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31 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: Current war authority sufficient, top US officials say

Senior U.S. national security officials told Congress a new war authorization is not needed to conduct combat operations against terrorist groups and warned repealing current law could signal the U.S. will give up the fight. (Oct. 30)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. national security officials have warned congressional Republicans and Democrats demanding a new war authorization that existing laws governing combat operations against terrorist groups are legally sufficient and that repealing them prematurely could signal the United States is backing away from the fight.

During testimony Monday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged Congress to tread carefully. If lawmakers are compelled to replace the post-Sept. 11, 2001, laws, the two secretaries cautioned them against imposing restrictions and conditions on American military forces that allow their enemies “to seize the initiative.”

Tillerson and Mattis said President Donald Trump doesn’t have permission from Congress to attack North Korea, but they indicated the U.S. Constitution gives him that power in certain circumstances where U.S. citizens and national security interests are being imminently threatened.

The response troubled several Democrats who have expressed concerns over Trump’s confrontational statements toward North Korea and its budding arsenal of nuclear weapons. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., asked if the act of possessing a nuclear weapon capable of striking the U.S. qualified as an imminent threat, but both witnesses declined to answer.

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AP: They escaped Islamic State’s bastion, but remain terrified

AIN ISSA, Syria (AP) — They have escaped their hold, but displaced residents of Raqqa still fear the militants of the Islamic State group, terrified they will return and seek revenge for defeats.

In one of the largest camps housing those who fled the northern Syrian city, survivors of the group’s terror machine cannot shake off the horrors they witnessed in the group’s self-declared capital. They described public killings, hangings, people thrown off roofs and other punishments for the slightest offenses.

For children, what they saw or heard of is engrained into their minds like horrific fairy tales.

One girl around 12 years old described how women accused of stealing were immersed in boiling oil. With an air of excitement, she acted out the women being slid into a vat. Then another girl, slightly older, interjected to correct her and said, no, she had actually seen it and just the women’s hands were plunged into the oil.

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AP: Access to food ‘precarious’ for Syrians stranded near Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief has called for immediate access to deliver “life-saving assistance” to 50,000 Syrians stranded on the sealed border with Jordan, amid reports of shrinking food supplies.

Mark Lowcock told the U.N. Security Council from Jordan late Monday that “access to food is precarious” for displaced Syrians in the desert camp of Rukban.

Aid officials say commercial food shipments to Rukban dropped sharply since the summer, after Syrian government forces advanced in the area.

They say black market prices have soared and that moderate, acute malnutrition among young children is on the rise.

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Authenticated video footage shows panicked scenes in region near Damascus under siege for years by Assad forces

Dozens of Syrian children were forced to flee a kindergarten on Sunday after it was allegedly bombed by government forces, highlighting the suffering of civilians in areas besieged by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the rampant abuses in the six-year civil war.

Video footage shows crying and panicked children fleeing the site of the attack on Sunday, as adults usher them on to go and hide as the adults made their way towards the scene of the attack.

The video was authenticated by the Associated Press and was released by activists of the Ghouta Media Centre, an organisation covering the war in Ghouta region near Damascus. The footage was shot in the town of Kfar Batna.

Activists said several civilians were injured in the attack, but there were no immediate reports of fatalities. Residents said schools had been closed on Monday to protect the children against further attacks.

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AP: UN official: Over 13 million people inside Syria need aid

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 13 million people inside Syria still need humanitarian assistance and nearly half are in “acute need” as a result of having fled their homes, of hostilities, and of limited access to food, health care and other basic needs, the U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday.

Mark Lowcock told the Security Council the number of Syrians who have been displaced within the country for a long time has dropped from 6.3 million to 6.1 million. But he said “levels of new displacement remain high,” with 1.8 million people reportedly forced to leave between January and September.

Since just the offensive began in November 2016 that ousted the Islamic State extremist group from the city of Raqqa, its self-proclaimed capital, airstrikes and clashes resulted in over 436,000 people being displaced to 60 different locations, Lowcock said, speaking via video conference from Amman, Jordan.

In the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, he said, heavy fighting and airstrikes continue to cause civilian deaths and injuries as well as large-scale displacement. The International Organization for Migration reported some 350,000 people forced to flee since August, including more than 250,000 in October, he said…………….Britain’s U.N. ambassador, Matthew Rycroft, called the situation in eastern Ghouta “atrocious,” saying de-escalation should not mean bombardment.

“What we fear is that the de-escalation zone is becoming a starvation zone,” Rycroft said. “So we call on the Syrian regime and their allies to lift the blockade to allow humanitarian aid to get through.”

