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05 Oct

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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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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War News

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1 in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. The incident is under investigation.

Missildine was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, La.

AP: 3 US Army special operations commandos killed in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say three U.S. Army special operations commandos were killed Wednesday and two others were wounded when they came under fire in southwest Niger.

The officials said the two wounded were taken to Niamey, the capital, and are in stable condition. The officials were not authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

The officials said the commandos, who were Green Berets, were likely attacked by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb militants.

In a statement, U.S. Africa Command said the forces were with a joint U.S. and Nigerien patrol north of Niamey, near the Mali border, when they came under hostile fire.

Africa Command said the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists.

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Recognition of moves to improve child protection branded a sop by campaigners as Saudi-led coalition accused of recruiting child soldiers and bombing schools

The Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen has been included in a draft version of the UN’s annual blacklist for grave violations against children in conflict.

Young students in Sa’ada stand amid the ruins of a classroom destroyed in the Yemen conflict. Photograph: Giles Clarke/Getty Images

The report, parts of which have been seen by the Guardian, conceded that the coalition has put in place measures to improve child protection.

It is the first time the annual study has distinguished between parties that have introduced measures to “improve the protection of children” during the reporting period and those that have not, a move campaigners have seen as an attempt to reduce controversy……………….

“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,” said a draft explanation of the blacklist. “The coalition is included in section B of Annex I, as it has put in place measures during the reporting period aimed at improving the protection of children.”

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 AP: Saudi-led coalition on UN blacklist for killing Yemen kids

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting rebels in Yemen has been placed on a U.N. blacklist for killing and maiming nearly 700 children and attacking schools and hospitals in 2016.

The issue of whether the U.S.-backed coalition would be on the list has been eagerly awaited because last year the coalition was put on the blacklist but removed by then-Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon under intense pressure from Saudi Arabia.

For the first time, the new list, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, was divided into two parts by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

One lists parties that recruit, use, kill, maim, rape, sexually abuse or abduct children in armed conflict or attack schools and hospitals and have taken no action to improve the protection of children.

The other, which includes the Saudi-led coalition, lists parties “that have put in place measures during the reporting period to improve the protection of children.”

The secretary-general’s report did not specify what the measures were.

“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,” Guterres said in explaining its inclusion.

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REU: Syrian opposition says Russian jets kill civilians fleeing across Euphrates

AMMAN (Reuters) – Military jets believed to be Russian killed at least 60 civilians trying to flee heavy fighting in the oil rich Deir al Zor province of Syria when their small boats were targeted as they sought to cross the Euphrates River, opposition activists, former residents and a war monitor said late on Wednesday.

They said the jets targeted makeshift rubber dinghies and boats carrying dozens of families fleeing the town of al Ashara along the western banks of the Euphrates that lies south of Deir al Zor city, the provincial capital.

Islamic State’s last major stronghold, the cities, towns and farms in the fertile strip along the Euphrates bordering Iraq are fast becoming the focus of Syria’s six-year-long civil war.

“Russian jets staged a second wave of strikes on the boats that were fleeing across the river causing more casualties among those who rushed to rescue earlier survivors,” said Abdullah al Akaidat, a tribal figure in northern Syria from Al Ashara who is in contact with relatives in the area………………….Russia rejects opposition and human rights groups accusations that the bombing campaign has killed thousands of civilians since its major intervention two years ago that turned the tide in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Scores of hospitals and civil defense centers have been bombed in what the opposition said is a “scorched earth policy” to paralyze life in rebel-held areas. Moscow says it only attacks hardline Islamists.

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AP: Leaders of Iraq, France meet on fight against Islamic State

PARIS (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris for talks on the international fight against Islamic State group extremists and rebuilding Iraq’s economy.

Macron has been reticent about the escalating tensions between Iraq’s government and its Kurdish region following its independence referendum.

Thursday’s meeting in Paris comes days after France faced a new attack claimed by IS, a fatal stabbing in Marseille. The French military is active in the U.S.-led coalition against IS, which is trying to oust the extremists from their last Iraqi strongholds.

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IraqiNews: 9,000 civilians displaced from Hawija since operations launch: Ministry

Families fleeing ISIS-held city of Hawija.

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Number of civilians displaced since Iraqi troops launched offensives to restore Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk, reached 9,000 persons, the Ministry of Migration and Displacement said.

In a statement on Thursday, the ministry said, “total number of the displaced who arrived at the refugee camps near Kirkuk reached 9,000. Around 3,000 of whom were transferred to one of the camps near Mosul over doubts of links to Islamic State.”

The ministry indicated offering aid to the displaced.

On Tuesday, United Nations said an estimated 12,500 civilians have fled their homes in Hawija since the start of the Iraqi operation on September 21, and nearly 78,000 people could still be trapped in their homes.

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IraqiNews: Two more mass graves found in Hawija, women and children inside

Hawija (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi paramilitary forces have run into two more mass graves as Iraq declared the recapture of Islamic State stronghold Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.

The Popular Mobilization Forces’ media said Thursday the two mass graves were wounded in southwestern Hawija, adding that the relics belonged to both security members and civilians including women and children.

PMFs have recently run into three mass graves of security members executed by Islamic State militants at the villages of Abu Sakhra and al-Therban, also southwest of Hawija, as operations proceeded to clear the town.

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GUARD: Hawija: Iraqi army says it has recaptured one of last Isis enclaves

If confirmed, capture would mean only area of Iraq that remains under Islamic State control is stretch along Syrian border

The Iraqi army says its forces have captured the town of Hawija and the surrounding area from Islamic State, though some fighting still raged in a pocket to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded.

Hawija is the militants’ last stronghold in northern Iraq. If confirmed, its capture will mean the only area that remains under control of Isis in Iraq will be a stretch alongside the western border with Syria. Hawija is near the Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk.

“The army’s 9th armoured division, the Federal Police, the Emergency Response division and … Popular Mobilisation liberated Hawija,” said the joint operations commander, Lt Gen Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah.

The offensive on Hawija was carried out by US-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shia paramilitary groups known as Popular Mobilisation.

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Karzai oppose with India’s involvement in new US strategy for Afghanistan

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has opposed with the involvement of India in the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia as he reiterated his previous stance regarding the policy itself, calling it a strategy to prolong the war in Afghanistan. Speaking to reporters in London, Karzai said India should not be pulled

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Troops surge not to solve problems, Hekmatyar tells US envoy

The Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has told the US Special Charge dÁffaires that the troops surge will not help improve the situation of the country. A source in Hezb-e-Islami has said Hekmatyar expressed his concerns in this regard during his meeting with the Ambassador Llorens which took place in ARG Palace last week. The source

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Taliban militants and commanders suffer heavy casualties in Kunduz

The Taliban militants and their commanders suffered heavy casualties during the latest counter-terrorism operations in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan. According to the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan national army, the latest casualties were inflicted to the Taliban insurgents in Imam Sahib district. The officials of the Shaheen Corps said at least elevent Taliban

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Spc. Alexander W. Missildine, 20, of Tyler, Texas, died Oct. 1 in Salah ad-Din Province, Iraq, as a result of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy. The incident is under investigation.

Missildine was assigned to the 710th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Polk, La.

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