12 Mar

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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

War News

REU: In a Yemeni town, hardship awaits displaced civilians

AL-MOKHA, Yemen (Reuters) – It took Seham Ali Ibrahim one month to make the dangerous journey from her village near the frontline town of al-Heiss to the relative safety of Yemen’s western coast areas, often traveling by foot across battle lines.

A displaced Yemeni woman lies at Al-Mokha hospital, Yemen March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz El Yaakoubi

Now, she lives in a straw hut with three other families, including nine children, outside al-Mokha where many displaced Yemenis have built makeshift shelters and rely on aid provided by humanitarian organizations and anti-Houthi coalition forces.

“We walked … We rode donkeys and cars … We made it to al-Mokha in a month,” said the elderly Ibrahim, who does not know her exact age.

Yemen has been devastated by three years of conflict in which President Abd-Rabu Mansour Hadi’s government, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, is fighting to drive the Houthis out of cities they seized in a series of operations since 2014.

Al-Mokha, located some 75 kms (47 miles) north of the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait, and neighboring al-Khoukha and al-Heiss are among the few towns conceded by Houthi fighters since Yemen’s civil war started in 2015 after the armed group forced Hadi into exile in Saudi Arabia.

“At least 40,000 have been displaced in recent weeks,” Eshrak al-Soubai, Yemen’s deputy health minister, told Reuters.

Red Crescent distribute aid to displaced people in Al-Mokha, Yemen March 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz El Yaakoubi

“Most displaced people are coming from the areas of fighting in al-Heiss district (some 90 kms away) … the situation is very critical,” she said during a visit to al-Mokha hospital, the only medical facility in the coalition-controlled western coast.

Last month, the United Nations said at least 85,000 Yemenis had left their homes in the area since fresh fighting erupted in December 2017.

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GUARD: Nearly half of US arms exports go to the Middle East

Saudi Arabia is world’s second biggest importer, with global US sales up by 25% in past five years

Nearly half of US arms exports over the past five years have gone to the war-stricken Middle East, with Saudi Arabia consolidating its place as the world’s second biggest importer, a report has shown.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday that global transfer of major weapons systems between 2013 and 2017 rose by 10% compared with the five-year period before that, in a continuation of an upward trend that began two decades ago.

The US, which is the world’s biggest exporter, increased its sales between those two periods by 25%. It supplied arms to as many as 98 states worldwide, accounting for more than a third of global exports.

Russia, the world’s second biggest exporter, saw a decrease of 7.1% in its overall volume of arms exports; US exports were 58% higher than those of Russia.

France, Germany and China were also among the top five exporters. The UK is the sixth biggest weapons exporter.

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GUARD: Iraq war still casts a long shadow over a dangerous and deeply unstable region

War Criminals

The Chilcot report will examine Tony Blair’s role in the Iraq war, alongside US president George W Bush. Photograph: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

As the Chilcot report is released, the war’s toxic legacy – hateful sectarianism, the rise of al-Qaida and Isis – is still generating headlines 13 years on

On 29 August 2003, a massive car bomb killed the Iraqi Shia cleric Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim in the holy city of Najaf, along with 85 others. The attack, four months after the US-led invasion and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, was carried out by Sunni militants. The assassination echoed across a Middle East still in shock at the destruction of an Arab regime by western arms.

Horror piled upon horror over the following years. In February 2006, al-Qaida in Iraq, recently founded by the Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, blew up the golden-domed al-Askari mosque in Samarra. The wider target was the country’s Shia majority, elated by the removal of the hated Sunni dictator. Next door, the Islamic Republic of Iran was celebrating the demise of its enemies – the Baathists of Baghdad and the Taliban in Kabul – courtesy of George Bush and Tony Blair.

And then, on 30 December 2006, Saddam was hanged. As he stood on the gallows, men in ski masks taunting him with Shia slogans, he denounced them contemptuously as “Persian dwarves”. Blurred video footage of his final moments was viewed by millions of Arabs – unleashing both fury and praise for his courage in the face of death. The timing, just as Sunnis were celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday, added insult to injury. The rest is not

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REU: Syria’s Douma faces catastrophe: local council

AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian rebel-held city of Douma faces a “catastrophic” situation as it becomes the main haven for thousands of people fleeing advances by government forces into eastern Ghouta, its local council said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: A boy is seen in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 8, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh/File Photo

Thousands of families are now sheltering in open streets and public gardens as existing basements and shelters are already overcrowded, the opposition-run Douma local council said.

“After more than 20 days of a barbaric campaign … this has led to a deterioration of the humanitarian and food situation to a catastrophic level,” it said in a statement.

Burials of the dead at the city cemetery have been suspended due to the intensity of aerial strikes, it added.

Hundreds of people have been killed in a ferocious air and artillery bombardment of the eastern Ghouta district since Feb. 18 as the Syrian government seeks to crush the last major rebel stronghold near the capital Damascus.

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IraqiNews: Fifteen people killed, injured in Islamic State attack on Kirkuk-Baghdad road

Kirkuk ( Fifteen civilians were killed and injured as Islamic State militants set up a checkpoint on the road between Baghdad and Kirkuk, a security source was quoted saying.

