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27 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: Yemeni Officials Say Heavy Fighting in Taiz Kills 48

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni security officials and witnesses say fighting between Shiite rebel forces and others loyal to Yemen’s internationally recognized government in the southwestern city of Taiz has killed at least 48 people on both sides.

They said Friday that fighting intensified earlier this week when forces loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi attempted regain full control over the city and expel rebel forces surrounding it.

They also said that Saudi-led coalition forces backing Hadi carried out several airstrikes on Houthi-controlled bases. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, while the witnesses did so for fear of reprisals.

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REU: Bombardment continues in Syria’s Ghouta after ceasefire talk

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Bombardment of the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area of Syria continued early on Saturday, a war monitor said, after an insurgent spokesman said late on Friday that Russia had promised to try to impose a ceasefire.

No ceasefire was formally announced by Russia or the Syrian government, whose army has besieged the enclave outside Damascus for years and has stepped up its bombardment there in recent months.

Five bombardments targeted eastern Ghouta overnight, including with rocket strikes and artillery shells said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Russia is the main external supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his war against rebels seeking to oust him.

A ninth round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks ended in Vienna on Friday without result.

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REU: Syrian opposition says will boycott Russia-brokered peace talks in Sochi

VIENNA (Reuters) – The Syrian opposition will not attend a peace conference Russia is hosting next week, a spokesman said on Saturday, dismissing the meeting as an attempt by the Syrian government’s close ally to “sideline” the current United Nations peace process.

He was speaking at the end of two days of U.N.-brokered talks between the Syrian government and opposition, after which the host said the United Nations had not decided whether to attend the conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Western powers and some Arab states believe Sochi is an attempt to create a separate peace process that would undermine the United Nations’ efforts while laying the groundwork for a solution more suitable to Assad and his allies Russia and Iran.

“This whole round in Vienna was supposed to be a crucial one, a test for commitment. And we didn’t see this commitment. And the U.N. didn’t see this commitment,” said Yahya al-Aridi, a spokesman for the opposition delegation at the Vienna talks.

Nine rounds of U.N. peace talks between the warring sides have made little progress toward ending the civil war in which hundreds of thousands have been killed and 11 million – a majority of the Syrian population – driven from their homes.

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REU: U.N. has yet to decide whether to attend Russian talks on Syria: Mistura

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N.-brokered peace talks in Vienna between the Syrian government and opposition have ended, and the United Nations has yet to decide whether to attend a peace conference in Russia next week, the host of the Vienna talks said on Saturday.

Western powers and some Arab states believe the conference in Sochi is an attempt to create a separate peace process that would undermine the United Nations’ efforts and lay the groundwork for a solution more suitable to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Russia and Iran.

“The secretary general, Antonio Guterres, is being briefed and will be briefed tonight on the outcome of these Vienna discussions. Then it will be up to him to take the decision what will be the U.N. response to the invitation to attend Sochi,” U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a statement to reporters.

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GUARD: Syrian rebels put their own aims aside to fight Turkey’s battles

Fighters leading an offensive against Kurds say they have few options but to stick by their ally

The Syrian rebel commander stared at photographs of his fighters on the hilly frontline at the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, their pickup trucks stalled in the mud after a torrential downpour of rain.

“It’s going to be a tough battle, maybe five or six months,” he said. “[But] we have nobody except Turkey.”

The image of the soldiers bogged down in a fight against Kurdish militants captured the central predicament of the Syrian rebel fighters, about 10,000 strong, who are spearheading a battle ordered by Turkey.

Syrians have zero influence over any decision related to Syria

Rebel commander

Abandoned by all other international allies and very nearly defeated, Syria’s armed opposition now finds itself waging a battle against Syrian Kurdish militias on behalf of Ankara, a patron that in recent months has pursued geopolitical and national security interests that are far more important to it than the opposition’s aim of ousting the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad.

It highlights the rebels’ deep dependence on Turkey, their one remaining benefactor, and the powerlessness of Syrians to determine the course of a civil war that has now lasted nearly seven years.

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REU: Turkey’s Erdogan says military operation to make big sweep east across Syria

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkish forces would sweep Kurdish fighters from the Syrian border and could push all the way east to the frontier with Iraq — a move which risks a possible confrontation with U.S. forces allied to the Kurds.

The Turkish offensive in northwest Syria’s Afrin region against the Kurdish YPG militia has opened a new front in the multi-sided Syrian civil war but has strained ties with NATO ally Washington.

Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group but the militia has played a prominent role in U.S.-led efforts to combat the hardline Islamic State in Syria.

Since the start of the incursion, dubbed “Operation Olive Branch” by Ankara, Erdogan has said Turkish forces would push east towards the town of Manbij, potentially putting them in confrontation with U.S. troops deployed there.

