15 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?

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

TCON: Pompeo’s rise will make a whole Mideast war more likely

After U.S. president Donald Trump fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, many analysts have focused on how this high-level ouster took place: unceremoniously, on Twitter, not in a face-to-face meeting.

As a former Middle East analyst at the State Department, though, I think the real drama of replacing America’s top diplomat lies in the foreign policy implications. Trump has tapped Mike Pompeo, the hawkish CIA director and former Kansas congressman, to replace Tillerson.

In 2015, Pompeo voted against a deal that the Obama administration negotiated to remove some international economic sanctions on Iran. In exchange, Iran would significantly scale back its nuclear program and submit to intrusive international inspections.

Tillerson’s departure means the Iran nuclear deal is in trouble.

And if Trump scraps it, I fear the whole Middle East could erupt in conflict………………Perhaps most importantly, though, Tillerson defied Trump on Iran. Trump has been highly critical of the international nuclear agreement since his 2016 presidential campaign, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

He wanted to scuttle it when it came up for recertification in July 2017, but his secretary of state advised against it on both diplomatic and security grounds.

Tillerson has been strongly critical of Iran, condemning its regional aggression and its meddling in the Syrian civil war. But I believe he understood, as many other policy analysts did, that backing out of the nuclear deal would destabilize the Middle East – and potentially put the world at risk – because Iran would likely react by restarting its nuclear program.

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REU: Aid convoy prepares to enter Syria’s eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said 25 aid trucks were waiting to enter Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta on Thursday.


Children hold suitcases during evacuation from the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 13, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

World Food Programme spokeswoman Iolanda Jaquemet said the convoy, waiting at the al-Wafideen crossing into the rebel-held enclave’s northern pocket, contained enough food aid for 26,100 people for one month, among other items.

What was the Syrian opposition’s largest piece of territory near the capital Damascus has been split into three encircled pockets by a government offensive that began nearly a month ago.

The aid convoy will head for the town of Douma in the northern pocket, controlled by rebel faction Jaish al-Islam.

It contains 5,220 ICRC food parcels and 5,220 WFP flour bags, Jaquemet said. A parcel can feed a family of five for one month.

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GUARD: Eastern Ghouta: Syrian regime forces break into key town

Russian-backed troops force their way into Hamouriyah, continuing month-long offensive that has left 1,22o civilians dead

A girl being evacuated from rebel-held Douma in eastern Ghouta.

A girl being evacuated from rebel-held Douma in eastern Ghouta. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Syrian regime forces have broken into a key town in the beleaguered rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta amid heavy bombardment, a monitor has said.

“Regime forces assaulted Hamouriyah,” the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Wednesday, adding that the troops were able to control areas in the south of the enclave.

Russia-backed regime forces launched an assault on eastern Ghouta in February to retake the last opposition bastion outside Damascus.

The offensive has split the enclave into three sections, each controlled by different rebels.

The area around Hamouriyah is controlled by the Faylaq al-Rahman faction.

It has come under intense bombardment in recent days, according to an AFP correspondent in the area……………“The wounded are on the roads. We can’t move them. The war planes are targeting anything that moves,” Ismail al-Khateeb said. “We don’t know what happened to the families that fled under the bombardment.”

More than 1,220 civilians have been killed in eastern Ghouta since 18 February.

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REU: ‘I have nothing’ cries Syrian child bride as poverty drives more refugee girls to wed

BEKAA VALLEY, Lebanon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As 17-year-old Aziza sat in her dark tent in a refugee camp, she rocked her baby while her tiny hands adjusted his pacifier, looking down at all she had left from two broken marriages.


Aziza, a Syrian refugee and former child bride, poses for a photo with her baby in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, February 2, 2018. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Heba Kanso

Aziza’s parents arranged for her to marry her cousin when she was 14. Her mother, Rashida, said it was normal for girls her age to become brides in their Syrian tribe as it protected them from harassment and reduced pressure on the family budget.

“I regret that I got married,” Aziza, who declined to give her full name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation as her eyes welled up with tears.

“The girls that are my age are now studying. They have ambition. I have nothing. I am totally destroyed.”

A growing number of girls among the 1.5 million Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon since 2011 are becoming wives amid rising poverty, aid groups said on the eighth anniversary of the conflict.

