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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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REU: Russia warns U.S. it will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday it had warned the United States it would target areas in Syria where U.S. special forces and U.S.-backed militia were operating if its own forces came under fire from them, something it said had already happened twice.

Russia was referring to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting with the U.S.-led coalition, which Moscow said had diverted from the battle to take Raqqa to Deir al-Zor, where Russian special forces are helping the Syrian army push out Islamic State militants.

The Russian Defence Ministry said the SDF had taken up positions on the eastern banks of the Euphrates with U.S. special forces, and had twice opened fire with mortars and artillery on Syrian troops who were working alongside Russian special forces.

“A representative of the U.S. military command in Al Udeid (the U.S. operations center in Qatar) was told in no uncertain terms that any attempts to open fire from areas where SDF fighters are located would be quickly shut down,” Major-General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

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GUARD: US-backed fighters ‘seize 80% of Raqqa from Islamic State’

Syrian Democratic Forces says it is entering final stages of campaign to capture the terror group’s de facto capital

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has said its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State is in its final stages and its fighters have seized 80% of the city.

The SDF said in a statement on Wednesday it had opened a new front against Isis on the northern edge of the city, the terror group’s de facto capital. It said the offensive was “a feature of the final stages of the Euphrates Wrath campaign, which is nearing its end”.

The SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, launched its offensive against Isis in Raqqa in June, backed by US-led airstrikes and special forces on the ground.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that the SDF had taken more than 90% of the city, adding that the major remaining hurdle for the forces was a large concentration of mines in the area.

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AP: US pressures Iraqi Kurds to abandon vote on independence

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States ramped up pressure Wednesday on Iraq’s Kurds to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening to withdraw international support for negotiations with Baghdad if the vote isn’t scrapped.

In a forceful warning, the Trump administration said the costs of holding the Sept. 25 vote would be high “for all Iraqis, including Kurds.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. was urging the Kurds to “accept the alternative” – talks between the northern Kurdish region and Iraq’s central government that the U.S. and United Nations would facilitate.

“If this referendum is conducted, it is highly unlikely that there will be negotiations with Baghdad, and the above international offer of support for negotiations will be foreclosed,” Nauert said.

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AFP: Turkey, Iran and Iraq warn of ‘counter-measures’ against Kurd vote

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday urged Iraq’s Kurdistan region to abandon a planned referendum on independence, threatening unspecified “counter-measures” if it goes ahead with the vote.

The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Iraq held a rare trilateral meeting Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, days ahead of the non-binding September 25 referendum.

Ankara and Tehran fear independence for the Kurds of northern Iraq would embolden their own Kurdish minorities, and Baghdad has bitterly opposed the plebiscite.

The three states reaffirmed their commitment to Iraq’s territorial integrity and emphasised their “unequivocal opposition to the referendum,” in a joint statement released by the Turkish foreign ministry.

They also “agreed in this regard to consider taking counter-measures in coordination,” according to the statement, which did not provide any details.

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BUZZ: ISIS Is Collapsing Faster Than Anyone Expected, US General Says

The deputy commander of US-led operation to defeat ISIS in Iraq told BuzzFeed News the militant group will be defeated once it can no longer stage coordinated attacks.

ISTANBUL — Iraqi forces backed by US-led air and ground support and trained by a coalition of Western powers have knocked out ISIS’s ability to launch further attacks after three years of battles in the country that began after ISIS captured Mosul and declared a caliphate in 2014.

Now they face a new series of challenges, including the possibility of ISIS regrouping or security forces falling back into the state of decline that allowed militants to take huge swaths of Iraq in the first place.

Brig. Gen. Andrew Croft, deputy commander of the US-led mission against ISIS, told BuzzFeed News that ISIS forces in Iraq were “collapsing faster than either Iraqis or Americans had anticipated.” In a Skype interview from Baghdad on Monday, he said he anticipated Iraqi security forces would at some point grind the militants down to a mere policing problem as they battle them in a few pockets in north-central and western Iraq.

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ATN: U.S. Doubles Airstrikes, Following New Strategy: Afghan Presidency

The U.S. forces with coordination of Afghan military have doubled its airstrikes in Afghanistan, following Washington’s new strategy for the war-torn country, Presidential Palace (ARG) said Wednesday.

According to ARG, drone and warplane raids were being “effective” in suppressing the insurgents  across the country.

“U.S. forces have doubled its air raids after the new strategy. They [conducting] the airstrikes with coordination of Afghan security forces and the air raids are effective in combat missions,” said Presidential Spokesman, Shah Hussain Murtazawi.

The United States military has deployed Special Forces and airstrikes against militants particularly, against Islamic State in Afghanistan.  U.S. and Afghan officials have said that it has killed dozens of the group’s leaders and hundreds of fighters this year.

However, claims of civilian deaths from air raids have also occurred this year in many provinces as a result of fighting in areas where it can be difficult to distinguish insurgents from civilians.

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IraqiNews:  Iraqi forces invade Salahuddin, retake villages

Shirqat (IraqiNews.com) ISIS News Today/ Iraqi government and paramilitary forces recaptured several villages on Thursday as the government launched a wide-scale, final operation to retake all of Islamic State’s remaining havens.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Joint Operations Command said Thursday and late Wednesday  that major offensives were launching to retake Islamic State last bastions in Salahuddin’s Shirqat and Kirkuk’s Hawija. Other offensives had launched earlier this week at the group’s holdouts in western Anbar’s borders with Syria.

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Afghan ambassador meets Pak army chief amid new political developments

The Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Omar Zakhil has met with Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss of mutual interest, a meeting which was organized after recent political developments in the region. “Today, met with Pak­istan’s COAS Gen Bajwa for detailed discussion on host of issues including steps helpful for 

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Afghan intelligence foil coordinated Taliban attack in Samangan province

The Afghan intelligence operatives have foiled a coordinated attack plan by the Taliban insurgents in northern Samangan province of Afghanistan. The National Directorate of Security (NDS) in a statement said a group of four terrorists were arrested in connection to the plot before the militants manage to execute their plan. The statement further added that

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Pakistan share concerns on new US strategy, greater Indian role in Afghanistan

The Pakistani officials are saying that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has shared Islamabad’s concerns regarding the new US strategy and greater Indian role in Afghanistan during his meeting with the US Vice President. Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua has told local media reporters that Abbasi during the meeting expressed concern over the greater role

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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:

 

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, Benefits, or Claims.

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