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06 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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ALJ: Will UN’s Yemen war blacklist help protect children?

Saudi-led coalition and Houthis placed on draft UN blacklist over deaths of hundreds of children in conflict.

The Saudi-led coalition has again been placed on a draft United Nations blacklist. The coalition is accused of killing and maiming 683 children in Yemen last year, as well as accusations of attacking schools and hospitals.

But the annual draft report also notes that the Saudi-led coalition has put measures in place to protect children.

The report also blacklists the Houthi rebels, government forces and their militia allies.

The UN doesn’t punish nations on the list, but the hope is the “naming and shaming” forces them to do more to protect civilians.

The Saudi-led coalition was on the blacklist last year but was removed after Saudi pressure on the UN secretary-general.

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AP: Monitors: 15 killed in missile strike on eastern Syria city

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say 15 civilians including children have been killed when a missile slammed into a government-held besieged neighborhood in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

The DeirEzzor 24 monitoring group said the missile hit near a school Thursday evening in the Qusour neighborhood. Among those killed were three children and three women, it said Friday, blaming the Islamic State group for the attack.

It said the attack destroyed the school and a nearby residential building.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported the incident, putting the number of civilians killed at 13.

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REU: Syrian army nears IS stronghold al-Mayadin: Hezbollah media unit

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army and its allies have advanced to within 10 km (7 miles) of al-Mayadin, a military media unit run by the Lebanese Hezbollah group said on Friday, bringing them close to a city seen as the current main base of Islamic State.

They have won control of positions and heights parallel to the main road linking Deir al-Zor and al-Mayadin, located on the Euphrates in eastern Syria, the media unit said.

A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on Thursday the army was only 6 km from al-Mayadin.

Islamic State has staged fierce counter attacks in central Syria in recent days, testing the army’s control of an area seized in a months-long eastward offensive.

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AP: AP News Guide: The Islamic State after Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s announcement of victory in Mosul effectively shatters the Islamic State group’s self-styled caliphate. But a complete territorial defeat will take many more months, and the extremists will likely pose a threat in Iraq, Syria and beyond for years to come.

Here is a look at the Islamic State group, the three-year war against it, and what comes next.

THE SELF-STYLED CALIPHATE

IS traces its roots back to the Iraqi insurgency that followed the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, and includes several seasoned intelligence and army officers who once served under Saddam Hussein. The group formally split from al-Qaida under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014, after seizing the city of Raqqa and other territory across Syria.

In June 2014 the group overran Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, and pushed south in the direction of Baghdad, eventually seizing much of the country’s north and west. At its height, IS controlled more than 90,000 square kilometers (35,000 sq. miles) across Iraq and Syria, according to IHS Jane’s, a London-based research group.

Shortly after the fall of Mosul, IS declared an Islamic caliphate and demanded the loyalty of all Muslims, the overwhelming majority of whom view it as an extremist group. At its height, it was a proto-state governed in accordance with a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, with an army of tens of thousands of supporters from dozens of countries.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi diplomats rule out military confrontation with Kurdistan

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi diplomats have ruled out the possibility of a military conflict with Kurdistan after the autonomous region voted for independence from Iraq.

Iraqi ambassador to Damascus, Riyad al-Taie, told Syrian al-Baath newspaper that “all options, except for the military option, are available for dealing with the region’s authorities”. He added that the Iraqi government will not resort to a military option because it is “rejected”.

According to Taie, all of the recent measures taken by Baghdad in response to a Kurdish referendum on independence were within the limits of the constitution and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s powers.

Kurdistan held a highly divisive poll on September 25th on independence from Iraq which it said was backed by 92% of voters. Baghdad, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union have rejected the move, urging Baghdad and Erbil to resort to dialogue to resolve disputed issues.

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IraqiNews: Kirkuk: Hawija refugees at 11.000, repatriation begins soon

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) Battles between Islamic State militants and Iraqi security forces in Hawija have displaced 11.000 civilians, officials in Kirkuk province were quoted saying late Thursday, hours after Iraqi forces claimed the recapture of the major IS haven.

Ammar Sabah, head of Kirkuk’s migration department, was quoted by Mawazin News saying that while 2000 of those were transferred to shelters in Daqouq, an area of Kirkuk, the remaining 9000 were transferred outside.

Sabah said the repatriation of refugees to recaptured areas in Hawija is slated to begin next week.

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 earlier on Thursday.

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Pakistan rejects Gen. Dunford’s remarks about ISI connections with terror groups

By Khaama Press – Fri Oct 06 2017

Islamabad on Thursday rejected the remarks by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US military regarding the connections between Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and the terrorist groups.

A spokesman for the ministry of foreign affairs of Pakistan Nafis Zakaria told reporters “We have time and again rejected these allegations. Pakistan has done enough to erase the footprint of terrorism from its soil through indiscriminate counter terrorism operations against all terrorist outfits.”

Zakaria further added that “Our counter-terrorism operations were without any discrimination and we have successfully erased the footprint of terrorists from our soil. There are no safe-havens in Pakistan.”

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Training of Afghan pilots for UH-60 Black Hawks gaining momentum

The training of the Afghan pilots for the newly-deployed UH-60 helicopters is gaining momentum as the international allies of Afghanistan have stepped up efforts to the capabilities of the Afghan national defense and security forces. (Photo: NATO Resolute Support Mission) “UH-60 training is gaining momentum at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.  Afghan Air Force pilots had the opportunity

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Taliban and ISIS members join peace process in East of Afghanistan

A number of the Taliban militants and insurgents belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Khorasan have joined peace process in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Officials in the 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army in the East said the militants were previously busy conducting insurgency and terrorist related activities

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

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The Department of Defense announced 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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