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24 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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WT: Truth and deceit in the Middle East

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As we have seen with the “Arab Spring,” politics and claims of allegiance in the Middle East are not always as they seem. In most instances, when looking at power players in the region, one has to look behind the curtain to ascertain where real loyalties lie.

Former President Barack Obama famously said, “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer,” as he supported the Muslim Brotherhood in uprisings in Egypt and elsewhere, while claiming fidelity to the national security of the United States. One must look at the results of Mr. Obama’s actions as president, rather than his words, as the consequences of his policies were materially destructive to America, especially in the Muslim world.

The Koran states, “Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts.” Threats of destabilization through a fake democracy narrative, which opens doors for “Arab Springs” that turn into “Arab Winters,” and Muslim Brotherhood-inspired coups, must be guarded against, pardon the pun, religiously.

With agendas at play from Riyadh, Istanbul, Moscow, and Tehran, intentions, not declared oaths, matter. And outcomes matter most……………….America needs a Saudi Arabia that is putting in place systemic reforms and enable moderate Saudis to make their voices known, not an activist who preaches one thing in the west and does another, praising Qatar and Turkey.

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AP: US general lays out Niger attack details; questions remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. special forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn’t call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general said Monday, as he tried to clear up some of the murky details of the assault that killed four American troops and has triggered a nasty political brawl.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the American people and the fallen soldiers’ families deserve answers about the deadly ambush in the west African nation. But he said he still lacks many of the details about how the attack unfolded, and he asked for patience as the military investigation continues.

Dunford’s description of the incident, however, underscored how long the mid-morning attack dragged on, and that it was many hours before the wounded and killed were evacuated. He said that “within minutes” after the unit called for assistance, a U.S. drone was moved into position overhead, providing surveillance and full-motion video. He declined to say if it was armed, but said it did not fire.

Another hour went by before French fighter jets arrived, but the wounded weren’t taken out until later in the afternoon when French helicopters arrived along with additional Niger troops. The bodies of the three Green Berets who were killed were evacuated that evening, he said.

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AP: UN to vote on extending Syria chemical weapons inspectors

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council scheduled a vote Tuesday on a U.S.-sponsored resolution that would extend the work of inspectors seeking to determine who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and the big question is whether Russia will veto it.

Russia, a close ally of Syria, has criticized the Joint Investigative Mechanism program.

Russian Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov, who heads the country’s delegation to the General Assembly’s disarmament committee, told U.N. reporters on Oct. 13 that before making a decision, Russia wanted to wait for the inspectors’ report, expected Oct. 26, on the April 4th chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun that killed over 90 people.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has pressed for a vote before the report.

She said Wednesday there was “overwhelming support” among Security Council members to extend the inspectors’ mandate. But she said Russia wants first to see if their report blames Syria for the Khan Sheikhoun attack. In that case, she said, Moscow will have no faith in the joint investigative body of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations.

Haley said Russia’s position was unacceptable. “We can’t work like that,” she said.

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AP: IS came with a hit list, left Syria town in a trail of blood

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State militants came into the Syrian town with a hit list. By the time they left three weeks later, more than 70 civilians had been killed — shot or beheaded, their bodies dumped in farms and ditches.

The apparent revenge killings in the town of Qaryatayn underscore the ability of the extremists to inflict heavy losses even when they’re in retreat — and portend more violence as they fight to hang on to their last strongholds in Syria.

News of the gruesome slayings began to emerge late Sunday, after IS militants were driven out by advancing government troops.

Terrified residents said they watched the slaughter from their windows or in the streets.

One former resident said his surviving family members walked for miles to find cell phone coverage so they could tell him of the deaths of his uncle, two cousins and a fourth relative. Another uncle remains missing.

“They came into town with a hit list,” said Abdullah AbdulKarim, adding that 35 of the 50 militants who overran the town late last month were originally from Qaryatayn. He said the militants accused many of their victims of collaborating with the government but many others were also caught in the revenge killing.

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REU: Deadly air strike hits Syrian government-held Deir al-Zor: state TV, monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An air raid in the government-held Qusur district of Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria killed more than a dozen people, Syrian state television and a war monitor said on Monday.

State television said jets from a U.S.-led international coalition battling Islamic State carried out the air strike and that it killed 14 civilians and wounded 32 others.

The war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported that it was not known which aircraft carried out the strike, but that at least 22 people were killed.

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REU: U.S. coalition denies deadly strike in Syria’s Deir al-Zor city

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The U.S.-led coalition on Tuesday denied striking Deir al-Zor city in eastern Syria after Damascus accused its jets of killing more than a dozen people.

Syrian state television had said the U.S.-led coalition hit the government-held Qusur district, killing 14 civilians and wounding 32, on Monday.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was unclear which aircraft carried out the raid, but that it killed at least 22 people.

