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15 Feb

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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The dead & suffering children of Iraq.

Video From Ten Years Ago

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

REU: More than 350 million children living in conflict zones, says charity

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More children than ever before are living in conflict areas and are at risk of death and violence, the charity Save the Children said on Thursday, with Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia the worst countries for young people.

In a report, the global charity said at least 357 million children – or one in six worldwide – were living in conflict zones, an increase of 75 percent since the early 1990s.

Increased urbanisation, longer-running conflicts and a rise in the number of schools and hospitals being targeted heightened the danger for children, according to Save the Children.

Other threats include abduction and sexual violence.

“We are seeing a shocking increase in the number of children growing up in areas affected by conflict, and being exposed to the most serious forms of violence imaginable,” Helle Thorning-Schmidt, chief executive of the charity, said in a statement……………..“Children in conflict zones around the world are coming under attack at a shocking scale, with parties to conflicts blatantly disregarding international laws,” said Manuel Fontaine, head of emergency programmes at UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency.

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REU: Commentary: The U.S. is stuck in Syria — with no mission

In its five months in Syria last year, a single U.S. Marine Corps artillery battalion fired more shells than any equivalent American military unit since Vietnam.

The statistic – revealed this month by the Marine Corps Times – was another reminder of just how violent, out-of-control and complex the largely hidden war in Syria remains. With the support of Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has secured his position and is no longer fighting for his life. But the government in Damascus still lacks control of vast portions of the country, and a complex range of outside actors have found themselves increasingly dragged in.

Major Israeli airstrikes this weekend against Syrian forces, and Turkey’s ongoing offensive against Kurdish militants, were the latest indications of just how dangerously tensions have escalated. Both Israel and Turkey had largely avoided direct involvement over the nearly seven years the Syrian war has been raging. Now both have concluded that their interests require them to get their hands more seriously dirty.

For the United States, this is an awkward dynamic. Washington did everything it could to stay out of the war, now the bloodiest of the century. The speed and scope of Islamic State’s rise forced it to change course but, beyond defeating the militants, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration does not seem to know what it wants to achieve.

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GUARD: Fifteen Russian security staff killed in Syria explosion

The incident at a weapons depot follows the reported deaths of scores of Russian mercenaries in a US-led coalition attack last week

Syrian civlians flee from air strikes in the rebel-held town of Jisreen, in the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Photograph: Abdulmonam Eassa/AFP/Getty Images

Fifteen Russians employed in Syria by a private security company have been killed after an explosion rocked an arms depot at their base in the country, according to a monitoring group.

The incident happened at the company’s weapons storage facility at Tabiya Jazira in the northeastern province of Deir Ezzor, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Observatory directory Rami Abdel Rahman said the company in question was in charge of “protecting the oil and gas fields controlled by the Syrian regime”.

“Fifteen Russians working for a Russian private security company were killed in an explosion at a weapons depot of the company in Tabiya Jazira in Deir Ezzor province,” he told Agence France-Presse.

The Russian workers were accompanying regime forces as they advanced towards the oil and gas fields on the eastern banks of Euphrates river controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters.

The Observatory’s website suggested the regime fighters had been trying to access weapons at the depot but set off a booby-trap explosion. It said a total of 23 people were killed, including the 15 Russians. The other casualties were believed to be regime fighters of the al-Baqir brigade.

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REU: Turkey tells U.S. YPG should be removed from SDF: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s defense minister said on Thursday he had told his U.S. counterpart, Jim Mattis, that the Syrian Kurdish YPG should be removed from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the militia that Washington is backing in the fight against Islamic State.

Nurettin Canikli, in a briefing to reporters in Brussels after meeting with the U.S. Defence Secretary, also said he disputed Mattis’s characterization of the SDF as dominated by Arabs, saying the militia was completely controlled by the YPG.

His comments were broadcast live on television in Turkey.

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GUARD: Donor conference pledges $30bn to help Iraq rebuild after Isis

Challenge for Baghdad is turning pledges into cash and ensuring it is not siphoned off through corruption

The remains of buildings from the fight against Isis in Mosul. $30bn is about third of what Baghdad estimates is needed in the long term. Photograph: Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP/Getty Images

A global donor conference has pledged almost $30bn (£21bn) to help Iraq rebuild after the ravages of Islamic State, about a third of what the country estimates it will need long term.

The money is a mix of grants, loans and investment promises, with neighbours Kuwait, Turkey and Saudi Arabia among the biggest donors, along with nearby Qatar.

