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United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties


Iraq – A Peoples Photo Journal

Iraq Children by greyfox7

Originally Published on Nov 26, 2007

“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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AP: US, Russian militaries hold unprecedented talks on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior American and Russian military leaders met for an unprecedented, face-to-face session somewhere in the Middle East this week to discuss the growing tensions in the competing battles to retake one of the remaining Islamic State strongholds in Syria.

Syrian government forces, Russian special forces and U.S.-backed militants are all battling IS around the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province. The talks are aimed at ensuring safety for all the different fighting elements.

The meeting, however, also suggests an expanded U.S. and Russian effort to coordinate their efforts, raising questions about how the Pentagon is adhering to an American prohibition against military-to-military cooperation with Moscow. Congress enacted that law in the wake of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine in 2014.

Army Col. Ryan Dillon told Pentagon reporters on Thursday that U.S. and Russian general officers shared maps, graphics and information about where their forces are battling around Deir el-Zour. He would not provide details on when or where the meeting occurred, beyond saying it took place in recent days somewhere in the region.

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IraqiNews: 1,500 displaced families repatriated in Nineveh: Official

Displaced children who fled the clashes queue to receive aid from Iraqi security forces in Antesaar neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq, January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani

Nineveh ( More than 1,000 displaced families returned back to Nineveh province, an official was quoted saying on Friday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, Naysan Kroumi, mayor of Hamdaniya, said “1,500 displaced families have returned back to Nineveh,” blaming the slow pace of return on the lack of basic services.

“The return to villages and countrysides in Hamdaniya is much better from the regions in the center of Nineveh, for not so much harmed like those regions,” he said adding that 80 percent of those displaced from Hamdaniya returned back to their houses, despite the huge suffering regarding services and facilities.

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GUARD: The Guardian view on the Kurdish referendum: a fair question

The vote by Iraqi Kurds on their desire for independence, due to take place on Monday, poses real risks in an unstable region. But their case deserves to be heard

If not now, when? This is the obvious and reasonable question of Iraqi Kurds seeking to exercise the right to self-determination – enshrined by the UN charter, though often ignored – in a referendum on Monday. They already enjoy a high degree of autonomy. They believe their key role in the fight against Islamic State demands recognition, giving them leverage over western powers; and that the alternative is continued, subordinate membership of a broken and divided Iraq, a century after the Sykes-Picot carve-up.

The response has been overwhelmingly negative. The rest of Iraq, the US, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the EU and the Arab League all oppose the vote thanks to concerns ranging from Kurdish secessionism within their own borders and the furthering of ethnic divisions to the immense dangers it poses in a perilously unstable region – particularly given that voting covers the disputed territories the Kurds have gained in the fight against Isis. The US and others want the vote postponed, understandably. But “later” is almost as unsatisfactory an answer as “never” to Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and his supporters – and that too is understandable.

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IraqiNews: Iraq, U.N. reiterate opposition to Kurdistan independence

Baghdad ( Iraq and the United Nations have reasserted their disapproval of a referendum on Kurdistan independence from Iraq as the autonomous region stands two days from a highly divisive poll.

Meeting in Baghdad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and U.N. representative in Iraq, Jan Kubis reiterated their opposition to the vote slated for Monday, reaffirming their eagerness to preserve Iraqi territorial unity.

Kubis highlighted the “United Nation’s clear stance on rejecting the referendum, and the importance of dialogue (as means to end the political crisis)” Abadi’s office said in a statement on Saturday. He also pointed to an “international consensus reflected in the UN Security Council’s statement which expressed its opposition to the unilateral, regionally destabilizing referendum,” Kubis was quoted saying by the PM’s office.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi forces launch fresh offensive against Islamic State in Kirkuk

Hawija ( Iraqi government and paramilitary troops launched Saturday a new phase of offensives against Islamic State’s stronghold town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

Operations commander Abdul-Amir Yarallah said in a statement that the Saturday attack targets IS hideouts in Azzawia and al-Naml regions, west of the Euphrates river in Hawija.

He explained that the offensive was a third part of a first phase of Hawija operations.

Meanwhile, the Popular Mobilization Forces, an alliance of Shia paramilitary troops operating under the government’s command, said they recaptured Tal Shaeer, a village south of Hawija. The force’s media service also said that other divisions moved from al-Udhaim Dam towards al-Zarka, also in the south.

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BBC: Iraq’s minorities fear for their future

Sheikh Mirza at Lalish

A slight octogenarian dressed in loose white garments, Sheikh Mirza looks an unlikely warrior against the fighters of so-called Islamic State (IS).

Nevertheless, the Yazidi leader says that when they approached his ancestral village two years ago he left Lalish – the holy site where he usually resides – for the frontline.

“I picked up my weapons and stood there. I preferred to be killed rather than see them advance,” he explains.

“These terrorists, these sons of donkeys, they hurt our people so much. God will take back our rights.”

Besides its Shia and Sunni Muslim communities and mixture of Arabs and Kurds, Iraq has a wide range of other religions and ethnicities.

Minorities had been hit by waves of violence and turmoil since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Then, IS singled them out for attack.

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NYT: Opinion India Does Not Need Boots on Afghan Ground

NEW DELHI — President Trump has pivoted toward India and away from Pakistan. Calling upon India to help in Afghanistan, “especially in the area of economic assistance and development,” Mr. Trump was holding up the prospect of a major Indian presence to goad Pakistan to crack down on the Taliban and deny them sanctuary.

Indian policy makers were pleased with Mr. Trump’s blunt warning to Pakistan to stop “housing the very terrorists that we are fighting,” but Indian officials know the American president is neither measured nor consistent.

India could easily spare tens of thousands of soldiers for Afghanistan from its 1.4 million-strong military. Even as the Pentagon and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force have scrabbled for troops to fight a resilient Taliban insurgency, the United States has discouraged India from sending troops or weaponry to Afghanistan.

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NATO funds $54m leading-edge treatment facility construction for Afghan forces

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Friday informed regarding the plans to build a leading-edge treatment facility for the Afghan national defense and security forces. A major new rehabilitation center to treat wounded military and civilian patients will be built at Kabul National Military Hospital (KNMH), the NATO Resolute Support mission said in

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Ghani orders probe into documents leak about ethnic discrimination in Palace

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly reacted at the leakage of documents from the presidential palace administrative office regarding the ethnic discrimination and removal of non-Pashtuns from the key posts in the palace. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani strongly condemns discrimination, thinking, and actions among the people in

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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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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.

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