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United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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Originally Published on Jan 19, 2008

“Do not go gentle into that good night”

 Poem by Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953.

 Rage! Rage!

“I regret they got hurt,’ Bush,the former president and war criminal said of the veterans.”

To the War Criminal Bush – And to the thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians?

Never, ever forget that the War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. founded ISIS and today are proud of what they did and feel no regret.

‘It was the right decision’: Bush says he has ‘no regrets’ about invading Iraq and Afghanistan when asked how he feels when he sees wounded veterans

Since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts began, at least 8,000 US and allied soldiers have died, according to CNN.

Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the United Nations.

The civilian death toll in Iraq is estimated to be somewhere between 170,000 and 190,000, according to Iraq Body Count

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GUARD: British arms sales to repressive regimes soar to £5bn since election

Campaigners claim that government is putting ‘exports to despots ahead of human rights’

UK arms manufacturers have exported almost £5bn worth of weapons to countries that are judged to have repressive regimes in the 22 months since the Conservative party won the last election.

The huge rise is largely down to a rise in orders from Saudi Arabia, but many other countries with controversial human rights records – including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Venezuela and China – have also been major buyers.

The revelation comes before the Defence and Security Equipment International arms fair at the Excel centre in east London, one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. Among countries invited to attend by the British government are Egypt, Qatar, Kenya, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

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LAT: Vast new intelligence haul fuels next phase of fight against Islamic State

U.S. intelligence analysts have gained valuable insights into Islamic State’s planning and personnel from a vast cache of digital data and other material recovered from bombed-out offices, abandoned laptops and the cellphones of dead fighters in recently liberated areas of Iraq and Syria.

In the most dramatic gain, U.S. officials over the last two months have added thousands of names of known or suspected Islamic State operatives to an international watch list used at airports and other border crossings. The Interpol database now contains about 19,000 names.

The intelligence haul — the largest since U.S. forces entered the war in mid-2014 — threatens to overwhelm already stretched counter-terrorism and law enforcement agencies in Europe, where Islamic State has claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris, London and Stockholm this year.

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IraqiNews: Blasts heard at Islamic State headquarters in Kirkuk

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Blasts were heard Sunday at Islamic State offices in Kirkuk as the province anticipates military operations to retake areas held by the extremist group since 2014.

A local source told Alsumaria News that violent explosions were heard at three Islamic State headquarters in central Hawija (55 km southwest of Kirkuk) following strikes by warplanes from the United States-led coalition.

“One of the targeted locations was used by the group as a secret meeting room, and had been under tight security,” said the source.

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IraqiNews: Six civilians killed, injured in eastern Baghdad bomb blast

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Three civilians were killed, while three others were wounded in a bomb blast in eastern Baghdad.

A bomb exploded near a market in east of Baghdad, Cap. Ahmed al-Saadi, of Baghdad police, told Petra news agency on Saturday.

The blast left three civilians killed and three others injured.

On Friday, nine persons were killed and injured in two bomb blasts that occurred in south and west of Baghdad.

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

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AP: Iraq holding hundreds of foreign IS family members

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces are holding more than 1,300 foreign women and children, the families of Islamic State fighters, at a camp for displaced people in northern Iraq.

The 1,333 individuals, from 14 countries, surrendered to Kurdish forces at the end of August after an Iraqi offensive drove the extremist group from the northern town of Tal Afar, near Mosul, Iraqi security officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with military protocol.

They say the women and children will not be charged with crimes and will likely be repatriated to their home countries. Most hail from Central Asia, Russia and Turkey, but the group also includes people from as far away as Japan and South Korea.

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AP: Iraq steps up strikes on IS-held Hawija ahead of offensive

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi air force and the U.S.-led coalition have stepped up a campaign of airstrikes on the Islamic State group-held town of Hawija Saturday ahead of a planned ground assault there, according to Iraq’s minister of defense.

Also Saturday, the secretary general of the Arab league visited Baghdad to encourage political dialogue with Irbil as Iraq’s Kurdish region pushes forward with plans to hold a referendum on independence Sept. 25.

Despite ongoing military operations to clear out the last pockets of territory held by IS, the looming referendum has increased tensions between the central government and the Kurdish region.

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NYT: Kabul Streets Turn Violent in Annual Reminder of Civil War

KABUL, Afghanistan — In what has become an annual breakdown of law and order, the capital turned into a scene of chaos on Saturday with little visible sign of government control. Young men armed with knives and Kalashnikov rifles sped around Kabul, firing into the air and terrorizing residents, who mostly stayed indoors.

Armed men took over streets of Kabul, in annual event that seems to get worse year after year. Video by TOLOnews

Sept. 9 is supposed to be a solemn day on the Afghan calendar, the date in 2001 when Ahmad Shah Massoud, an anti-Taliban leader, was killed by Al Qaeda just before the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.

But year after year, the occasion has turned into a show of force by unruly supporters of Mr. Massoud, largely northerners disenchanted with the government.

The occasion highlights the Afghan political leadership’s lack of influence with disenfranchised groups in the capital, even at a time when Taliban pressure is increasing in districts and cities around the country.

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Senior Taliban leaders among several dead in Maidan Wardak airstrikes

A series of airstrikes targeted the Taliban insurgents in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan, located close to capital Kabul, leaving several dead, including some of their senior commanders. The provincial police commandment in a statement said the airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours in the vicinity of Salman Fars area located

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Top Pakistan general calls the expanding war in Afghanistan ‘collective failures’

A top Pakistani army general has called the expanding war in Afghanistan ‘collective failure’ as he insists that there is no military or outside solution for the violence. Speaking during a gathering in United Kingdom, Pakistan’s Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, said Afghanistan’s problems lie within Afghanistan and there

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah, died Aug. 16 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations. The incident is under investigation.

Butler was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Camp Williams, Utah.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died Aug. 13 of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Iraq. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York

Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 2 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle-borne improved explosive device detonated near their convoy. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Indiana.

Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died August 2 in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations.

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