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26 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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AP: US suspects Niger villager betrayed Army troops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military believes someone in a Niger village may have tipped off attackers to the presence of U.S. commandos and Nigerien forces in the area, setting in motion the ambush that killed four Americans, a senior defense official says.

The official said Tuesday that the Army Green Berets and about 30 Nigerien forces stopped in a village for an hour or two to get food and water after conducting an overnight reconnaissance mission. After they left, they were ambushed by about 50 heavily armed enemy fighters, who also killed four Nigerien fighters and wounded two Americans and several Nigerien troops.

Details about the attack and the events leading up to it have been murky, trickling out over the last three weeks. According to the official, the joint U.S. and Niger patrol was asked to help a second American commando team that had been hunting for a senior member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb believed to be in the area.

The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the incident publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

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NYT: A Times Correspondent Describes Meeting ISIS Militants in Iraq

Rod Nordland, The New York Times’s International correspondent at large, first went to Iraq in the 1980s, during the Iran-Iraq war. In the years since, including several as a correspondent for The Times in Baghdad, Mr. Nordland has covered the complex political and social currents of a nation seemingly in perpetual turmoil.

Earlier this month, the Iraqi army freed the city of Hawija from control by the Islamic State, leading 1,000 militants, who had operated a regime of comprehensive violence in the city, to surrender to Kurdish authorities. Mr. Nordland was able to interview some of the men in detention — an experience he described on Facebook Live on Oct. 24.

Mr. Nordland, who had been visiting The Times in New York City during his scheduled “home leave,” spoke with Herbert Buchsbaum, The Times’s Middle East editor, while viewers submitted questions for Mr. Nordland about his career. Here are edited excerpts from the Facebook Live broadcast.

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IraqiNews: Kurdistan: Iraq prepares for attack against Peshmerga, northwest Mosul

Erbil (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have launched an attack against the Kurdish Peshmerga troops deployed in northwestern Nineveh, the Kurdistan Region Security Council said.

“Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed PMF are shelling Peshmerga positions from Zummar, North West of Mosul. Now advancing,” KRG’s security council said in a tweet on Thursday.

A press release, issued on Thursday by the KRSC, said, “In the last six days, Iraqi forces and Iranian-backed PMF [Popular Mobilization Forces] have deployed heavy weapons in preparations for this major attack. In Zummar, heavy artillery and tacks are positioned in offensive posture towards nearby Peshmerga positions. In Rabia, U.S. equipment, including significant number of Humvees and Armored Personnel Carriers, have arrived to reinforce tanks and artillery deployed in recent days.”

The statement described this as ‘unconstitutional’

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IraqiNews: Military operations launch to retake Islamic State’s bastions in Anbar

Qaim (IraqiNews.com) The Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has announced launch of operations to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns, Islamic State’s last strongholds in western Anbar.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Abadi addressed the people saying that troops have swept through Qaim, Rawa and al-Qasabat. “We will continue our achievements in all fields to our people.”

He also reiterated that Islamic State has no option other than surrendering or death.

On Wednesday, the military media said hundreds of thousands of messages were airdropped on the two towns informing civilians that security troops are coming to free them and urging them to stay away from the enemy.

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REU: Iraqi PM Abadi insists outcome of Kurdish independence referendum be canceled

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s prime minister insisted on Thursday that the Kurdish independence referendum be declared void, an apparent rejection of the Kurdistan region’s offer to “freeze” its independence push as part of efforts to resolve the crisis through talks.

“We won’t accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the Constitution,” Haider al-Abadi said in a statement .

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) proposed on Wednesday an immediate ceasefire, a suspension of the referendum result and “starting an open dialogue with the federal government based on the Iraqi Constitution”.

Baghdad has always considered the Kurdish secession referendum illegal. It responded last week by seizing back the city of Kirkuk, the oil-producing areas around it and other territory that the Kurds had captured from militant group Islamic State.

Abadi has ordered his army to recapture all disputed territory and has demanded central control of Iraq’s border crossings with Turkey, at Fish-Khabur, located inside the Kurdish autonomous region.

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AP: The Latest: Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters trade fire

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local):

The Kurdish leadership is saying that Iraqi troops have launched “an offensive” against Kurdish fighters near the border with Turkey.

From Baghdad, a spokesman for the mostly Shiite militia fighters known as the Popular Mobilization Forces says the Kurdish troops opened fire on the Baghdad-led forces as they moved toward the Iraqi Turkish border on Thursday.

