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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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War News

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Iraq’s children. (© AP Images) 

IraqiNews: ISIS news update today: group executes 4 leaders for escaping Anbar

Annah (IraqiNews.com) ISIS news update today: Islamic State militants have executed four senior leaders for fleeing the group’s stronghold in western Anbar, a paramilitary leader said Monday as military offensives targeting the region loom.

Qatari al-Obaidi, a senior mobilization leader in al-Baghdadi region, told Alsumaria News that Islamic State executioners shot dead four senior leaders at the Syrian city of al-Boukamal, on the borders with Anbar, after they had fled Annah.

Islamic State has executed several members since Iraqi forces launched in 2016 a wide-scale operation to retake areas held by the group since 2014. Members were commonly executed for slack battlefield performance, treason and attempting to flee the group’s strongholds.

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IraqiNews: Iraq News Today: U.S. artillery pound Islamic State locations in Anbar

Annah (IraqiNews.com) Iraq News Today: United States artillery forces bombarded Islamic State militants locations in western Anbar on Monday as military mobilizations signal an imminent offensive targeting the region.

A security source told Alghad Press that U.S. artillery pounded IS locations in Annah, Rawa and Raihaneh, adding that Iraqi security forces were moving towards the latter to recapture it.

“U.S artillery forces are currently stationed near the resistance line in al-Sakra to back up military troops in the liberation of western regions,” the source told the website.

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BBC: What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?

On 25 September, the residents of Kurdish-controlled areas inside Iraq will have the opportunity to vote in a referendum on their preference for the future of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), a semi-autonomous region within Iraq’s current borders.

The referendum ballot asks: “Do you want the Kurdistan region and the Kurdistani areas outside the region’s administration to become an independent state?”

Being that the majority of voters in the balloted areas are ethnic Kurds with a strong history of seeking self-determination, the result will almost certainly be a Yes.

However, no matter what the residents of Kurdish-controlled areas decide, the referendum has no immediate administrative effects.

There is no mechanism for a part of Iraq to secede from the country, so the referendum will not trigger a “Kexit” the same way that the recent UK referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union triggered “Brexit”.

One may well ask, why then are they holding a vote and why now?

Referendum rationale

Iraqi Kurds ‘prepared to draw own borders’, Barzani warns Baghdad – BBC News

Another reason for the referendum is to create a fresh mandate for the Kurds to get international backing for an eventual negotiated exit from Iraq and the declaration of a new UN-recognised state, probably within the next five to 10 years.

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ALJ: Iraq army ‘to intervene’ if Kurds’ referendum escalates

Describing the vote as illegal and unconstitutional, Iraq’s prime minister says he is prepared to use military force.

Iraq is prepared to intervene militarily if the Kurdish region’s planned independence referendum results in violence, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an interview.

If the Iraqi population is “threatened by the use of force outside the law, then we will intervene militarily,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press news agency on Saturday.

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

“If you challenge the Constitution and if you challenge the borders of Iraq and the borders of the region, this is a public invitation to the countries in the region to violate Iraqi borders as well, which is a very dangerous escalation,” Abadi said.

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NYT: Turkish Army Conducts Military Drill at Iraqi Border-Army Statement

ANKARA — Turkish armed forces started a military drill at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence in northern Iraq which Turkey has asked to be called off.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the planned Sept. 25 referendum was as an issue of national security, and warned that Turkey would take any necessary steps in response.

Turkey, the United States and other Western powers have advised authorities in the semi-autonomous region to cancel the vote, worrying that it would create tensions that 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 militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) have waged an insurgency for three decades.

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Hekmatyar accuses political parties of sparking ethnic tensions and differences

The leader of Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin Hekmatyar accused the political parties for sparking tensions and differences among the people. Hekmatyar made the remarks during a meeting with the members of the institute of youths for change. He claimed that Hezb-e-Islami is the only party that has greater influence across the country and the other parties have

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Ghani off to US to attend UN General Assembly and meet President Trump

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left for the United States on an official visit to participate in the UN General Assembly and meet his US counterpart President Donald Trump. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, confirmed that President Ghani has left for New York city after concluding his visit to Turkmenistan. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

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Logar youths show defiance to Kabul stadium attack in an unprecedented way

Hundreds of youths from central Logar province gathered and marched towards capital Kabul to express their defiance towards the terrorist attack near the Kabul cricket stadium in the city which took place last week. The youths from Logar province stated their rally from the province earlier today and arrived in dozens of vehicles in the

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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:

 

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