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21 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

BBC: Syria conflict: 15 refugees found frozen to death

Syrian refugees play with snow during a winter storm in Zahle town, in the Bekaa Valley on 11 December 2013.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon often face tough conditions during the winter months

Fifteen Syrian refugees – some of them children – have been found frozen to death while trying to cross the mountainous border into Lebanon.

Thirteen bodies were found on Friday and two more were discovered on Saturday after the area was hit by a fierce snowstorm.

Lebanese civil defence officials found the bodies after being told a group of refugees were in trouble near Masnaa.

Local reports say the group had been abandoned by smugglers.

Two smugglers have reportedly been arrested.

Several refugees were rescued, including a young boy who was found wandering by himself.

The group were taking the same route hundreds of thousands of Syrians have taken before them trying to flee the conflict at home.

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GUARD: The Observer view on the war in Syria

The conflict in Syria, triggered by a grassroots uprising in 2011 against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad, is usually referred to as a civil war. But this description bears scant relation to what is happening there now. Syria has become an international battleground pitting the great powers, regional neighbours and supranational ethnic and religious forces against each other in a fight for strategic influence, territory and power. After last week’s unveiling of plans for deeper US engagement, this struggle may be about to enter a new, even more dangerous phase. The battle for Syria has produced no clear winners as yet. But there is no doubt who are the losers. Up to half a million Syrians have died, more than 5.4 million are refugees, and 6.1 million are internally displaced. Every day, more death and destruction rains down. In the past week, tens of thousands of civilians in the north-western Idlib province have been uprooted, many of them for a second or third time, by Russian and Syrian airstrikes and shelling. In total, more than 200,000 people have fled. Aid organisations and activists say hospitals and schools have been repeatedly targeted and supply routes blocked………………..Because if the current dynamic does not improve soon, the next phase in this unending tragedy, hinted at by Tillerson, could be more anarchic still. It is the de facto designation of Syria as the no-man’s-land venue for the coming international showdown between the US and Iran – with Israel, the Saudis, Qatar, Hezbollah, Hamas, Putin, Assad, Erdo?an, al-Qaida and the Kurds all shooting randomly from the sidelines.

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REU: Turkish army says has hit 153 targets so far in northern Syrian operation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish military has so far hit 153 Kurdish militant targets in its operation in northern Syria’s Afrin region, the army said in a statement on Sunday.

The targets were shelters, hideouts and arsenals used by the militants, the military said, adding that artillery fire continued from the ground.

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GUARD: Turkey bombs Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria

A spokesman for the YPG, which Turkey wants to clear from the area, says 10 people were killed

Turkish jets have bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria, as the president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, promised to expand Turkey’s military border operations against a Kurdish group that has been the US’s key Syria ally in the war on Islamic State.

The raids came on the heels of a week of threats by Turkey, promising to clear the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from Afrin and its surrounding countryside, also called Afrin. Turkey’s military is calling the campaign Operation Olive Branch.

Early on Sunday, four rockets fired from Syria hit the Turkish southern border town of Kilis, 40 km from Afrin, damaging houses, state-run Anadolu Agency said. There were no casualties, it said.

Turkey says the YPG, a group it considers a terrorist organisation, is an extension of an outlawed Kurdish rebel group that it is fighting inside its own borders, and it has found common cause with Syrian opposition groups who view the YPG as a counter-revolutionary force in Syria’s multi-sided civil war.

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REU: Turkish artillery fires in northern Syria after border town hit

ONCUPINAR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey continued to fire artillery at a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday, after Turkey’s state media said four rockets from Syria had hit a Turkish border town.

The cross-border fire marked the second day of Turkey’s new front in the nearly seven-year-old Syrian civil war. Under “Operation Olive Branch”, Turkish airstrikes on Saturday pounded positions of the Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia in the northern Afrin province.

A Reuters reporter at the Oncupinar gate on the Turkish side of the border with Syria, could hear the boom of outgoing artillery, with one being fired roughly every three minutes.

Military convoys were traveling near the gate, with one transporter carrying several tanks.

“In its second day, #OliveBranchOperation continues to ensure peace and security for our people, protect Syria’s territorial integrity and eliminate all terrorist elements in the region,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, said on Twitter.

