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03 Mar

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?

NATION: United States Wars, News and Casualties

Mission Accomplished

Fifteen years ago, on February 15, 2003, the world said “No to War”: Some 10 million to 15 million people, in hundreds of cities and dozens of countries all over the world, embraced the same slogan, made the same demand, in scores of different languages. A war against Iraq was looming, with Washington and London standing virtually alone in their false claims that Baghdad had amassed stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

As we look at the consequences of that war today—Iraq still in flames, wars raging across the region—we need to remember.

We need to remember that it was Bush’s occupation of Iraq that gave rise to ISIS. The terrorist organization germinated in the cells of Camp Bucca, one of the myriad US prisons holding thousands of Iraqi detainees. In 2004, when the torture scandal in Abu Ghraib, another US prison, became public, there were 140,000 US troops occupying Iraq………………….We can’t afford to leave behind the lessons of Iraq.

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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.

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War News

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An injured boy cries as he flees an area where air strikes hit a house in Saada, Yemen. [Naif Rahma/Reuters]

An injured boy cries as he flees an area where air strikes hit a house in Saada, Yemen. Naif Rahma/Reuters

Residents walk through the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. A large explosion in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one person and wounding several others. [Massoud Hossaini/AP Photo]

Residents walk through the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. A large explosion in the eastern part of the Afghan capital on Friday morning killed at least one person and wounding several others. Massoud Hossaini/AP Photo

ALJ: Syria | Eastern Ghouta ‘humanitarian pause’ marred by more attacks

But there is little hope of reprieve on the ground after the second day of the Russian-led “humanitarian pause” was marred by more air raids. Syrian government troops are now reportedly planning a ground assault.

NYT: Canine War Heroes Mistreated by U.S. Army-Pentagon Report

(Reuters) – They made up a corps of bomb-sniffing dogs that accompanied brigade combat teams on potentially lethal missions, sniffing out roadside bombs in Afghanistan and saving human lives.

In return for their combat service, the U.S. Army mistreated these canine heroes when they were discharged from the military, the Defense Department’s Inspector General’s Office said in a report issued on March 1.

An investigation was started after soldiers who had handled the dogs complained about the fate of their four-legged saviours.

Army personnel who handled them said that once the dogs returned to the United States, some were left in kennels for up to 11 months, mistreated through lack of care and attention, and others may have been put down, according to the report. No screening was done of people who wanted to adopt the dogs.

Several soldiers searched for and rescued their dogs from Army kennels, the report said………………..“The Army did not use the DOD Working Dog Management system, as required by the Joint Military Working Dog Instruction and Army Regulation 190-12,” the Inspector General said in its report.

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NYT: Veterans With Mental Illnesses Sue Navy Over Discharges

HARTFORD, Conn. — Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health problems have accused the Navy of offering them less-than-honorable discharges that prevent them from getting Veterans Affairs benefits.

The lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Connecticut seeks class-action status for thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans. The veterans are represented by students from Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic, which filed a similar lawsuit against the Army last year.

Navy officials did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday.

The veterans say they were given less-than-honorable discharges for minor infractions linked to untreated mental health problems.

They also say the Naval Discharge Review Board has unlawfully denied their applications to change their discharge characterization.

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NYT: Suit Calls Navy Board Biased Against Veterans With PTSD

Things got ugly for Cpl. Tyson Manker in Iraq. During a firefight in the confusion of the 2003 invasion, the 21-year-old Marine shot up a bus full of civilians. Later, during a chase, he dropped an Iraqi in a flowing white robe with a shot to the torso, only to discover afterward that he had hit a teenage girl. His squad beat detainees, and accidentally shot several other civilians.

After his deployment, Corporal Manker was kicked out of the Marine Corps with an other-than-honorable discharge — not for anything that happened in combat, but for smoking marijuana to try to quiet his nerves when he got home.

The military has increasingly acknowledged in recent years that there are tens of thousands of Corporal Mankers — troops whose brutal experiences left them with post-traumatic stress disorder, and who were then pushed out of the military for misconduct. Many were given other-than-honorable discharges that stripped them of veterans’ benefits.

The Army and Air Force have moved in recent years to make it easier for these veterans to get their discharges upgraded to honorable. But not the Marine Corps.

The office that oversees discharges for the Navy and Marines, the Naval Discharge Review Board, rejects nearly 85 percent of requests for upgrades relating to PTSD, compared with 45 percent for the Army board.

Mr. Manker, now 36, applied for an upgrade in 2016 and was turned down. “It seems like the board doesn’t even look at the issues,” he said in an interview. “They just say no.”

A group from the Yale Law School filed a federal class-action lawsuit on Friday against the Navy on behalf of Mr. Manker and other Navy and Marine veterans, arguing that behind their denials was “a systemic institutional bias or secret policy that discriminates against applicants who suffer from PTSD.”

The case, filed in New Haven, Conn., is the latest in a series of lawsuits by the university’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic, seeking recognition that vast numbers of veterans, dating back to the Vietnam era, have been improperly discharged and denied the benefits that were meant to help them re-enter society…………..Mr. Manker hopes the Yale class-action suit will spur the Navy board to look again at his discharge and those of hundreds of other veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“So many guys and girls are in the same situation,” he said. “They feel betrayed, forgotten and they don’t know what to do.”

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GUARD: Syria attacks: ‘There can be no justification’ for bombing civilians, Australia tells regime

Speaking at its first session as a member of UN human rights council, Australia says Russia must also bear responsibility for Ghouta crisis

A Syrian youth pulls a cart as he walks down a street past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held besieged town of Ayn Tarma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus

A Syrian youth pulls a cart down a street in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Ammar Suleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has condemned the Syrian regime for its continued indiscriminate bombing raids on civilians in eastern Ghouta, warning many more people will die if the illegal onslaught continues.

