23 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

REU: Amnesty denounces Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia and allies in Yemen war

DUBAI (Reuters) – Amnesty International on Friday denounced Western arms sales to Saudi Arabia and its allies in a coalition battling the Houthis in Yemen, saying such traffic made a “mockery” of a global arms trade treaty.

The rights group accused both the Saudi-led coalition forces and the Iran-allied Houthis of committing potential war crimes in the three-year conflict.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in Yemen since March 2015 when Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Muslim Arab states launched a military campaign against the Houthis, a group of Shi’ite fighters who had seized the capital and forced President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi to flee.

“There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians,” Lynn Maalouf, Director of Research for the Middle East at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

“But this has not deterred the USA, the UK and other states, including France, Spain and Italy, from continuing transfers of billions of dollars’ worth of such arms. As well as devastating civilian lives, this makes a mockery of the global Arms Trade Treaty.”…………….Saudi Arabia and its allies have repeatedly denied allegations of war crimes and say their campaign is directed against Houthi fighters, and not civilians. The Houthi movement has also denied accusations of war crimes.

Amnesty said that as the conflict enters its fourth year it shows no real signs of abating and that all sides were impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid to at least 22.2 million people in need of assistance and more than one million suffering from suspected cases of cholera.

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REU: U.S. approves proposed sale of TOW anti-tank missiles to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it had approved the possible sale to Saudi Arabia of TOW anti-tank missiles, part of a bigger $1 billion package that also includes helicopter maintenance and spare parts for military vehicles.

The department said it had notified the U.S. Congress on Thursday of the possible sale, which kick-starts a formal congressional review process.

Saudi Arabia requested to buy 6,600 TOW missiles and an additional 96 for training for a total of $670 million, the State Department said in a statement.

The proposed sale would improve the security of an important ally in the Middle East, it added.

“The proposed sale of TOW 2B missiles and technical support will advance Saudi Arabia’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability,” the department said.

In addition, the State Department said it had also approved the possible sale worth $300 million of parts for Saudi Arabia’s fleet of Abrams tanks and armored vehicles…………….On Tuesday the U.S. Senate killed a resolution seeking an end to U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s involvement in Yemen.

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AP: Activists: Hours before cease-fire, 37 killed in Syrian town

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rescuers and a war monitoring group say 37 people were killed in airstrikes in a town in the eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, just hours before a cease-fire went into effect after midnight.

The rebel group Faylaq al-Rahman, one of at least three operating in the sprawling region, says intense government attacks targeted the area it controls on Thursday.

Rescuers, known as White Helmets, say the casualties were from an airstrike that hit an underground shelter in the town of Arbeen.

Rebel spokesman Wael Oweilan said Friday negotiations with Russia will follow to allow for the evacuation of civilians from the area.

A similar deal with another rebel group, Ahrar al-Sham, led to the evacuation of hundreds of fighters and civilians from Harasta, an eastern Ghouta town.

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BBC: Syria war: Eastern Ghouta rebels announce ceasefire

One of the remaining Syrian rebel groups in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, has announced a ceasefire.

An injured Syrian child is bandaged after air strikes in the rebel-held town of Zamalka, Eastern Ghouta, Syria. Photo: one of the few remaining rebel-held pockets in Eastern Ghouta,

Rebels say they want talks with Russia’s military to guarantee the safety of civilians

The Faylaq al-Rahman group said the UN-brokered truce was to begin in the south of the enclave at 22:00 GMT.

It said the move would allow talks with the Russian military, Syria’s ally, on guarantees for the safety of civilians.

Rebels in another part of the area reached a similar deal earlier. Syrian troops have taken 70% of the enclave.

In recent weeks, they have cut the Eastern Ghouta into three separate pockets.

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REU: Syria rebels depart eastern Ghouta town on government buses in first surrender

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Syrian rebels withdrew in busloads from a town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday and handed it over to the army, the first such surrender since one of the fiercest campaigns of the seven-year war began more than a month ago.


A woman holds a child during evacuation from the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, in Damascus, Syria March 22, 2018. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

The Ahrar al-Sham group’s decision to accept the army’s terms and abandon the town of Harasta puts the government on course for its biggest victory over rebels since the battle of Aleppo in 2016.

And in another part of the same region, the controlling rebel group, Failaq al-Rahman, said a ceasefire had been agreed, to start within hours at midnight local time (2200 GMT), to allow a “final negotiating session” to take place.

After dark fell on Thursday, around 30 buses carrying rebel fighters and their families left Harasta. Syrian state media said the buses carried 1,580 people, including 413 rebel fighters given safe passage to northwestern Syria.

A military media unit run by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s ally Hezbollah said 1,500 fighters and 6,000 family members had agreed to leave.

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REU: Afrin, the movie, premieres days after Turkish army storms Syrian town

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Days after Turkish forces captured Afrin, hundreds of people gathered at a cinema in Istanbul this week for the premiere of a film about commandos battling militants in the Syrian town.


Women are seen walk near damaged buildings in Afrin, Syria March 22, 2018. REUTERS/ Khalil Ashawi

“Maroon Berets 2: Afrin” follows a Turkish commando unit trying to retrieve a warhead from militants in Syria, portraying the troops in a patriotic and flattering light in contrast to international criticism of Turkey’s two-month campaign.

Echoing real Turkish concerns, in the film the warhead is sent to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin by the United States for the fight against Islamic State but ends up being used against Turkey.

