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04 Jun

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

GUARD: UN envoy seeks deal to avert Saudi-led assault on Yemeni port

Yemeni forces backed by Riyadh claim to have taken control of resorts near Hodeida

Last-ditch efforts are under way by the UN to persuade the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen not to launch a deadly assault on the Houthi-controlled port of Hodeida and to allow time for a deal to be agreed to preserve the port’s role in distributing humanitarian aid.

Yemeni forces backed by Riyadh claimed on Sunday to have already taken control of the tourist resorts in Nukhaila, in Duraihimi province, just west of Hodeida, setting up the possibility of a prolonged siege that could slow or block humanitarian supplies heading out of the port to millions in need across the country.

Saudi sources claimed the UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, was in the Houthi-controlled capital, Sana’a, to discuss the possibility of international control of the port……………Jan Egeland, the head of the Norway Refugee Council, said an attack on Hodeida would be a disaster since nearly 80% of humanitarian aid and food was distributed through the port, and its capture would give the Saudis a stranglehold on the country. As many as 20 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian aid.

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REU: Syrian Observatory says blast kills one near U.S. coalition base

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that a bomb blast in northern Syria targeted a military vehicle on Monday on the road from Ain Issa to a military base where some of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State are located.

The blast killed at least one person and injured others of unknown nationality, the Britain-based war monitor reported, in an area controlled by the coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias.

Spokesmen for the U.S.-led coalition and the SDF were not immediately available for comment.

REU: Motorcycle suicide bomber kills at least eight near Afghan peace tent

KABUL (Reuters) – A motorcycle suicide bomber killed at least eight people near the entrance to a two-day peace gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital, security officials and a witness said, the latest attack in a growing cycle of violence.

The bomb exploded at the entrance to a giant tent, near residential buildings in the west of Kabul, after most the clerics had left, a witness said. Women living nearby were crying as they gathered with their families.

“People were wounded, people were shouting,” a witness told Reuters.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which underlines deteriorating security ahead of parliamentary and district council elections set for Oct. 20…………………….Provincial cities have also been hit as the Taliban have stepped up operations across the country since they announced the beginning of their annual spring offensive in April.

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REU: Nearly half Afghan children out of school, number rising for first time in years

KABUL (Reuters) – Nearly half all children in Afghanistan are out of school due to conflict, poverty, child marriage and discrimination against girls, the number rising for the first time since 2002, humanitarian organizations said in a report on Sunday.

Spreading violence has forced many schools to close, undermining fragile gains in education for girls in a country where millions have never set foot in a class room.

Some 3.7 million children between the ages of seven and 17, or 44 percent, are out of school, 2.7 million of them girls, Education Minister Mirwais Balkhi told a seminar, explaining a study conducted by UNICEF, USAID and the independent Samuel Hall think-tank.

The Taliban, seeking to oust the U.S.-backed government and return the country to strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster, are adamantly opposed to education for girls and threats from Islamic State have forced the closure of dozens of schools…………….One teenage girl, Ziwar, from central Daikundi, one of the safest provinces in the country, said she had been at school until she was 14.

“I can read and write. I can write a letter,” she told seminar delegates. “I learn from books. I want to continue my studies. I want to become a doctor in the future.”

In Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of the northern province of Balkh, one girl was killed and 20 were injured in a stampede at a school as they rushed to collect their university entrance exam passes on Sunday.

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NYT: The Latest: Kabul Suicide Bombing’s Death Toll Rises to 7

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

The Kabul police have raised the casualty numbers from the attack that targeted a meeting of the country’s top religious body, saying that seven people are now reported killed and at least nine have been wounded.

Ghafor Aziz, the police chief of Kabul’s 5th District, says the police are working to secure the area of Monday’s attack.

The suicide bomber struck at one of the entrances of the compound where the meeting of the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was taking place in the traditional tent of the Loya Jirga, or the council of elders.

It was not immediately clear how many of the clerics were among those killed.

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Taliban rejects involvement in the attack on religious scholars in Kabul

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan rejected the involvement of the group in the attack on religious scholars gathering in Kabul city. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid issued a statement after the attack, saying the  group has no links with the explosion in Polytechnic University. The Kabul police commandment officials confirm that 7 people were killed.

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Second explosion rips through police vehicle in Kabul city

A second explosion took place in the vicinity of the 5th police district of the city at around noon time, shortly after a suicide blast targeted a gathering of the religious scholars. Security sources confirmed that the blast has taken place in the 5th police district of the city in Kote Sangi area. The sources .

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Hundreds of Afghan Ulemas issue joint Fatwa against the ongoing conflict

Hundreds of Afghan religious scholars, Ulemas, issued a joint Fatwa (religious verdict) against the ongoing conflict mainly led by the Taliban group. The Fatwa was issued during a large gathering attended by hundreds of religious scholars in capital Kabul today. The religious scholars said the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan has no legitimacy, insisting that the .

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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.

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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.

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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

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