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20 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

Assad regime uses barrel bombs and attacks hospitals in rebel-held eastern Ghouta

A Syrian child waits to receive medical treatment at a field hospital following the attacks on Monday in Eastern Ghouta.

A Syrian child waits to receive medical treatment at a field hospital following the attacks on Monday in eastern Ghouta.

 

Injured children are treated at a hospital in rebel-held Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Syria, 19 February 2018

Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesChildren were among those rescued after Monday’s air strikes in Eastern Ghouta

More than 100 people have been killed and hundreds wounded on a day of “hysterical” violence in the opposition-controlled enclave of eastern Ghouta in Syria.

The surge in the killing came amid reports of an impending regime incursion in to the area outside Damascus, which is home to 400,000 civilians. More than 700 people have been killed in three months, according to local counts, not including the deaths in the last week.

Four hospitals were also bombed on Monday in eastern Ghouta, which was once the breadbasket of Damascus but has been under siege for years by the government of Bashar al-Assad and subjected to devastating chemical attacks.

“We are standing before the massacre of the 21st century,” said a doctor in eastern Ghouta. “If the massacre of the 1990s was Srebrenica, and the massacres of the 1980s were Halabja and Sabra and Chatila, then eastern Ghouta is the massacre of this century right now.”………………Medical organisations said at least four clinics and hospitals, including a maternity centre, were bombed on Monday, some of them multiple times, putting them out of service. An anaesthetist was killed in the attacks.

“The bombing was hysterical,” said Ahmed al-Dbis, a security official at the Union of Medical and Relief Organisations (UOSSM), which runs dozens of hospitals in areas controlled by the opposition in Syria. “It is a humanitarian catastrophe in every sense of the word. The mass killing of people who do not have the most basic tenets of life.”

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REU: Bombs still fall on Syria’s Ghouta after heaviest toll in years

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Pro-government forces carried air raids in Syria’s eastern Ghouta rebel-held enclave overnight on Monday and early on Tuesday after the heaviest one-day death toll from bombardment there in three years, a war monitor said.

More than 100 people were killed in air raids, rocket strikes and shelling of the area near Damascus on Monday, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The United Nations called for an immediate ceasefire in the area on Monday, saying the situation was “spiralling out of control” after an “extreme escalation in hostilities”.

The violence in eastern Ghouta is part of a wider escalation in warfare on several fronts in Syria in recent months as President Bashar al-Assad pushes to end the seven-year rebellion against him.

Assad’s most powerful ally, Russia, has been pushing a diplomatic track at the same time as the increase in fighting, resulting in the establishment of several “de-escalation zones”.

Eastern Ghouta is in one of these areas, where violence is meant to be contained, but the agreement does not include a former al Qaeda affiliate which has a small presence there.

Other insurgent groups in eastern Ghouta, including Islamist factions, say the Syrian government and Russia are using the jihadist presence as a pretext to continue their bombardment.

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AP: The Latest: UNICEF decries killings in rebel Damascus suburb

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

The U.N. children’s agency has issued a statement of protest against the killing of scores of people, including children, in the Syrian government bombardment of rebel-held suburbs of Damascus.

UNICEF’s one-page statement released on Tuesday carries a headline, saying: “Do those inflicting the suffering still have words to justify their barbaric acts?”

The headline is flowed by blank space underneath.

UNICEF said it issued this blank statement because “we no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage.”

Syrian opposition activists and paramedics said airstrikes and shelling of Damascus’ eastern suburbs known as eastern Ghouta killed at least 98 people, including 20 children, on Monday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the daily death toll is the highest in the area since 2015.

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REU: Defeats in Middle East driving Islamic State fighters to Philippines – separatist

MANILA (Reuters) – Foreign Islamic State fighters forced out of Syria and Iraq have been arriving in the Philippines with the intent of recruiting, and they have plans to attack two Philippine towns, the head of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group said on Tuesday.

More than 1,100 people were killed last year when pro-Islamic State militants attacked and held the Philippine city of Marawi for five months, leading to massive destruction across the scenic lakeside town.

That could happen in other cities if Congress fails to pass a law to allow Muslims in the southern Philippines to run their own affairs, according to Ebrahim Murad, leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a separatist group which signed a peace deal with the government in return for greater autonomy.

“Based on our own intelligence information, foreign fighters who were displaced from the Middle East continued to enter into our porous borders and may be planning to take two southern cities – Iligan and Cotabato,” Murad said.