Ankara has been angered by Washington’s arming of the YPG, which it says is an extension of the Kurdish PKK waging a deadly insurgency inside Turkey since the 1980s, saying the weapons would eventually be turned on Turkey.

Turkey said on Monday that its troops had discovered caches of U.S. arms left behind by YPG fighters fleeing Afrin………………..

Director Erhan Baytimur said it was coincidence that Tuesday night’s premiere fell so close to Sunday’s capture of Afrin by Turkish troops. Filming, in Turkey’s northwestern province of Bursa, started a few weeks before the military campaign on Afrin was launched in January, he said.

The film aims to portray what Baytimur said was the heroism of Turkish soldiers in Afrin.

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REU: Air strikes hit in Ghouta despite rebel ceasefire effort, monitor says

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Air strikes hit a rebel-held enclave of Syria’s eastern Ghouta region on Friday despite a ceasefire that the rebel group who controlled the area had said would take effect at midnight, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The air strikes hit Ein Terma and Zamalka on Friday morning and pro-government forces had advanced into a large part of the town of Hezzeh after the midnight ceasefire deadline, according to the Britain-based Observatory, a war monitoring group.

On Thursday, a spokesman for rebel group Failaq al-Rahman said the ceasefire had been agreed in principle.

The army’s assault on eastern Ghouta, the last major rebel bastion near the capital, has been one of the most intense in Syria’s seven-year-old war.

The Syrian government and its Russian allies used tactics that had proved successful elsewhere in Syria since Moscow joined the war in 2015: lay siege to an area, bombard it, launch a ground assault and finally offer safe passage out to rebels who agree to leave with their families.

Eastern Ghouta’s rebels still hold only the town of Douma, under the control of Jaish al-Islam, and another pocket that includes Ein Terma, Arbin and Zamalka, under the control of Failaq al-Rahman.

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IraqiNews: Six policemen killed, injured in bomb blast, south of Mosul

Mosul ( Six policemen were killed and injured in a bomb blast that took place in Hammam al-Alil region, south of Mosul, a security source from Nineveh police said on Thursday.

“A bomb targeted local police, leaving a policeman killed and five others wounded,” Cap. Raad al-Hayali told BasNews.

“Police forces cordoned off the blast scene and transferred the victim to forensic medicine department, while the injured were taken to hospital. Investigations were conducted,” he added.

“Troops arrested 18 suspects over involvement in planting the bomb,” Hayali said.

Islamic State continues to launch sporadic attacks across Iraq against troops.Security reports indicate that the militant group still poses threat against stability in the country.

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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KUR24: IS extremists kill, kidnap 11 Iraqi security forces in Anbar, Kirkuk

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – In two separate incidents, Islamic State (IS) extremists killed seven Iraqi border guards in Anbar Province and kidnapped four police officers in Kirkuk.

An Iraqi security source in Dhi Qar stated that seven Iraqi border guards had been killed in an ambush by IS extremists near al-Rutba city in western Iraq’s Anbar, al-Nasriyar News Network stated on Thursday.

According to the source, the border guards were returning to duty on the Iraqi-Syrian border when they were ambushed by the extremists after they set up a fake checkpoint in the area.

The source added that two drivers were also killed in the IS attack, noting that all the casualties are from Dhi Qar Province.

Earlier in the day, the extremist group claimed responsibility for a similar attack involving a fake checkpoint which targeted a bus carrying tourists on the main road between Kirkuk and Baghdad about two days ago, killing and wounding 35 people.

Meanwhile, in Kirkuk Province, IS extremists kidnapped four Iraqi officers, who are also from Dhi Qar, al-Nasriyar News Network reported.

Such incidents bring to mind tactics that the militant group, and others such as al-Qaeda, carried out before capturing Mosul and large swaths of territory in northern Iraq in 2014.

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NYT: Afghan Army Faulted for Sloppiness With Blood-Type Testing

KABUL, Afghanistan — Sloppy blood collection and identification by Afghanistan’s army may have led to the deaths of injured soldiers who received the wrong blood type, a U.S. watchdog said. Its report also questioned whether blood was being properly tested for disease.

Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry rejected the report. Spokesman Dawlat Waziri said blood is tested at the hospital before being given to wounded soldiers and he said the ministry had no record of soldiers dying because of wrong blood type. He also said Friday the blood of new recruits is tested in the hospital and chastised the special inspector general’s office for not sharing its ground research information with the defense ministry.

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said in its report late Thursday that about 15,400 soldiers did not have their blood type tested before entering the army and the method of identifying the blood type of thousands more was suspect. The data on recruits from between January and July 2017 would mean the blood type of at least 9 percent of the roughly 195,000-soldier army is unconfirmed.

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Taliban cannot win through war and violence, says Atmar

The Afghanistan National Security Advisor Mohammad Atmar called the government’s peace offer to Taliban the best option as he insists that the group cannot win through war and violence. Atmar made the remarks during his visit to the United States and while speaking during a gathering in the US Institute for Peace. He said the

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Militants suffer heavy casualties in Faryab airstrikes

Several militants were killed in the latest airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military said Wednesday that the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinities of Pashtun Kot and Andkhoi districts. The source further added that the Afghan Air Force targeted

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Recent Casualties

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The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of seven airmen who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died March 15 when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.

Captain Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York.
Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York.
Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York.
Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.

Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida.
Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.
Both were assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. For more information, media may contact the 920th Rescue Wing public affairs office at 321-615-0329.

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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