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04 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

Ruptly TV: Yemen: One million children at risk following diphtheria outbreak – UN

Up to one million children are at risk of contracting diphtheria following an outbreak of the disease in Yemen, according to the UN. The country now has more than 120 diagnosed cases and 14 deaths in the past week. Dozens of children and babies were seen receiving treatment for a range of conditions at Hudaida’s Al Thawra Hospital, Saturday, amid deteriorating humanitarian conditions in the face of the Saudi-led coalition blockade, which the UN says is exacerbating the general health crisis.

The Saudi-led coalition has denied aid access to Houthi-held ports, like Hudaida, until the UN sets up a tighter system to control the flow of arms. The UN has reportedly dismissed the conditions. The UN wrote in a statement: “The blocking of essential medicine and vaccines and the lack of fuel arriving in Al Hudaydah port will impact millions of people that are already suffering from a lack of health services and multiple preventable diseases.”

ITV News: Fragile children’s bodies reflect reality of Yemen crisis

Nadia and Fatima are exhausted and beyond despair. The fragile sisters lie next to each other on a bed in their remote village home. Their bloated bellies and wasted bodies reflect the reality of the famine now affecting parts of Yemen.

GUARD: Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes

Court imposes limits on ability of government to reject information requests on national security grounds

The government’s power to block requests for information on national security grounds has been significantly curtailed by a tribunal ruling over targeted killings of British jihadists abroad.

Although attempts to obtain the legal advice given to the prime minister before RAF drone strikes in Syria in 2015 were dismissed, the court said officials could not rely on a blanket ban preventing the release of all relevant details.

The upper tribunal administrative appeals chamber decision, handed down shortly before Christmas, said freedom of information requests in such sensitive policy areas should be subject instead to qualified exemptions in which security concerns are balanced against wider public interests.

The tribunal also criticised the Information Commissioner’s Office for accepting assurances by government departments that the material was all exempt from FOI applications. The ICO, it emerged, had not even read the documents in the case.

The challenge was brought by Rights Watch (UK) after RAF drone strikes against two British citizens, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, which prompted accusations that officials were operating a US-style “kill list”.

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REU: Suspected Russian jets kill at least 20 near Syrian capital: residents

AMMAN (Reuters) – Suspected Russian jets killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens early on Thursday when they dropped bombs on two residential buildings in a besieged rebel enclave east of the Syrian capital, residents and a war monitor said.

At least four bombs flattened the buildings in the town of Misraba, wounding more than 40 people, they said, while at least ten people were killed in aerial strikes in nearby towns in the last rebel stronghold near the capital.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor based in Britain, said 11 women and a child were among the dead in the strike in Misraba.

Video footage downloaded by activists on social media showed rescue workers pulling women and children from the rubble. The footage could not be independently confirmed.

Backed by Russian strikes, government forces have escalated military operations against Eastern Ghouta in recent months, seeking to tighten a siege that residents and aid workers say is a deliberate use of starvation as a weapon of war, a charge the government denies.

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REU: Norway suspends arms sales to UAE over Yemen war

OSLO (Reuters) – Norway has suspended exports of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates over concerns they could be used in the war in Yemen, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

A boy walks on the wreckage of a building hit by air strikes two years ago in Sanaa, Yemen December 30, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition formed in 2015 to fight the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than 3 million.

While there is no evidence that Norwegian-made ammunition has been used in Yemen, there was a rising risk related to the UAE’s military involvement there, the ministry said.

“The decision reflects the strict precautionary approach taken by Norway,” it added.

Existing export permits had been temporarily revoked and no new licenses would be issued under the current circumstances. The decision was made on Dec. 19, but was not made public until Wednesday.

In 2016, Norwegian exports of weapons and ammunition to the UAE rose to 79 million Norwegian crowns ($9.7 million) from 41 million in 2015, Statistics Norway data showed.

Human rights groups and several members of Norway’s parliament have for months campaigned for a halt in arms exports to the UAE.

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GUARD: Syrian groups urge UN boycott of Putin-hosted conference

Opponents of President Assad have already said they will not attend talks, fearing they will strengthen Syrian leader’s authority

Dozens of Syria’s leading civil society groups have warned that a planned Russian-sponsored conference is seeking to bypass the UN-led peace process and will entrench President Bashar al-Assad in power.

The 120 organisations inside the Working Group for Syria are urging Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy for Syria, not to attend the conference set for the end of January, saying it would represent a “dangerous departure from the [UN-led] Geneva process”.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is set to host a two-day Syrian Congress on National Dialogue in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, and is planning to send out over 1,700 invitations to Syrian groups, including to some members of the Syrian official opposition. Many opposition groups have already said they will not attend.

De Mistura has not definitively confirmed whether or not he will attend, and said he is opposed to anything that cuts across the UN process. But de Mistura may not want to alienate Putin by boycotting the talks since he needs Russia to put pressure on Assad to show flexibility if the stalled UN talks are to make progress. The last round of talks ended in failure before Christmas as the Assad regime refused to negotiate and instead focused on chalking up continued military victories.

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IraqiNews: Six civilians killed, injured in two bomb blasts, south Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Six civilians were killed and injured in two bomb blasts in south Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Wednesday.

“A civilian was killed, while three others were wounded as a bomb blast occurred in Arab al-Jabour region, Al-Doura, south of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

Another bomb, according to the source, who preferred anonymity, “went off at al-Wardiya region in Mada’in, leaving two civilians wounded.”

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), a total of 69 civilians, excluding police personnel, were killed, while 142 others were wounded in December due to acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict across the country.

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IraqiNews: Seventeen Islamic State members killed, arrested, in operation south of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Seventeen Islamic State members were killed and arrested in an operation in south of Mosul, a security source said on Wednesday.

“Joint security troops carried out an operation in al-Jazra region, for the second time, after information showed that IS militants sneaked through the region, located between al-Bou Seif and al-Shamsiyat villages,” Lt. Gen. Ali Ahmed, of Nineveh Operations Command, told BasNews.

“Troops managed to kill eleven IS members and arrest six others during the operation,” he added.

Earlier this week, sixty IS members were killed as Iraqi army, police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) launched a wide-scale security campaign on Saturday evening, targeting Islamic State militants in the region.

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Pak-US tensions to negatively affect Afghan situation, claims Pak army

The Pakistani military officials have warned that the growing political tensions between Islamabad and Washing could negatively affect the security situation in Afghanistan. A spokesman for the military of Pakistan Gen. Asif Ghafoor has said that the two countries are still allies but he insisted that the country will never compromise on its prestige and

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6 civilians killed, wounded in Helmand IED explosion

At least two civilians were killed and four others were wounded in an explosion triggered by the roadside bomb explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The officials are saying that the incident took place on Wednesday afternoon in the vicinity of Washir district. According to a statement released by the governor’s office, a civilian

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Noor warns of civil uprising or negotiations fail with the govt

The chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor has warned of civil uprising if the ongoing negotiations fail to put an end to ongoing controversies between him and the government. Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Noor said the first round of talks between Jamiat-e-Islami and the government of national unity has been organized.

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Afghan soldiers and militants suffer casualties in Laghman clash

The Afghan national army soldiers and the anti-government armed militants suffered casualties during a clash in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Wednesday. According to a statement released by the governor’s office, the clash took place late on Tuesday in the vicinity of Alingar district in Basram area. The statement furhter added

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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.

Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, died Jan. 1 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol. Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, 20, of Turlock, Calif., died Dec. 20 at Al Asad, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. Chaves was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 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.

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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