29 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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NYT: Will Congress Ever Limit the Forever-Expanding 9/11 War?

Special Forces troops at the burial service in Florida this past week for Sgt. La David T. Johnson, who was killed in Niger. Credit Joe Raedle/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — A Navy SEAL, killed alongside civilians in a January raid on a village in Yemen. Another SEAL, killed while accompanying Somali forces on a May raid. And now four Army soldiers, dead in an ambush this month in Niger.

These American combat deaths — along with those of about 10 service members killed this year in Afghanistan and Iraq — underscore how a law passed shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been stretched to permit open-ended warfare against Islamist militant groups scattered across the Muslim world.

The law, commonly called the A.U.M.F., on its face provided congressional authorization to use military force only against nations, groups or individuals responsible for the attacks. But while the specific enemy lawmakers were thinking about in September 2001 was the original Al Qaeda and its Taliban host in Afghanistan, three presidents of both parties have since invoked the 9/11 war authority to justify battle against Islamist militants in many other places.

On Monday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as lawmakers renew a debate over whether they should update and replace that law, revitalizing Congress’s constitutionally assigned role of making fundamental decisions about going to war.

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AP: Their caliphate in ruins, IS militants melt into the desert

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert, where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation.

The Sunni militants’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” with its contiguous stretch of land — linking major cities such as Syria’s Raqqa and Iraq’s Mosul — may have been vanquished, but many agree this territorial defeat will not mark the end of IS.

Beyond the urban and inhabited areas lies the vast Syrian Desert, also known as Badiyat al-Sham, famous for its caves and rugged mountains. It encompasses about 500,000 square kilometers (200,000 square miles) across parts of southeastern Syria, northeastern Jordan, northern Saudi Arabia, and western Iraq.

The desolate landscape is a perfect hideout and a second home for many IS militants from the days before the birth of their caliphate. Experts estimate that hundreds of thousands of troops would be needed to mount search operations — and even more to put the desert under permanent control.

Once they melt into the desert, without an army of tens of thousands of supporters from dozens of countries, IS jihadis will resort to guerrilla-style attacks: scattered hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombings.

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Syria News: SDF besiege Islamic State militants in northern Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor (Syria News) The Syrian Democratic Forces militia has carried out, on Saturday, an extensive offensive on the Islamic State group, in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor Province, Qasioun News reported.

The Syrian Democratic Forces managed to capture Namlya Village on the banks of the Khabour River, in northern Deir Ezzor, after clashes with the Islamic State militants resulting in the killing of 9 ISIS fighters.

Furthermore, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) besieged the Islamic State militans near Khabour River, in northern Deir Ezzor, one week ago, after crossing the river and seizing both al-Omar and al-Tanak Oil Fields, northeast of Deir Ezzor.

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Syria News: Islamic State controls nearly 18,000 m² in Syria

Damascus (Syria News) Local sources informed, on Saturday, that the Islamic State group captured around 18,000 m² of the Syrian territory, in the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Homs, Hama, Daraa and Damascus, Qasioun News reported.

The area of the ISIS territory 2017 in Deir Ezzor are estimated by 15,000 m², including the neighborhoods located inside the city and on the Khabour River.

Moreover, the Islamic State militants seized over 2,000 m² in the desert of Homs, beginning from the city of Sukhna till the managerial borders of Deir Ezzor Province.

Meanwhile, the radical group captured some areas in western Daraa, including 250 m² in Yarmouk basin, in addition to seizing al-Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood, in southern Damascus and few recently-held lands, in the eastern countryside of Hama.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi, Kurdish officials meet in Nineveh, agree on ceasefire extension

Zummar ( Iraqi and Kurdish officials, convening at Zummar military base, have agreed on extending the ceasefire between both sides, an informed source from the meeting said.

“The two sides agreed on extending the ceasefire between federal and Peshmerga troops,” the source said. “The Kurdish delegation requested sending a technical team to demarcate borders at disputed regions.”

An Iraqi delegation started earlier on the day a meeting with Kurdish leaders at Zummar, west of Nineveh, a source said.

