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22 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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AP: Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

PARIS (AP) — The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield.

As they made their last stand in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, an estimated 300 extremists holed up in and around a sports stadium and a hospital argued among themselves about whether to surrender, according to Kurdish commanders leading the forces that closed in. The final days were brutal — 75 coalition airstrikes in 48 hours and a flurry of desperate IS car bombs that were easily spotted in the sliver of devastated landscape still under militant control.

No government publicly expressed concern about the fate of its citizens who left and joined the Islamic State fighters plotting attacks at home and abroad. In France, which has suffered repeated violence claimed by the Islamic State — including the Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris — Defense Minister Florence Parly was among the few to say it aloud.

“If the jihadis perish in this fight, I would say that’s for the best,” Parly told Europe 1 radio last week.

Those were the orders, according to the U.S.

“Our mission is to make sure that any foreign fighter who is here, who joined ISIS from a foreign country and came into Syria, they will die here in Syria,” said Brett McGurk, the top U.S. envoy for the anti-IS coalition, in an interview with Dubai-based Al-Aan television.

“So if they’re in Raqqa, they’re going to die in Raqqa,” he said.

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Syria News: Syrian army recaptures Qaryateen in eastern Homs

Homs (Syria News) Syrian army forces and their allied militias managed, on Saturday, to recapture Dakar Hill and other important headquarters in the outskirts of the city of Qaryateen, in the northern countryside of Homs Province.

SANA News reported that troops of the Syrian army were able to recapture the city of Qaryateen, completely, and drove out all Islamic State fighters from the city, after an extensive military operation that was accompanied by missiles and artillery shelling.

Furthermore, Islamic State fighters refused to evacuate the city, after Syrian army offered them to leave safely towards the eastern side of Deir Ezzor, SANA added.

The fierce battles between the Syrian army forces and Islamic State fighters have also resulted in destroying 2 regime armored vehicles.

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GUARD: Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Islamic State’s last stronghold, Raqqa, has fallen. But the world’s attention must now focus on what it or other Islamist groups will plot next

For a group with such spectacular ambitions, Islamic State’s last stand took place in surroundings of almost shocking banality: a hospital and sports stadium in Raqqa, the Syrian town that was the political capital of its self-styled caliphate. After weeks of street-to-street battles and bombing, these final strongholds fell to Kurdish fighters last week. More than three years after Isis surged to global infamy with a stunning campaign of conquest, the end came with a whimper, not a bang.

“Once purported as fierce, now pathetic and a lost cause,” Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for coalition forces tweeted. Such triumphant claims have become familiar since the 9/11 attacks. I heard them in Afghanistan in 2002, but US troops are still engaged in the fight against the Taliban. I heard them in Iraq in 2003, 2004, and then year after year until the US pulled out in 2011.

The scepticism with which any talk of “victory” is greeted by analysts and reporters is familiar, too. Many expert observers counselled prudence rather than celebration last week: Raqqa may have fallen, but if Isis is down, it is far from out.

Isis can still do very great harm to Iraq, Syria and the broader region. But can it do similar harm to the west?……………….The group poses a threat to people in the UK, US, Europe and elsewhere through affiliated groups, the fighters it dispatches to wreak havoc, and those it inspires. The threat from all of these will change dramatically now that the caliphate is no more.

Photographer Bülent K?l?ç entered the former Islamic State stronghold with the Syrian Democratic Forces and documented the elation of the victory over the jihadists and the price paid by the ancient city

Syria: devastation in former Isis stronghold revealed – drone video

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NYT: Iraqi Forces Overpower Kurds, but Public Relations Battle Rages

BAGHDAD — Military operations in Iraq this past week were one-sided, with Iraqi government forces using superior numbers and firepower to reclaim disputed areas that had been controlled by separatist Iraqi Kurds since 2014.

But in the public relations war, the two American allies are vying on a more level battlefield to win international support and sympathy just days after Iraq drove Kurdish fighters from almost all of the contested areas.

The Kurds and Baghdad traded accusations after a battle on Friday in which Iraqi government forces reclaimed the last Kurdish-held area in oil-rich Kirkuk Province.

The two sides blamed each another for firing the first shots, and for using weapons supplied by the American-led coalition that were intended for use against Islamic State militants. Kurdish fighters known as pesh merga ultimately withdrew from the town of Altun Kupri and retreated into the Kurdish autonomous region, Iraq’s military said.

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IraqiNews: Islamic State kills woman, two sons in south of Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) A whole family was killed by Islamic State militants after they infiltrated via Tigris river to south of Mosul city, a security source was quoted saying.

IS militants sneaked from the islands in Tigris river toward Hammam al-Alil, south of Mosul, late on Friday, the source who preferred anonymity told the Russian Sputnik agency.

The militants accessed a house of a woman who works at a hospital of Hammam al-Alil camp, the source said. They slaughtered her, along with her two sons, who are tribal fighters in Nineveh.

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NYT: Suicide Bombers Attack Two Afghan Mosques, at Least 72 Dead

KABUL — Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said.

One bomber walked into a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the capital Kabul as people were praying on Friday night and detonated an explosive, one of the worshippers there, Mahmood Shah Husaini, said.

At least 39 people died in the blast at the Imam Zaman mosque in the city’s western Dasht-e-Barchi district, interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but a statement from the group did not provide evidence to support its claim.

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REU: Car bomb kills 15 Afghan cadets, trainers outside Kabul military school

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide attacker rammed a car full of explosives into a bus leaving Afghanistan’s top military training center in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, including cadets and their trainers, officials said.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a particularly deadly week for Afghanistan’s security forces.

The bombing was also the second major attack in the capital Kabul in 24 hours after a suicide attack at a Shi‘ite mosque killed more than 50 worshippers on Friday night.

“Army personnel were coming out of Marshal Fahim University when a suicide bomber in a car targeted them. Fifteen soldiers who were there for training were killed and four others were wounded,” Ministry of Defence spokesman Dawlat Wazari said.

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Pakistan calls for concerted efforts against terror as attack leaves 15 dead in Kabul

The government of Pakistan in reaction to the suicide bombing on army cadets in Kabul has called for concerted efforts among states to eliminate the menace of terrorism. “Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack near military Academy in Kabul on 21 October 2017. We are grieved at the loss of precious lives in this dreadful

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Saudi Arabia condemns mosques bombings in Kabul and Ghor

The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has condemned the deadly mosque bombings in Kabul and Ghor provinces of Afghanistan. The local media outlets quoting the officials of the ministry of foreign affairs of Saudi, reported that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the terror attack on a

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Explosion rips through a hotel in North of Afghanistan, casualties feared

An explosion ripped through a hotel in northeastern Takhar province of Afghanistan, leaving a number of people dead or wounded. According to the local security officials, the incident took place earlier today in the vicinity of Ishkamish district. Provincial police spokesman Khalil Asir confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate at least two people

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Ghani says anti-terror fight to continue as latest attack leaves 15 cadets dead

The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned yesterday’s attack in Kabul city that left at least 15 army cadets dead as he vowed continued fight for the elimination of the terror groups. The office of the president, ARG Palace, quoting President Ghani in a statement, said the terrorist groups are at isolation more than

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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:

 

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 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.

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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