27 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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GUARD: Syria regime responsible for gas attack on rebel-held town, UN finds

Bashar al-Assad’s forces were behind sarin attack on Khan Sheikhun that killed more than 87, UN says, as US reaffirms Syria’s president’s rule must end

Bashar al-Assad’s forces are responsible for a deadly sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun that killed scores of people, UN investigators have said, as the United States renewed its warning that the Syrian president has no role in the country’s future.

The expert panel’s report and tough remarks by the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, overshadowed the announcement that UN-sponsored peace talks will resume next month.

More than 87 people died on 4 April this year when sarin gas projectiles were fired into Khan Sheikhun, a rebel-held town in the Idlib province of north-western Syria.

Grim images of dead and dying victims, including young children, in the aftermath of the attack provoked global outrage and a US cruise missile strike on a regime airbase.

Syria and its ally Russia had suggested that a rebel weapon may have detonated on the ground but the UN panel confirmed western intelligence reports that blamed the regime.

“The panel is confident that the Syrian Arab Republic is responsible for the release of sarin at Khan Sheikhun on 4 April 2017,” the report, seen by AFP, says.

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GUARD: EU under mounting pressure to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia

Four political groups in European parliament urge EU foreign policy chief to propose arms embargo over Yemen campaign

The European Union is under mounting pressure from MEPs to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the Gulf state’s bombing campaign in Yemen.

The leaders of four political groups in the European parliament have urged the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, to propose an EU arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, because of the devastating war in Yemen that has left nearly 20 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

In a letter to Mogherini, seen by the Guardian, the MEP leaders accuse the EU of flouting its own rules, by selling weapons to Saudi Arabia in defiance of a 2008 common code on military exports. Mogherini has the right to propose an arms embargo, but would need to win the backing of EU member states, including the UK, one of the biggest arms exporters to the Gulf kingdom.

The latest call for a ban would run into immediate opposition from the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon, who urged MPs on Wednesday not to criticise Saudi Arabia in the interests of a fighter jet deal.

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REU: U.N. rights chief decries hunger in Syrian siege, demands aid access

GENEVA (Reuters) – The humanitarian situation in the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus is “an outrage” and parties to the conflict must allow food and medicine to reach at least 350,000 trapped Syrians, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said on Friday.

Two-and-a-half year old Hala al-Nufi, who suffers from a metabolic disorder which is worsening due to the siege and food shortages in the eastern Ghouta, reacts as she sits on a bed in the Saqba area, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, October 25, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

“The shocking images of what appear to be severely malnourished children that have emerged in recent days are a frightening indication of the plight of people in Eastern Ghouta, who are now facing a humanitarian emergency,” Zeid said in a statement.

The tightening siege has pushed people to the verge of famine in the rebel enclave, residents and aid workers have told Reuters.

“I remind all parties that the deliberate starvation of civilians as a method of warfare constitutes a clear violation of international humanitarian law, and may amount to a crime against humanity and/or a war crime,” Zeid said.

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IraqiNews: Iraq officially takes over management of border crossing with Syria

Baghdad ( Iraqi said Friday it officially took over the administration of a border crossing with Syria after Iraqi troops seized it from Kurdish forces.

A statement from Khadim al-Aqabi, head of the Iraqi border crossings department, quoted by NRTTV, said efforts were underway t rehabilitate the Rabia border crossing to return it into service.

Iraqi government forces took over Rabia  border crossing with Syria on Wednesday as they seek to impose control over border posts held by Kurdish forces.

He said the takeover came as forces had previously deployed in Rabia region.

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IraqiNews: UPDATED: Army forces kill dozens of Islamic State members west of Anbar

Bodies of members of the Islamic State group.

Qaim ( Iraqi army forces killed on Friday dozens of Islamic State members as operations launched to retake the group’s last bastions in Iraq in western Anbar, a military source was quoted saying.

Alsumaria News quoted the source saying that the army’s 8th division engaged with a group of Islamic State militants at south of al-Qaim, killing 25.