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REU: Russian-backed Syria congress may happen next month, focus on constitution: RIA

MOSCOW/ASTANA (Reuters) – A Moscow-backed congress of all Syria’s ethnic groups may take place in Russia and begin working on a new constitution as early as next month, the news agency RIA reported on Monday, citing a source familiar with the situation.

The congress, which President Vladimir Putin first mentioned earlier this month, may take place in mid-November at Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi, RIA said.

The idea of a congress had United Nations backing, a senior Russian negotiator on Syria said. Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria also might be used, he added.

“This matter is still being discussed,” Alexander Lavrentyev, the head of the Russian delegation at Syria talks in Kazakhstan, told reporters between meetings with diplomats from Turkey and Iran.

“As you know (U.N. Special Representative on Syria Staffan) de Mistura has in principle supported the idea of holding the congress,” Lavrentyev said. “Although he had some reservations, he supported this initiative of Russia.”

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IraqiNews: Iraqi forces recapture more Islamic State havens near Anbar’s Qaim

Qaim (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi forces recaptured more areas from Islamic State militants on Tuesday as operations continue to retake the group’s last bastions in western Anbar.

The Joint Operations Command’s War Media Cell said the forces recaptured several villages near the town of Qaim besides the town’s “phosphate factory”.

According to the statement, troops became 13 kilometers away from central Qaim.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Thursday the launch of operations to clear the towns of Rawa and Qaim, Islamic State’s last havens on the borders with Syria.

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IraqiNews: Five persons wounded in southern Baghdad bomb blast

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A bomb blast took place on Monday in south of Baghdad, leaving five persons wounded, a security source said.

“The blast took place near stores in al-Latifiya region, south of Baghdad,” the source told Baghdad Today.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, “security troops cordoned off the blast spot, while ambulances transferred the wounded to nearest hospital.”

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) A bomb blast took place on Monday in south of Baghdad, leaving five persons wounded, a security source said.

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IraqiNews: Gunfire targets Kurdistan’s ruling KDP office in Sulaymaniyah

Sulaymaniyah (IraqiNews.com)  Unknown gunmen shot at the office of Kurdistan Region’s ruling party in Sulaymaniyah late Monday, an office official declared as tensions grow following the resignation of President Masoud Barzani.

Salim Saeed, the KDP official in Sulaymaniyah, was quoted telling reporters that unknown gunmen shot the party’s main headquarter and its nearby branch and fled away. He said no human losses were caused by the attack.

Tensions broke out over the past two days after Barzani declared he was not going to extend his term beyond November 1st, with the parliament distributing his powers. Several political parties’ offices were reportedly assaulted. Some protesters stormed the Kurdish parliament’s building during the Sunday decisive session. Saboteurs also reportedly ransacked the offices of Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party and the opposition Gorran movement.

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AP: Iraqi militia commander brushes off US call to disband

BAGHDAD (AP) — With the Islamic State group driven from nearly all of Iraq, U.S. officials have suggested that the thousands of mainly Shiite paramilitary fighters who mobilized against the Sunni extremists three years ago lay down their arms.

But Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who once battled U.S. troops and is now the deputy head of the state-sanctioned Popular Mobilization Forces, says they are here to stay.

“The future of the (PMF) is to defend Iraq,” he told The Associated Press in his first extensive interview with a Western media outlet. “The Iraqi army and Iraqi police say they cannot operate without the support of the Hashd,” he added, using a shortened Arabic term for the paramilitary force.

In the years after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, al-Muhandis led the Hezbollah Brigades, a feared Shiite militia with close ties to Iran and the Lebanese militant group of the same name. His real name is Jamal Jaafar Ibrahim, but he’s still better known by his nom de guerre, and his rise to the top ranks of Iraq’s security apparatus reflects the long, slow decline of U.S. influence over the country.

He participated in the bombing of Western embassies in Kuwait and the attempted assassination of that country’s emir in the early 1980s, for which he was convicted in absentia and added to the U.S. list of designated terrorists. But like many Shiite militants, he returned to Iraq after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Two years later, he was even elected to parliament, before being forced to step down under American pressure.

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Deadly mosque bombing foiled in Jalalabad city in East of Afghanistan

The Afghan security forces foiled a plot by the anti-government armed militant groups to carry out a deadly bombing inside a mosque in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in a statement said the security forces discovered two mortar rounds placed inside the mosque which is.

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Kabul committed to reconciliation both with Taliban and Pakistan: Ghani

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Afghan government’s peace efforts concentrates on two dimensions, including reconciliation with Pakistan as well as the Taliban group. The Afghan President made the remarks during a meeting with the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee Chief Kairat Umarov in Kabul on Monday. He said the Afghan government has always

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Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, died Oct. 27 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained when he was involved in a helicopter crash. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The incident is under investigation.

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

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Care for Veterans:

 

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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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