The US, which occupied Iraq from 2003 to 2011 and led the air war against Isis, was notable by its absence, however. Officials said in advance that Washington would not be pledging funds at the conference.

The challenge now for Iraq will be turning those pledges into actual cash, and ensuring it is put to good use, not siphoned away through corruption. After the government declared its three-year war with Isis over, Haider al-Abadi, the prime minister, said the next big fight would be against corruption.

The NGP Transparency International ranks Iraq as the 10th most corrupt country in the world, with theft and fraud damaging growth of the economy and confidence in the government.

The fight against Isis left much of Iraq in ruins; at its peak the Islamist group controlled almost a third of Iraqi territory, and it was only pushed out of a chain of key cities at heavy cost.

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IraqiNews: Twenty Islamic State militants killed as two attacks repulsed in Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) The police in Nineveh have repulsed an Islamic State attack, killing three militants and arrested five others in southeast of Mosul, a security source said on Thursday.

“Security troops thwarted an IS attack and killed three militants in a security operation in Makhmur town, southeast of Mosul,” the police source told the Iraqi News Agency. “Their weapons in their possession were confiscated.”

The source also said “security troops launched a campaign that resulted in arresting five militants who were possessing fake identity cards in Makhmur.”……………“Armed confrontations broke out and lasted for almost half an hour, leaving all the militants killed and their vehicles destroyed. Their weapons were confiscated. Three security personnel were wounded,” he added.
Hundreds of IS members, according to Bahadli, “are there in Tigris River and Badush regions, where the militants hide in their havens.”

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REU: U.N. says bombs will litter Mosul for more than a decade

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Iraqi city of Mosul will remain strewn with unexploded bombs for a decade, endangering a million or more civilians who want to return home following the end of three years of Islamic State occupation, a U.N. demining expert said on Wednesday.

Pehr Lodhammar, a senior program manager at the U.N. Mine Action Service (UNMAS) said the destruction of Mosul had left an estimated 11 million tonnes of debris and two-thirds of the explosive hazards were thought to be buried under the rubble.

“We estimate that it’s going to be over a decade until western Mosul has been cleared. The density and the complexity will not allow this clearance to be completed within months or even within years,” he told a news conference in Geneva.

“We see air-dropped ammunition, 500-pound bombs that were dropped, that go 15 meters into the ground or even further. Just getting one of those pieces out is a matter of days and sometimes weeks.”

Last year, UNMAS removed 45,000 explosive hazards and 750 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) across Iraq, including over 25,000 in western Mosul alone. Other areas such as Falluja and Sinjar also need more de-mining help.

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IraqiNews: Ministry: 320 families repatriated in Anbar, Salahuddin

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – About 320 families have been repatriated at their home regions in Anbar and Salahuddin provinces upon their own desire, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement announced on Thursday.

A photo shows a homeless Iraqi family with grief and uncertainty appearing clearly in their eyes. File photo

In a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Iraqi news network Mawazin News, the ministry said its teams, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration, have repatriated 242 families in Anbar and another 78 families in Salahuddin.

“All the repatriated families have been provided with dry food and a security force was assigned to accompany them during their journey back home,” the statement added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

The surge in violence between armed groups and government forces has resulted in over 3 million internally displaced persons across Iraq and left more than 11 million in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

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NYT: More Afghan Civilians Being Deliberately Targeted, U.N. Says

KABUL, Afghanistan — An annual United Nations report released on Thursday offered a stark assessment of the 16-year Afghan war, showing a slight decline in civilian casualties from an all-time high but a rise in complex bombing attacks that have taken a heavy toll in the capital.

The report said at least 10,453 Afghan civilians had been wounded or killed in 2017. At a time when the American and Afghan governments are releasing fewer statistics — the Afghan Army stopped publishing military casualty numbers in November, for example — the United Nations report on civilian casualties is one of the few reliable indicators of how the war is proceeding.

“The chilling statistics in this report provide credible data about the war’s impact,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the United Nations secretary general’s special representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement.

The report came out a day after the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, issued an upbeat assessment of the Afghan Army’s recent progress, saying that “the Taliban cannot win.”…………….The report cited an airstrike on Aug. 30 in the eastern province of Logar, apparently targeting a Taliban fighter who was lurking beside a house with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. The strike killed 10 children and three women in the house, according to witnesses who spoke to United Nations researchers.

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NYT: More Than 10,000 Afghan Civilians Killed or Wounded Last Year, U.N. Says

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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