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IraqiNews: Islamic State claims responsibility for killing 20 Iraqi security personnel in Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militant group has announced killing twenty Iraqi security personnel in an ambush in southwest of Kirkuk.

According to Amaq website, the group’s media arm, “IS members killed 20 Iraqi security personnel and burnt five vehicles in an ambush on Sunday evening, southwest of al-Riyad town in Kirkuk.”

In related news, Ali al-Husseini, commander of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) in the northern axis, said some PMFs are likely to be alive hiding.

Earlier today, the troops announced murder of 27 personnel in the wake of an attack by IS militants at al-Saadouniya village in Riyad.

“The region is completely cordoned. Searching efforts are ongoing. The accident took place while it was raining. It was in the dark. We need more hours to know if there are personnel still alive. Maybe some of them are captured or hiding,” Husseini told Shafaq News without giving details on the number.

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AP: IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq’s Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27 more than two months after Baghdad declared victory over the extremist group, officials said Monday

The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias, said in a statement that the attack took place southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, where the paramilitaries were conducting overnight raids.

The attackers were disguised in army uniforms and manning a fake checkpoint, the statement said, adding that ensuing clashes lasted for at least two hours and that some of the militants were killed while others fled the area.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, an Iraqi military spokesman, blamed IS “sleeper cells” and said Iraqi forces were searching the area to find the perpetrators.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency.

Karim al-Nouri, a PMF spokesman, described the attack as a “heinous crime” and called for greater scrutiny of Iraqis returning to areas liberated from IS. He said the attackers had taken advantage of heavy rains overnight.

Hadi al-Amiri, the leader of the Badr Brigade, one of the most prominent Shiite militias, vowed “revenge.”

Speaking at a military airfield in Baghdad where the bodies were being flown in, he called on security forces to be vigilant, saying “the war against terrorism is not over yet.”

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IraqiNews: Blast near popular Baghdad market leaves four civilians killed, injured

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – Four civilians were killed and injured Monday in a bomb blast near a popular market in northern Baghdad, a security source was quoted as saying.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “An explosive charge went off near a popular market at al-Taji rural district in northern Baghdad, leaving one civilian dead and three others injured.”

A security force cordoned off the blast site, while ambulances carried the victims to a nearby hospital, the source added.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State is expected to be behind many.

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NYT: Afghan Officials Say Insurgent Attacks Killed 9 Policemen

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials say insurgents have killed nine policemen in separate attacks in the country’s west and east.

In western Farah province, attacks on police checkpoints killed eight policemen.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the Farah governor, says two police checkpoints came under attack overnight, one in Bala Buluk district and one near Farah city.

Mehri says 13 insurgents were also killed in the fighting, which started on Monday night and lasted till early Tuesday morning.

And in eastern Kapisa province, two gunmen opened fire at the police, killing one officer.

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NYT: Afghanistan’s ArtLords Daub Walls With Messages of Defiance, Hope

KABUL — Activists in Afghanistan are speaking out against corruption and spreading messages of peace and social justice with murals, many painted on concrete blast walls that have risen to ward off militant bombs.

The activists call themselves the ArtLords, as opposed to the warlords and druglords who have brought so much strife and misery to Afghanistan, and say their art is a tool for social change.

“We’re painting against corruption, we’re painting against the injustices that are happening in society, for women’s rights,” said the group’s co-founder, Omaid Sharifi.

“We’re encouraging people to come and join us, let’s raise our voices against all this nonsense.”

Blast walls have gone up along Kabul’s streets over the years, against a tide of violence as Taliban and other militants battle the government and U.S.-led forces, nearly 17 years after Afghanistan’s latest phase of war began.

Some city streets have been turned into concrete canyons, the walls shielding embassies, military camps, government offices and the homes of the rich.

On many of these grey slabs, the ArtLords have their say.

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Foreign circles attempting to sabotage peace efforts, claims Khalili

The chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) Mohammad Karim Khalili claims that the certain foreign circles are attempting to sabotage the peace efforts. Khalili made the remarks during a conference attended by the local tribal and Jihaid leaders from all 34 provinces of the country. He said the Afghan government is committed to

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Explosion in Jalalabd city in East of Afghanistan

An explosion rocked the provincial capital of Nangarhar Jalalabad city at around noon time today leaving a number of people dead or wounded. Provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed that the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 2nd police district of the city. There are no reports available regarding the type of

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ISIS behead Taliban fighter and alleged spy in East of Afghanistan

Militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have beheaded two men on charges of having links with the Taliban group and spying for the government in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The loyalists of the terror group have published the photographs of the two men on social media. In

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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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