18 Jan

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties


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


War News

AP: Nearly 4 years on, much of Syrian rebel ‘capital’ abandoned

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Sumaya Bairuty walked through abandoned streets pocked with shell craters amid rows of destroyed buildings, at times climbing over giant sand barriers before reaching her parent’s apartment in the once rebel-held district of Bab Dreib in this central Syrian city.

The 38-year-old English-language teacher, who works in Damascus, comes to Homs by bus once a week to spend two days with her parents, who live alone in their newly repaired apartment in the heavily destroyed and mostly deserted area.

It has been almost four years since the last rebels and civilians withdrew from strongholds in the ancient heart of Homs in May 2014, surrendering to President Bashar Assad a bloodstained city once dubbed the “capital of the revolution.” Few people have returned, and large parts of the once vibrant old city are still abandoned and destroyed, as if time has stood still since the guns fell silent.

For Bairuty’s family, the main sorrow remains the loss of her youngest sibling, Rabih, in 2015. He was killed by insurgents in the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib.

“This was the biggest loss. Neither the house nor the work or any other thing was as painful as losing Rabih,” she said.

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REU: Damascus warns Turkey against Afrin attack: Syrian state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian government on Thursday warned Turkey against launching a military operation in the northwestern region of Afrin and said that Syrian air defenses stood ready to defend against such an attack.

“We warn the Turkish leadership that if they initiate combat operations in the Afrin area, that will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish army,” deputy foreign minister Faisal Meqdad said in comments reported by state media.

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REU: Turkey says will coordinate with Russia on operation in Syria’s Afrin

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey said on Thursday Russia should not oppose its operation in Syria’s Afrin and will coordinate with Moscow on the situation of Russian observers there.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also told broadcaster CNN Turk that Turkey will coordinate with Russia and Iran on an air operation in Afrin.

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REU: U.S. signals open-ended presence in Syria, seeks patience on Assad’s removal

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday signaled an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader strategy to prevent Islamic State’s resurgence, pave the way diplomatically for the eventual departure of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and curtail Iran’s influence.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in a speech at Stanford University, called for “patience” on Assad’s departure – the clearest indication yet of an acknowledgment that Russia and Iran have bolstered Assad and that he is unlikely to leave power immediately.

Billed as the Trump administration’s new strategy on Syria, the announcement will prolong the risks and redefine the mission for the U.S. military, which has for years sought to define its operations in Syria along more narrow lines of battling Islamic State and has about 2,000 U.S. ground forces in the country.

While much of the U.S. strategy would focus on diplomatic efforts, Tillerson said:

“But let us be clear: the United States will maintain a military presence in Syria, focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge,” while acknowledging many Americans’ skepticism of military involvement in conflicts abroad, Tillerson said.

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REU: Syrian government: U.S. military presence in Syria is act of aggression

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian government said on Thursday that a U.S. military presence in Syria represented an “aggression” against Syrian sovereignty, and vowed to free the country from any “illegitimate” foreign presence.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry statement was a response to a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday in which he signalled that U.S. forces would stay in parts of Syria indefinitely.

“The American military presence on Syrian land is illegitimate and represents a blatant breach of international law and an aggression against national sovereignty,” the statement said.

Syria would continue its “relentless war against terrorist movements with their different names until every inch of Syrian soil is cleansed” and would work with “the same determination” to free Syria of any “illegitimate foreign presence”.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi command: coordinating with intel coalition to remove IS remnants

Baghdad ( Iraq’s army command said Thursday it was coordinating with the United States-led coalition to eliminate the remaining Islamic State militants in desert areas.

Nineveh Operations commander, Najm al-Jubouri, said in a statement, quoted by Baghdad Today, that the command “has started to coordinate with friendly troops in the international coalition in order to eliminate some sneaking Daesh (Islamic State) elements in al-Jazirah region and southern Mosul”.

Al-Jazirah desert falls between the Nineveh and Anbar provinces. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who declared final victory over the Islamic State in Iraq early December, said in a recent speech that forces were still chasing IS remnants in that region.

A U.S.-led coalition has been backing Iraqi military operations against the Islamic State since the groupm declared a self-styled “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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IraqiNews: Three civilians killed, injured in bomb blast, south of Baghdad

Baghdad ( Three civilians were killed and injured in a bomb blast that took place, south of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Thursday.

“A civilian was killed, while two others were wounded as a bomb went off in Hour Rajab region in al-Doura town, south of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

According to the monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission in 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.

The worst affected province was Baghdad with 122 civilian casualties (24 killed, 98 injured). Salahuddin ranked the second place, with 7 killed and 25 injured, then Kirkuk came third with 15 killed and 6 injured.