“Baghdad’s delegation is headed by Iraqi army chief of staff Othman al-Ghanimi, chief of army’s Counter-Terrorism Service Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, Nineveh Operations Command Najm al-Jabouri, Federal Police Chief Shaker Jawdat and an intelligence officer,” Mohie Eddin al-Mazwari, Kurdistan Democratic Party’s media official told Baghdad Today.

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REU: Iraqi Kurdistan leader Barzani will hand over presidential powers on November 1

His decision came just weeks after a referendum on Kurdish independence backfired and triggered a crisis for Iraq’s Kurds who had been enjoying a period of unprecedented autonomy.

A plan to divide up the president’s powers was outlined in a letter Barzani sent to the Kurdish parliament on Saturday, the official told Reuters. The plan asks parliament to distribute the president’s powers among the government, parliament and judiciary.

Barzani’s current term was set to expire in four days, the same date that presidential and parliamentary elections were due to be held. However, those elections were delayed indefinitely last week, amidst an escalating regional crisis.

Critics say the Sept. 25 independence referendum, orchestrated and championed by the 71-year-old Barzani, has left a bleak outlook for Iraq’s Kurds.

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AP: The Latest: US service member dies in helicopter crash

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local):

The U.S. military says one of its service members has died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in eastern Logar province.

A statement from the Resolute Support mission said Saturday that six other U.S. crew members were injured in the crash late Friday evening and are all receiving medical treatment.

The crash was not the result of enemy action, the statement said, adding that all personnel have been accounted for and the crash site was secured.

Salim Saleh, provincial governor’s spokesman, said the helicopter made an emergency landing as it was taking off and hit a tree in Karwar district.

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REU: Deputy governor of Afghan province kidnapped in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Unidentified kidnappers bundled the deputy governor of Afghanistan’s northwestern province of Kunar into a car in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and took him away, police sources said on Sunday.

Mohammad Nabi Ahmadi had crossed over from Afghanistan into Pakistan with his brother and was walking down a road in the northwestern city of Peshawar when a car with tinted windows pulled up and overpowered the Afghan official, according to a Peshawar police source.

The police source said Ahmadi’s brother recounted the episode to Pakistani police, but did not disclose that his brother was a high-ranking Afghan provincial government official.

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AP: Official: Taliban kill 9 police in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least nine police officers were killed Saturday in separate attacks by Taliban insurgents on police checkpoints in eastern Ghazni province, a provincial official said, and the U.S. military said a service member died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in the east.

Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said two police checkpoints came under attack by Taliban fighters in the early hours leaving nine police dead and two police wounded. He said six insurgents were killed and nine others were wounded in the battle, which lasted almost an hour.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, according to their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. He said 14 police were killed, including both commanders of the checkpoints.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat a resurgent Taliban since U.S. and NATO forces formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, switching to a counterterrorism and support role.

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Durand Line closure to leave villagers starving, warns Pak official

An official in the tribal regions of Pakistan has said the closure of the route along the Durand Line in Kurram Agency has left the villagers starving as he called on the authorities to take immediate actions to resolve the issue and reopen the crossing. Trade union president Masaaib Hussain quoted by local media outlets

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US want military presence from Pakistan in Afghanistan, claims ex-ISI chief

The former chief of the military intelligence of Pakistan, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Asad Durrani has claimed that the United States wants military in Afghanistan from Pakistan. In an interview with the Russia Today, US wants Pakistan to establish and maintain a military presence in Afghanistan but will not pay for the cost of such

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NATO says probe underway regarding Logar helicopter incident

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan says an investigation is underway regarding a helicopter incident in the central Logar province of Afghanistan. “Resolute Support can confirm a helicopter incident in Logar province, late Friday evening,” the alliance said in a statement. The statement further added “We are in the process of assessing the circumstances

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Taliban and Haqqani network still able to operate from Pakistan: US

Washington has said the Taliban group and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network still retain the ability to operate from Pakistan. Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice G. Wells told reporters on Friday that “We believe that the Taliban leadership and the Haqqani Network

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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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