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United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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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: HRW says Yemen’s warring parties blocking aid to civilians

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FILE – In this Aug. 25, 2017 file photo, People inspect the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen. The Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq is the latest in a series of moves toward formal secession or de facto fragmentation caused by conflict, race or religion in the Middle East. It’s a trend viewed with considerable alarm in a region that had seriously flirted with merging its nations in post-colonial years more than a half century ago. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the warring sides in Yemen — a Saudi-led coalition and the country’s Shiite rebels that it’s battling — are both preventing much-needed aid and fuel tankers from reaching civilians.

A report by Human Rights Watch says this is exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country. The report was released on Wednesday.

HRW says the Saudi-led coalition has delayed and diverted fuel tankers bringing badly needed oil for power generators for hospitals. Meanwhile, the rebels, known as Houthis, and their allies have blocked and confiscated aid.

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AP: Newsbreak: Saudis threaten fallout if Yemen probe passes

GENEVA (AP) — Saudi Arabia has threatened other countries over a proposed resolution at the U.N.’s main human rights body, saying if they send international, independent investigators to war-torn Yemen that could “negatively affect” trade and diplomatic ties with the wealthy kingdom, a Saudi letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows.

Two competing resolutions — one by Saudi Arabia and other Arab states and another by Canada and the Netherlands — have been proposed on how to best document the human rights violations in Yemen. The resolutions are shaping up as the main diplomatic showdown at the Human Rights Council session that ends Friday.

Saudi Arabia has sent a letter to at least two foreign countries warning that the Arab states “will not accept” the Dutch-Canadian resolution, which seeks an “international, independent investigation.”

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has repeatedly called for such an investigation.

Saudi Arabia favors an existing domestic investigation that critics say has failed to hold rights violators to account in a war pitting the Saudi-backed, internationally recognized government against Shiite and affiliated rebel groups. The fighting has killed more than 10,000 civilians over the last 2-1/2 years in the Arab world’s poorest country.

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GUARD: Iraq: Kurdish leader Barzani claims win in independence referendum

As Masoud Barzani declares victory before votes tallied, Baghdad and Ankara pledge to take steps to cripple region’s economy

Iraq’s Kurdish leader, Masoud Barzani, has claimed victory in a referendum on independence – before votes have been tallied – amid threats from Baghdad to take over the region’s borders and a demand from Turkey to “give up or go hungry”.

With a result supporting independence expected on Wednesday, Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbours have stepped up calls for the result to be set aside and have pledged to take active steps to cripple the region’s economy.

“If Barzani and the Kurdish regional government do not go back on this mistake as soon as possible, they will go down in history with the shame of having dragged the region into an ethnic and sectarian war,” said the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an.

“It will be over when we close the oil taps, all [their] revenues will vanish, and they will not be able to find food when our trucks stop going to northern Iraq.”

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REU: Kurdish independence vote damages U.S. efforts to preserve unified Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A vote by Iraq’s minority Kurds for independence is a blow to the United States, which has spent years, billions of dollars and the lives of thousands of troops trying to hold Iraq together, former U.S. officials and other policy experts said.

A diplomatic drive to forestall Monday’s referendum failed to persuade Kurdish leaders, some of the United States’ closest Middle Eastern allies, in what likely will be seen as fresh proof of diminishing American power, they said.

The Kurds, who have ruled over a semi-autonomous region within Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, consider the result an historic step in a generations-old quest for a state of their own.

“This is a major setback,” said James Jeffrey, a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and now a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It robs us of the argument that only the U.S. can keep Iraq united.”

As a result, the United States could find it harder to stop predominantly Shi‘ite Muslim Iran from filling the vacuum left by Islamic State’s defeat through Shi‘ite militias and other allies in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere, they said.

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REU: Kurdistan rejects Iraq’s demand to hand over airports, Baghdad readies air ban

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – The Kurdistan Regional Government on Wednesday rejected an Iraqi government ultimatum to hand control of its international airports to Baghdad.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, reacting to the independence referendum held by the autonomous Kurdish government on Monday, had told the KRG to hand over control of Erbil and Sulaimaniya airports or else he would suspend direct international flights to and from Kurdistan on Friday.

