03 Oct

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties


The War Criminal and His Two Buddies

Former U.S. Presidents, from left, Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton greet spectators on the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The above picture makes me sick. It should make every decent human being sick. Why, one may ask? One reason follows.

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.

And the three play golf and have their picture taken. Bullshit!

The McGlynn


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AP: IS claims deadly suicide attack in Syrian capital

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings in the Syrian capital that killed 17 civilians and policemen the previous day.

In Monday’s bombings, two men attacked a police station in the al-Midan neighborhood with several bombs, before one of them blew himself up, according to Syria’s interior minister, Lt. Gen. Mohammad al-Shaar. He said the other bomber made it inside the compound, where police killed him, causing his bomb to explode.

The blasts damaged the lower floors of the building, and shattered the windows along one side. Blood stained the floors.

The Islamic State’s Aamaq news agency said the militant group carried out the al-Midan attack. The statement carried by the agency gave no other details.

The Syrian army, backed by Russia, is at war with the IS group as well as a local al-Qaida affiliate and an array of rebel groups trying to oust President Bashar Assad. The military has been steadily claiming territory from IS in central and eastern Syria recently.

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K24: Raqqa battle intensifies after Kurdish-led forces repel IS counterattacks

RAQQA, Syria (Kurdistan 24) – The US-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria on Sunday said they liberated several strategic points in the centre of Raqqa city.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in an online statement said they had captured four strategic points from the jihadist group in the Firdous neighbourhood of Raqqa’s city centre following heavy clashes.

“Our forces [SDF] killed 19 Daesh militants in the ongoing fight in the neighbourhoods of Amin, Nahda, Mansour and Firdous. We also captured 11 of their bodies,” the SDF statement read, using the pejorative Arabic acronym for IS.

The statement further added the SDF fighters rescued 15 civilians and seized large quantities of weapons and ammunition.

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Internally displaced persons clear a checkpoint in Qayara, some 50 kilometers south of Mosul, Iraq,

IraqiNews: Three tribal fighters killed, wounded in Baghdad bomb blast

Baghdad ( Three Iraqi tribal fighters were killed and wounded in a bomb blast which hit southern Baghdad,a security source was quoted saying.

A security source told Alghad Press that one member of the Tribal Mobilization was killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded at Arab Jabbour as their patrol was passing by.
A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.
While most of of the explosions and attacks went without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State has claimed several incidents.

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IraqiNews: Forces run into a third mass grave of security members near Hawija

Hawija ( Iraqi paramilitary troops ran on Tuesday into another mass grave of security members executed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Kirkuk.

Popular Mobilization Forces’ media service said the forces discovered a third mass grave of executed security members  in Abu Sakhra village in Abbassi, southwest of the group’s stronghold town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

“Mobilization forces are waiting for specialized teams to examine the martyr’s relics and identify them,” said the media outlet.

The PMFs had found two other mass graves of security victims on Monday in Abu Sakhra and al-Therban villages.

Iraqi government and PMF forces have discovered dozens of mass graves of security members and civilians executed by the Islamic State as they gradually regained control of areas occupied by the militants in 2014.

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REU: Iran sends tanks to border with Iraq’s Kurdish region, Kurdish official says

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iran deployed a dozen tanks supported by artillery at its border with Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region on Monday, a Kurdish official said, adding that the move was a dangerous escalation in the crisis triggered by Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote.

“The tanks can be seen from the Kurdish side,” an official from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) security council told Reuters, adding that the move was a “dangerous escalation.”

Iraq’s Kurds overwhelmingly voted for independence in a referendum held one week ago, defying the central government in Baghdad as well as neighboring Turkey and Iran, which fear Kurdish separatism within their own borders.

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REU: Iraqi forces seize air base from Islamic state near Hawija

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces and Shi‘ite paramilitaries captured an air base from Islamic State on Monday, the army said, gaining a strategic foothold in the north of the country as they push toward the town of Hawija.

Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, which lies west of the oil city of Kirkuk and is one of two areas of the country still under the control of the militant group.

Iraqi army commanders said the Rashad air base, which is around 30 km (20 miles) south of Hawija, was used by the militants as a training camp and logistic base.

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AP: Iran and Iraq hold joint drill near Iraqi Kurdish region

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that Iranian and Iraqi armed forces have held a joint military drill near the international borders of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region.

The Monday report quotes Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, the commander of the ground forces of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, as saying “Iran and Iraq have common enemies and they need to ensure the security of their own borders against threats.”

Iran has already closed its borders and stopped flights to Iraqi Kurdistan airports following a referendum on support for independence from Iraq on Monday.

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NYT: Iraq’s Kurdistan Region Plans Presidential, Parliamentary Votes on Nov. 1-Rudaw TV

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region plans to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on Nov. 1, said Erbil-based Rudaw TV, citing the votes’ supervising body.

A referendum held on Sept. 25 in the country’s Kurdish-held regions delivered an overwhelming yes for independence.

Masoud Barzani is currently president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.

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Rocket attack foiled on Kabul city days after similar attack rocked the airport

The Afghan security forces thwarted the militants plan to carry out an attack on Kabul city days after a similar attack rocked the international airport in the city. Officials in the Criminal Investigation Department in the Ministry of Interior said the militants were looking to fire several rockets on the city but the security forces

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Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Kunduz and Faryab operations

The Taliban insurgents suffered heavy casualties during the airstrikes and ground operations involving artillery strikes in northern Kunduz and Faryab provinces of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army in the North said Monday that the operations were conducted in various parts of the two provinces in the past 24 hours. The

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