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REU: Turkey, U.S. to form ‘safe zone’ around Syria’s Manbij if U.S. keeps promises: Erdogan spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and the United States will form a “safe zone” around the northern Syrian town of Manbij if Washington keeps its promises, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Thursday.

Ibrahim Kalin told state broadcaster TRT Haber that the agreement between Ankara and Washington on Manbij was binding, and that a change in the U.S. Secretary of State would not change the deal even if it leads to a 1-2 week delay.

Kalin also said Turkey expected Turkish forces and its rebel allies to clear Syria’s Afrin town of militants “very soon” and added that Ankara had no intention of handing over the town to the Syrian government following the completion of its military offensive in the region.

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GUARD: Blood, bullets and contraband vodka: female artists on life in Baghdad after the US invasion

The story of the Iraq war is rarely told by those who lived through it, but a group of film-makers are changing that. In Another Day in Baghdad they return to 2006, portraying every day life amid kidnappings, torture and killings

A damaged Shia shrine following an explosion in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad.

A damaged Shia shrine following an explosion in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad. Photograph: AP

Irada al-Jabbouri remembers Baghdad at the height of the sectarian violence. “It was like a ghost town, under curfew, its streets almost empty by 4pm,” recalls the Iraqi novelist and women’s rights activist. “Day and night were organised according to a mysterious schedule of when car bombs might go off, or mortars or improvised explosive devices or kidnappings. More than once, I escaped from snipers’ bullets passing in front of me. Once, US soldiers went mad and started firing at the houses in my neighbourhood after an explosive device had gone off. All the windows in our house were shattered; the shards of glass were like shrapnel.

“I saw a young man riding a motorcycle get shot. He fell off the bike and drowned in his blood while the wheel of the fallen motorcycle kept spinning.”

Staying at home was no guarantee of survival. “Your house might be hit by a stray mortar shell; Iraqi or US military or criminal gangs wearing military uniforms might invade a house and arrest someone inside it. That person would not be found until after he’d become a corpse, either in the morgue or dumped in a pile of garbage.”

Iraqi soldiers inspect damage from a roadside bomb.

Iraqi soldiers inspect damage from a roadside bomb. Photograph: AP

………………It also foregrounds women’s stories and promotes women’s authorship behind the camera, in a year when, despite the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, neither the Golden Globes nor the Baftas nominated any women in their best director category and a major study showed no improvement for women directors in Hollywood in more than a decade. Pachachi says: “This film is a small step toward bringing women back into history and into film art as active actors and not passive ‘things’.”

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NYT: Opinion  Tell the Truth About Our Longest War

The nearly 17-year-old Afghanistan conflict, the longest war in United States history, will not end on the battlefield. It can be resolved only at the negotiating table. So, the bold offer last month from President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to negotiate with the Taliban “without preconditions” is a welcome initiative. But it faces daunting obstacles.

Mr. Ghani’s proposal envisions an outcome in which the Taliban would be recognized as a legitimate political party, prisoners would be released and United Nations sanctions against the group would be lifted. In exchange, the Taliban would have to recognize the Afghan government and respect the rule of law, including women’s rights.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, during a surprise visit to Afghanistan this week, said there was evidence that some Taliban factions are interested in talks. The Taliban have not responded formally to Mr. Ghani’s proposal, but in the past they have refused to negotiate directly with the Afghan government, which they deem an American puppet. Instead, the Taliban have insisted on direct talks with the United States that exclude the Kabul government, as a way to discredit it. The United States has long supported an Afghan-led peace process, in which Washington might play a role but would not stand in for the Afghan government……………….Not surprisingly, Mr. Trump has neglected to explain to the American people that he has signed us up for an indefinite, Korea-style stay in Afghanistan, primarily for the purpose of maintaining stability and — despite his protestations — to conduct military-led nation-building. It remains to be seen if the public and Congress will embrace such a commitment. The Trump administration owes the American people a realistic assessment of the risks and costs of the president’s decisions. He needs to acknowledge that our longest war will go on much longer.

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Taliban hostage kills 7 militants, injures 18 more in Paktika province

A man kidnapped by the Taliban insurgents has killed at least seven militants before escaping from the captivity of the militants, the local officials said. The Paktika governor’s office said in a statement the kidnapped individual hails from Sarobi district and is the brother of Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces commander. The man has been

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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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