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24 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: Opinion A Syria Plan That Breaks the Law

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently announced that American troops will remain in Syria even after the fight against the Islamic State has ended. If the administration carries through on this promise, it will commit the American people to an indefinite conflict that could bring our troops into direct confrontation with the armed forces of Syria and its closest allies, Iran and Russia. In the process, it will break just about every relevant law on the books.

As repulsive as the regime of President Bashar al-Assad is, an American-backed attempt to prevent it from re-establishing control over Syrian territory, as Secretary Tillerson indicated, would embroil the United States in a new prolonged, bloody and increasingly complicated conflict. Indeed, Turkey’s cross-border air and ground assaults in recent days on Afrin, a northern Syrian enclave held by American-supported Kurdish militias, demonstrate how fragile the situation is.

To be sure, any course of action in Syria risks dire and deadly consequences. Nearly half a million people have died since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war. The horrors of the violence there defy description, and the role and intent of Russian and Iranian forces backing Mr. Assad remain of deep concern.

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AP: Beating back IS in Syria raises new challenges for US

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the last few years, the United States could neatly sum its objective in Syria in a single, uncontroversial bullet point: fighting the Islamic State group. Now that the extremists have been squeezed from all but the last bits of their former territory, the Trump administration is struggling to define the boundaries of its mission, and how and when America’s lengthy engagement will end.

A crisis between the U.S. and Turkey, triggered by the latter’s new military offensive in Syria, has laid bare how a dizzying array of alliances in Syria is growing even more convoluted in the absence of IS as a major force. Either the Americans must abandon the Kurds who fought alongside them in Syria, or a profound rift with a NATO ally appears all but inevitable.

Although Turkey has long been incensed by U.S. military support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, calling them terrorists, the U.S. could make a compelling case while the Kurds spearheaded the anti-IS fight. As IS recedes as an immediate threat, the legs of that argument are falling away, fueling growing Turkish outrage that even the Trump administration acknowledges has some merit.

“This is a tough circle to square. It’s the ultimate in heavy diplomatic lifting,” said Frederic Hof, who oversaw Syria policy in the Obama administration’s first term and is now at the Atlantic Council.

The Islamic State’s retreat also has forced the U.S. to stretch thinner its legal rationale for operating in Syria. Doing so has raised delicate questions about whether Congress and the American people have truly signed off on a mandate for Syria that goes far beyond killing terrorists.

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BBC: How historical Afrin became a prize worth a war

Afrin and its environs are beautiful, a rich prize worth fighting for. The region is known as Kurd-Dagh – the Mountain of the Kurds – where 360 thriving Kurdish villages make it the most densely Kurdish populated part of Syria.

The Afrin River runs north-south through heavily treed hills. The lush valleys and fertile red soil are renowned for their excellent fruit and nut produce, especially olives.

No snakes or scorpions are said to inhabit this soil. Water flows in abundance.

The Midanki Falls were tamed in 2004 by a dam so the old road now vanishes abracadabra-like into a long thin lake.

At weekends locals picnic and barbecue round its shores. Arabic is hardly spoken north of Midanki and older men still dress traditionally in baggy black trousers.

Neighbouring Azaz is also home to many Turkmen and Arab communities. Almost everyone, Kurds included, is Sunni Muslim. Kurdish identity is based not on religion, but on ethnicity and cultural heritage.

Overlooking the Afrin River, within sight of the Turkish border, sprawl the vast Roman ruins of Cyrrhus, a suitable vantage point from which to digest the epic struggles of this region and to ponder the dilemmas unfolding here today.

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REU: SDF says Turkey lying with claim that Islamic State is in Afrin

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the Turkish army had falsely claimed that Islamic State is present in the Afrin region of northwestern Syria that is being targeted in a Turkish offensive, accusing it trying to mislead global public opinion.

“The whole world knows Daesh (Islamic State) is not present in Afrin,” Redur Xelil, a senior SDF official, told Reuters. The Turkish military said on Tuesday that at least 260 Syrian Kurdish YPG and Islamic State militants had been killed in its Afrin operation.

