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20 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: Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it won’t approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Union bloc and the center-left Social Democrats agreed during preliminary coalition talks last week to “immediately” stop approving arms exports to countries involved in the conflict.

Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter Friday that Germany “isn’t taking any arms export decisions right now that aren’t in line with the results of the preliminary talks.”

Earlier Friday, officials caused some confusion when they told reporters that the practice of scrutinizing export applications on a case-by-case basis hadn’t changed.

Saudi Arabia, which supports Yemen’s internationally recognized government in its war with Iran-backed Shiite rebels, is a major buyer of German arms.

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NYT:Editorial  Syria Is Now Mr. Trump’s War

As a candidate, Donald Trump warned against foreign wars, not least in Syria. A year into his presidency, he is adding Syria to a list of open-ended conflicts that already includes Afghanistan and Iraq.

We know President Trump’s plan not because he asked Congress for authorization and funding for a continuing troop presence in Syria. We know because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson explained it in a speech on Wednesday at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. “The United States will maintain a military presence in Syria focused on ensuring ISIS cannot re-emerge,” he said. “Our military mission in Syria will remain conditions-based.” In other words, without any end date or public benchmarks for success.

As of last month, there were about 2,000 American troops in Syria — up from 500 a year ago — a mix of engineering units and Special Operations units that fight and train with local militias in the battle against the Islamic State. Now that we know they will be there indefinitely, who can say the number won’t go higher and the mission won’t creep more?…………..“How does this not become an unending war?” Senator Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico, asked Mr. Satterfield, who replied with some political buzzwords. The American people deserve a real answer.

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REU: Turkey shells Syria’s Afrin region, minister says operation has begun

The cross-border bombardment took place after days of threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to crush the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin in response to growing Kurdish strength across a wide stretch of north Syria.

Direct military action against territory held by Kurdish militia would open a new front in Syria’s civil war and would see Ankara confronting Kurds allied to the United States at a time when Turkey’s relations with Washington are reaching breaking point.

“The operation has actually de facto started with cross-border shelling,” Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said, adding that no troops had crossed into Afrin.

A U.S. State Department official said such moves would undermine regional stability and would not help protect Turkey’s border security………………Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist group and a branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has waged an insurgency in southeast Turkey for decades, and Canikli criticized Washington for its continued emphasis on countering Islamic State.

“The threat of Daesh has been removed in both Syria and Iraq. With this reality out in the open, a ‘focus on Daesh’ statement is truly a meaningless remark,” he said.

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REU: 1.3 million children displaced by Iraq’s war with Islamic State: UNICEF

GENEVA (Reuters) – About half the 2.6 million people displaced in Iraq after a three-year war with Islamic State militants are children and persisting violence hampers efforts to ease their suffering, the United Nations said on Friday.

 

 

FILE PHOTO: A displaced Iraqi boy plays at the Amriyat al Fallujah camp in Anbar Province, Iraq January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily

While the Baghdad government last month declared victory over Islamic State after wresting back almost all the territory IS seized in 2014, persistent bombing and shooting attacks make it difficult to rebuild the lives of displaced people, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency.

“We believe that as a result of the conflict, a lack of investment over the years, and the poverty … that there are 4 million children now in need across Iraq,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF chief representative in the country.

He told a Geneva news briefing by telephone from Baghdad that 1.3 million of the 2.6 million displaced by the often devastating fighting with Islamic State were children.

“While the fighting has come to an end in several areas, spikes of violence continue in others – just this week, three bombings went off in Baghdad,” UNICEF Regional Director Geert Cappelaere said in a statement.

“Violence is not only killing and maiming children; it is destroying schools, hospitals, homes and roads. It is tearing apart the diverse social fabric and the culture of tolerance that hold communities together.”Hawkins said UNICEF was also helping children of alleged IS militants now in detention by providing comfort and legal aid, and is trying to reunite those separated from their families, including those abroad.

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PHOTO

People light candles at the site of Monday’s twin suicide bombings in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back-to-back explosions that killed dozens and wounded many civilians, Iraqi health and police officials said. It was the deadliest attack since last month’s declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

IraqiNews: Southeastern Baghdad bomb blast kills, wounds 5: source

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five people were killed and wounded on Saturday when a bomb blast hit an area southeast of Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying.

Baghdad Today quoted the source saying that a bomb placed near a fish market in Wardiya, Madaen, exploded, killing one person and wounding four others.

Baghdad has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks since Islamic State militants emerged in 2014 and proclaimed a self-styled “Caliphate” before a military campaign claimed victory over the militant group early December.

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).

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IraqiNews: Iraq’s Sunni blocs writing down covenant for boycotting elections

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Sunni blocs in the Iraqi parliament are preparing a document to establish for a common stance rejecting participation in Iraq’s upcoming elections, parliamentary sources were quoted saying on Friday.

NRT quoted the sources saying that parliament representatives from Nineveh and Anbar, homes to a large Sunni population, are preparing a document emphasizing their rejection of the previously set election schedule.

“The document has been sent to Sunni partisan leaderships for deliberation,” the sources said, adding that Sunni parties remain adamant that the government ensures fulfillment of their conditions for running the elections, including “the return of refugees, adopting electronic means of voting and vote-counting and excluding arms to state-run troops at areas recaptured from the Islamic State”.

The document, sources said, states that Sunni blocs will boycott the elections if those conditions are not met.

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NYT: US and Pakistan Clash at UN Over Afghanistan

UNITED NATIONS — The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations” — and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade.

The exchange took place Friday at a Security Council meeting on the issue of Afghanistan’s relations with its Central Asia neighbors and the link between peace and security.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said the United States can’t work with Pakistan if it continues to give sanctuary to terrorist organizations and need to stop this and join efforts to resolve the Afghan conflict.

Pakistan’s U.N. Ambassador Maleeha Lodi countered that Afghanistan and its partners, especially the U.S., need to address “challenges inside Afghanistan rather than shift the onus for ending the conflict onto others.”

“Those who imagine sanctuaries outside need a reality check,” she stressed.

The exchange followed the Trump administration’s announcement this month that it was suspending military aid to Pakistan until it takes decisive action against militants.

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Taliban militants kill ex-commander on charges of ISIS links in Nangarhar

The Taliban insurgents have executed one of their former commanders on charges of having links with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The police commandment of Nangarhar in a statement said Saturday that the former Taliban commander was killed in Dur Baba district on Friday. The

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Civilians suffer casualties in an explosion in Gardez city

A civilian was killed and another one was wounded in an explosion in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia province. The incident took place earlier today after a magnetic improvised explosive device planted in a civilian vehicle went off. Provincial governor’s spokesman Abdullah Hasrat confirmed that one civilian was killed and another civilian was

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Taliban and Haqqani network leaders must go to Afghanistan: Pak envoy

A top Pakistani envoy has said Islamabad wants the Taliban group members as well as the members of the notorious Haqqani terrorist network to return to Afghanistan. Speaking to Urdu service of BBC, Aizaz Chaudhry said the government of Pakistan do not want the Taliban and Haqqanis to live in the country. He admitted that

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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 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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