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29 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: UN, World Bank Give Cash to Yemen’s Neediest to Avert Famine

AMMAN, Jordan — The U.N. agency for children said Monday it has distributed cash to nearly 1.5 million families in war-battered Yemen to help avert the risk of famine.

The emergency payout, part of a $200 million World Bank-funded program, comes in the fourth year of a civil war that has killed more than 10,000 people, displaced more than 3 million and crippled the country’s infrastructure.

The U.N. considers Yemen to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 22.2 million people in need of assistance.

Geert Cappelaere, the regional director of UNICEF, said the money — an average of $30 per family — reached an estimated 9 million people and allowed families to buy food and medicine for their children, many of them malnourished. It’s the second of three planned payments, with the next round set for August.

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Refugee crisis: The Syrians abandoning Europe

These refugees have come all the way from Syria. Now they’re smuggling themselves back.

Zakariya has been living in Germany since he fled his home country.

But he says integration has been difficult, and that his hosts view refugees as terrorists rather than Muslims.

The BBC has followed him as he attempts to return to Syria.

REU: U.S. plans walkout as Syria takes reins of U.N. disarmament forum

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States will stage a walkout in protest at Syria’s presidency of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations in Geneva, U.S. Ambassador Robert Wood told reporters on Tuesday.

“We are going to walk out at some point this morning and we will be taking other actions that you will see over the course of Syria’s presidency, so please stay tuned,” Wood said.

Washington did not plan a boycott of the four-week presidency but wanted to hold Syria to account for its use of chemical weapons, he said.

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REU: Russia, USA and Jordan to meet in southern Syria amid tensions: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia, the United States and Jordan have agreed to hold a meeting in Syria’s southern “de-escalation” zone, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Tuesday, the RIA news agency reported.

Russia said on Monday only Syrian army troops should be on the country’s southern border with Jordan and Israel, after Washington warned of “firm measures” over truce violations in the region.

Jordan also said on Monday it was discussing developments in southern Syria with Washington and Moscow and that all three parties agreed on the need to preserve the de-escalation zone which they brokered last year and which has reduced violence.

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AP: Officials: Afghan forces mistakenly kill 9, mostly civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces mistakenly killed nine people, most of them civilians, during raid on a house in eastern Nangarhar province which has been a base for the Islamic State group and other militants, officials said Tuesday.

The raid, which took place late on Monday night in Chaparhar district, also wounded eight other civilians, said provincial governor Hayatullah Hayat. A local police commander was among the dead, he added.

According to the governor, gunfire had been coming from the house that was raided but the casualties were identified as mostly civilians once the operation ended. An investigation was underway to determine how the operation resulted in civilian casualties.

Inamullah Miakhail, a spokesman for the hospital in Nangarhar, also confirmed that nine dead bodies were brought to the hospital from the raid.

Both Taliban and the Islamic States group are active in eastern Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, in the central province of Kabul, two people — a policeman and a civilian — were killed after a bomb attached to a bicycle detonated on Monday in the Qarabagh district, said Mohammad Azem, the district governor.

Azem added that four others, three policemen and a civilian, were wounded in that attack.

And in northern Samangan province, a provincial hospital director was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated on Tuesday in the provincial capital, Aybak, according to Sediq Azizi, the provincial spokesman.

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AP: Afghan official: Gunmen kill 3 people in Herat province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says gunmen have killed at least three people in an attack in western Herat province.

Gelani Farhad, spokesman for the provincial governor in Herat, says the three victims include an employee of a voter registration center and two policemen.

A third policeman was wounded in the attack, which took place late on Sunday night.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, a spokesman says that the Taliban overrun several villages on Monday in the district of Khoja Ghor in northern Takhar province, pushing back the local police.

Sonatullah Timor there were no casualties reported.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, claimed the attacks in Takhar, saying insurgents have pushed near the district center and taken several posts.

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NYT: Flattery of President Trump Turns Fatal in Afghanistan

Assadullah Poya with his children, Fatima, 9, Karim, 8, and Donald Trump, 1, at home in Kabul, Afghanistan, in March.CreditJim Huylebroek for The New York Times

KABUL, Afghanistan — Flattery of the American president may work in North Korea and Washington, but in Afghanistan it is proving dangerous and even fatal.

An Afghan man who admired the president so much that he legally named his son Donald Trump has now said he no longer feels safe and has fled Afghanistan.

That came three days after another Afghan who helped organize the minting of a gold medal thanking President Trump for his support of Afghanistan was killed by the Taliban, according to police officials in Logar Province and to the insurgents themselves. A third Afghan, also involved in making the medal, said he, too, would flee the country because he no longer felt safe.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement on WhatsApp that the insurgents were responsible for the killing of Gul Nabi in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of Logar Province, in revenge for his “criminal” role in making the medal. Shapoor Ahmadzai, a spokesman for the Logar Provincial Police, said Mr. Nabi, a prominent tribal elder in the province, had been killed by a bomb attached to the underside of his car last Friday.

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Access to justice for Afghan women victims of violence severely inadequate: UN

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in its latest report states that a law on the elimination of violence against women has been in place in Afghanistan since 2009, but Afghan women’s access to justice remains severely inadequate. According to UNAMA, the report, ‘Injustice and Impunity: Mediation of Criminal Offences of Violence against

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Only relatives of Senate chairman killed in Nangarhar raid, claims Taliban

The Taliban militants claim that only the relatives of the Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Muslimyar have been killed during a night raid in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement claiming that the Special Forces conducted a raid on Chino village in Dawlatziyo area of Chaparhar late on Monday .

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Militants suffer heavy casualties in AAF airstrikes in Ghazni

The anti-government armed militants have suffered heavy casualties during the airstrikes conducted in the restive Ghazni province in Southeast of Afghanistan. The 203rd Thunder Corps of the Afghan Military in the Southeast said the latest airstrikes were carried out in the vicinities of Deh Yak and Gilan districts. The source further added that the airstrikes .

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Relatives of Afghan Senate Chairman among 17 dead, wounded in Nangarhar raid

At least seventeen people were killed in a raid conducted by the Afghan forces in eastern Nangarahr province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Tuesday. According to the officials, the raid was conducted in the vicinity of Chaparhar district and a number of relatives of Muslimyar are among those killed or wounded. The officials are.

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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.

Care for Veterans:

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

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.

Call 1-866-966-1020 or email resources@dcoeoutreach.orgMilitary OneSourceCall 24/7 for counseling and many resources 1-800-342-9647.Need further assistance? Get Help with VA PTSD Care

 

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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