Speaking to Baghdad Today, the source said, “IS members set up an ambush between villages of Maftool and Sarha on the road linking between Kirkuk and Baghdad. They targeted civilians, leaving fifteen people killed and injured.”

No further details were provided.

“Among the victims were the brother of Amerli police department chief,” another source said, adding that he was “on the way coming back from vacation in Baghdad.”

“Five members of the family of Mohamed Hashem, photojournalist with Huna Salahuddin, were killed in the attack,” the source, who preferred anonymity, added.

A total of 91 Iraqi civilians were killed and 208 others were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in February, according to the monthly report issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

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ALJ: Eastern Ghouta: At least 42 killed amid ongoing offensive

At least 42 people killed in relentless air raids as Syrian government forces encircle the central town of Douma.

At least 42 people have been killed in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta as government forces continue to launch air raids on the rebel-held enclave while edging closer to its central towns.

Activists in Douma, one of the main urban centres, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that Syrian jets have “not stopped bombing towns all over Ghouta”.

Syrian state television reported the town of Mudeira had been seized on Sunday by the army, which was now able to link up with units on the other side of Eastern Ghouta.

Government forces have now surrounded Douma after capturing the neighbouring town of Mesraba, 10km east of Damascus, on Saturday, it said.

The advance on Mudeira has driven a wedge deep inside the rebel-held territory, leaving Douma and Harasta cut off.

The UN estimates there are 400,000 civilians trapped in Eastern Ghouta.

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ALJ: Civilians organise ‘human shield’ to protect Kurdish Afrin

People in Syria and out have reportedly offered to stand between the YPG and Turkish forces set to storm the city.

Kurds flee villages where Turkish forces and Syrian rebels battle against Kurdish fighters in Afrin [SANA via AP]

 Kurds flee villages where Turkish forces and Syrian rebels battle against Kurdish fighters in Afrin [SANA via AP]

People are planning to act as human shields in an effort to protect the Syrian city of Afrin as the Turkish military and its allied forces prepare to capture the Kurdish-controlled urban centre.

Turkey launched its cross-border operation on January 20 saying it needed to eliminate the Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which is backed by the United States, but which Turkey describes as a “terrorist” group.

After weeks of fighting, Turkish soldiers and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters are now on the outskirts of the city and poised to enter. A number of towns and villages were taken from the YPG on Sunday by Turkey’s military and its allies in the north and south of the Kurdish district.

“The speed of the assault has taken everyone by surprise,” said Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, reporting from the border town of Gaziantep. He added that supporters in Turkey were also planning to come and act as human shields in an attempt to prevent an all-out attack on Afrin.

“There were people who said they wanted to help the YPG against the FSA and the Turks, and so they offered themselves as human shields – an offer that was accepted by the YPG. And it’s not just people from the Kurdish areas who are going there. We’re also hearing reports of women’s groups, socialist groups that are also offering their services – to put themselves between the FSA and the Turks and the YPG.

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NYT: Taliban Overrun Western Afghan District as Security Worsens

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban captured a district in western Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, as security continues to deteriorate in the besieged province of Farah.

The fall of the district, Anardarah, came days after the Afghan security forces suffered heavy casualties in another district of Farah, which borders Iran and is situated on one of the country’s most lucrative drug routes.

Afghan and Western officials warn that the country’s security could further deteriorate in the coming year, even as the American military finds itself drawn back deeper into the war, with additional military advisers arriving to help Afghan forces. The Taliban have yet to show any interest in a comprehensive peace offer made recently by the Afghan government.

Dadullah Qani, a member of the Farah provincial council, said Taliban fighters stormed Anardara district, what used to be a safe area, and overran a number of government compounds in the district center early on Monday.

“The district governor’s compound and police headquarters are near the southern entrance of the district, and both are overrun by the Taliban,” Mr. Qani said. “There are casualties to the police, but we lost contact with them and we have no idea about their condition, including the police chief of the district.”

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Afghan nationals arrested, sniper rifles seized in Torkham: Pak officials

The Pakistani officials have claimed that two Afghan nationals have been arrested in connection to the smuggling of at least twenty modern sniper rifles from the vicinity of Torkham district. The officials quoted by the local media outlets have said the sniper rifles were discovered from a vehicle carrying registration plate of Nangarhar province of

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Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Uruzgan airstrikes

The Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties in a series of airstrikes conducted in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, the local military officials said Monday. An Afghan military source in Uruzgan said the airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours in the vicinities of Khas Uruzgan and Chora districts. The source further added

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NDS Special Forces kill 3 Taliban group members in Nangarhar

The Special Forces of the Afghan Intelligence (National Directorate of Security) conducted an operation in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, resulting into the killing of three members of the Taliban group. The provincial government media office in a statement said the operation was conducted late on Saturday night in Chaparhar district. The statement further added

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Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Sgt. 1st Class Maitland Deweever Wilson, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, died March 7 in Landstuhl, Germany from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

Wilson was assigned to the 831st Transportation Battalion, 595th Transportation Brigade, Manama, Bahrain.

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