“Operation Olive Branch will continue until it reaches its goals. We will rid Manbij of terrorists, as it was promised to us, and our battles will continue until no terrorist is left until our border with Iraq,” Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi official: Islamic State still pose a threat from Syrian border regions

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi municipal official said Friday that Islamic State militants still pose a threat to Iraq by maintaining presence at Syrian regions on the border with Iraq.

Mohamed al-Dulaimi, a member of Anbar Province Council, was quoted saying in press statements that Hezein, Sousa and Barghoul border regions in Syria still “pose a security threat to western Anbar”.

He added that “Daesh (Islamic State ) criminals still control those regions and use them as launching points for suicide attackers sneaking towards the western regions (of Anbar)”.

“Military reinforcements have arrived to the borderline coinciding with air forces’ targeting of the group’s locations.

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TOLO: US Forces Drop 4,300 Bombs On Insurgents In Afghanistan

Statistics by the United States Air Force show that 4,300 bombes have been dropped by foreign troops in Afghanistan in 2017, targeting Taliban and other terrorist groups in parts of the country.

According to the US Air Force figures, the number of airstrikes in 2017 was twice than of those carried out in the past two years – 2015 and 2016.

US Air Force also has said this year they will bring in more airplanes to Afghanistan and will increase their support to the Afghan security forces on the battlefields.

According to the figures, US and Afghan Air Force have conducted an average of 15 airstrikes daily in 2017 in south of Afghanistan.

The Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said following the announcement of Donald Trump’s new strategy for South-Asia and Afghanistan, the number of airstrikes against insurgents has increased significantly.

“Airstrikes are up significantly in 2017 primarily due to the South Asia policy which President Trump has signed and allowing us to go after both the Taliban and ISSK (Daesh) where they are. It is going to allow us to pursue them. The rules of engagement are now different,” Resolute Support Mission (RS) Public Affairs Director Thomas Gresback said.

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REU: Six Afghan children killed in fighting

GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – As many as six children were killed in fighting near the central Afghan city of Ghazni on Friday but there were conflicting accounts of how they died, with officials blaming the Taliban and others saying they died in an air strike by Afghan forces.

Following high-profile attacks on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and a compound of the Save the Children aid group in Jalalabad in recent days, the violence in Ghazni highlighted the daily toll on Afghan civilians across the country.

Provincial officials said a Taliban mortar attack struck the village while the children were outside, killing the six and wounding two.

“Children were playing in the yard of a house when the Taliban fired mortars. One hit the ground and killed six children and wounded two,” Ghazni police chief Mohammad Zaman told reporters.

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NYT: Grounded and Gutted, Main Afghan Airline Struggles After Taliban Attack

KABUL, Afghanistan — Its pilots land in cities terrorized by the Taliban, the tarmacs within easy reach of rocket fire.

Its decrepit aircraft have crashed, been blacklisted by the American military for smuggling opium and refused entry to Europe for safety deficiencies. One plane was chased down the runway by thugs of a strongman late for the flight, furious it had left without him.

Yet the airline, Kam Air — an Afghan phenomenon through and through — is largely the only way to fly in Afghanistan. It operates 90 percent of domestic flights, stitching together a nation too big and dangerous to cross by road.

As other airlines went bankrupt, Kam Air became one of the biggest taxpayers in a country where few bother to pay taxes, making it indispensable to the government, aid groups, businesses and the nation at large.

Now the airline is struggling to stay in the air — not for lack of planes or passengers, but employees. Five of its nine aircraft sit idle.

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Heavy explosion rocks Kabul city

A heavy explosion rocked Kabul city few minutes earlier. There are no reports regarding the casualties and the type of the explosion. The blast has taken place close to Jamhooriat hospital and there are fears that several people were killed or wounded as the area was packed scores of people when the incident took place.

Security sources confirm the blast has taken place in the vicinity of Sedarat area and close to the old compound of the ministry of interior.

Public health ministry officials are saying that 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital so far but the eyewitnesses are saying that the blast has likely left several people dead or wounded.

A security official says the blast has likely left over 10 people dead and over 40 others wounded.

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Suicide attack rocks Helmand in South of Afghanistan

A suicide attack rocked southern Helmand province of Afghanistan today after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a security check post. According to the local officials, the incident took place in the vicinity of Nad-e-Ali district leaving at least six people wounded. Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident and said at least 

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Taliban’s Red Unit commander among 3 killed in Kunduz clash

At least six Taliban insurgents including a commander of the Red Unit of the group were killed or wounded during a clash in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan army in a statement said three Taliban insurgents including a commander of the Red Unit of the group were killed

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34 ISIS militants in ongoing operations in East of Afghanistan

At least thirty four militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed or wounded during the operations in eastern Nangrhar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan army in the East said the militants were killed during the airstrikes and ground operations in Deh Bala

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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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