11 Jan

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Damn The War Criminals,

Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld,Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

Afghan War Children

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.

Civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan (2001–present)

During the war in Afghanistan (2001–present), over 31,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented;[1][2] 29,900 civilians have been wounded.[2] Over 111,000 Afghans, including civilians, soldiers and militants, are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.[1] The Cost of War project estimated that the number who have died through indirect causes related to the war may be as high 360,000 additional people based on a ratio of indirect to direct deaths in contemporary conflicts.[3] These numbers do not include those who have died in Pakistan.

The war, launched by the United States as “Operation Enduring Freedom” in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed[4] as well as international protests. With civilian deaths from airstrikes rising again in recent years,[5] the number of Afghan civilians being killed by foreign military operations has led to mounting tension between the foreign countries and the government of Afghanistan. In May 2007, President Hamid Karzai summoned foreign military commanders to warn them of the consequences of further Afghan civilian deaths.[6] The civilian losses are a continuation of the extremely high civilian losses experienced during the Soviet–Afghan War in the 1980s, and the three periods of civil war following it: 1989–1992, 1992–1996, and 1996–2001.

The McGlynn

War News

GUARD: Syria troop withdrawal under way, says US-led coalition

Combined Joint Task Force spokesman confirms pullout has begun but gives no details

The US-led military coalition in Syria has begun withdrawing troops, a spokesman has said, without elaborating on locations or timetables.

Col Sean Ryan told Agence France-Presse in a statement: “Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve has begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria.

“Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the coalition had started reducing its presence at Rmelan airfield in the north-eastern province of Hasakah.

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the UK-based monitoring organisation, said some US forces withdrew from the Rmelan military base on Thursday.

Last month, Donald Trump said he had ordered the withdrawal of all US forces from Syria, where there are believed to be about American 2,000 troops.

Friday’s announcement signalled the first such withdrawal since the president’s announcement, Rahman said.

Trump’s announcement, which followed a phone call with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, was criticised even within his own camp and is already having significant repercussions on the almost eight-year conflict.

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REU: Car bomb blast kills at least one in Iraqi border town of al-Qaim: military statement

Smoke rises after a car bomb exploded in Iraqi border town of al-Qaim, Iraq January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A car bomb blast killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen the Iraqi town of al-Qaim on the Syrian border on Friday, a statement from Iraq’s military said.

The military said one person was killed, and 16 people were injured. A local senior police source put the number killed at three, with 23 injured. The military and the police said four members of the security forces were among those injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast in al-Qaim, which went off in the middle of a busy market on Friday morning. It was described by the military in its statement as a terrorist attack.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 after two years of fighting. However, Islamic State militants have continued to carry out insurgent-style attacks on security forces across the country.

Earlier this week, a car bomb blast killed two people and injured six in Tikrit, a city 150 km (95 miles) northwest of Baghdad.

Al-Qaim was recaptured from Islamic State in November 2017 and was the group’s last bastion in Iraq to fall last year.

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REU: Houthi drones kill several at Yemeni military parade

ADEN (Reuters) – Drones belonging to the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement attacked a Yemeni government military parade in the southern province of Lahaj on Thursday, killing several people, Saudi and Houthi media reported.

The attack comes as the United Nations tries to get peace talks going between the Houthis who control northern Yemen and the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi by overseeing a limited ceasefire in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah.

The parade was taking place inside a military base in al-Anad district when an explosion rocked the area, witnesses said. They said high-ranking officers including Yemen’s deputy chief of staff had been wounded.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV said five people had been killed and several injured. Houthi Al-Masirah TV said the attack had been aimed at “the leadership of the invaders”.

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NYT: Violence Grows in Northern Afghanistan, but Neither Side Is Gaining Much Ground

MAZAR I SHARIF, Afghanistan — Violence in northern Afghanistan has intensified in recent days, with both Afghan security forces and the Taliban suffering heavy casualties, but the heavy fighting has failed to shift the battle lines.

While many previous winters in the 17-year-old war brought a relative lull to the fighting, as low temperatures and snow set in, this year the fighting has continued amid stalled efforts to persuade the Taliban to sit down for talks with the Afghan government.

Despite meeting repeatedly with American diplomats to discuss the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and the release of their prisoners, the insurgents have refused to meet Afghan peace negotiators.