Xelil said the Turkish military was greatly exaggerating the number of SDF and YPG casualties. He confirmed YPG and SDF fighters had been killed, but declined to say how many. He also said the SDF had killed tens of Turkish forces and allied Free Syrian Army fighters, but said he did not have a precise figure.

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REU: U.S., British citizens join battle against Turkey in Syria’s Afrin: SDF official

BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S., British and German volunteers who have fought Islamic State with Kurdish-led forces in Syria are in the Afrin region to battle a Turkish assault there, an official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday.

The Kurdish Afrin region is being targeted in an assault by the Turkish army and Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army groups.

“There was a desire on the part of the foreign fighters who fought in Raqqa and who are fighting in Deir al-Zor to go to Afrin,” senior SDF official Redur Xelil told Reuters.

He declined to say when the foreigners had gone to Afrin, but said they numbered in the “tens”. “They will wage battles against the Turkish invasion,” Xelil said.

“There are Americans, Britons, Germans, different nationalities from Europe, Asia and America,” Xelil said.

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REU: Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankara’s offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG forces in Afrin, a senior U.S. official said.

French President Emmanuel Macron also voiced disquiet, a few hours after Turkey’s foreign minister said it wanted to avoid any clash with U.S., Russian or Syrian government forces during its offensive but would do whatever necessary for its security.

The air and ground operation has opened a new front in Syria’s multi-sided civil war and could threaten U.S. plans to stabilize and rebuild a large area of northeast Syria – beyond President Bashar al-Assad’s control – where Washington helped a force dominated by the YPG to drive out Islamic State militants.

The United States and Russia both have military forces in Syria backing opposing sides and have called for restraint on the part of Ankara’s “Operation Olive Branch” to crush the YPG in the Afrin region near Turkey’s southern border.

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GUARD: US-led coalition strikes kill 150 Islamic State militants in Syria

Strikes near As Shafah come as the US urged Turkey to focus on fighting Isis and show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces

The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has said it has killed nearly 150 militants in strikes in the Syrian middle Euphrates valley.

The strikes on Saturday come as the US urged Turkey to show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and to focus on fighting Isis. On Tuesday, Turkey claimed to have killed 260 Kurdish and Isis fighters in a four-day offensive the north of the country.

The US has signalled an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader strategy to prevent a resurgence of Isis, pave the way diplomatically for the eventual departure of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and curtail Iran’s influence.

“The precision strikes were a culmination of extensive intelligence preparation to confirm an Isis headquarters and command and control center in an exclusively Isis-occupied location in the contested middle Euphrates river valley,” said a statement issued on Tuesday by the coalition……………..The United States has led an international coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State since 2014. US troops have served as advisers on the ground with Iraqi government forces and with Kurdish and Arab groups in Syria.

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GUARD: Turkish assault on Kurdish militia in Syria has ‘killed 24 civilians’

First three days of offensive in Afrin has displaced an estimated 5,000 people, says UN report

Up to 24 civilians have been killed and an estimated 5,000 displaced in the first three days of Turkey’s offensive against a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria, the United Nations and monitors said on Tuesday.

Turkey launched the assault on Saturday, aiming to force the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union party (PYD) and its military wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), out of Afrin. Ankara says the militia is the Syrian arm of a terror group that has fought a decades-long insurgency inside Turkey.

A UN report citing local sources said three days of intensive shelling and airstrikes had displaced 5,000 people but some of most vulnerable people could not flee.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor with wide contacts inside Syria, said 24 civilians had died, as well as 25 Syrian rebels fighting alongside Turkey and 26 Kurdish fighters.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi VP: Fight against Islamic State still going on, ways of confrontation to change

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Iraqi Vice President Iyad Allawi stressed on Wednesday that the battle against Islamic State is still going on but ways of confrontation will change.

During a meeting with a Kuwaiti media delegation, which is currently visiting Baghdad, Allawi said the fight against Islamic State will be reshaped to depend on intelligence confrontation and specific operations to eliminate terrorism and protect the unity of the Iraqi society from extremist ideas.

According to KUNA, Allawi explained that such extremist thoughts stemmed from sectarian quotas and abuses, which targeted some segments of the society and policies built on reactions, which were unacceptable.

