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06 Feb

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?


Shaima Naif’s daughter, Jannat, who was killed in Mosul

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: The Latest: Russia asks Turkey for help over jet in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

The Russian military says it has asked Turkey to help recover the debris of the Russian fighter jet that was shot down over a rebel-controlled part of Syria over the weekend.

Al-Qaida-linked militants on Saturday said they downed the Russian Su-25 in the northern Idlib province. Russian officials say the pilot engaged in a gunbattle with militants before blowing himself up with a hand grenade.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday it has asked Turkey to help recover the debris in order to establish the type of weapons the rebels used to shoot down the jet.

The plane was downed by a portable air defense missile, the first time a Russian jet was shot down over Syria since Russia launched its air campaign there in September 2015.

The United Nations is calling for an immediate, month-long cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver critical humanitarian aid and medical care to civilians trapped by fighting in regions across the country.

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AP: Bloody 24 hours as Syria, Russia escalate punishing attacks

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition rescue teams pulled babies from incubators in a hospital under attack, rushing them to safety in a pick-up truck. Elderly patients lay motionless on the ground and rescue workers searched for survivors in the rubble of a destroyed apartment building as stepped up airstrikes by Syrian government forces and their Russian allies on the country’s last remaining rebel strongholds killed at least 28 civilians on Monday.

“It is like the end of days,” said Raed Saleh, the head of the first-responders known as White Helmets, describing the last 24 hours of attacks on the opposition-held eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta and northwestern Idlib province.

The escalating offensive, which included a suspected chlorine attack a day earlier, reached a new ferocity after insurgents downed a Russian Su-25 over the weekend, the first time they scored such a major hit against the government’s main ally, Moscow.

Russia has waged a punishing aerial campaign against Syria’s armed opposition since intervening in the civil war on the side of its ally, President Bashar Assad, in 2015. Cease-fire deals have failed to quell the violence or restore humanitarian aid to besieged Ghouta, were 400,000 residents are holed up amid warnings of a looming humanitarian disaster.

“If a Russian plane was downed, revenge should not be on civilians and children,” Saleh said. “Now more than any other day, we need the international community to restore the humanity it has lost in Syria.”

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AP: US accuses Russia of protecting Syria over chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of protecting Syrian President Bashar Assad from responsibility for what she said were multiple chlorine gas attacks on civilians in recent weeks.

Haley told the U.N. Security Council that Russia has delayed adoption of a council statement condemning the use of chemical weapons, including a reported chlorine gas attack Thursday in the opposition-held Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that injured over 20 civilians including children.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia retorted, “It’s completely clear to us the goal is to basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified.”

Russia proposed a rival press statement eliminating references to Thursday’s attack and to “the unacceptable level of violence in Syria, particularly in eastern Ghouta.” He proposed adding language about a new investigative body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks that is unacceptable to the U.S. and its allies.

The U.S. and Russia have been lashing out at each other for months over the issue of accountability for chemical attacks in Syria, which is a close ally of Moscow.

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AP: US accuses Russia of protecting Syria over chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Monday of protecting Syrian President Bashar Assad from responsibility for what she said were multiple chlorine gas attacks on civilians in recent weeks.

Haley told the U.N. Security Council that Russia has delayed adoption of a council statement condemning the use of chemical weapons, including a reported chlorine gas attack Thursday in the opposition-held Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta that injured over 20 civilians including children.

Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia retorted, “It’s completely clear to us the goal is to basically accuse the Syrian government of chemical weapons use where no perpetrators have been identified.”

Russia proposed a rival press statement eliminating references to Thursday’s attack and to “the unacceptable level of violence in Syria, particularly in eastern Ghouta.” He proposed adding language about a new investigative body to determine responsibility for chemical attacks that is unacceptable to the U.S. and its allies.

The U.S. and Russia have been lashing out at each other for months over the issue of accountability for chemical attacks in Syria, which is a close ally of Moscow.

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BBC: Syria war: ‘Chlorine attack’ on rebel-held Idlib town

Nine people were treated for breathing difficulties after a bomb believed to be filled with chlorine was dropped on a rebel-held town in Syria, medics say.

A medic carries an injured person in the rebel-held town of Zamalka, in the Eastern Ghouta (5 February 2018)

Zamalka was among the towns in the Eastern Ghouta reportedly attacked by government aircraft

The Syria Civil Defence said three of its rescue workers were among the casualties from the attack on Saraqeb, in the north-western province of Idlib.

The Syrian opposition said the bomb was dropped by a government helicopter.

At least 20 people were reportedly killed in conventional government and Russian air raids elsewhere in Idlib.

Later, government air and artillery strikes on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus left another 24 people dead, the Syria Civil Defence reported.

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REU: U.N. demands cessation of Syria hostilities, says situation ‘extreme’

BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.N. representatives in Syria called on Tuesday for an immediate cessation of hostilities lasting at least month throughout Syria to allow aid deliveries and evacuations of the sick and wounded.

FILE PHOTO – A Syria Civil Defence member carries a wounded child in the besieged town of Hamoria, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria, January 6, 2018. REUTERS/ Bassam Khabieh

A statement from the U.N. resident humanitarian coordinator and U.N. representatives in Syria described the situation in the country as “extreme”. “The United Nations humanitarian team in Syria warns of the dire consequences of the compounded humanitarian crisis in several parts of the country,” it said.