But KRG Transport Minister Mowlud Murad told a news conference in the Kurdish capital Erbil, said keeping control of the airports and keeping direct flights to Erbil was needed for Kurdish authorities and security forces as part of the fight against Islamic State militants.

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IraqiNews: Over 500 IS militants killed in phase 1 of Hawija offensive: Military media

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Over 500 Islamic State militants were killed and more than 100 villages and regions were liberated during the first phase of offensives in southwest of Kirkuk, the military media said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said, “joint troops, which took part in Hawija operations, managed to accomplish the first phase and achieve all the targets, inflicting huge losses on the enemy.

“Security troops killed 557 militants, destroyed 46 booby-trapped vehicles and 24 others. 381 IEDs were defused,” the statement said.

According to WMC, the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service liberated five villages, while Federal Police and al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) freed 63 villages. The army’s ninth armored division and PMFs managed to retake 35 villages, making the total number of regions and villages liberated reach 103.

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IraqiNews: 8 suicide bombers killed, 2 conscripts injured in two attacks in Salahuddin

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The pro-government paramilitary troops have announced repulsing an attack by suicide bombers targeting Shia Muslim marchers in south of Salahuddin.

A statement by the media service of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces) said, “troops of the 43rd and sixth brigades killed on Wednesday four suicide attackers who attempted infiltration into Husseiniya ritual marches in al-Rumailat and al-Athiya regions in north of Balad town.”

Shia muslims make their way every year to Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, to mark a religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD.

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NYT: U.N. Appalled at Mass Hangings in Iraq, Concerned More May Follow

GENEVA — The top U.N. human rights official said on Wednesday he was appalled that Iraq had hanged 42 prisoners on Sunday, almost certainly without a fair trial, and that he feared more would follow.

“I am appalled to learn of the execution of 42 prisoners in a single day,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement.

“We are extremely concerned at reports that Iraq may be planning to expedite the process of executing prisoners already sentenced to death, and that this could result in more large-scale executions in the coming weeks.”

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REU: Mattis arrives in Afghanistan hours before rockets explode at Kabul airport

KABUL (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in the Afghan capital on an unannounced visit on Wednesday, hours before several small rockets exploded in and around Kabul airport, police said.

There were no reports of casualties or damage in the attack, for which militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Mattis’s visit comes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced a new strategy for Afghanistan, promising a stepped-up military campaign against Taliban insurgents who have gained ground as they seek to reestablish Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

Mattis has said the United States will send an additional 3,000 troops to Afghanistan to help train Afghan security forces fighting the Taliban and other militant groups.

There are about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, most advising Afghan forces, but some are involved in operations against the Taliban.

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AP: Official: 5 civilians wounded in rocket attack Kabul airport

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least five civilians including a woman were wounded after several rockets were fired toward Kabul international airport in the Afghan capital, officials said Wednesday.

The attack came as U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg were in Kabul for a visit and just hours before they held a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said one of the rockets stuck a home near the airport, wounding the five victims. He said one of them was a woman who was “not in a good health condition.”

Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack on his official Twitter account.

Tumor Shah Hamedi, director of the Kabul airport, said all flights were halted as result of the attack.

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Taliban can’t win on the battlefield, can gain much on negotiation table: Stoltenberg

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Jens Stoltenberg said the Taliban group cannot win on the battlefield. Speaking during a press conference with US Defense Secretary James Mattis and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Secretary General said there is much the group can gain around the negotiating table. Stoltenberg further added

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Taliban has two options as country goes through a decisive moment: Ghani

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Taliban group has two options as the country is going through a decisive moment. Speaking during a press conference with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Ghani said the Taliban group has an option to serve for the outsiders and join

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5 of a family wounded in Kabul rocket attack as Taliban claims Mattis was the target

At least five members of a family were wounded in the rocket attack in Kabul city earlier today. According to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) officials, the attack was launched at around 11:10 am local time. MoI spokeman Najib Danish said one of the rockets landed on a residential house in Paktia Kot located in

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Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Kunduz airstrikes

The Taliban insurgents suffered heavy casualties during the airstrikes in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan amid ongoing counter-terrorism operations in this province. The officials of the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army in the North said the airstrikes were carried out in the past 24 hours in Imam Sahib district. The officials further

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