Instead, the Taliban have carried out deadly attacks in Balkh Province, a commercial hub in the north that had long remained one of the safest parts of the country, and in several neighboring provinces.

Some of the attacks have occurred along major highways, restricting movement and in some areas blocking the highway connecting the provinces to one another and to the capital, Kabul.

In the past 24 hours, the Taliban have killed more than 30 police officers and soldiers in the north alone.

In return, the American and Afghan Air Forces have unleashed deadly airstrikes, often resulting in large numbers of Taliban casualties.

Nisar Ahmad Ghoryani, the head of the Afghan Parliament’s security and defense commission, accused the Taliban of using the violence to gain leverage before sitting down for any talks.

He also accused Pakistan and to some extent Russia — which the United States military has claimed works surreptitiously with the Taliban — of increasing their support for the insurgents even as Islamabad and Moscow have made gestures toward achieving peace talks.

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NYT: Afghan War Casualty Report: Jan. 4-10

At least 139 pro-government forces and 15 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week.

The following report compiles all significant security incidents confirmed by New York Times reporters throughout Afghanistan from the past seven days. It is necessarily incomplete as many local officials refuse to confirm casualty information. The report includes government claims of insurgent casualty figures, but in most cases these cannot be independently verified by The Times. Similarly, the reports do not include Taliban claims for their attacks on the government unless they can be verified. Both sides routinely inflate casualty totals for their opponents.

Hopes from recent weeks that the level of violence was finally tailing off as winter set in seemed dashed with another upturn over the past week, when at least 139 members of pro-government forces and 15 civilians were killed as both sides increased the tempo of violence despite cold and inclement weather throughout Afghanistan. The Taliban carried out numerous deadly attacks in Balkh Province, which had been one of the safest parts of the country, and in several neighboring provinces.

Jan. 10 Herat Province: 11 soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Shindand and Pashtun Zarghon districts, killing 11 soldiers and wounding 11 others.

Jan. 10 Jowzjan Province: five soldiers killed

The Taliban attacked a security outpost in Faizabad District that is near the highway connecting Balkh and Jowzjan province. Five soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the clashes. The Taliban captured the outpost and then blew it up. Insurgents also seized one Humvee and weapons and ammunition.

Jan. 10 Baghlan Province: nine security forces killed

A Taliban Red Unit attacked three security bases in the Hussainkhel village of Pul-i-Kumri City, the provincial capital. Two local police bases were captured by insurgents; nine local police officers were killed and nine others were wounded in the clashes.

Jan. 10 Badghis Province: eight security forces killed

The Taliban attacked security outposts in Ab Kamari District, not far from the district governor’s office. Three members of a National Directorate of Security (N.D.S.) special forces’ unit and five soldiers were killed in the fighting. At least 16 people were wounded, including the district governor of Ab Kamari, five soldiers, seven members of the N.D.S. special forces unit and three police officers. The Taliban tried to capture the district, but was pushed back.

Jan. 10 Takhar Province: eight security forces killed

The Taliban attacked six security outposts at the center of Khwaja Ghar District by approaching the area from four directions. Seven local police officers and one national police officer were killed and five local police officers were wounded in the clashes. The Taliban fighters eventually were pushed back.

Jan. 10 Kunduz Province: 10 security forces killed

The Taliban attacked the center of Qala-e-Zal District, killing 10 security force members and wounding 10 others. Seven soldiers, two special forces police officers and a commander of a militia battalion were among those killed. Officials did not provide a breakdown of the wounded, but claimed they killed 15 Taliban fighters.

Jan. 9 Balkh Province: 18 security forces killed

Using laser weapons and night-vision goggles, the Taliban attacked two security outposts in the Timorak village of Charbolak District, killing eight members of the security forces. At least 15 security forces were taken prisoner and one other was wounded in the clashes. Officials did not provide a breakdown of casualties. The outposts were located along the highway that connects Balkh and Jowzjan. Reinforcements arrived to the area, but they were ambushed by the Taliban. Nine members of a special forces police unit were killed and three of their Humvees were destroyed in the ambush. The insurgents seized one Humvee and captured both outposts. Later, security forces abandoned five other outposts in the area.

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

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Care for Veterans:

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD Program Locator to find a PTSD program.

If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.

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Afghan War Children

Afghan War Children

Please do not forget the children.

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