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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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NewsWk: The New Era: How Terrorism Has Changed Since The 9/11 Attacks

It took seconds for the images of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 plowing into the Twin Towers to be beamed around the world on September 11, 2001. Now, 16 years on, the reverberations of that attack—the worst ever on U.S. soil—continue to be felt in America and the wider world.

It was 9/11 that ultimately took the U.S. into two of its longest and costliest wars—first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq—as well as bringing the phenomenon of radical Islamist terrorism to the forefront of the public conscience in the West. Ultimately it was 9/11 that set Al-Qaeda and, a decade later, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), on their paths of destruction and bloodshed.

Since that September morning in 2001, more than 200,000 people have died in attacks on trains, markets, famous boulevards and concert halls, military compounds, souks and mosques from Baghdad to Boston, Paris to Kabul. Terrorist attacks may be on the decline, but the world lives now in a new era of unpredictability and insecurity, where danger feels omnipresent.

A Latin expression neatly sums up the fears of many in the West in 2017 as jihadists—both homegrown or returners battle-hardened in the Middle East—seek not only to strike at the heart of their cities, but their way of life: ‘Hannibal ante portas,’ the enemy is at the doors. Here’s how terrorism has changed since 9/11.

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REU: Human Rights Watch says Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen are war crimes

DUBAI (Reuters) – Human Rights Watch accused the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen of war crimes on Tuesday, saying its air strikes killed 39 civilians including 26 children in two months.

The rights group said five air strikes hitting four family homes and a grocery store were carried out either deliberately or recklessly, causing indiscriminate loss of civilian lives in violation of the laws of war.

The coalition has repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes and says its attacks are directed against its foes in Yemen’s armed Houthi movement and not civilians.

Yemen has been torn by a civil war in which Yemen’s internationally-recognized government, backed by a coalition supported by the United States and Britain, is trying to roll back the Iran-aligned Houthi group which controls most of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

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GUARD: Opinion I’ve seen how arms sales fuel deadly suffering in Yemen. We must stop them

Countries supplying arms to the parties in Yemen are in violation of the arms trade treaty. This week’s global conference must make take action

Today I will be speaking at an international conference full of people who have the power to stop the sale of arms that bring so much suffering to so many people. And I hope the participants will really listen to me. I want to make them realise just how important this power is.

I am from Yemen, which for more than two years now has been in the process of being destroyed, fuelled by large flows of weapons supplied to the main warring parties – the Saudi-led coalition; Houthi armed groups and their ally, the former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh; the current president Abd-Rabuu Mansour Hadi’s forces and armed groups loyal to him. Landmines, mortars, ballistic missiles, fighter jets, cluster bombs, Kalashnikovs – the range of weapons used against civilians is wide. According to the UN, 10,000 people have been killed and more than 40,000 injured – so many of them women and children. No one is safe. Almost 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes…………………..It sadly reflects the triumph of economic interests over the blood of innocent people. Since the beginning of 2015 when the war in Yemen began, the UK has approved arms sales worth £3.7bn to Saudi Arabia. And this will continue.

………………Other countries supplying significant arms to Saudi Arabia that have also signed and ratified the treaty include France, Italy, and Spain. The US, which has signed but not ratified the treaty, sealed a deal with Saudi Arabia in May this year to supply $110bn-worth of military equipment. How many more lives will be cruelly taken as a result of these lucrative trade deals?

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Child refugees from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul make their way to the Al-Hol camp, close to the Iraqi border in northeastern Syria.

Child refugees from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul make their way to the Al-Hol camp, close to the Iraqi border in north-eastern Syria. Photograph: Soulaiman/Unicef

GUARD: Child soldier recruits double in one year in Middle East and North Africa

Report claims 28 million children living in countries at war are now in need of humanitarian help as families struggle to cope amid the chaos and violence.

Yemeni children take part in a gathering in Sana’a organised by Shiite Huthi rebels to mobilise more fighters to battle pro-government forces, June 2017. Photograph: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images

 

The number of children recruited to fight in conflicts across the Middle East and North Africa has more than doubled in a year, UN analysis has found. The huge increase in child soldiers in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and other countries follows years of ongoing violence, displacement and a lack of basic services, which has reduced the coping mechanisms of families, according to Unicef.

