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15 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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REU: Syrian Islamic State fighters evacuate Raqqa city: SDF

AIN ISSA, SYRIA (Reuters) – A convoy of Islamic State fighters left Syria’s Raqqa with some civilians overnight, the U.S.-backed militias fighting them said on Sunday, bringing the battle for their one-time capital near its end.

There were conflicting accounts of whether the evacuees included both Syrian and foreign fighters and it was unclear how many jihadists remained to mount a last stand in the city.

Raqqa’s fall to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, now looks imminent.

“We still expect there to be difficult fighting,” said Colonel Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led international coalition backing the SDF in the war against Islamic State.

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IraqiNews: 250 displaced families arrive in Mosul, coming from Syria: MP

 

Displaced people in Syria. File photo.

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Over 200 displaced families have returned back from a refugee camp in Syria to Mosul city, an Iraqi MP was quoted saying on Sunday.

“250 families from Nineveh arrived over the past two days to Hamam al-Alil camp in south of Mosul, after staying for months in al-Hawl camp in Syria, enduring hard humanitarian situations there,” MP Abdul Rahim al-Shemari, who received the families, told Anadolu agency.

Shemari indicated “cooperation with Syrian authorities until the displaced arrived on board of government’s buses.” More people will return back later. “We provided 60 buses to transfer them to Mosul, which they fled during battles between Iraqi troops and Islamic State.”

Meanwhile, Cap. Haidar Ali al-Waeli, said “security committees from al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] have been tasked with checking identities of the Iraqi returnees from al-Hawl Syrian camp.”

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IraqiNews: Russian airstrikes completely demolish neighborhoods In Deir Ezzor

Russian airstrikes completely demolish neighborhoods In Deir Ezzor

Representational photo.

Deir Ezzor (Syria News) Local sources informed that Russian warplanes carried out air strikes on the residential neighborhoods, in the city of Deir Ezzor, demolishing a number of neighborhoods completely.

The sources revealed that the Russian warplanes conducted heavy air strikes on the neighborhoods of Deir Ezzor, destroying and demolishing several neighborhoods, while pointed out that the air strikes are the most intensive since the beginning of the Russian intervention in Syria.

The sources added that heavy battles are taking place between the Syrian army and Islamic State militants in the neighborhoods of Huwaiqa and Rashdya, in Deir Ezzor City.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi, Kurdish presidents meet amid heightening tensions in Kirkuk

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi President Fuad Masum and Kurdish counterpart Masud Barzani are currently convening in Sulaymaniyah, a province within Kurdistan Region, apparently to discuss the reported military standoff at Kirkuk.

Kurdish network Rudaw said also present at the meeting are the politburos of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. It quoted a senior official close to Masum saying that the Sunday meeting would be “different” from past meetings by the two parties as it will be chaired by Masum and Barzani.

The meeting comes as Iraqi government and Kurdish forces face off at the borders of the oil-rich Kirkuk province to which both governments claim sovereignty.

Baghdad had demanded Kurdistan to hand over security in Kirkuk to Iraqi forces following a political crisis that erupted when Kurdistan held a referendum in September in which 92% voted for independence from Iraq.

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BBC: Iraq conflict: Peshmerga ‘deadline to leave Kirkuk’ passes

A deadline allegedly set by Iraq’s central government for Kurdish fighters to withdraw from key sites in the disputed city of Kirkuk has passed.

Kurdish security officials said the deadline had been set for early on Sunday but Iraqi authorities denied it.

Some reports now suggest the deadline has been extended by 24 hours.

Both sides have sent troops to Kirkuk and brief clashes have already erupted between Kurds and Shia militia backing the government.

Peshmerga fighters say they are preparing to defend positions in the city against possible attack by Iraqi forces.

Tensions have been on the rise since Kurds held a referendum on independence last month, which Iraq called illegal.

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ALJ: Trump is not only ditching the Iran deal, but Iraq too

US President Donald Trump just made the first step to dismantle a deal that took more than four years to negotiate, from the first overtures made by the Obama administration to Iran in 2011 to the final signing of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015.

Trump is seeking to undo the diplomatic legacy of the previous administration, arguing that the Iran nuclear deal failed to prevent the development of Tehran’s ballistic missile programme and end its support for terrorism.……………..

Syria and Iraq at stake

The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps already made an implicit threat in response to Trump’s aggressive rhetoric against Iran. There are still US forces in both Iraq and Syria and in the Syrian context, Iran and the US are on the brink of a proxy war. Iran has at its disposal the option to escalate the Syrian conflict in response to the actions of the Trump administration.

To undermine US interests in the region, Iran can also use diplomacy and continue to wean Iraq away from Washington.

The situation in Iraq is precarious, given that the central government has to placate Arab Sunnis that lived under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and reconcile with the Kurdish region that has just voted for independence. ISIL still has the potential to wreak havoc in Iraq, and only a stable government in Baghdad can prevent this from happening. 

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On The Frontline In Afghanistan – Children in a village near Kandahar.

Clash among ISIS and Afghan forces leaves 12 dead, wounded in Kunar

At least twelve people were killed or wounded during a clash between the Afghan security forces and the ISIS militants in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in the East said the incident took place late on Saturday night in the vicinity of Kunar Bain

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Suicide truck bombing plot foiled in Kabul city

The Afghan security forces foiled a deadly plot of the anti-government armed militants to detonated a truck packed with explosives in Kabul city. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said a suicide bomber who was riding a Mazda type truck was arrested before he manage to detonate the vehicle in an unknown location

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ISIS and Taliban insurgents suffer heavy casualties in latest military operations: MoD

The Taliban militants and insurgents affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group suffered heavy casualties in the latest counter-terrorism joint operations of the Afghan national defense and security forces. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Saturday that a total of nearly 60 insurgents were killed during the joint operations in

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was part of a joint U.S. and Nigerien train, advise and assist mission.

Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Florida, died Oct. 4 in southwest Niger as a result of enemy fire. His body was recovered by U.S. personnel Oct. 6. He was assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of three soldiers who were part of a joint U.S. and Nigerien train, advise and assist mission. They died Oct. 4 in southwest Niger, as a result of hostile fire while on a reconnaissance patrol. All soldiers were assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington

Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio

Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia

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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Care for Veterans:

 

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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 ProgramLocator 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.

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