06 Nov

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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REU: Saudi-led forces close air, sea and land access to Yemen

DUBAI (Reuters) – A Saudi-led military coalition said it will temporarily close all air, land and sea ports to Yemen to stem the flow of arms to Houthi rebels from Iran, said a statement on Monday on state news agency SPA.

The move follows the interception of a missile fired towards Riyadh on Saturday which the coalition has described as a “dangerous escalation” by the Iran-allied Houthi militia which controls large parts of Yemen.

The coalition and U.S. President Donald Trump have both blamed Iran for the attack, but the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards denied the accusations on Sunday, rejecting Trump’s remarks as “slanders”.

The ballistic missile was intercepted by Saudi Arabia’s air defenses and brought down near Riyadh airport without causing any casualties.

The coalition has been targeting the Houthis since they seized parts of the country in 2015 including the capital Sanaa, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee and seek help from neighboring Saudi Arabia.

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AP: Mattis faces questions from allies on Islamic State strategy

HELSINKI (AP) — As the Islamic State group loses its remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is facing a growing chorus of questions from NATO allies and partners about what the next steps will be in the region to preserve peace and ensure the militants don’t rise again.

Heading into a week of meetings with Nordic countries and allies across Europe, Mattis must begin to articulate what has been a murky American policy on how the future of Syria unfolds.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Finland, Mattis said the main question from U.S. allies is: what comes next? And he said the key is to get the peace process on track.

“We’re trying to get this into the diplomatic mode so we can get things sorted out,” said Mattis, who will meet with NATO defense ministers later this week. “and make certain (that) minorities — whoever they are — are not just subject to more of what we’ve seen” under Syrian President Bashar Assad until now.

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REU: Russia-backed Syrian congress postponed: Turkish presidential spokesman

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Russian-sponsored Syrian peace congress scheduled for Nov. 18 has been postponed and the main Syrian Kurdish group will not be invited if it is held later after objections by Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Sunday.

Asked for comment, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman referred to her regular weekly briefing on Thursday in which she said Moscow was working on “dates, venue, the participants’ lineup”. The list of expected participants, which included the Kurds, has since been deleted from the ministry’s website.

The head of the Kurdish PYD party indicated last week that it favored attending the peace congress in what would be the first time the Kurds participate in a major diplomatic push to end the war in Syria.

“Russia told us that the meeting has now been postponed and that the PYD will not be invited,” Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told broadcaster NTV in an interview.

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VOA: Photo

Displaced Iraqi children, who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul with their families, play at Khazer refugee camp, Iraq.

NYT: Iraq court Rules No Region Can Secede After Kurdish Independence Bid

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court ruled on Monday that no region or province can secede, strengthening the government’s hand as it seeks to prevent a repeat of September’s Kurdish independence vote.

The ruling was a response to a request from the central government in Baghdad to put an end to any “wrong misinterpretation” of the constitution and assert the unity of Iraq, a court spokesman said.

Soon after, Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi urged the northern semi-autonomous Kurdish region to abide by the court’s decision.

“We call on the region to clearly state its commitment to non-separation or independence from Iraq,” he said in a statement. There was no immediate reaction from Kurdish authorities.

Iraq’s Kurds voted overwhelmingly to break away from Iraq in a referendum held on Sept. 25, defying the central government in Baghdad as well as neighbouring Turkey and Iran who have their own Kurdish minorities.

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REU: Two suicide attacks in Iraq’s Kirkuk kill at least five

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) – Two suicide bombers killed at least five people and wounded more than 20 in an attack on a Shi‘ite mosque in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday, police and medical sources said.

It was the first such attack since the central Iraqi government in Baghdad seized Kirkuk last month from Kurdish forces that had controlled the oil city of a million people for three years.

Acting Kirkuk governor Rakan Saeed appealed to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi after a meeting of the provincial security panel to send more troops to secure the city.

“Deployed forces from police and Counter Terrorism Service are not enough to cover all areas of Kirkuk. We need to double the troops,” he said in a statement after chairing the meeting.

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IraqiNews: IS leader’s Baghdadi flees Iraq to Syria in yellow taxi: Agency

Rawa ( Islamic State’s supreme leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has reportedly fled Iraq to Syria in a yellow taxi, the Iraqi Media News Agency reported.

“After Iraqi troops invaded Qaim, Baghdadi was aware that his presence in Rawa threatens his life,” the news agency quoted an intelligence source as saying on Sunday evening.

Baghdadi urged the remaining militants in Qaim to “resume fighting, however, they let him down and escaped on board of their personal cars to Syria.”

“In a yellow taxi, Baghdadi fled Iraq and headed to Syria. He is believed to have settled in Deir al-Zor,” the source, who preferred anonymity added. “The IS leader insisted on taking a yellow cab in order not to be a source for doubts.”