Allawi expressed his regret that the political, social and economic situation in Iraq is not on the right track, adding that Iraq is rich in men and wealth, but money was wasted due to the absence of adequate management, as well as the spread of corruption and the lack of accountability and deterrent legislation.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi command denies mobilization forces pull-out from Nineveh

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraq’s military command has denied the withdrawal of paramilitary forces from Nineveh province, noting that the the troops were only redeploying.

Nineveh Operations commander, Maj. Gen. Najm al-Jubouri, said in press statements that Popular Mobilization Forces were “repositioning in the province”.

He added that “The Joint Operations Command and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, have handed over the security management in Mosul and the rest of Nineveh to local police, while mobilization forces station on the outskirts and the surrounding wall”.

Jubouri noted that recent searches near the Tigris River have not come up with any finding of Islamic State militants. “However, we just want to make sure they do not exist,” Jubouri explained.

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GUARD: Afghanistan: car bomb explodes outside Save the Children office in Jalalabad

Government spokesman says attackers have entered the aid agency and 11 people have been injured

Attackers have entered the Save the Children office in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad after a car bomb exploded outside.

Provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the aid agency was targeted early on Wednesday morning.

“At around 9:10am a suicide attacker detonated a car bomb at the entrance of Save the Children’s compound in police district three of Jalalabad city,” he said. “A group of armed men then entered the compound.”

A spokesman for the Ningarhar province health department, Inamullah Miakhel, said hospitals were treating at least 12 people for injuries, none of them life- threatening.

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VOA: Americans Confirmed Killed in Taliban Hotel Attack

The U.S. State Department is confirming Americans were killed and injured in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

“The attack on the hotel, once again, shows the depravity of terrorists who seek to sow chaos.Sadly, we can confirm that Americans are among the victims,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday.

Nauert did not specify how may Americans were killed or hurt during the siege on the Intercontinental Hotel. She said the U.S. government is in close contact with Afghan authorities regarding the investigation, and Washington stands firmly by the Kabul government.

Afghan government forces ended an overnight attack on the Kabul hotel Sunday that resulted in at least 22 deaths, including 14 foreign nationals.

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AP: Forever scarred, survivors of IS Kabul attacks struggle on

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — For Sayed Mushtaq Hossaini, much of the day last month when an Islamic State suicide bomber struck a seminar at a Shiite cultural center in the Afghan capital of Kabul remains a blur.

The Dec. 28 attack killed at least 41 people and wounded 84, underscoring the Sunni extremist group’s growing reach in Afghanistan even as its self-styled caliphate in Iraq and Syria has crumbled. It was the latest in massive bombings staged by IS and meant to instill terror — both for the large numbers of Afghans killed and among those who survived the attacks.

The 26-year-old photographer was at the Teyban Center, shooting for Afghan Voice, a pro-Iran news agency run by the center and located in the same building, three stories up. The center was marking the anniversary of the 1979 Soviet invasion with an academic seminar about its impact on the country.

Hossaini remembers the explosion, then hiding behind a pillar in the room, scared for his life, watching as the flames engulfed his hands and face.

Afghan security officials say the bomber had slipped in among the seminar participants and detonated his explosives’ vest as the event got underway. The blast was followed by two more explosions on the street outside, from bombs planted by IS militants intended to target anyone running out of the center after the initial explosion or rescuers coming in to help.

The Islamic State group in Afghanistan, which calls itself the Khorasan Province, views Shiite Muslims as apostates and has repeatedly attacked the country’s Shiite minority and targets linked to neighboring Iran. It emerged in 2014 at around the same time the group declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq, and largely consists of disgruntled former members of the rival, much larger and more entrenched Taliban.

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6 Taliban militants killed, 2 held alive in Helmand operations

At least six Taliban insurgents were killed and two others were arrested alive during the ongoing operations in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in a statement said Tuesday that the militants were killed in the vicinity of Nahr-e-Saraj and Nad-e-Ali districts. The statement further added that the Afghan ground and

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Explosion rocks Jalalabad city, sporadic gunfire continue

An explosion was heard in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. There are no reports regarding the type of the blast but preliminary reports indicate the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 3rd police district of the city. There are also no reports regarding the casualties yet

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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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