23 May

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

The War Criminals

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

NYT: Red Cross: Over 2,000 Attacks on Health Care in Conflict

UNITED NATIONS — Over 1,200 violent incidents against hospitals and medical personnel have taken place in 16 countries in the two years since the U.N. adopted a resolution demanding that combatants protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick, the Red Cross said Tuesday.

Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told the U.N. Security Council that “the gap between words and action is rather dramatic.”

Without identifying the 16 countries, he cited incidents of health workers being killed, threatened and kidnapped as well as ambulances obstructed, medical supplies destroyed or prevented from crossing front lines, and hospitals bombed or looted.

Still, Daccord said the May 2016 resolution was “a very significant first step towards better implementation of existing international humanitarian law on medical care in armed conflict.”…………The fifth report by Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, which was released Tuesday, said there were more than 700 attacks on hospitals, health workers, patients and ambulances in 23 countries around the globe in 2017. According to the report, that included 252 attacks in Syria, 93 in the Palestinian territories, 66 in Afghanistan, 52 in the Central African Republic, 37 in South Sudan, 35 in Iraq, 24 in Yemen, 23 in Nigeria and 20 in Congo.

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GUARD: Congress reviewing sale of precision munitions to Saudis, UAE: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration, working to increase exports of U.S.-made weapons, has asked the U.S. Congress to review the sale of more than 120,000 precision-guided munitions to allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sources said on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump has thrown his political weight behind the arms export push to help job growth at home. Last year, his administration approved the sale of about $7 billion of the precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia.

That deal raised concerns from some members of Congress over American weapons being used in the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen and the deaths of thousands of civilians there since March 2015.

The value of the transactions under review now could not immediately be determined.

Raytheon Co is the largest maker of the PGMs in the United States. A company official declined comment.

Administration and congressional sources confirmed that the informal 40-day review period to sell the munitions to the two countries was under way.

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GUARD: At least 30 killed in Islamic State attack on Syrianarmy near Palmyra

AMMAN (Reuters) – At least 30 Syrian army troops and Iranian-backed militiamen were killed on Tuesday when Islamic State fighters attacked a military outpost near Palmyra in eastern Syria, a monitor and residents from the area said.

They said the militants used suicide bombers and armored vehicles in the dawn attack near a dam southeast of the ancient Roman city.

The attack came a day after government forces drove the jihadists out of their last enclave in southern Damascus after weeks of relentless bombing.

Islamic State has twice seized Palmyra during Syria’s civil war and destroyed priceless artifacts.

A former resident from the eastern Homs countryside near Palmyra who is in touch with local people said the militants had come from hideouts in the vast stretch of desert they once controlled. He said at least 30 soldiers and militiamen were killed.

In recent months the militants have stepped up hit-and-run attacks in an area whose terrain makes it difficult for the army to secure, relying on ambushes to replenish their weapons and equipment, activists say.

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GUARD: U.S. in contact with ex-foe Sadr after shock win in Iraq poll: aide

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States has contacted members of a political bloc headed by former foe Moqtada al-Sadr after his parliamentary election victory put the Shi’ite cleric in a strong position to influence the formation of a new government, a top aide said.

Sadr’s surprise win puts Washington in an awkward position. His Mehdi Army militia staged violent uprisings against U.S. troops after Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003.

If Sadr has a strong say in picking a new prime minister, the United States may have to work with him to safeguard its interests in Iraq, one of its most important Arab allies, which also has close ties to Iran.

Dhiaa al-Asadi, a top Sadr aide, said there had been no direct talks with the Americans but intermediaries had been used to open channels with members of his Sairoon alliance.

“They asked what the position of the Sadrist movement will be when they come to power. Are they going to reinvent or invoke the Mahdi Army or reemploy them? Are they going to attack American forces in Iraq,” he told Reuters.

“There’s no return to square one. We are not intending on having any military force other than the official military force, police forces and security forces.”

The United States is believed to have some 7,000 troops in Iraq now, though the Pentagon has only acknowledged 5,200 troops. They are mostly training and advising Iraqi forces.

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NYT: Officials: Special Ops Vet to Be US Commander in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say a career special operations soldier has been chosen as the next commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

The expected nominee, Army Lt. Gen. Scott Miller, would succeed Army Gen. John Nicholson, who has held the post since March 2016.

The promotion of Miller requires Senate confirmation.