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IraqiNews: Updated: Civilian killed, 21 wounded in Kirkuk suicide attacks: Ministry

Baghdad ( The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell has said that the suicide bombers, who carried out the attacks in Kirkuk, were foreigners.

“Preliminary information indicates that the suicide attackers were hiding in one of the houses in Kirkuk, which left a civilian killed and 21 others wounded,” the cell said in a statement.

Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry’s spokesperson said in a statement, “two terrorist attacks carried out by two suicide bombers took place on Atlas street in central Kirkuk.”

“The two blasts left a civilian killed and 16 others wounded, as preliminary information,” he added.

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IraqiNews: Twelve persons killed, injured in armed attack, bomb blasts in Mosul

Mosul ( Six persons, including security personnel were killed, while six others were wounded in armed attack, bomb blasts in Mosul, sources said.

“Unknown gunmen attacked, early on Sunday, a joint security checkpoint in Bab al-Toub region, in central Mosul, and opened fire against personnel,” Cap. Ahmed al-Taher, of Nineveh police, told the Turkish Anadolu agency.

“The attack left a soldier from Nineveh’s al-Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization Forces] and two Federal Troops personnel killed. Their weapons were stolen before the gunmen ran away,” he added.

According to Taher, the attack is likely to be carried out by Islamic State militants who still exist in the Old City, which was liberated few months ago. “However, it was not totally combed as it has tens of hideouts, tunnels and houses, which troops could not access yet.”

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AP: Iraqi PM raises flag at border crossing taken from IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi raised on Sunday the Iraqi flag at a border crossing with Syria days after Iraqi forces retook it from the Islamic State group, state TV announced.

Al-Iraqiya TV said al-Abadi visited the newly-liberated town of Qaim and the nearby Husaybah border crossing in western Iraq. Both sit along what was once an important supply route used by IS when the group controlled large areas in Syria and Iraq.

Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition drove IS from Qaim and surrounding areas last week, in what coalition officials said marked the end of the conventional war against the extremist group in Iraq.

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WP: Reports suggest dozens of civilians killed in U.S. strikes in Afghanistan

Lawmakers from the northern province of Kunduz said they have received conflicting reports of civilian deaths during a weekend ground and aerial offensive by Afghan and U.S. forces against Taliban insurgents. The Afghan government and the U.S. military in Afghanistan on Sunday said they were assessing the reports.

Some unconfirmed reports put the toll of the attack, in the Char Dara district, at nearly 60.

The Defense Ministry’s chief spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, said in a news conference that the government has appointed “a team to probe reports of civilians’ deaths.”

In Logar province, south of Kabul, a U.S. service member died as a result of wounds he received during operations on Saturday afternoon, the U.S.-led coalition reported. The province has seen an increase in attacks in recent weeks by Taliban insurgents and fighters affiliated with the Islamic State.

The service member was not identified……………….More than 40 staff and patients of a Doctors Without Borders hospital died in a U.S. aerial attack in 2015 that drew stern international outcry. And last year, dozens of civilians were killed and wounded in U.S. aerial strikes on the outskirts of Kunduz city.

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Atmar reacts at remarks by foreign diplomats regarding Durand Line

The national security adviser of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar reacted at remarks of the foreign diplomats based in Afghanistan regarding the Durand Line, urging the diplomats to respect historic rights of the country. The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) in a statement said reports have emerged regarding the Durand Line through media agencies

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Afghan nation shall never surrender before use of force: Ghani

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says the Afghan national shall never surrender before the use of force as he strongly condemned the suicide attack targeting the Independent Local Governance staff in Kabul. The office of the president, ARG Palace, said President Ghani participated in the funeral of the deceased staff of the directorate who lost

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NATO probing alleged civilian deaths in US airstrike in Kunduz

The NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan says an investigation has been launched regarding the alleged civilian casualties in Kunduz airstrike. “We are aware of allegations regarding the potential for civilian casualties as the result of combined operations in Northern Afghanistan,” a spokesman for the alliance Capt. Tom Gresback said. He said “We can confirm

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Talibanization not the agenda or narrative of Pakistan: Gen. Bajwa

The Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said extremism and Talibanizatin is neither the agenda of Pakistan nor its narrative. Gen. Bajwa reportedly made the remarks during a meeting of the Pakistani delegation with the Afghan leaders in Kabul last month. A source privy of the development has told Daily Times in Pakistan

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Karzai reacts at alleged civilian casualties in US airstrike in Kunduz

The former Afghan President Hamid Karzai reacted at the alleged civilian casualties in US airstrike in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, calling for the initiation immediate probes. The office of the former president in a statement said the former president strongly condemns the civilian deaths including women and children in US airstrike in Chahardara district

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Recent Casualties

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

Sgt. First Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, California, died Nov. 4 in Logar Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation.

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.

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