The development is part of a recent government push to deploy forces in areas claimed by both the Kurds and the central government in Baghdad.

The spokesman, Ahmed al-Asadi, told The Associated Press that the clashes did not result in any casualties.

The statement from the Kurdish regional government says the Iraqi forces were “using heavy artillery… advancing toward peshmerga positions.”

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NYT: Iraqi PM Dismisses Proposal to Freeze Kurdish Vote Results

TEHRAN, Iran — Iraq’s prime minister on Thursday dismissed a proposal from the country’s Kurdish leaders to “freeze” the results of their independence vote last month as Iraqi government forces and Kurdish fighters traded fire near the country’s border with Turkey.

The central government “will accept only the cancelling of the referendum and following the constitution,” Haider al-Abadi said, according to a written statement released by his office. The announcement came during al-Abadi’s visit to Iran.

The Iraqi Kurdish referendum last month overwhelmingly backed independence from Baghdad. Kurdish authorities held the vote in the three provinces that make up their autonomous region in northern Iraq, as well as in a string of territories claimed by Baghdad that were at the time controlled by the Kurds, including the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

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AP: After independence vote, Kurdish leaders feel under siege

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Just a month ago, Iraq’s Kurds were celebrating their symbolic vote for independence as a historic step toward their decades-old dream of statehood, with enough energy reserves to guarantee generations of prosperity.

But instead of moving forward with negotiations toward a smooth divorce from Baghdad, Kurdish politicians have been humiliated with the loss of their most important oil-producing city, Kirkuk, which was taken over by Iraqi troops last week. That has squeezed an already hurting economy and dashed hopes of an independent state.

Worse still, their traditional ally the U.S. and Turkey, which has traditionally maintained good relations with the Iraqi Kurds, have hardly acted to moderate against Iraq’s central government, and Kurdish leaders feel they are under siege in a world stacked decidedly against separatism.

“They want to push us into an internal war,” said Ali Awni, an adviser to Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Baghdad on Monday amid hopes the former Exxon executive would mediate between the Kurds and Iraq, but there were no immediate changes in the dispute.

The Kurdish peshmerga forces — so vital in recent Iraqi victories over Islamic State extremists — said Tuesday they have pushed back two advances by Iraqi federal troops and allied Iranian-backed militias toward pockets vital to the Kurdish region’s oil economy.

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REU: Nearly 30,000 Kurds displaced from city near Kirkuk: aid groups

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Nearly 30,000 Kurds have been displaced from a multi-ethnic city south of Kirkuk where sectarian tension flared after Iraqi forces took control of it, humanitarian organizations said on Wednesday.

Most of those displaced from Tuz Khurmato are in need of urgent aid and staying in open shelters, officials from two international humanitarian organizations told Reuters.

A third, Amnesty International, said on Tuesday that satellite images, videos, photos and dozens of testimonies indicate that hundreds of properties were looted, set on fire and destroyed in what appeared to be a targeted attack on predominantly Kurdish areas of the city of about 100,000 people.

The Kurds fled after Kurdish Peshmerga fighters withdrew from the city on Oct. 16, as government forces and Iranian-backed Sh‘ite Popular Mobilisation moved in retaliation for an independence referendum held by the Kurdistan region authorities last month.

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New deadly US airstrike target ISIS hideout in Nangarhar, 22 killed, wounded

The United States forces based in Afghanistan conducted a new airstrike on the hideout of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to the local security officials, the latest airstrike was carried out by the US forces using unmanned aerial vehicles. The officials further added

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Doctoring of Ghani and Tillerson photographs a simple mistake: US

The United States Department of State has called the doctoring of photographs of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a simple mistake. “I think I’d have to refer you to the Government of Afghanistan and also the Secretary’s traveling staff. I’m not there, so I don’t have awareness of how all  the full article…

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Taliban, other terrorists no more need Pakistan land for operations: Asif

Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Asif has said the Taliban group and other terrorists no more need the Pakistani land to use for their operations. Speaking to the Pakistani Senate on Wednesday, Asif presented the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan as a justification for his claim regarding the militant group’s unwillingness to use the Pakistani soil.

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Taliban local leaders and militants suffer heavy casualties in Helmand operations

The Taliban militants and their local leaders suffered heavy casualties during the ongoing operations in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. According to the local government officials, the Taliban insurgents suffered the latest casualties during the operations of the Afghan forces in Sangin, Nad-e-Ali, and Washir districts. The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed

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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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