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07 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: Why We Need to Remember the Iraq War—As Well as the Global Resistance to It

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.

The McGlynn

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War News

GUARD: Opinion Britain’s red carpet for the Saudi ruler is shameless

Concerns about arms sales are being put above the suffering of civilians in Yemen’s civil war

They call diphtheria the “strangling disease”. Parents have to watch helplessly as it slowly clogs the throat and chokes the life out of their children. Thankfully, vaccination has wiped it out in most parts of the world. But not in Yemen. Not this past year. Hundreds of children have been infected, and dozens have died that cruellest of deaths.

They join the hundreds of other Yemeni children who have died from the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, the thousands who have succumbed to malnutrition, and the untold number of civilians killed by airstrikes on homes, streets, weddings and funerals. This has been the human price of the three-year civil war in Yemen, in which all parties have shown a callous disregard for life, but where the large majority of civilian deaths lies irrefutably at the door of Saudi Arabia.

Yet today the architect of that Saudi intervention in Yemen – crown prince Mohammad bin Salman – will visit Britain, and will receive the red carpet treatment from the Tory government, as if he were Nelson Mandela. This is the man behind the rolling blockade of Yemen’s rebel-held ports, preventing the supply of essential food, medicine and fuel to Yemeni civilians, and – on all the available evidence – breaching international law by using starvation as a weapon of war.

Reformer or rogue? Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman – video profile

……………..Britain is the official pen-holder for the United Nations security council on matters relating to Yemen. In October 2016, our government floated a draft resolution calling for a permanent ceasefire in the country to allow for immediate humanitarian relief and talks on a political solution. Prince Mohammed’s acolytes immediately objected, and 17 months on that draft resolution has still not been formally presented to the council. And so his brutal, murderous war continues, without anyone in our government lifting a pen to stop him. Instead, today they fete the crown prince. But millions of us will be saying: not in my name.

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NYT: Skirting Saudi Arms Sales, France Says Iran Has ‘Lots’ of Weapons in Yemen

PARIS — France’s foreign minister on Tuesday sidestepped questions on whether his country should end weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates because they were being used in Yemen, saying that Iran also had “lots” of weapons there.

The kingdom is leading a coalition formed in 2015 to fight the Iran-aligned Houthi group that controls most of northern Yemen and the capital Sanaa, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced more than three million.

The French administration under President Emmanuel Macron has drawn criticism in particular from rights groups over its support of the kingdom’s actions and allowing weapons it has sold to Riyadh potentially to be used in its Yemen operations.

When asked specifically why France continued to sell weapons to Saudi and the Emirates in the current context, Jean-Yves Le Drian skirted the issue and said the priority was to find a political solution to the Yemen crisis.

“I’m really worried by the situation in Yemen,” Le Drian told parliament’s foreign affairs committee. “It’s an absurd war. It’s true that there are Saudi weapons, but would you believe it there are Iranian weapons too, lots (of them).

Iran has denied supplying the Houthis weapons.

The two Gulf Arab states are among France’s main weapons’ clients receiving tanks, armoured vehicles, munitions, artillery and in the case of the Emirates, fighter jets.

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BBC: Digging for a son in Eastern Ghouta

Abu Mohammed lost his son in an air strike in Eastern Ghouta last February. For 10 days he has been digging the rubble of his destroyed house searching for his son’s body.

Meanwhile, a UN convoy delivering urgently needed aid to the rebel-held area has cut short its mission and left the enclave amid shelling.

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REU: Damascus intensifies Ghouta assault in bid to cut rebel enclave in half

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian government forces pounded a town in the eastern Ghouta with air strikes on Wednesday in an effort to slice the rebel enclave in two as they intensified a campaign to deal the opposition its biggest defeat since 2016.

The Syrian government assault of the densely populated area on the outskirts of Damascus, which began more than two weeks ago, has become one of the fiercest campaigns of the war now entering its eighth year. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says 800 civilians have been killed by government bombing and shelling.

Live footage broadcast by Syrian state TV from the outskirts of the town of Mesraba showed enormous clouds of smoke rising into the sky. The sounds of explosions and jets could be heard.

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Syrian state TV: army firing on Mesraba before infantry attack>>

U.N. rights chief doubts moral, legal basis for Syria’s Ghouta campaign>>

Russia says some rebels in Syria’s Ghouta ready to leave with families: agencies>>

Intensified fighting in the besieged enclave blocks vital deliveries, as figures reveal 1,000 children killed or injured in Syria so far in 2018

A United Nations aid convoy enters eastern Ghouta

A United Nations aid convoy enters eastern Ghouta, where an estimated 400,000 civilians are trapped. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At least 1,000 children have been killed and injured across Syria so far this year according to the UN, as it disclosed that more than one quarter of the trucks carrying food into besieged eastern Ghouta on Monday were forced to leave the enclave again without unloading.