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IraqiNews: Relics of 23 people, including police members, found south of Mosul

Mosul ( A mass grave containing the relics of 23 people, mostly police agents, was found in southern Mosul, a security source wasere quoted saying on Thursday.

The source told Baghdad Today that “local police in Mosul found a mass grave with 23 corpses, mainly belonging to local police”.

“Police found the grave at the village of al-Athba, al-Shura, 40 km south of Mosul,” according to the source, who added that the relics were handed over to forensic authorities.

As Iraqi troops recaptured areas held by Islamic State militants since October 2016, they have regularly run into mass graves of civilians and security agents executed by Islamic State militants for fleeing the group’s havens or collaborating with security forces.

Iraq’s war against the Islamic State displaced millions of civilians both inside and outside the country, and left thousands dead. The United Nations accuses the militant group of committing deeds that mount to war crimes.

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AP: IS claims responsibility for twin suicide bombing in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for back-to-back suicide bombings in central Baghdad that killed at least 38 people.

In an online statement issued on Wednesday, IS says the bombers targeted a gathering of Shiites in the Iraqi capital’s Tayaran Square on Monday morning. The attack struck as laborers and street vendors filled the square during the morning rush hour. More than 100 people were wounded.

In statement on Thursday, IS also claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack when, according to Iraqi officials, a suicide bomber hit a police checkpoint in northern Baghdad, killing 10 people and wounding 10.

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NYT: Replaying the Holocaust in the Middle East

My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State

How to approach a memoir of a war still being waged? “The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State” contains open wounds and painful lessons, as the Yazidi activist Nadia Murad learns how her own story can become a weapon against her — co-opted for any number of political agendas. In August 2014 Islamic State militants besieged her village of Kocho in northern Iraq. They executed nearly all the men and older women — including Murad’s mother and six brothers — and buried them in mass graves. The younger women, Murad among them, were kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. Raped, tortured and exchanged among militants, 21-year-old Murad finds an escape route when she is sold to a jihadist in Mosul who leaves a front door unlocked. She flees into Kurdistan by posing as the wife of a Sunni man, Nasser, who risks everything to escort her to safety.

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NYT: Afghan Official: Roadside a Mine Has Killed 5 People Western

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) — A government official says a mine possibly meant for later use against security forces exploded in a residential home in western Afghanistan, killing five people.

Jelani Farhad, spokesman for the governor of western Hirat province, said Thursday the mine exploded Wednesday night in a house in the remote Shindand district, killing five members of a family and wounding three others.

Among the victims were women and children, Farhad said. He said the district is controlled by the Taliban.

Also on Wednesday, Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor in Farha province, said Taliban fighters killed two police and six of the insurgents were also killed in a gun battle.

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Suicide bomber killed by own explosives before reaching to his target

A suicide bomber was killed in an explosion triggered by his own explosives and before reaching to his target in eastern Nangrhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial government in a statement said the incident took place late on Wednesday evening in the vicinity of Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar. The statement further added

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Taliban chief sends delegation to Islamabad to explore ways for peace talks

The Taliban supreme leader Mullah Hebatullah has reportedly approved the visit of a Taliban delegation to Islamabad for preliminary talks on exploring ways to revive peace talks. Sources privy of the development within the Taliban ranks have told Reuters that supreme leader Haibatullah Akhundzada had approved Monday’s exploratory meeting in Islamabad on restarting talks to

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Taliban suffer casualties in Pamir-17 operations in Kunduz

The Taliban insurgent suffered casualties during the ongoing Pamir-17 operations in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan as the military officials are saying that hundreds of rounds of Ak-47 ammunition were also confiscated along with an Improvised Explosive Device. The 209th Shaheen Corps officials said at least five Taliban insurgents were killed and five others were

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Noor mulling to set deadline for uprising if talks with govt fails

The chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor says he will set a deadline for the widespread uprising if the ongoing talks between Jamiat-e-Islami and the Afghan government fails over the deadlock regarding the Balkh provincial political leadership. Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Noor warned the government that he and his supporters launch

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Militants suffer casualties in drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan

At least two people were killed and another individual was wounded in drone strikes along the Durand Line targeting the suspected militants both inside the Afghanistan and Pakistan territories, it has been reported. The officials in Pakistan’s tribal regions have said a suspected militant was critically wounded after he was targeted in Kurram Agency. The

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Iraq Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>

Afghanistan Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>


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>>

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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 Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, 24, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, died Jan. 8 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. Sullivan was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. The incident is under investigation.

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.


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