Another source told Almaalomah news website that army warplanes killed dozens others of militants in Qaim’s desert.

The same website quoted Qatari al-Samarmad, a commander at the Mobilization forces in Anbar, saying that Iraqi troops were besieging IS militants at a “phosphate complex” in Qaim. He said the remaining militants in the town are stranded inside that facility.

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AP: US general: Iraqi tensions divert resources from IS fight

BAGHDAD (AP) — The top U.S. general in Iraq says the fallout from last month’s Kurdish vote for independence is diverting resources away from the war on the Islamic State group just as the coalition is on the verge of defeating the extremists.

U.S.-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces, who together have driven IS out of most of the country, are locked in an increasingly tense standoff. Low-level clashes have broken out as federal forces have driven the Kurds from disputed areas, and on Thursday Iraq’s prime minister rejected a Kurdish offer to “freeze” the referendum, an apparent attempt by the Kurds to save face.

“We don’t need Iraqis killing Iraqis when we’ve got Daesh to kill out in the west,” Lt. Gen. Paul Funk told The Associated Press, using another acronym for IS, which still controls territory straddling Iraq’s western border with Syria.

Clashes broke out earlier this month when federal forces retook the disputed city of Kirkuk and other areas outside the autonomous Kurdish region that the Kurds had seized when IS swept across the country in 2014. Most of the Kurdish forces withdrew without a fight, but tensions remain.

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NYT: As ISIS Is Driven From Iraq, Sunnis Remain Alienated

KARMAH, Iraq — After the Islamic State was finally driven from the central Iraqi city of Karmah last year, Sirhan Sallom returned to his home to find it demolished.

Mr. Sallom, 70, has since waited in vain for help. In Iraq’s deeply sectarian system, he doesn’t expect much from the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad. But he is angry that local and national Sunni politicians haven’t come to the aid of his Sunni Muslim city either.

“These politicians are Sunni — they are supposed to help us,” he said. “They’re useless.”

Fourteen years after the American invasion ended decades of Sunni dominance in Iraq, Iraq’s Sunni Arabs are struggling to reclaim relevance and influence. After they were ousted from government jobs and from the military by the post-Saddam Hussein government, their powerlessness and rage gave rise to Sunni militant movements like Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State……………. Hamid al-Mutlaq, who represents Karmah in Parliament, said the government was more focused on working with Iran and Iranian-armed Shiite militias than helping Sunnis rebuild.

“We are now a displaced people, a completely marginalized people — and it’s getting worse by the day,” he said.

“We have a corrupt government controlled by a foreign power, at the expense of Sunnis,” he added.

A displaced Sunni family from Muqdadiyah in a squatter camp in Diyala Province in 2013. More than three million Iraqis, most of them Sunni, remain displaced from their homes after fleeing the Islamic State. Credit Ayman Oghanna for The New York Times

Now Sunni towns like Karmah, where residents initially welcomed the militants, feel abandoned by their politicians. Karmah, with a population of about 95,000, was liberated in May 2016. The United Nations has provided some aid, rebuilding schools and making emergency infrastructure repairs.

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Karzai visits Iran and criticize the US counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Iran and criticized the US counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan as he was speaking during a conference in Tehran. The office of the former President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the former president in his speech at Institute for politicla and international studies, said the US counter-terrorism policy

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Islamabad believes Afghan situation to improve if US accepts its defeat

The Pakistani officials have said there will only be room for improvement if Washingtn accepts their defeats, failures in Afghanistan, apparently lobbying for a change in the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia. The country’s foreign affairs minister khawaja Asif told the Senate on Wednesday that “There will only be room for improvement

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Taliban’s military commission chief among 7 killed in Wardak operations

At least seven Taliban insurgents were killed during a joint operation of the Afghan security and Special Operations Forces in central Maidan Wardak province of Afghanistan. The provincial police commandment said the military commission chief of the group was also among those killed and at least five others were wounded. The police commandment in a

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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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