18 Oct

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties


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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BBC: Inside Raqqa after IS was pushed out

The BBC’s Feras Kilani was with Syrian Democratic Forces as they took control of the centre of Raqqa, Syria.

The city has been the stronghold of so-called Islamic State since 2014.

NYT: ‘Come Out and Surrender’: Inside Raqqa, With the Fighters Who Drove Off ISIS

The sister of Omar al-Abed, who died fighting against the Islamic State in Raqqa, collapsed during his funeral. Credit Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that more than 3,000 were killed during the battle in Raqqa, including 1,130 civilians. Many others are missing.

Last week, I visited a hospital supported by the charity Doctors Without Borders in the town of Tal Abyad, 55 miles north of Raqqa on the border with Turkey.

There I spoke with Abdel Hemedi, 52, who escaped Raqqa on Oct. 6 after being wounded in what he described as an airstrike a week earlier.

Mr. Hemedi told of how he woke to find himself in his neighbor’s house, crudely bandaged, the day after his home was hit. Still missing was his son Mohammed, who had been with him minding the family home for the duration of the battle.

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REU: Defeat of Islamic State in Raqqa may herald wider struggle for U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The defeat of Islamic State in its de facto capital Raqqa may only be the start of a wider struggle by the United States to contain any insurgency launched by the militant group and to stabilize the region, as Washington grapples with defining a comprehensive strategy in Syria.

U.S.-backed militias declared victory over Islamic State in Raqqa on Tuesday, raising flags over the last jihadist footholds after a four-month battle. The Sunni militant group often referred to as ISIS, overran Raqqa in January 2014, seizing control from rebel factions opposed to the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“While recapturing Raqqa is important symbolically, talk about almost a pyrrhic victory,” said Bilal Saab, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute. “Addressing the economic, political grievances of the Sunnis so that another ISIS doesn’t come about will be as important as the military fight.”

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AP: Al-Qaida set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates

BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaida-linked group.

For an untold number of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing with the civilians, the escape to Idlib province marked a homecoming of sorts, an opportunity to continue waging war alongside an extremist group that shares much of the Islamic State’s ideology — and has benefited from its prolonged downfall.

While the U.S.-led coalition and Russian-backed Syrian troops have been focused on driving IS from the country’s east, an al-Qaida-linked insurgent coalition known as the Levant Liberation Committee has consolidated its control over Idlib, and may be looking to return to Osama bin Laden’s strategy of attacking the West.

Syrian activists with contacts in the area say members of the Levant Liberation Committee vouched for fleeing IS fighters they had known before the two groups split four years ago and allowed them to join, while others were sent to jail. The activists spoke on condition of anonymity because they still visit the area and fear reprisals from the jihadis.

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GUARD: Kurdish forces abandon long-held lands to Iraqi army and Shia fighters

Fall of Kirkuk a day before gave impetus to capitulation across northern Iraq, with Baghdad-backed forces facing no resistance

Kurdish forces have abandoned lands they had controlled since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, allowing Iraqi troops to move into disputed areas that had been central to hopes for an independent Kurdistan with expanded borders.

In a stunning collapse, peshmerga units loyal to the de facto Kurdish president, Massoud Barzani, pulled out of the towns of Bashiqa, Khanaqin and Sinjar less than a day after surrendering the city of Kirkuk to the Iraqi military and allied Shia forces.

The withdrawals on Tuesday shattered ambitions to use a referendum on independence held on 25 September to consolidate a Kurdish hold on towns seized in the three-year war against Islamic State.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi forces, PMFs take over Sinjar region: Kurdish politician

Baghdad ( Iraqi government forces and allied paramilitary troops took over another disputed region on Tuesday, a Kurdish politician reported.

Iraqi troops, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, took over the center of Sinjar region, west of Nineveh, Abbas Sawraji, media official at the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, told Alsumaria News. He said troops positioned at several major government facilities in the region.

“All of the Peshmerga troops have pulled out. There is no exit of refugees, and the situation is stable,” said Sawraji.

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AP: Iraqi gov’t assumes control after Kurds leave disputed areas

BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish fighters pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq on Tuesday, one day after giving up the vital oil city of Kirkuk — a dramatic redeployment of forces that opened the way for government troops to move into energy-rich and other strategically important territories.

The vastly outnumbered Kurdish forces, known as the peshmerga, appeared to have bowed to demands from the central government that they hand over areas outside the Kurds’ autonomous region, including territory seized from the Islamic State group in recent years.

The evacuations exposed a Kurdish leadership in turmoil in the wake of last month’s vote for independence as Iraq’s central government shores up its hand for negotiations over resource-sharing with the country’s self-ruling minority.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi acknowledged the power shift, saying Iraqi forces took over the disputed areas from the Kurds with barely a shot fired.

“I call on our citizens to celebrate this day, because we have been united,” al-Abadi said, calling the independence vote “a thing of the past” as he offered to begin talks with the Kurdish regional government.

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REU: Taliban attacks kill at least 69 across Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants struck government targets in many provinces of Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing at least 69 people, including a senior police commander, and wounding scores of others.

The deadliest attack hit a police training centre attached to the police headquarters in Gardez, main city of Paktia province.

Two Taliban suicide car bombers paved the way for a number of gunmen to attack the compound, officials and militants said. At least 21 police officers were killed, including the Paktia provincial police chief, with 48 others wounded, according to government officials.

The attack also left at least 20 civilians dead and 110 wounded, the Interior Ministry said. Security forces killed at least five attackers.

Dozens of dead and wounded were taken to the city hospital, even as many more lay where they fell during the fighting, deputy public health director Hedayatullah Hameedi said.

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Pak army chief quietly visits Saudi and UAE as QCG talks on Afghan peace kicks off

The Pakistani army chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has quietly visited Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates as  the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) talks on Afghan peace kicked off in Muscat of Oman. According to the Pakistani media reports, the quiet visits by Gen. Bajwa coincided with the launch of the QCG talks by Afghanistan, China,

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Karzai condemns Gardez city attack as death toll rises to 41 people

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the coordinated attack in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia province, as the death toll has further increased to at least 41 people. The office of the former president in a statement said the former president Hamid Karzai strongly condemns the attack in Gardez city. The

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1 killed, 3 wounded in grenades attack in Kabul city

At least one person was killed and three others were wounded in grenades attack in Kabul city late on Tuesday. The incident took place in the vicinity of the first police district of the city at around 6:20 pm local time. A spokesman for the Kabul police Basir Mujahid confirmed that unknown armed individuals hurled

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US drone strike leaves two Taliban leaders dead in Nangarhar province

The US forces in Afghanistan conducted a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least two leaders of the group dead. The provincial government media office in a statement said Tuesday that the airstrike was carried out in the past 24 hours in Bati Kot district. The statement further added that the

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Pak FM asks US to stop airstrikes as drones target Haqqani network in Kurram Agency

Hours after a deadly US airstrike left several militants dead in Kurram Agency of Pakistan, the country’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif called on the United States to stop airstrikes amid ongoing efforts to revive the Afghan peace process. Asif was speaking to a private TV channel after a series of airstrikes targeted a compound of

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

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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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