Miller is currently in command of the secretive Joint Special Operations Command, which conducts some of the military’s most sensitive commando missions around the world. He served as head of the special operations contingent in Afghanistan in 2013-14 and served combat tours in Iraq and Somalia.

The selection of Miller was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. officials confirmed the selection on condition of anonymity because it has not been formally announced.

NYT: Attacks on Afghan Security Forces Kill 5

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials say insurgents have killed five people, including two police and a tribal leader, in two separate attacks.

Abdul Aziz Beg, the head of the provincial council in the western Badghis province, says militants attacked a checkpoint, killing two police and wounding four others. He says another four police were missing after the attack early Wednesday. It was not clear who was behind the attack.

In the central Ghor province, the Taliban killed three people, including a tribal leader, in an attack on a district police headquarters.

Police spokesman Iqbal Nezami says security forces repelled the attack late Tuesday.

The Taliban have stepped up attacks across the country since announcing their annual spring offensive last month.

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NYT: 16 Dead in Afghanistan After Car Bomb Explodes as Team Tries to Defuse It

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — At least 16 people, including security personnel and bystanders, were killed on Tuesday as bomb disposal experts tried and failed to defuse explosives in a parked car in the southern city of Kandahar, Afghan officials said.

Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar Province, said the car had been parked in an auto repair garage in the center of the city. Four of the 16 people killed were members of the security forces, Mr. Ahmadi said, adding that an additional 38 people were wounded. Most of the casualties were civilians, he said, and some were children.

The Kandahar explosion came a day after the Taliban warned that they were planning attacks on government, police and intelligence facilities in Kabul, the capital, and asked civilians to stay away from such institutions.

The statement included an unsupported claim that the insurgents had brought about an “unprecedented” decrease in civilian casualties. United Nations figures on civilian casualties in Afghanistan show a slight decrease in 2017 from the previous year, but the numbers remained at historically high levels, with two-thirds of them caused by the insurgents.

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Casualties toll in Kandahar car bomb explosion rises to 21, 40 wounded

The local officials in southern Kandahar province are saying that the death toll from yesterday’s car bomb explosion in Kandahar city has climbed at least 21 people. The officials are saying that the blast has also left at least 40 people wounded and several security personnel are also among those who have lost their lives..

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Terror groups moving to Afghanistan from Syria, claims Russian defense minister

The Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed that the terror groups are moving to Afghanistan from Syria as he emphasizes on bolstering the capabilities of the Uzbekistan security forces. Shoigu reportedly made the remarks during his meeting with his Uzbek counterpart Abdusalom Azizov. Emphasizing that military cooperation between Russia and Uzbekistan is totally specific

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Iraq A Deadly Deception – War Documentary 2018

WAR DOCUMENTARY: IRAQ A DEADLY DECEPTION ALJAZEERA DOCUMENTARIES 2018 On the evening of 9/11, George W Bush made a vow to the American public – that he would defeat terrorism.
Unknown to those listening in shock to the presidential address, the president and his advisers had already begun planning their trajectory into an invasion of Iraq. It was packaged as “holding responsible the states who support terrorism” by Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser between 2001 and 2003.
“I believe it represented a recognition that we would never succeed against the terrorists if we went after them one at a time and as long as governments were facilitating the organisation, training, equipping of, financing of terrorist organisations, we were never going to get it under control,” says Perle.
After 100 days spent fighting those who had become publicly accepted as the culprits – Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan – the US set the ball rolling for war against Iraq.
On the evening of 9/11 the president is saying: well, maybe we’ll be going after Iraq now and somebody said, well, that would be against international law. The president responded: I don’t care, we’re going to kick some ass.

DRG: Invading Iraq

Part One: How Britain And America Got It Wrong (Modern Military Documentary)

Invading Iraq is a special two-hour documentary investigation recounting the key strategies, battles and turning points of the war from both sides of the battlefield – ending with the story of Saddam’s capture. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the allied invasion and advance on Baghdad. Through first-hand accounts from key commanders, frontline soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict, the film offers a rare battlefield perspective of the war as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. It also shows how the false assessment of Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction was just the first in a series of major intelligence failures that shaped the course of the war and led to the unstable occupation America and Britain are now mired in.

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Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, of Loveland, Colorado, was killed in action April 30 as a result of enemy small arms fire in Tagab District, Afghanistan. The incident is under investign.
Conde was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

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