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17 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

NYT: Meet America’s Syrian Allies Who Helped Defeat ISIS

MANBIJ, Syria — The large section of northeastern Syria once occupied by the Islamic State is now a rare safe area in the war-ravaged country, thanks to an American-backed coalition known as the Syrian Democratic Forces. The coalition’s fighters, who with American help drove the Islamic State from the region, are Arabs and Kurds, men and women, young and old. Many are veterans of multiple battles and have been wounded, but returned to the fight again and again. Here are a few of them.

Najim Muhammad, 38, Deputy Commander

The joke about Mr. Muhammad, an Arab who is married with seven children between 6 months and 15 years old, is that every time he gets wounded, he goes home to recuperate and fathers another child. He is one of the four deputies to the American-backed Manbij Military Council’s top commander, who is a Kurd. Mr. Muhammed said he has fought alongside the Americans throughout northern Syria, on at least 13 battlefields. “Before we used to just fight, and now since the Americans joined us we’re in the era of organizing ourselves,” he said. “In the beginning they were just like advisers and didn’t go with us to the front line, but later they joined us there, too,” he said, referring to American forces. Four of the five times he was wounded, he was evacuated by American medics…………………

Zinareen Anas, 36, Militia Commander

Ms. Anas is the Euphrates Valley commander of the Women’s Protection Forces, a Kurdish militia that is part of the S.D.F. Like many of her fellow commanders, she has been wounded in battle, while fighting in Kobani in 2014. “Our commanders all lead from the front,” she said. Ms. Anas fought alongside the American military in Manbij, Shadade and Al Haul, and last year in Raqqa and Deir al-Zour. The American Special Operations units always had one or two American women, and they were quick to bond with their Kurdish counterparts, she said. Some of them were chagrined, she said, when they realized the Kurds were way ahead of them in battlefield equality. “They had limited powers compared to us,” she said. “We can make decisions and everything without a man approving them, and they can’t easily do that. So you could say we’re more advanced than the American military, that way.”

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AP: Civilians have no place to run as Turkey offensive drags on

BEIRUT (AP) — One-month-old Heyim Hassan was receiving treatment for a chest infection in the Afrin general hospital in northern Syria when a shell landed a few meters (feet) away. His panicked father whisked him out of the building and spent hours looking for nebulizers to aid the infant’s breathing. No one was killed in the attack, but nearly 30 children had to be evacuated to safety.

It was the third time Heyim’s father, Serbest, had to seek shelter for his family in the last month. Four days after the baby was born, Turkey launched an offensive in northwestern Syria, forcing them to flee their home and Serbest’s mobile phone shop to find safety in the district’s center.

Nearly a month into the offensive in Afrin, hundreds of thousands of Syrians like Hassan and his family are hiding from bombs and airstrikes in caves and basements, trapped in the Kurdish enclave while Turkey and its allies are bogged down in fierce ground battles against formidable opponents.

Crammed with 40 relatives into their new shelter, a three-bedroom apartment, the baby Heyim contracted the infection. Then the new neighborhood also got shelled while he was evacuated from the hospital…………….Dozens of videos have surfaced showing Turkey-backed rebels taking hostages in Afrin, mistreating the elderly and mutilating the body of a female Kurdish fighter.

“This shows what will happen to us,” Hassan said. “We are waiting in anticipation and watching videos.”

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REU: Turkish army hit village in Syria’s Afrin with suspected gas: Kurdish YPG, Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group said the Turkish military carried out a suspected gas attack that wounded six people in Syria’s Afrin region on Friday.

There was no immediate comment from the Turkish military, which has previously denied accusations of hitting civilians in its Afrin operation.

Birusk Hasaka, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin, told Reuters that Turkish bombardment hit a village in the northwest of the region, near the Turkish border. He said it caused six people to suffer breathing problems and other symptoms indicative of a gas attack.

Turkey launched an air and ground offensive last month on the Afrin region, opening a new front in the multi-sided Syrian war to target Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told Reuters that Turkish forces and their Syrian insurgent allies hit the village on Friday with shells. The Britain-based war monitoring group said medical sources in Afrin reported that six people in the attack suffered breathing difficulties and dilated pupils, indicating a suspected gas attack.

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REU: Turks propose joint deployment with U.S. in Syria as allies aim to mend ties

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey proposed on Friday staging a joint deployment with U.S. troops in Syria, as the two NATO allies sought to rescue a rapidly deteriorating strategic relationship that Washington acknowledged had reached a “crisis point”.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met President Tayyip Erdogan during a two-day visit that followed weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from the Turkish government.

Relations between Washington and its main Muslim ally in NATO have been strained to the breaking point by several issues, above all Turkey’s anger over U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey sees as terrorists.

Turkey launched an air and ground assault last month in Syria’s northwest Afrin region to sweep the YPG away from its southern border. The United States has armed, trained and aided YPG fighters with air support and special forces, as the main ground force in its campaign against Islamic State.