“Turkey expects its allies to support its fight against terrorism in all of its forms.”……………Turkey sees the YPG as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a deadly, three-decade insurgency in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

The United States is backing the YPG in Syria, seeing it as an effective partner in the fight against Islamic State.

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REU: Syrian Kurdish YPG says ‘no choice but to resist’ after Turkish strikes

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said that Saturday’s Turkish air strikes on Syria’s Afrin region left it with no choice but to fight back, saying Ankara had hit civilian neighborhoods.

“We will defeat this aggression, like we have defeated other such assaults against our villages and cities,” the YPG, which has battled Islamic State with U.S. backing, said.

The YPG urged men and women in north Syria to join its ranks to protect Afrin.

Turkey opened a new front in Syria’s war on Saturday, striking the Afrin region and raising the prospect of deeper strains between Ankara and NATO ally Washington.

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GUARD: Several people killed after gunmen attack luxury hotel in Kabul

Afghan special forces storm the building to flush out attackers and rescue staff and guests reportedly taken hostage

Afghan special forces have stormed the Intercontinental hotel in Kabul to try to flush out gunmen who attacked the building, killing five people and reportedly taking hostages.

As dawn broke on Sunday, thick clouds of black smoke could be seen pouring from the hotel. Several armoured US military vehicles with heavy machine guns could be seen close to the hotel along with Afghan police units.

Television pictures also showed special forces troops manoeuvering on the roof as they conducted a floor-by-floor search of the six-storey building to find the attackers.

Several people could be seen climbing over a top-floor balcony using bedsheets to escape, with one losing his grip and plunging to the ground.

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AP: The Latest: Roadside bomb kills 12 civilians in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on Afghanistan, where gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital, Kabul (all times local):

An Afghan official says a roadside bomb has killed at least 12 civilians in the western Herat province.

Abdul Ahad Walizada, a spokesman for the provincial police chief, says a 13th person was wounded in the explosion early Sunday, which struck a vehicle in the Gulran district.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but Walizada blamed Taliban insurgents, who often plant roadside bombs to target Afghan security forces.

An Afghan official says insurgents have killed 18 members of a pro-government militia in northern Afghanistan, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

Gen. Abdul Razeq Qaderi, the deputy police chief of Balkh province, says the insurgents burst into a home where several members of the Local Uprising Forces were gathered late Saturday. He says the attackers led them outside and shot them dead. One of those killed was a tribal elder who served as the local police commander.

The Local Uprising Forces operate under the Interior Ministry.

Gen. Mahruf Folad, the police chief of the western Farah province, meanwhile said a roadside bomb killed a deputy police chief and wounded four other police early Sunday.

The Taliban claimed both attacks.

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BBC: Kabul: Afghan forces ‘end Intercontinental Hotel siege’

A 12-hour siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say.

A 12-hour siege of a luxury hotel by gunmen in the Afghan capital has come to an end, security forces say.

Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry said.

Some 160 people were rescued after Afghan troops fought through the night to regain control of the building.

Questions are being asked as to how the heavily-armed gang was able to enter such a highly-fortified place.

Six civilians, including a foreign woman, died at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, along with three attackers, the interior ministry said.

Some 160 people were rescued after Afghan troops fought through the night to regain control of the building.

Questions are being asked as to how the heavily-armed gang was able to enter such a highly-fortified place.

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Jamiat-e-Islami top leaders meet in Mazar amid soaring political tensions

The senior leaders of Jamiat-e-Islami met in Mazar-e-Sharif city the capital of northen Balkh province amid soaring political tensions between the chief executive of the party and the Afghan government. The leader of Jamiat-e-Islami Salahuddin Rabbani said the meetign was attended by Ata Mohammad Noor, Bismillah Mohammadi, Abdul Satar Murad, Dr. Mohiuddin Mahdi, Jan Amad

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Foreigner among 5 killed as Kabul hotel siege ends

At least five people including a foreign national were killed during the clashes between the Afghan forces and the assailant militants in Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul city. The Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan confirmed that the militants siege of the hotel ended with the elimination of all four attackers. A statement by the ministry said

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Noor says ready to step if President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah resigns

The chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor has said he is ready to step down from the political administration of the northern Balkh province only if President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah resign from their posts. Speaking during a gathering in Mazar-e-Sharif city late on Saturday afternoon, Noor accused President Ghani

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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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