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30 Apr

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

The War Criminals

Rage Against The Dying

“Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas

How many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago? Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in our country as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime.

Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of a mostly amnesiac citizenry. (A year ago Mr. Bush was on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” dancing and talking about his paintings.)

The war criminals, Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Powell who sold us the war still go on doing what they do.

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: Syrian army renews push on besieged areas

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army began an intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Homs on Monday, a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad pushed to recapture all the remaining areas his forces have besieged.

The attack comes as Syrian state television broadcast footage of work to clear roads into part of a pocket in south Damascus where fighting had raged, to allow some rebels there to withdraw in a surrender deal, it said.

Late on Sunday, the Syrian army said missiles had struck bases in northern Syria, describing it as a “new aggression” by its enemies.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the strikes had targeted a rocket cache and killed Iranians and Iraqi fighters. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said no Iranian base had been hit or Iranians killed.

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GUARD: Missile attack on Syria kills pro-Assad fighters, say observers

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army began an intense bombardment of a rebel enclave near Homs on Monday, a war monitor said, as President Bashar al-Assad pushed to recapture all the remaining areas his forces have besieged.

The attack comes as Syrian state television broadcast footage of work to clear roads into part of a pocket in south Damascus where fighting had raged, to allow some rebels there to withdraw in a surrender deal, it said.

Late on Sunday, the Syrian army said missiles had struck bases in northern Syria, describing it as a “new aggression” by its enemies.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said the strikes had targeted a rocket cache and killed Iranians and Iraqi fighters. Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said no Iranian base had been hit or Iranians killed.

The Syrian army’s assault on the pocket between Homs and Hama – the most populous remaining besieged area in Syria – included air strikes and artillery, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Israel likely to have carried out strike on arms depot

Damaged building in Aleppo, Syria

The attack came amid rising tensions between Iran and Israel. Photograph: Tass/Barcroft Images

An overnight missile attack in Syria’s northern region has killed 26 pro-government fighters, mostly Iranians, a war monitoring group has said.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack appeared to have been carried out by Israel and targeted an arms depot for surface-to-surface missiles at a base known as Brigade 47. The Observatory said four Syrians were among the casualties.

The death toll could rise as the attack also wounded 60 fighters and several others were still missing, it added.

The attack came amid rising tensions between Iran and Israel after an airstrike earlier this month on Syria’s T4 air base in the central province of Homs. Syria, Iran and Russia blamed Israel for that attack, which killed seven Iranian military personnel. Israel did not confirm or deny it.

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AP: The Latest: Deal on for al-Qaida fighters to leave Damascus

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Syrian state media say an agreement has been reached to evacuate al-Qaida-linked fighters from a Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus, in return for the release of dozens of people that the insurgents have been holding for years.

State news agency SANA says the deal also includes allowing some 5,000 people in two northwestern villages besieged by insurgents to move to government-held areas.

The al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee will set free 85 people it has been holding in the northwestern region of Jisr al-Shughour.

Syrian troops have been on the offensive against militants in Yarmouk camp. The deal does not include members of the Islamic State group.

Syria’s state TV said buses entered Monday the villages of Kfarya and Foua to begin evacuating some 1,500 civilians in a first stage of the agreement.

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REU: U.S.-backed forces say they regain villages seized by Syrian army

AMMAN (Reuters) – U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they expelled had Syrian troops that briefly took control of a string of villages in oil rich areas east of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border on Sunday.

SDF forces led by the Kurdish YPG militia said they had waged a counter-attack against Syrian troops it said were backed by Russian forces, adding they were driven “far away” from four villages they had seized earlier in the day.

“Our forces regained the initiative,” they said in a statement.

It did not say if the U.S. coalition took part in the operation. Washington has a strong military presence in the area in eastern Syria which holds the bulk of the country’s oil and gas reserves, according to regional diplomatic sources.

A U.S. army statement sent to Reuters confirmed the attack on SDF forces by what it called pro-regime forces near Deir al-Zor city and said the “coalition used established deconfliction channels to de-escalate the situation”, without elaborating.

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REU: Morning rush hour blasts kill 25 in Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) – Twin blasts in the Afghan capital Kabul killed 25 people on Monday, including journalists who had arrived to report on the first explosion and who were apparently targeted by a suicide bomber in a second attack, officials said.

The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee said seven journalists had been killed and French news agency Agence France-Presse confirmed that its chief photographer in Afghanistan, Shah Marai, was among the dead. A Reuters photographer was slightly wounded.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the interior ministry, said the suicide bomber appeared to have posed as a journalist and blew himself up where reporters and emergency health officials were standing.

The attack came a week after 60 people were killed as they waited at a voter registration center in the west of Kabul, underlining the continuing insecurity in the capital despite official pledges to tighten defenses.

Hashmat Stanakzai, a senior Kabul police official, said 25 people were killed and 49 were seriously wounded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, the official said.

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Two Afghan women weep for their relatives at a hospital following explosions at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul, 2017

Two Afghan women weep for their relatives at a hospital following explosions at a cultural centre in Kabul in 2017

NYT: The Latest: Suicide Blast in South Afghanistan Kills 11 Kids

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Latest on violence in Afghanistan (all times local):

An Afghan official says a suicide bomber targeting a NATO convoy in southern Kandahar province killed 11 children at a religious school located just by the roadside from where the explosion occurred.

Matiullah Helal, deputy spokesman for the provincial police chief, says Monday’s attack in Kandahar’s district of Daman also wounded 16 people, including five NATO soldiers, nine civilians and two policemen.

There was no immediate comment from NATO.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy has condemned Monday’s double suicide bombing in Kabul that killed 25 people, including eight journalists.

The embassy says the U.S. “strongly condemns today’s savage bombings in Kabul. We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured.”

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Mafia circles operate under the shadow of Taliban and ISIS groups

The local officials in eastern Nangarhar province are saying that the Mafia circles have stepped up operations under the shadow of Taliban and ISIS terrorist group. Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said at least three people including two soldiers were assassinated in Jalalabad city a while ago with the Taliban and ISIS groups claiming responsibility

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HQN to carry out more attacks as part of Taliban offensive, warns Nabil

The former director of the Afghan intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), Rahmatullah warns that the notorious Haqqani terrorist network will likely carry out more attacks in key cities of the country as part of the Taliban’s spring offensive. In a Twitter post following the deadly Kabul attack, Nabil said the leader of the terror

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

Master Sgt. Jonathan J. Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Texas, died March 30 in Manbij, Syria as a result of injuries when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his patrol. The incident is under investigation. Dunbar was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Ft Bragg, North Carolina.

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