikes in Sana’a. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Image

Sixty-eight Yemeni civilians were killed in two air raids by the Saudi-led coalition in one day, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen has said, as he condemned what he described as “an absurd and futile war”.

Jamie McGoldrick’s unusually direct criticism came in an update citing initial reports from the UN human rights office of the two strikes earlier this week. The first hit a crowded market in Taez province, killing 54 civilians, including eight children, and wounding 32 others, McGoldrick said. The second was in the Red Sea province of Hodeidah and killed 14 people from the same family.

“I remain deeply disturbed by mounting civilian casualties caused by escalated and indiscriminate attacks throughout Yemen,” McGoldrick said. In addition to the casualties from Tuesday’s two air raids, another 41 civilians were killed and 43 wounded over the previous 10 days of fighting, he said……………The Arab coalition – essentially the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates, backed by the US, the UK and others – intervened in support of Yemen’s internationally recognised government in March 2015 after the Houthis took over Sana’a. But despite the coalition’s vastly superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.

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REU: At least 109 civilians killed by Saudi coalition’s raids, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) – A Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has killed 109 civilians in air strikes in the past 10 days, including 54 people at a crowded market and 14 members of one family on a farm, the top U.N. official in the country said on Thursday.

The fighting is futile and absurd, U.N. resident coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said, in unusually direct criticism of the campaign being waged by the coalition against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

The Saudi-led coalition, which is backed by the United States, Britain and others, denounced the charges, saying the information lacked credibility. McGoldrick appeared to be taking the Houthi side in the conflict, the Saudis said.

Citing initial reports from the U.N. human rights office, a statement by McGoldrick said air strikes hit a crowded market in the Al Hayma sub-district of Attazziah in Taiz governorate on Tuesday, killing 54 and injuring 32.

Eight of the dead and six of the injured were children, according to the reports.

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AP: Saudi-led coalition in Yemen says UN statement ‘biased’

CAIRO (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen has criticized a United Nations statement on civilian casualties in the war-torn country as “biased” toward the rebels.

The coalition said in a Thursday statement carried by the Saudi news agency SPA that the U.N. needs to review the humanitarian work mechanism and the competence of its employees working in Yemen.

Earlier on Thursday, the U.N. said coalition airstrikes killed 109 civilians over the past 10 days, including 68 in one day in separate airstrikes.

The coalition says the statement “creates a constant state of uncertainty about the information and data on which the U.N. relies and undermines its credibility.”

Yemen’s stalemated civil war has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced 3 million and pushed the country to the brink of famine.

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SPA: Coalition Forces Spokesman Regrets for Statement by UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen

Riyadh, Rabi’II 10, 1439, Dec 28, 2017, SPA — The spokesman for the coalition forces to support the legitimacy in Yemen has expressed regret for the statement of the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick, which appeared biased to Al-Houthi militias backed by Iran, in which he intentionally called them (de facto authorities) contrary to the resolutions of the UN Security Council and United Nations statements in his attempt to legitimize the coup militias in Yemen and in continuation of misleading the international public opinion by repeating what has been circulating in media and social media affiliated with Al-Houthi militias forgetting the existence of a direct communication channel around the clock with the evacuation cell and humanitarian operations of the command of coalition forces to inquire about the information contained in his statement without verifying or confirming, stressing his bias towards Al-Houthi militias and his politicizing the humanitarian work entrusted to him, ignoring what Al-Houthi militias are committing of crimes and violations against the Yemeni people, latest were the killings, kidnappings and arrests against the former Yemeni President and hundreds of members of the General People’s Congress Party, their children and women as well as the targeting of civilians.

Coalition Forces Spokesman further said that “This statement creates a constant state of uncertainty about the information and data on which the United Nations relies and undermines its credibility, information mentioned before by the coalition forces in previous statements, most recently in the report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for children and armed conflict.”

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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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REU: ICRC hopes to resume medical evacuations in Syria’s Ghouta

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it hoped to resume evacuations of critically ill people from Syria’s biggest remaining siege on Thursday after bringing some individuals out of the area near Damascus on Wednesday.

The evacuation, which started on Tuesday after a deal between Damascus and a rebel faction, involved letting some patients leave rebel-held eastern Ghouta in return for insurgents releasing detainees.

International aid agencies voiced concern about the terms of the deal.

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LAT: At least 41 killed in bombing of Shiite Muslim cultural center in Kabul, officials say

A series of bomb blasts targeted a Shiite Muslim cultural center and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing at least 41 people and wounding dozens in an attack that underscored the threats facing the country’s journalists and religious minorities.

Three explosions struck a compound that houses Tebyan, a cultural center with links to Shiite-dominated Iran, during a commemoration of the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, officials said.

Witnesses and journalists said that dozens of students and other visitors had gathered at the cultural center in Dasht-e Barchi, a western Kabul neighborhood with a large Shiite population. The majority of Afghan Muslims are Sunnis.

The attack began when a suicide bomber walked into the building shortly after 10 a.m. and detonated a vest packed with explosives. That was followed by two more explosions caused by “sticky bombs” that had been planted on the walls of the compound, according to Afghan interior ministry officials.

The attack also wounded 84 people, according to the public health ministry.

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NYT: A Look at Islamic State Attacks in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State attack on a Shiite cultural center in Kabul on Thursday, which killed more than 40 people and wounded scores more, was the latest in a series of assaults by a powerful local affiliate of the extremist group.

The Afghanistan branch, which calls itself the Khorasan Province, has stepped up attacks over the past year even as the extremists’ self-styled caliphate in Syria and Iraq has collapsed. The affiliate is estimated to have some 10,000 fighters, a toxic mix of Uzbek extremists and disgruntled former Taliban.

IS has repeatedly targeted Afghanistan’s Shiite minority, which the Sunni extremists view as apostates and proxies of neighboring Iran. The militants have stormed Shiite mosques, killed worshippers as they knelt in prayer and gunned down elders on their way home. A U.N. report released in November documented 51 attacks on places of worship in Afghanistan since January 2016 that killed more than 270 civilians and wounded hundreds more.

The following is a list of major Islamic State attacks carried out in Afghanistan this year:

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Actions taken against Haqqani network in North Waziristan, claims Pak army

The Pakistani military officials are claiming that actions have been taken against the notorious Haqqani terrorist network in North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan. A spokesman for the military of Pakistan General Asif Ghafoor told reporters on Thursday that army went into North Waziristan indiscriminately and took action against the Haqqani network as well. “The

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8 militants killed as Afghan Air Force pound Taliban hideouts in Uruzgan

At least eight Taliban insurgents were killed in a series of airstrikes carried out on the Taliban hideouts in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the airstrikes were carried in the vicinity of Tarinkot city, the provincial capital of Uruzgan during the ongoing counter-terrorism operations. Uruzgan police chief Abdul Qari Omari

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Ghani orders probe into deadly Kabul attack left almost 40 dead

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has ordered the relevant government officials to launch an immediate probe into the deadly Kabul attack that left at least 40 people dead. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the relevant authorities have been instructed to launch a probe in a bid to find the circumstances

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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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