Colonel Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, said on Tuesday that its jets had not conducted air strikes on any part of the eastern city. The coalition says it investigates any such allegations and is careful to avoid civilian casualties in its bombing runs in Syria and neighboring Iraq.

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IraqiNews: Offensives to launch in Islamic State’s bastions in Anbar end of month

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Military Operations to retake Rawa and Qaim, the Islamic State’s last two bastions in western Anbar, will be launched by end of the month, the security committee of Anbar provincial council said.

“Military troops are ready for the battle. However, no instructions regarding participation of al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] in the operations are clear,” the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper quoted Na’im al-Ka’oud, head of the committee, as saying. “The visits made by some leaders can be considered as follow-up on situations to acknowledge developments.”

Tribal fighters, Jazeera and Badiya operations commands and local police will take part in the battles, he said, ruling out that confrontations at the disputed regions would affect the offensives.

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BBC: Iraq rebuffs Tillerson call to disband Iran-backed militias

Iraq’s prime minister has defended Iran-backed militias, during talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who had criticised their role.

During Mr Tillerson’s visit to Baghdad, PM Haider al-Abadi called the fighters the “hope of Iraq and the region”.

Mr Tillerson said earlier that the militias should disband, as the fight against the Islamic State militants in Iraq was almost over.

The Shia-led forces were mobilised in fighting against IS in Iraq in 2014.

The militias, known as the Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation, or PM) recently helped Iraqi troops seize the disputed northern city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces.

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IraqiNews: Seven police personnel killed in explosion, suicide attack in Mosul

Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Two Iraqi police personnel were killed and injured as a suicide attack targeted Mosul city, in Nineveh, a police source said on Monday.

Ihsan Haidar, of Federal Police, told Analodu “the attack was carried out by IS suicide bomber, who was wearing a suicide belt in al-Tawaleb region, in Mosul’s Old City.”

“Police managed to kill two IS militants, who launched an armed attack directly after the suicide bombing

“Some militants are still hiding in the Old City,” the source added.

In related news, a security source from Nineveh said five police personnel were killed and injured as a booby-trapped house exploded in al-Mushahada district in eastern Mosul.

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REU: Kurds report Iraq attack south of oil export pipeline, Iraqis say no clashes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Kurdistan regional authorities accused Iraqi forces of launching an attack on Tuesday towards the Turkish border, where a section of the Kurdish oil export pipeline is located.

An Iraqi military spokesman denied clashes happened in the region of Rabi‘a, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Fish-Khabur border area held by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

“Peshmerga repelled the attack and pushed Popular Mobilisation back in to Rabia‘a,” tweeted KRG President Masoud Barzani’s media advisor, Hemin Hawrami.

A military spokesman in Baghdad said in response: “There are no clashes.”

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GUARD: Kabul welcomes the Afghan warlord who once shelled its citizens

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former ally of al-Qaida who has frequently being accused of war crimes, is now in the Afghan capital building a career in politics

When Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a fugitive Afghan warlord and former ally of al-Qaida and the Taliban, returned this year to the city he had once showered with rockets, he was welcomed at the presidential palace.

Hekmatyar had been on lists of internationally wanted terrorists for years but, since his return to Kabul in May, he has met scores of high-ranking diplomats, including the US, EU and Nato ambassadors, as part of his assimilation into mainstream politics.

Hekmatyar, whose crimes were pardoned in a peace deal with the government, now himself calls for the prosecution of war criminals. In two interviews with the Guardian – the first with international media since his return – he said he could unite Afghans and help facilitate negotiations with the Taliban.

When the Guardian put to him allegations of war crimes and torture, he dismissed them as “lies”. He also denied he is reviled for his history of human rights abuse, including the indiscriminate shelling of civilians, targeted assassinations and disappearances of political opponents.

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US asks Pakistan to take actions to undermine support to Taliban, terror groups

The United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington has made specific requests from Pakistan to take necessary actions for undermining the support the Taliban group receives. “I’ll be traveling to Islamabad tomorrow, in fact, to meet with Pakistani leadership as well, and we have made some very specific requests of Pakistan in

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HQN leader behind foreigners’ kidnappings, suicide attacks arrested in Kabul

A key member of the Haqqani terrorist network having close links with Pakistan’s military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), and involved in foreigners’ kidnappings and suicide attacks in Kabul city, has been arrested by the Afghan security forces. The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in a statement said the detained individual has been

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Nabil says has received threats from NDS chief regarding his political activities

The former Afghan intelligence chief and head of Mehwar political party Rahmatullah Nabil says he has been threatened by the intellgience chief Rahmatullah Nabil regarding his political activities. Nabil in a statemetn posted on his official Facebook page, has stated that the message was delivered to him by a member of the intelligence agency, asking

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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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