Almost one in five children across the region – 28 million in all – now need immediate humanitarian assistance. More than 90% of these children live in countries affected by conflict, and in some cases families are sending their children to fight………………Civilian infrastructure – including hospitals and energy, water and sanitation facilities – has come under attack in countries including Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Millions of families have been forced to flee their homes, some of them repeatedly, and under fire, the agency said……………Last week, Unicef figures showed how war was affecting children’s chances in education. Conflicts in Iraq and Syria had resulted in an additional 3.4 million missing out on their schooling, bringing the number of out-of-school children across the Middle East and North Africa back to 2007’s level of about 16 million.

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IraqiNews: Bomb blast in southern Aleppo leaves casualties among Syrian army forces

Aleppo (Syria News) Dozens of the Syrian army forces were either killed or wounded, on Monday, in car bomb blasts, in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

Qasioun News Agency reported that Dozens of the army forces were either killed or wounded, in the explosion of a bus and a SUV vehicle, on Aleppo-Ithreya road, in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, IS-held Mu’tah News Agency stated that the IS group claimed responsibility of the explosion that targeted a bus and a SUV vehicle carrying members of the regime forces.

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NYT: Tribal Clashes, Political Void Threaten Oil Installations in Iraq’s South

BASRA/BAGHDAD, Iraq — Worsening clashes among tribes and a political void is threatening security at oil installations in Iraq’s main southern oil producing region, officials and security sources said.

Iraq has concentrated security forces in the north and west of the OPEC oil producer in the biggest campaign since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to retake territory lost to the Sunni extremist group Islamic State in 2014.

That has created a void in the south, home to Iraq’s biggest oilfields, where fighting between rival Shi’ite Muslim tribes over farmland, state construction contracts and land ownership has worsened in the past few weeks.

The surge in violence risks undermining government plans to lure new investment to the oil and gas sector it needs to revive an economy hit by a surge in security spending and destruction by Islamic State.

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NYT: Pakistan, Iran Stress Political Solution in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan and Iran say there is no military solution for the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political solution is imperative for lasting peace.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, on his day-long visit to Tehran Monday, discussed with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the “strengthening of brotherly relations between the two countries rooted in common history, culture and people,” according to a statement issued by the ministry.

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CNN: Suicide attack wounds US troops in Afghanistan on anniversary of 9/11

(CNN)Five US troops received non-life threatening injuries in Afghanistan Monday when their convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber, an official with the NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan told CNN.

The official said that six coalition troops were wounded in the bombing including the five US soldiers and a service member from a coalition member country that has yet to release any information publicly. The official described the injuries sustained as minor, saying all coalition personnel were in a stable condition.

The convoy was attacked near Bagram Airfield on Monday, according to a statement from the NATO-led coalition, Operation Resolute Support.

“A small number of Resolute Support service members and Afghan civilians were wounded today when a suicide attacker targeted their convoy with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device near the village of Qal’eh-ye Musa Bala in Parwan Province,” according to a statement released by the coalition.

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Pakistani PM warns US against further sanctions amid deadlock of terror sanctuaries

The Pakistani Prime Minister has warned US regarding the expansion of sanctions on Pakistani officials and institutions as deadlock remains between Kabul and Islamabad after the announcement of the new US strategy with President Donald Trump taking a hard stance against Islamabad regarding the terror sanctuaries remaining intact in the country. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan

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India and Afghanistan agree to expand defense and security cooperation

The Indian and Afghan officials have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defense apart from New Delhi’s major contribution socio and economic development contribution to Afghanistan amounting to more than $2 billion since the fall of the Taliban regime. The Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj informed regarding New Delhi’s new

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Pakistani IS militants among 4 killed by public uprising forces in Nangarhar

The public uprising forces have killed at least four militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhr province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the militants were killed during the clashes in the vicinity of Nazian district. The provincial government media office also confirmed the killing

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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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Care for Veterans:

 

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD ProgramLocator to find a PTSD program.If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.

Call 1-866-966-1020 or email resources@dcoeoutreach.orgMilitary OneSourceCall 24/7 for counseling and many resources 1-800-342-9647.Need further assistance? Get Help with VA PTSD Care, Benefits, or Claims.

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