27 Aug

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra


“I regret they got hurt,’ Bush,the former president and war criminal said of the veterans.”

To the War Criminal Bush – And to the thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians?

Never, ever forget that the War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. founded ISIS and today are proud of what they did and feel no regret.

‘It was the right decision’: Bush says he has ‘no regrets’ about invading Iraq and Afghanistan when asked how he feels when he sees wounded veterans

Since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts began, at least 8,000 US and allied soldiers have died, according to CNN.

Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the United Nations.

The civilian death toll in Iraq is estimated to be somewhere between 170,000 and 190,000, according to Iraq Body Count

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REU: Saudi-led force admits strike in Yemen’s capital hit civilians

People search under the rubble of a house destroyed by a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa, Yemen August 25, 2017.

RIYADH (Reuters) – A Saudi-led Arab coalition on Saturday conceded that an air raid in Yemen’s capital a day earlier had resulted in civilian casualties, blaming the incident on an unspecified “technical error”.

The early morning attack in the Faj Attan area of Sanaa hit a vacant building but caused an adjacent apartment block to collapse, killing at least 12 people, six of them children, residents have said.

Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki defended the strike as having “a legitimate military target”, which he said was a Houthi command and control center. He accused the fighters of using civilians as human shields.

“A technical error was the reason for the unintentional accident and the house in question was not directly targeted,” he said a statement carried by Saudi state news agency SPA.

Maliki said the coalition expressed remorse for “collateral damage to civilians” but did not specify the extent of casualties.

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REU: Ceasefire halts Syria-Lebanon border fight against Islamic State

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire took effect on Sunday in an Islamic State enclave straddling the Syria-Lebanon border, where the militants have been fighting the Lebanese army on one front and Hezbollah with Syrian troops on the other.

The Lebanese army announced that a ceasefire in its own offensive took effect at 7:00 a.m (12 a.m. ET) but did not mention Syria’s side of the frontier.

Hezbollah and the Syrian army declared a ceasefire in their attack against Islamic State in Syria’s western Qalamoun region, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV said.

The battle began a week ago when the Lebanese army, and Hezbollah together with Syrian government forces, launched separate but simultaneous assaults.

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IraqiNews: Eight people killed, wounded in southwest Baghdad car bombings

Baghdad ( Eight people were killed and wounded on Sunday when two booby-trapped vehicles exploded in two areas southwest of Baghdad, news reports said, quoting security sources.

The explosions hit the Abu Dsheir and the Shorta al-Rabaa (4th police precinct), the reports said. No official statement has been made yet of the final casualty toll, but one source, Alsumaria News, said three women were killed and five other persons were wounded in the Shorta al-Rabaa, while two others were killed in the Abu Dsheir region

Violence and armed conflicts left more than 500 Iraqis dead and wounded during the month of July, according to a monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq which excludes security members deaths.

“A total of 241 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 277 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in July,” the UNAMI report said, noting that the security personnel casualties were excluded from the figures.

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IraqiNews: UPDATED: Islamic State cornered in northwest Tal Afar, all districts retaken

Tal Afar ( Islamic State militants are currently cornered in a region northwest of Tal Afar as Iraqi forces had retaken all areas at the group’s last fortification in Nineveh province, a senior commander said Sunday.

Sabah al-Noaman, a spokesman of the army’s elite Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS), told Dubai-based Al Arabiya network that the fighters are besieged in Ayadiya, northwest of the enclave.

Backing his statements minutes later, the Joint Operations Command said all districts of Tal Afar  had been retaken except for Atadiya region and a few surrounding villages at the northwest. It added that the army’s 15th and 16th division were heading towards that region.

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REU: France pledges support to stabilize post-Islamic State Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – France will help reconstruction and reconciliation efforts in Iraq as it emerges from a war against Islamic State, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday after talks with Iraqi officials in Baghdad.

France is a main partner in the U.S.-led coalition helping Baghdad fight the militants who seized parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014. The coalition provided key air and ground support to Iraqi forces in the nine-month campaign to take back Mosul, Islamic State’s capital in Iraq.

The city’s fall in July effectively marked the end of the “caliphate” declared by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over parts of Iraq and Syria. Iraqi forces were close to taking back full control of IS’s northwestern stronghold of Tal Afar on Saturday.

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NYT: Graves Fill an Afghan Mosque’s Garden After a Terrorist Attack

The shoes left behind by the victims of the attack on a Kabul mosque lay in a pile near the entrance on Saturday. Credit Rahmat Gul/Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — Overnight, a small garden of pink and red roses at a Shiite mosque in Kabul was turned into a cemetery.

Before Friday, old men had often lingered in the garden, thumbing their prayer beads or making small talk before entering the worship hall. But on Saturday, some of those men were buried in the garden, some with their wives, all victims of a terrorist attack.

The exact death toll from the attack on the Imam Zaman mosque, which lasted nearly four hours, is unclear. The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission put the number of dead at 40 and said 90 people were wounded. Congregation members said at least 40 people had been killed and possibly more than 50.

At least six attacks on Shiite places of worship in Afghanistan have left more than 80 dead this year. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for many of those attacks, including the one on Friday.

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CNN: Who are the key players in Afghanistan?

(CNN)Like two US Presidents before him, Donald Trump has a plan to win the United States’ longest-running war.

In a long-awaited speech this month, Trump made it clear the US will remain a major actor in Afghanistan for years to come — doubling down on the conflict with a likely troop increase — but he also called on other countries in South Asia to do their part.

Once a key battlefield in the “Great Game” between major world powers in the 19th century, Afghanistan today is a mess of overlapping foreign policy and security interests for regional and international powers.

Who are the key players?

United States

The US invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, after the Bush administration accused the country’s then Taliban government of sheltering al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The Taliban offered to hand over bin Laden for trial, but only to a third country, rather than directly to the United States. Washington refused the offer and launched air and ground attacks, joined shortly thereafter by US allies.

Attempts to stabilize the country and enable a US exit have faltered however, with surges, counter-insurgency operations, and economic projects making little headway.

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Key members of a terrorist group killed in Kunar airstrike

At least two key members of a terrorist group were killed in an airstrike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan on Saturday. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan national army in the East said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Watapur district. A statement by 201st Silab Corps said the two

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Deadly airstrikes target Taliban insurgents in Helmand leaving several dead

A series of airstrikes targeted the Taliban insurgents in at least two districts of the restive Helmand province in the South, leaving several fighters of the group dead. A spokesman for the 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan Army in the South General Nawab Zadran confirmed the airstrikes were carried out in the outskirts of

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New political coalition seeks broader role as US announces new strategy

The new political coalition consisting leaders of Junbish-e-Millie, Jamiat-e-Islami, and Wahdat Islami parties are seeking broader role for the implementation of the new US policy for Afghanistan. Junbish-e-Millie party led by the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum in a statement said the new strategy of the United States consists policies resembling those of

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died Aug. 13 of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Iraq. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York

Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 2 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle-borne improved explosive device detonated near their convoy. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Indiana.

Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died August 2 in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel.

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, died July 3, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

DOD:  The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

They died June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

Killed were:

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and

Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina

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