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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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AP: Red Cross condemns children’s death in recent Yemen shelling

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Red Cross on Sunday condemned the killing of children in Yemen by apparent shelling, saying Friday’s attack in the city of Taiz was a reminder of the “immense suffering” endured by civilians in the war-ravaged Arab nation.

The International Committee of the Red Cross called for protecting civilians in Yemen’s civil war, which pits the Iranian-backed rebels known as Houthis and their allies against an internationally recognized government backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

It said three children were killed and nine wounded in the incident, but Yemeni security officials have said as many as four were killed and 10 wounded. They say the slain children were between four and seven years old.

“We cannot turn a blind eye on the rising number of civilians injured or killed as a result of indiscriminate attacks in Yemen’s conflict,” the statement quoted Robert Mardini, ICRC’s Middle East chief, as saying. “We urge all warring sides to take every precaution to spare civilians.”

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AP: Iran recruits Afghan and Pakistani Shiites to fight in Syria

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiite Muslims from Afghanistan and Pakistan are being recruited by Iran to fight with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, lured by promises of housing, a monthly salary of up to $600 and the possibility of employment in Iran when they return, say counterterrorism officials and analysts.

These fighters, who have received public praise from Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, even have their own brigades, but counterterrorism officials in both countries worry about the mayhem they might cause when they return home to countries already wrestling with a major militant problem.

Amir Toumaj, Iran research analyst at the U.S.-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, said the number of fighters is fluid but as many as 6,000 Afghans are fighting for Assad, while the number of Pakistanis, who fight under the banner of the Zainabayoun Brigade, is in the hundreds.

In Afghanistan, stepped-up attacks on minority Shiites claimed by the upstart Islamic State group affiliate known as Islamic State in the Khorasan Province could be payback against Afghan Shiites in Syria fighting under the banner of the Fatimayoun Brigade, Toumaj said. Khorasan is an ancient name for an area that included parts of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.

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GUARD: Syria: Russian airstrike wounds six US-backed fighters

Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces say raid occurred on eastern side of Euphrates River in area liberated from Isis

A US-backed force in Syria said a Russian airstrike wounded six of its fighters on Saturday near the eastern city of Deir el-Zour while in southeast Syria, Syrian troops and their Iran-backed allies began a new offensive aiming to capture areas along the Iraq border under the cover of Russian airstrikes.

The command of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that Saturday’s air raid occurred on the eastern side of the Euphrates River in the industrial area that was recently liberated from Isis.

The US military said in a statement that Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River near Deir el-Zour causing injuries to US-led Coalition partner forces.

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REU: Russia rejects allegation it bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s Defence Ministry on Sunday rejected allegations it had bombed U.S.-backed militias in Syria, saying its planes only targeted Islamic State militants and that it had warned the United States well in advance of its operational plans.

U.S.-backed militias said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the U.S.-led coalition, said six of its fighters had been wounded in the strike.

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NYT: Turkey’s Erdogan to Discuss Northern Iraq Vote With Iraqi PM

ANKARA — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the United States this week and discuss their concerns about northern Iraq’s independence referendum.

Turkey, the United States and other Western powers have advised Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region to cancel the vote, worrying that tensions between Baghdad and Erbil would distract from the war on Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

With the largest Kurdish population in the region, Turkey also fears that a “Yes” vote would fuel separatism in its southeast, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants have waged an insurgency for three decades.

Despite the requests and concerns, Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani had said on Friday that the referendum would go ahead as planned on Sept. 25.

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GUARD: Iraqi leader warns Kurds over independence referendum violence

Haider al-Abadi prepared to intervene militarily if Iraq’s population is ‘threatened by the use of force outside the law’

The Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, says he is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence.

In an interview with the Associated Press on Saturday, Al-Abadi said if the Iraqi population was “threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily”.

Al-Abadi called the vote “a dangerous escalation” that will invite violations of Iraq’s sovereignty.

Iraq’s Kurdish region plans to hold the referendum on 25 September in three governorates that make up their autonomous region and in disputed areas controlled by Kurdish forces but claimed by Baghdad.

