04 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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REU: Draft U.N. blacklist names Saudi coalition for killing children in Yemen

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A confidential draft United Nations blacklist seen by Reuters on Tuesday names a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition for killing and maiming children in Yemen, though it notes that the alliance has put in place measures to improve child protection.

In an effort to dampen controversy surrounding the annual children and armed conflict report, the draft blacklist – contained in an annex to the full report – is split into “listed parties that have put in place measures during the reporting period to improve the protection of children” and those which have not.

“In Yemen, the coalition’s actions objectively led to the listing for the killing and maiming of children, with 683 child casualties attributed to this party, and, as a result of being responsible for 38 verified incidents, for attacks on schools and hospitals during 2016,” according to a draft explanation of the blacklist seen by Reuters.

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AP: UN: More should have been done to fight cholera in Yemen

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year.

Dr. Peter Salama still expressed optimism that “we are turning (the) corner” on the preventable, water-borne disease that has topped 700,000 suspected cases and caused more than 2,000 deaths this year.

Salama spoke to reporters Tuesday as the U.N. agency and its partners laid out ambitious projects to reduce the number of annual cholera deaths by 90 percent by 2030.

The goal is just the latest among WHO’s attempts to wipe out or sharply reduce major diseases. Similar efforts already exist for polio, guinea worm, malaria, measles, and AIDS. To date, only smallpox has been eradicated from the planet.

India and countries in sub-Saharan Africa face long-term challenges to fight cholera. Places like war-torn Yemen or Bangladesh, which has taken in more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, are facing less predictable situations.

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AP: Russia says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s military says it has carried out airstrikes in Syria that critically wounded the leader of an al-Qaida-linked group and killed 12 other militant commanders.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, said in a statement on Wednesday that the airstrikes wounded Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee.

He says the strikes took place on Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Syria.

Konashenkov says 50 other militants who were securing the gathering were also killed.

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PRESSTV: Daesh defense line collapses in Hawijah as Iraqi forces liberate more villages

A high-ranking commander of the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units says the defense lines of Daesh Takfiri militants have collapsed in the northern town of Hawijah as army troops and their allied fighters have adanaced dozens of kilometers,  seizing nearly three dozen villages from the terrorists.

Jabbar al-Mamouri told Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network on Tuesday that Daesh militants can no longer put up stiff resistance in the face of advancing Iraqi soldiers and fighters from Popular Mobilization Units, better known by the Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi, as the terror group’s snipers stationed on rooftops and at vital intersections in the heart of Hawijah, located 45 kilometers west of Kirkuk, have fled to save their lives.

Meanwhile, Secretary General of Iraq’s Badr Organization Hadi al-Ameri said Iraqi army forces and Hashd al-Sha’abi fighters have retaken nearly 100 villages and hamlets ever since the operation to liberate Hawijah was launched late last month.

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REU: Iraq steps up retaliation against Kurdish independence vote with dollar ban

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq stopped selling dollars to leading banks in Kurdistan and banned foreign currency transfers to the autonomous region on Tuesday, stepping up its retaliation for the Kurds’ independence vote.

The financial sanctions follow a ban on direct international air travel to the region imposed by the central government on Friday.

Iraq’s central bank informed the Kurdistan Regional government (KRG) that it would stop selling dollars to four major Kurdish banks and stop all foreign currency transfers to the region, banking and government sources told Reuters.

Businesses in need of foreign currency and foreign workers in Kurdistan, whose pay and remittances are usually in dollars, will be the most affected by the new measures.

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REU: Iraqi Kurds face more sanctions after calling elections

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region announced on Tuesday it was calling presidential and parliamentary elections for Nov. 1 as the Kurdish leadership moved to capitalize on a referendum that delivered huge support for independence.

The central government in Baghdad imposed further punitive measures in retaliation for the independence vote last month by slapping sanctions on Kurdish banks and halting foreign currency transfers to the Kurdish region.

The referendum in the country’s Kurdish-held northern regions raised fears in Iraq and abroad of ethnic strains and a weakening of a U.S.-backed campaign against Islamic State.

The elections would be calculated to reinforce the legitimacy of the Kurdish leadership before a drive for outright independence and any negotiations that might involve.

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AP: Iraqi Kurds mourn death of leader Talabani, symbol of unity

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials say Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region has declared a week of mourning after the death of former president, Jalal Talabani.

Sadi Ahmed Pire, a spokesman for the Kurdish party which Talabani headed, says flags will fly at half-staff on Wednesday. Talabani’s burial in the city of Sulaimaniyah is planned for this weekend.

Seen as a unifying elder statesman who could soothe tempers among Iraq’s Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, Talabani suffered a stroke in 2012 after which he was moved to Germany for treatment and faded from Iraq’s political life.

He died in a Berlin hospital on Tuesday afternoon, at the age of 83, after his condition deteriorated rapidly.

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NYT: Iraqi Forces in Final Assault to Take Hawija From Islamic State

BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces on Wednesday launched the final assault to capture the town of Hawija, one of two pockets of territory still under control of Islamic State in Iraq, the country’s military said in a statement.

Iraqi forces began moving on Hawija two days after capturing the Rashad air base, located 30 km (20 miles) to the south and used by the militants as a training camp and logistics site.

Iraq launched an offensive on September 21 to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, which lies west of the oil city of Kirkuk and north of Baghdad.

The other area of the country still under the control of the militant group is a stretch of land along the Syrian border, in western Iraq.

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NYT: After Threat of War, Iraq and Kurds Lower the Temperature

ERBIL, Iraq — The world could be excused for thinking that another war was about to break out in Iraq.

After Iraq’s Kurds voted in favor of independence, they took to the streets, waving flags and honking horns, and loudly scoffing at Baghdad’s threats of military action. Iraq shut down international flights into the region and sent its gendarmes to the Kurdish borders, while its neighbors threatened economic and military intervention.

More than a week later, however, the Kurds have taken no steps to actually declare independence, and Baghdad and its allies have done nothing to make good on their threats of intervention. The referendum on independence was a seminal moment in the Kurds’ long struggle for a homeland, but neither Baghdad nor the Kurds seem determined to force that moment to a crisis.

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NYT: The Latest: Extra Troops in Afghanistan Will Cost $1B a Year

The nation’s top military officer says the thousands of additional U.S. troops President Donald Trump has ordered to Afghanistan will cost just over $1 billion a year.

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the U.S. is spending $12.5 billion overall to wage America’s longest war.

Dunford and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis are testifying before congressional committees Tuesday.

About 3,500 more American forces are being sent to Afghanistan as part of Trump’s new strategy. Dunford says the U.S. will “fight to win” by attacking enemies, “crushing” al-Qaida, and preventing terrorist attacks against Americans. The additional troops will augment the roughly 8,400 Americans currently stationed there.

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Trump ready for whatever steps necessary regarding Pakistan: Mattis

The US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned that President Donald Trump is prepared to take whatever actions are necessary if Washington’s efforts fail to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan. Speaking to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Mattis said Washington considers to try one more time to work with Pakistan. He said

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Dunford says ‘clear to me’ that the ISI of Pakistan has connections with terror group

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States General Joseph Dunford has confirmed that the military intelligence of Pakistan’s military, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has connections with the terror group. Gen. Dunford informed in this regard while briefing the US lawmakers in the Senate Armed Services Committee. “It is clear to

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Consultative talks start on US strategy and Pak army chief’s visit to Kabul

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday started consultative talks with the Jihadi and political leaders on the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia as well as the relations with Pakistan in the aftermath of Pakistani army chief’s visit to Kabul. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani

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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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