Australia, speaking at its first session as a member of the human rights council, said it was appalled by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in eastern Ghouta, where nearly 400,000 civilians remain under siege and bombardment by the Syrian regime.

“Hundreds of people have been killed by regime attacks in recent days despite the passage of UNSC resolution 2401,” Dr Lachlan Strahan, Charge D’Affaires of Australia’s mission to the UN in Geneva told the council. “International humanitarian law is clear – there can be no justification for such attacks, which have been indiscriminate and disproportionate.”

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REU: Syrian govt. seizes ground in Ghouta advance: commander, monitor

BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) – Syrian government forces aim to advance into the eastern Ghouta region one“bite” at a time, a pro-government commander said on Friday, as a war monitor said the army had seized new ground from rebels.

In one of the deadliest offensives of the war, government air strikes and bombardment have killed hundreds of people over 12 days in eastern Ghouta, an area of besieged towns and farms that is the last major rebel-controlled area near the capital.

U.S. President Donald Trump spoke to the leaders of France and Germany about the situation on Friday. France said President Emmanuel Macron and Trump agreed to work together to implement a U.N.-backed ceasefire that has failed to stop the onslaught, and called on Russia to get Damascus to abide by it.

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday called for a 30-day countrywide truce. Russia, which backs the Syrian government in the war, has instead called for daily humanitarian ceasefires from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (0700 GMT to 1200 GMT).

The U.S. State Department on Thursday dismissed Russia’s humanitarian ceasefire plan as“a joke”, saying people were afraid to leave the area through a“humanitarian corridor” because of fear of conscription, exile or death.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid bin Ra’ad al-Hussein, said in an emergency meeting of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on Friday that events in eastern Ghouta likely included“war crimes and potentially crimes against humanity”.

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AP: Turkish airstrike kills pro-government gunmen in north Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey’s air force hit two positions of pro-government Syrian fighters deployed last week in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of fighters in an escalation of violence in a region where Turkey has been on the offensive for more than a month, Syrian activists said Friday.

Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters have been on the offensive in Afrin since Jan. 20 against Syrian Kurdish fighters. Ankara has also warned Damascus not to send fighters to the area, saying it would target them.

Turkey considers Syrian Kurdish fighters to be “terrorists” linked to a Kurdish insurgency within its own borders.

The pro-government Syrian force began deploying in Afrin on Feb 20, despite Turkey’s threats. Syrian state media said the aim is to defend Afrin.

The airstrikes mark a major escalation between Turkey, the main backer of Syrian opposition fighters trying to remove President Bashar Assad from power, and Syria’s pro-government forces, backed by Iran.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes took place late Thursday in the village of Jamaa and killed 17 members of the force known as the Popular Forces.

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AP: US and Russia clash over blame for Syria chemical attacks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and Russia are again clashing over an expert body to determine responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, with Washington circulating a new draft U.N. resolution and Moscow moving toward a vote on its own proposal.

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.

The latest clash comes amid reports of suspected chemical attacks in the embattled rebel-held Damascus suburbs of eastern Ghouta. French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated Friday that the use of lethal chemical weapons, if proven, would lead to a strong response.

Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution in November that would have extended the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, which was charged with determining responsibility for chemical attacks, dooming its operation and making accountability exceedingly difficult.

The JIM, comprising experts from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, concluded that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in at least two attacks in 2014 and 2015 and used the nerve agent sarin in an aerial attack on Khan Sheikhoun last April 4 that killed about 100 people and affected about 200 others.

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KURD24: 41 Turkish troops killed in Afrin: Minister

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The number of Turkish troops killed during Ankara’s now two months-long offensive in Afrin has risen to 41, announced Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli on Friday.

He said that the Free Syrian Army (FSA), on the other hand, has had 116 of its members killed. FSA forces have joined Turkish troops in their campaign to capture the enclave of Afrin, in Syrian Kurdistan, from the US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

State media reported Canikli’s claim that 95 villages or hamlets had come under their control, in a speech he delivered at Istanbul National Defense University.

The previous day was one of the deadliest for the Turkish army since the beginning of its attempted invasion. The General Staff said eight soldiers were killed in clashes, while 13 others were wounded.

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IraqiNews: 25 Islamic State members killed, arrested in wake of attack, west of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops, along with fighter jets, have killed and arrested more than twenty Islamic State members and leaders in west of Mosul, a security source was quoted saying on Friday.

“Security troops arrested, today, 17 IS members in al-Rayhaniya village and seize the weapons in their possession in Badush, west of Mosul,” the source told Baghdad Today website.

Moreover, the source added that “eight members including three leaders were killed in an airstrike against al-Atshana mountain, in the wake of their attack against a checkpoint in Badush and fleeing to mountainous areas.”

On Thursday the security media center announced repelling an IS attack against a checkpoint in Badush.

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Two Australian security contractors wounded in Kabul car bombing

At least two Australians were among several people wounded after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives in Kabul city on Friday. Australia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop has said the two Australian security contractors were slightly wounded after their vehicles were targeted in the explosion According to Ms Bishop, at least

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Clash among Taliban and ISIS leaves 3 dead, 5 wounded in Nangarhar

At least three militants were killed and five others were wounded during a clash between the Taliban and ISIS militants in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the latest clash between the two groups took place in the vicinity of Chaparhar district. According to

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