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IraqiNews: Five persons wounded in western Baghdad IED blast

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Five civilians were wounded in an IED blast in western Baghdad, a security source was quoted saying on Sunday.

“A bomb, placed near stores in al-Furat district, west of Baghdad, exploded on Sunday, leaving five civilians wounded,” the source told Alghad Press.

“Security troops cordoned off the blast spot, while ambulances transferred the victims to nearby hospital,” the source added.

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 297 Iraqis, were killed and injured due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of ?August. Baghdad was the most affected province with 45 deaths and 135 injuries.

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IraqiNews: Tens of Islamic State militants killed in operation, west of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) More than thirty Islamic State militants were killed in an operation in west of Mosul, the pro-government paramilitary troops announced.

“An operation was carried out three days ago in Abu Yaseen, Thara al-Karah, Wadi al-Thirthar and al-Khubra regions as well as areas in the vicinity,” Ahmed Nasrallah, deputy commander of the 13th brigade of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces), said in a statement on Sunday. “Troops besieged big number of terrorists, killing 32 militants during the operation.”

“Among the killed militants were the judge of the so-called Al-Jazeera State and Nineveh State, judge of the northern region, Tal Afar and al-Deshisha, militant in charge of the ammunition, the group’s deputy economy minister and a leader known as abu Hajar,” the statement added.

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AP: Islamic State suicide bombers attack coalition base in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says several Islamic State suicide bombers have attacked one of its bases in northern Iraq, without causing any Iraqi or foreign casualties.

U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, the coalition spokesman, says all the attackers were killed.

Dillon says Sunday’s attack occurred in the area of the northern town of Hawija, one of the last pockets of IS control after the extremists were driven from Mosul earlier this year.

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NYT: Pakistani Taliban Says Behind Deadly Blast in Tribal Region

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The militant Pakistani Taliban group said it carried out an attack on Sunday that killed five people in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Mohammad Khurassani said the militants planted an improvised explosive device “to target security personnel” in the Bajaur Agency area that is part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

The blast struck a vehicle in the Mamund area of Bajaur, killing four security personnel and an official from the civilian administration, local government sources said.

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NYT: Four Killed in Market Explosion in Eastern Afghanistan

KHOST, Afghanistan — Four people were killed and 15 wounded by an explosion in a marketplace in the eastern Afghan city of Khost on Sunday, officials said.

Local police chief Faizullah Ghairat said the blast, which happened around midday, was still being investigated.

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AFP: NATO to decide on Afghanistan troop question in one month

NATO has said it will take a further month to respond to Washington’s demands for alliance allies to send more troops to Afghanistan.

During a meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Tirana on Saturday, defence chiefs from 29 members of the organisation “recognised the need to fill the current… shortfalls” in troops, according to group president General Petr Pavel.

However, no decision will be taken until they have consulted with their respective governments, Pavel told reporters after General Joe Dunford, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, presented their requests.

The meeting comes months after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis told NATO allies they must finish the job in Afghanistan or risk allowing the insurgency to bloom.

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Explosion in Khost city mobile phone market leaves several dead, wounded

Around eighteen people were killed or wounded after an explosion ripped through a mobile phone market in southeastern Khost province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the incident took place around noon time in the provincial Khost city. Provincial police chief Faizullah Ghairat confirmed the incident but put the death toll to one person

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Taliban suffer heavy casualties in air and ground operations in Faryab

The Taliban insurgents have suffered heavy casualties during the air and ground operations in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The 209th Corps of the Afghan national army in the North said the operations were conducted in the past several hours in pashton Kot district. The Shaheen Corps officials said at least twelve Taliban insurgents were

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Top Taliban leader killed by Pakistani Taliban militants in Kunar

A top leader of the Afghan Taliban insurgents has been killed by the Pakistani Taliban militants in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan, it has been reported. The incident has reportedly taken place in the vicinity of Sarkano district with the slain Taliban leader identified as Ubaid. According to the local media reports in Pakistan citing

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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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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.

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