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01 Jan

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

AP: Battles on 2 fronts as Syria closes out another violent year

BEIRUT (AP) — Government forces battled with rebels and al-Qaida militants on two fronts in Syria on Sunday as the country prepared to close out another violent year since the country descended into civil war in 2011.

Rebels supported by an al-Qaida-linked cell renewed their assault against pro-government forces that have been holding a vast pocket of the Damascus suburbs under siege, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. A second front between many of the same groups saw fresh fighting in northwest Syria, along the border between Idlib and Hama provinces, according to the Observatory and Syrian military media.

The fighting outside Damascus was concentrated around the contested town of Harasta and a nearby military installation. The insurgents flanked the installation on Sunday, trapping an unknown number of pro-government forces inside, reported the Observatory. The local, activist-run Ghouta Media Center reported fierce clashes and dense government airstrikes.

Twenty-one soldiers and 26 rebels and al-Qaida fighters were killed in two days of clashes, according to the Observatory’s director, Rami Abdurrahman.

Rebels first attacked the installation seven weeks ago. The government responded with waves of indiscriminate air strikes and artillery attacks that killed more than 250 civilians in what are called the eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus, which are still under rebel control.

The Syrian Civil Defense search-and-rescue group, also known as the White Helmets, said shelling and rocket fire killed 19 people in eastern Ghouta on Saturday, one day after medical evacuations were completed to save the lives of 29 others. The Red Cross and Red Crescent took three days to evacuate 29 patients from the besieged suburbs to receive urgent medical care at government hospitals in Damascus.

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IraqiNews: Newspaper: Iraqi commander confirms U.S. forces staying in Iraq in 2018

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) United States. forces are not leaving Iraq in 2018, a newspaper quoted a senior source at the Iraqi joint security command as saying.

The London-based the New Arab quoted a senior general within the Iraqi Joint Operations Command saying “there is no room for discussing U.S. troops’ exit”.

According to the commander, “the situation in Iraq is still fragile, and it is not possible to ask the withdrawal of coalition forces in general, and the U.S. forces in particular”, adding that “speaking about the departure of foreign troops in the new year is incorrect, and their presence is necessary”.

He added that 2018 will be “important and sensitive for Iraq”.

On his part, Nayef al-Shamri, deputy chairman of the Iraqi parliament’s security committee, told the newspaper that “Iraq does not need the presence of U.S. ground forces or military bases”. He said “U.S. forces had no actual presence in battles against the Islamic State, only stopping at air and logistical support,” as he put it.

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IraqiNews: Military operation launched to pursuit Islamic State in Diyala province

Diyala (Iraqinews.com) – A wide-scale military operation was launched on Monday to pursuit Islamic State at al-Nada area in Diyala, a military commander said.

Speaking to Alghad Press, Tigris Operations Commander Lt. Gen. Mozher al-Azzawi said, “Joint troops, backed by Iraqi Air Force and Popular Mobilization Forces, launched in the wee hours of Monday a wide-scale military operation from two axes, targeting Islamic State hotbeds at al-Nada area in Diyala.”

Azzawi added that the intelligence-based operation comes as part of the command’s strategy to eliminate Islamic State throughout the province. “The operation was launched upon accurate intelligence reports,” he pointed out.

On Sunday, Popular Mobilization Forces killed 13 Islamic State militants and destroyed five of their hotbeds in a security campaign in northeastern Diyala.

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AP: Thousands remain missing after Iraq’s victories against IS

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — In 2014, Abdulrahman Saad was taken from his home in Mosul by Islamic State fighters, leaving his family in limbo.

They asked IS security offices and judges: Where is our husband and father? No answer. When the operation to retake Mosul began, they heard he was being held in the western part of the city, with hundreds of other prisoners. But when the area was liberated, they found no trace of Saad, the 59-year-old owner of a wholesale food store.

“Life without my father is difficult,” says his son, Rami. Without him, the Saads struggle to get by, and his wife pines for her spouse.

In their misery, they have company. Since Mosul was declared liberated in July, residents have submitted more than 3,000 missing-persons reports to Nineveh’s provincial council, according to council member Ali Khoudier. Most of them are men or teenage boys. Some were arrested by IS during the group’s extremist rule; others were detained by Iraqi forces on suspicion of extremist ties.

Regardless, Iraqi government bureaucracy, inefficiency and neglect have left thousands of families across Iraq hanging as the country’s leadership celebrates the defeat of IS.

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AP: Bombing at funeral for Afghan official kills 17

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bombing targeted the funeral of a local official in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 17 people, officials said.

Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a rickshaw rigged with explosives went off among people gathered in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, to mourn a former district chief. He said around 13 other people were wounded.

Habibi said initial reports were that a suicide bomber was behind the attack, but that authorities now believe it was a remotely-detonated explosion.

No one immediately claimed the attack. The Taliban denied any involvement. An Islamic State affiliate is active in Nangarhar province and has targeted officials and security forces in the past.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a sticky bomb exploded in a crowded neighborhood in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif late Saturday, wounding 12 people, according to Gen. Abdul Raziq Qaderi, the deputy provincial police chief.

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Taliban leader in charge of suicide attacks killed in Helmand

A senior Taliban leader who was in charge of the suicide attacks has been killed in an airstrike in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the Taliban leader Mawlavi Ahmad Masroor, was killed along with fifteen others in Greshk district. The officials further added that the airstrike was carried out late

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MoD slams Taliban for making false claims, allegations in its latest report

The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan (MoD) slammed the Taliban group for the baseless claims the group has made in its latest report, covering the group’s insurgency activities and civilian casualties. MoD spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said the Taliban group has made confessions to its savagery and slavery with baseless and false claims in its

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Iran’s Revolutionary guards claim to have rescued hostage in Afghanistan

The officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran have claimed that the security personnel have the Quds Base have rescued a kidnapped Iranian engineer who was kept in Afghanistan. The commander of the Quds Base Gen Mohammad Marani has said an Iranian engineer, Hussain Haj Malek, was abducted by unknown gunmen on 14th

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US airstrike kill 5 ISIS militants in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan

At least five militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in an airstrike conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to the local government officials, the airstrike was carried out on Saturday in the vicinity of the restive Achin district. The officials further added that the

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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>>

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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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.

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