“We find ourselves at a bit of a crisis point in the relationship,” Tillerson acknowledged at a news conference after meeting with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday morning. He had met with Erdogan for a more than three-hour discussion on Thursday night.

“We’re going to act together from this point forward. We’re going to lock arms. We’re going to work through the issues that are causing difficulties for us and we’re going to resolve them.”

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IraqiNews: Iraq PM adviser: funds from Kuwait conference give minimum leverage

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Funds collected from Iraq reconstruction donors are insufficient but still give a positive sign and a financial leverage to the war-ravaged country, said an adviser to the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Mazhar Mohamed Saleh, a financial adviser to Abadi, said in a statement that “loans Iraq obtained on the closing day of the Kuwait conference will represent a financial leverage”.

He added that “the loans represent positive stances of the international community towards Iraq’s support.

“Loans obtained by Iraq do not fulfill its aspirations in the rehabilitation of liberated areas, but are still a positive step at minimum,” Saleh added.

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BLOOM: Afghanistan Rejects Surprise Taliban Peace Outreach to U.S.

Afghanistan’s government rejected a surprise Taliban overture for peace talks with the U.S., insisting the insurgent group that controls or contests nearly half the country needs to cease fighting first.

In an unexpected statement on Wednesday, the Taliban reached out to the American people asking them to pressure President Donald Trump and “war-mongering” congressmen to end the near 17-year-old “occupation.” Those words were met with disbelief in Kabul after the group claimed responsibility for attacks in the Afghan capital last month that killed and wounded hundreds.

“The Taliban has started the war and the Taliban is continuing the war, if the Taliban want peace they should stop,” Dawa Khan Menapal, a deputy spokesman of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, said in an interview. “They keep killing innocent civilians — they should stop the battle and then reach out to Afghanistan not the Americans for peace talks.”

While many believe America’s longest war will only cease when a political settlement is hashed out with the Taliban, Trump ruled out peace talks after the wave of violence. The U.S. president last year announced the deployment of more troops and an increase in air strikes in an attempt to push back Taliban and Islamic State’s gains across Afghanistan.

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WP: Pentagon watchdog reports little progress in Afghanistan despite Trump administration’s new approach

The Pentagon watchdog suggested Friday that top U.S. officials overstated progress late last year when they said the tide had begun to turn in favor of U.S.-backed forces in Afghanistan, months after the Trump administration unveiled its new strategy against the Taliban.

The Department of Defense Inspector General released a report Friday saying that “no significant progress” had been made in 2017 toward Afghan authorities’ stated goal of bringing 80 percent of the country’s population under government control amid a Taliban insurgency.

The report found little evidence to support comments that the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., and other top U.S. officials made late last year, arguing that U.S.-backed troops had “turned the corner” and gained momentum in their fight against the Taliban. At times, top officials appeared to attribute the change to the new strategy the Trump administration announced last summer.

“Overall, based on available data, it is too soon to judge whether the new strategy has broken the stalemate in the fight against the Taliban and other extremists,” acting Inspector General Glenn A. Fine wrote in his introduction to the report. “During the quarter, there was no change in the percentage of the population or the number of districts under the control of the Afghan government, and there was no progress towards a reconciliation process with the Taliban.”…………….Friday’s report said the U.S. military had roughly 14,000 troops in Afghanistan at the end of 2017. The Obama administration said it had about 8,400 troops there in 2016.

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NYT: Al Qaeda Operative Gets Life Sentence for Killing Soldiers, Bomb Plot

NEW YORK — A man convicted of participating in a 2003 attack on American soldiers in Afghanistan that killed two people and plotting to bomb a U.S. embassy in West Africa was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun, who is known by the nom de guerre Spin Ghul, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in Brooklyn.

Harun refused to attend his sentencing hearing, as he had previously refused to attend his trial. A audio and video link was set up between Harun’s jail cell and the courtroom, but he was never visible on it and did not address the court.

Since his extradition from Italy in October 2012, Harun has insisted he is a “warrior” who should face a military tribunal rather than criminal proceedings. Cogan said that Harun had told U.S. marshals Friday morning, “This is not my court. That is not my judge.”

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Taliban cannot win in the battlefield, says Hekmatyar

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar says the Taliban group cannot win in the battlefield as he insisted on reconciliation process as the only way forward to put an end to ongoing violence. Hekmatyar made the remarks during a gathering to mark the 29th year of the withdrawal of the Soviet forces from the country.

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Drone strikes target Taliban’s largest heroin lab in Farah province

One of the largest heroin labs of the Taliban group was eliminated in drone strikes conducted by the US forces in western Farah province of Afghanistan. The provincial police commandment said the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Bakwa district and as a result at least eight militants were also killed. According to

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Drone strike target ISIS hideout in East of Afghanistan

A drone strike targeted a hideout of the ISIS terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, the defense authorities in the East said. The airstrike was carried out on Thursday by the US forces using unmanned aerial vehicles targeting the hideout of the terror group in the restive Achin district. The 201st Silab Corps

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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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