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05 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

NYT: Protests Put Spotlight on Iran’s Vast and Shadowy Syria War

BEIRUT — In demonstrations across Iran, chants are going up against the military’s vast and shadowy war in Syria, one of Tehran’s closest allies and a frontline state in its confrontation with its archenemy, Israel.

Although the protests have focused on economic issues, demonstrators have also voiced strong opposition to the government’s policy of sending young Iranians to fight and die in Syria while spending billions of dollars on the military when they say the priority should be working to provide jobs in Iran and control the rising cost of living.

Their slogans include, “Leave Syria, think about us!” and “Death to Hezbollah!” the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group that has been a key instrument of Tehran in Syria’s war.

Syria saw its own domestic demonstrations morph into anti-government protests in 2011. They were met with a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s security services, sending the country into civil war.

But as cracks appeared in Assad’s military, with soldiers refusing to fire on protesters and defecting to the opposition, Iran and later Russia stepped in to support their ally.

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GUARD: Saudi Arabia and Iran’s rivalry is key to the Middle East in 2018

Regional chaos is set to continue with no solution in sight to Yemen crisis and power struggle over shape of post-war Syria

Another turbulent year in the Middle East has drawn to a close, but there will be no respite in 2018 from the regional chaos that is underpinned by the inflamed rivalry of Saudi Arabia and Iran.

The young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has consolidated power, embarking on an unprecedented cultural revolution and economic reforms in Riyadh, but his foreign policy ambitions have yet to bear fruit. Instead they will continue to sap lives and resources in neighbouring Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country, unless a political settlement is reached.

That possibility appears farther away now with the death of Sana’a’s longtime strongman and president for 30 years Ali Abdullah Saleh, whose killing at the hands of Houthi rebels leaves the country with no clear end to the conflict. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of backing the Houthis.

Iran has its own domestic challenges to contend with. Hundreds of people have been arrested and at least 21 killed in the biggest challenge to the Islamic Republic’s ruling clerics in recent years, in a week of protests that began against rising prices and developed into broader demands for political change.

……………..Though beaten militarily, the conditions that fomented the rise of the world’s most brutal terrorist organisation remain in place in the region, from authoritarian rulers to disenfranchisement of communities, sectarian tensions, displacement, power vacuums, inequality and economic desperation.

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Iraqinews: Iraqi troops kill four Islamic State militants, arrest 18 others in Kirkuk

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi troops killed on Thursday four Islamic State militants and arrested 10 others in Kirkuk, a military source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press on Thursday, the source said, “Four Islamic State militants were killed while 18 others arrested in a military operation that was launched earlier in the day to liberate the southern and western parts of Kirkuk from terrorism.”

“The troops also destroyed seven hotbeds that were used by Islamic State in Kirkuk,” the source, who preferred to remain unnamed, said.

“The purging operation runs at a slow but accurate pace to eliminate Islamic State sleeper cells that were hiding at remote areas to escape from Iraqi security campaigns,” the source pointed out.

Earlier in the day, thirteen Islamic State members were killed and injured in a security operation northeast of Baquba, Diyala.

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Iraqinews: U.K. describes Mosul liberation as the 2nd fiercest battle after World War II

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – U.K. Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson stressed on Thursday his country’s commitment to maintaining Iraq’s security and stability and completing its reconstruction process as soon as possible.

Speaking at a press conference in Baghdad following a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali, Williamson said the liberation of Mosul from Islamic State was the second fiercest battle after the World War II.

According to Elaph news website, Williamson praised the great victory achieved by Iraqi troops over Islamic State in Iraq, revealing that the U.K. will pump £10 million to combat terrorism in Iraq over ten years.

Williamson further highlighted that his country trained over 60,000 Iraqi security men and carried out several combat missions as part of its efforts to liberate Iraq from terrorism.

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Iraqinews: 4,000 bodies still under rubble in Mosul’s Old City: MP

FILE PHOTO: A man sits on the rubble of a house of his relatives, destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa, Yemen June 9, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Thousands of victims’ bodies are still under the rubble in Mosul, an MP of Nineveh said on Thursday, urging the government to help the refugees return back to their homes.

In televised remarks, MP Farah al-Siraj said, “4,000 bodies are still under the debris in the Old City of Mosul.”

“So far, the government did not remove the debris from the city, which was highly destroyed,” Siraj added.

“The city is in disastrous situation, especially the Old City, whose population reaches around 700,000,” she said.

According to the MP, “only 20 percent of the displaced returned back homes.” She attributed the delay in the return on the shortage of capabilities for them to return.

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REU: Iraq’s Abadi in high-stakes plan to rein in Iranian-backed militias

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Under pressure from allies in the West, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is staking his career on reining in the Shi‘ite militias that helped him defeat Islamic State.

The task will not be easy. The paramilitaries, or Popular Mobilisation Forces, are mostly trained and backed by Iran, so Abadi risks angering his most powerful regional backer.

Iraq’s Shi‘ite majority also see the PMF’s 150,000 fighters as their saviors. Several militia commanders plan to run against Abadi in parliamentary elections in May and some have warned they will resist attempts to dismantle them.

Abadi’s plan envisages taking back the militias’ heavy weapons and cutting their strength by half, according to military and intelligence sources.

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VOA: Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Afghan Forces in Kabul

A suicide bomber struck a convoy comprising Afghan security forces in Kabul Thursday night, killing at least 15 people, health ministry officials confirmed.

Participants of a demonstration reportedly wanted to set fire to a city police station, prompting authorities to dispatch Afghan police forces to secure the facility. The bomber detonated his explosives shortly after security forces arrived on the scene.

Kabul police spokesman Baser Mujahid told VOA police personnel were demolishing illegally constructed shops selling alcohol. The move sparked the angry demonstration.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly blast.

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NYT: Afghan Police: Kabul Suicide Attack Death Toll Soars to 20

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan police say the death toll from the previous night’s suicide attack in Kabul has jumped to 20, with another 27 policemen wounded.

The attack took place on Thursday night in the eastern part of the Afghan capital where dozens of security officers had congregated to protect a demonstration of shopkeepers that had been held earlier in the day.

First reports immediately after the blast put the death toll at six officers but police official Jan Agha said that by Friday morning, the number of those killed had significantly increased.

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Airstrikes on ISIS training camps, compounds leaves several dead

A series of airstrikes have been carried out on ISIS targets including a training camp of the terror group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving several militants dead. The provincial government media office in a statement said Thursday at least six ISIS militants were killed in an airstrike conducted in Gorgori area of Haka .

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5 Taliban militants killed, 3 wounded in Faryab airstrikes

At least eight Taliban insurgents were killed or wounded during the airstrikes in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan army said the latest airstrikes were carried out on Taliban hideouts in Pashtun Kot district. According to the Shaheen Corps, at least five Taliban insurgents were killed and three others

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Hekmatyar confirms contacts with the Taliban group

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar confirmed contacts with the Taliban group in a bid to encourage the group to participate in peace talks. Hekmatyar informed regarding his party’s contact with the Taliban as he was speaking during a press conference in Kabl today. He said the Hezb-e-Islami strongly supports peace process and will stand

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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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Care for Veterans:

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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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