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Raids on Idlib province follow the downing of a Russian fighter plane by Syrian rebels

Russian and Syrian jets bombed towns and villages across north-west Syria on Monday, devastating civilian areas and forcing fresh waves of refugees to flee to open ground in the biggest aerial blitz on opposition-held areas since the fall of Aleppo more than a year ago.

Monitoring groups said as many as 150 airstrikes were recorded in Idlib province by Monday, with dozens more pounding up to 18 towns across the region by nightfall.

Residential areas bore the brunt of the strikes, which severely damaged at least two major hospitals, and levelled dozens of buildings in which panicked locals had taken shelter. Medics claimed nine people were treated for symptoms of chlorine exposure after a bomb was dropped on the town of Saraqeb by a helicopter……………..Ahmad al-Dbis, the director of safety and security at the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), which runs hospitals across opposition Syria, said: ”The situation is really bad, because the attacks are targeting all the areas, including Idlib city, Maarat al-Numan, Kafranbel, and a lot of large residential areas, which is leading to a huge number of wounded.

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REU: Syrian Observatory: air strikes kill 16 in eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said air strikes pounded insurgent-held suburbs east of Damascus on Tuesday, killing 16 people.

The Britain-based war monitor said Syrian government aircraft and shelling hit the towns of Harasta, Hamouriya, Douma and other parts of the eastern Ghouta pocket near the capital.

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GUARD: ‘Bombs are still falling’: Syrian refugees at risk of forced return home

Report warns hundreds of thousands of people may be pressured to go back to Syria despite daily threat of shelling in many places

Abd and his family, displaced people from Deir Ezzour in Hasakeh

Abd and his family, forced to flee from Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria. They walked for more than three days to reach Mabrouka camp for displaced people. Photograph: Courtesy of NRC

Hundreds of thousands of refugees risk being pushed to return to Syria, despite the country’s ongoing violence, according to a report by six major international charities.

Half the country’s population have been forced from their homes since the war began almost seven years ago, with 6 million fleeing the country. But anti-refugee sentiment, along with misleading rhetoric suggesting that Syria is now safe, has led many countries to harden their stance towards those escaping the conflict, said the report.

As the Syrian government has gained control over more territory, and violence has calmed in some areas, host countries have discussed returning refugees. But the report warns that conflict continues in populated regions, with civilians facing the daily threat of bombing and shelling…………….The number of Syrians returning – mostly from internal displacement inside Syria – rose from 560,000 to 721,000 between 2016 and 2017. But for every returnee there were three more newly displaced because of the violence.

Around 2.4 million people in Syria – more than 8,000 every day – fled their homes in the first nine months of 2017, according to the report. The UN predicts a further 1.5 million Syrians will be displaced in 2018.

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Iraqinews: Iraq to launch military operation against Islamic State, White Flags soon

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – A wide-scale military operation will be launched soon to track down Islamic State remnants and the recently-emerged White Flags group in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu, a Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) spokesman was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the semi-official al-Sabah newspaper on Tuesday, Ali al-Hussieni, the PMF spokesman for the northern axis, said, “A joint force made up of the Iraqi army, police and the PMF will launch a military operation soon to target IS sleeper cells and White Flag militants in Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu.”

“The troops received accurate intelligence reports on the locations of those terrorists, who have committed several violations in Iraq during the past period,” Hussieni said, stressing that the military operation will hopefully eliminate all IS and White Flags militants in the two towns.

The White Fags group, whose members always carry a white banner with a lion’s head in the middle, began appearing in Iraqi in late-2017, especially after the worsening situation between Baghdad and Erbil and the elimination of IS in most of Iraq’s territory.

According to Al- Arabiya, members of the White Flags are estimated at hundreds, and the group’s main bases are in mountains and highlands.

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NYT: Dozens Are Killed Daily in Afghanistan. Sometimes, the Dead Turn Up Alive.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan war takes about five dozen lives a day.

Sometimes, the bodies have just one bullet hole. Other times, after intense explosions, there is no body left at all. In between, families receive pieces of flesh and bones in a sealed coffin — something to help them find closure.

Every once in a while, the dead turn up alive.

Last Monday, on the edges of a crowded Kabul cemetery, friends dug a grave for Ahmad Tameem, 22, a police officer, as about 200 mourners took cover from the snow under a tent. Officer Tameem’s relatives shouldered his sealed coffin up a winding, muddy lane for a brief final audience with his mother, then lowered him to rest near his father’s grave.

At home, loved ones prepared for the rituals of moving on. Someone opened the door of a cage to set Officer Tameem’s two pet parrots free. Large, grainy pictures of him were printed with “Martyr Ahmad Tameem” in red ink. Notices for a memorial service were sent out…………….After each attack in Kabul, the bodies arrive at the city’s forensic medicine department. Families go there to identify and collect the remains. Often, there is not enough to identify — just a torso, or limbs. The department does not have the capabilities for DNA testing.

Some unclaimed bodies remain at the morgue for weeks, or months. Then, quietly, municipal workers pick them up for a burial.

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Vehicle packed with 2 tons of explosives seized in Kabul city

The Afghan national defense and security forces have foiled a deadly explosion in Kabul by seizing a vehicle packed with explosives. Security officials are saying that the vehicle was discovered from the vicinity of the 8th police district of the city. According to the officials, the militants had stored around 2 tons of explosives inside

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Zimmermann delivers NATO SG’s message to President Ghani for continued support

The NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan Cornelius Zimmermann has delivered a written message of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in which he has reaffirmed continued support to Afghanistan. According to the Office of the President, ARG Palace, the message was delivered by Mr. Zimmermann during a meeting with President

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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

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