Officials told the Guardian that they had been unable to unload a significant amount of food from the 46 lorries before they were forced to leave as the suburbs came under attack in the worst day of violence since the UN security council demanded a 30-day ceasefire for Syria.

It came as it emerged that children inside eastern Ghouta are surviving on a single meal a day of boiled wheat mixed with sugar. There are an estimated 400,000 civilians trapped in the enclave.

Details of the convoy’s failure came as the Russian military said it had offered Syrian rebels safe passage out of eastern Ghouta, setting out a proposal to let the opposition surrender its last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar al-Assad.

The Russian defence ministry said rebels could leave with their families and personal weapons through a secure corridor out of eastern Ghouta, where Moscow-backed government forces have made rapid gains in a fierce assault……………..The International Committee for the Red Cross also confirmed that its joint convoy with the United Nations had to leave before offloading all its supplies because of the deteriorating security situation Monday.

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AP: UN probe: Russia behind deadly airstrike on Syrian market

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. war crimes investigators said Tuesday that a Russian plane was apparently behind an airstrike in November on a Syrian market that killed 84 people, an attack which could amount to a war crime.

The findings, reported by the U.N.’s Commission of Inquiry on Syria, were the first time the group has pinned responsibility for civilian deaths in Syria directly on Russia.

In the same report, the Commission of Inquiry said the U.S.-led coalition in the war against the Islamic State group failed to properly vet the target of a March 20, 2017 air raid that killed 150 civilians sheltering in a school in northern Syria.

“The international coalition should have known the nature of the target,” the report said, adding that the oversight had put the coalition in violation of humanitarian law. The coalition took responsibility for the strike, saying it had targeted 30 IS fighters it believed were hiding in the building.

“All parties share guilt for completely disregarding the rules of war,” said the commission’s chairman, Paulo Pinheiro, at a press conference introducing the report. He said parties were resorting to “increasingly cynical methods” to secure objectives in Syria’s complex civil war.

The report documented widespread abuses of international law, including leveraging aid in combination with siege warfare to force civilians “to surrender or starve.” It said pro-government forces had bombed hospitals and clinics in opposition-held territory in northwest Syria.

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AP: Turkey calls on US to halt Kurdish redeployment in Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is calling on the United States to prevent U.S.-backed Kurdish forces from sending fighters deployed against the Islamic State group to shore up Kurdish forces battling a Turkish offensive in an enclave in northwest Syria.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said Wednesday that Turkey wants the United States to “step in and prevent” the redeployment.

A spokesman for Arab militias within the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday that as many as 1,700 fighters would be redeployed.

Turkey sent troops into the Afrin enclave on Jan. 20 to drive out Syrian Kurdish fighters it considers to be terrorists.

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Iraqinews: Bomb attack near Baghdad market leaves three civilians injured – source

Baghdad (Iraqinews.com) – A bomb explosion near a popular market in southern Baghdad left three civilians wounded on Wednesday, according to a security source.

“An explosive charge placed near a busy street market went off today at Yusufiyah town in southern Baghdad, leaving three civilians wounded,” the source told Baghdad Today news website.

“Security forces cordoned off the blast site and opened a probe into the bomb attack,” the source said, adding that the injured were moved to a nearby hospital for treatment.

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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Iraqinews: Seven Islamic State militants apprehended over plots to destabilize Mosul

Nineveh (Iraqinews.com) – An Iraqi official source said on Wednesday that Iraqi troops foiled a terrorist plot by the Islamic State (IS) group to destabilize the situation in Mosul through targeting vital facilities with bombs and assassinating public figures there.

Speaking to the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily newspaper, the source said, “Security forces arrested a terrorist group made up of seven IS members, who planned to detonate commercial and vital areas in Mosul, as well as assassinating well-placed figures and robbing houses to make the situation in the city unstable.”

The source pointed out that the “seven-strong group fled Mosul after Iraqi troops liberated it from terrorism last year,” adding that the arrests were made upon accurate intelligence reports.

“The terrorists were arrested with 20 homemade bombs, light weapons and other materials used for making explosives,” the source concluded.

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Suicide attack rocks Jalalabad city in East of Afghanistan

A suicide attack rocked Jalalabad city the provincial capital of eastern Nangarhar province this afternoon. According to the local officials, the target of the attack was the provincial Hajj and Religious Affairs Chief Mawlavi Abdul Zahir Haqqani. The officials further added that Mawlavi Haqqani has been wounded in the attack but there are reports regarding 

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Airstrike in Laghman province leaves 7 militants dead

At least seven militants were killed in an airstrike conducted in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, according to the local government authorities. The provincial government in a statement said the airstrike was carried out at around 2pm local time on Tuesday in the vicinity of Alingar district. The statement further added that a group of

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Total Dollar Cost of Wars Since 2001>>

Iraq

Cost of War in Iraq>>

 

Afghanistan

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

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