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09 Nov

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

IRAQ BODY COUNT>>

This data is based on 51,544 database entries from the beginning of the war to 28 Feb 2017, and on monthly preliminary data from that date onwards. Preliminary data is shown in grey when applicable, and is based on approximate daily totals in the Recent Events section prior to full analysis. The full analysis extracts details such as the names or demographic details of individuals killed, the weapons that killed them and location amongst other details. The current range contains 36,537–38,380 deaths (20%–19%, a portion which may rise or fall over time) based on single-sourced reports.

Graphs are based on the higher number in our totals. Gaps in recording and reporting suggest that even our highest totals to date may be missing many civilian deaths from violence.

Total Dollar Cost of War>>

Cost of War in Iraq>>

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Cost of Military Action Against ISIS>>

REU: U.N. warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.”

A woman holds her malnourished boy after he was weighed at a hospital malnutrition intensive care unit in Sanaa, Yemen September 27, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

The move, which follows the interception of a missile fired toward the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday, is likely to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that according to the United Nations has pushed some seven million people to the brink of famine and left nearly 900,000 infected with cholera…………..The United Nations and international aid organizations have long criticized the coalition for blocking aid access, especially to north Yemen, which is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement. .

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AP: Egypt’s el-Sissi says Iraq, Syria militants headed to Libya

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Egypt’s president said the defeat of the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria was likely to have forced militants to seek a safe haven in neighboring Libya, from which they will later cross into his country where his security forces have been battling militants in the Sinai peninsula and, more recently, in its vast western desert.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi also said Egypt’s ongoing arms buildup was designed in part to equip the country to deal with terrorism and redress the “strategic imbalance” in the region created by conflict and turmoil engulfing several countries in the area like Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.

Egypt has since 2014 spent more than $10 billion on French-made Rafale fighter jets and helicopter carriers, MiG-29 fighter jets and assault helicopters from Russia and submarines from Germany. Moreover, Egypt receives $1.3 billion in annual U.S. aid.

El-Sissi would not be drawn into specifics about militants leaving the battlefields in Iraq and Syria after they lost almost all territory they seized in 2013 and 2014. He said it was only “natural” for them to move to Libya, where mostly Islamist militias wield influence over large swathes of territory, and eventually to Egypt.

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AP: US and 3 allies urge UN to maintain Syria chemical experts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.S., British, French and German diplomats urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to renew the mandate of experts charged with determining who was responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

They also said it’s “essential” to seek justice for the victims and hold those responsible accountable.

The statement was initially circulated in the names of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. Later, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel also joined the call.

Their joint statement follows the latest report by experts from the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM, blaming the Syrian government for an attack using sarin nerve gas that killed about 100 people in Khan Sheikhoun in April, and the Islamic State extremist group for a mustard gas attack at Um Hosh in Aleppo in September 2016.

Russia vetoed a U.S.-sponsored council resolution on Oct. 24 that would have renewed the mandate of the experts from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which expires on Nov. 14. Russia’s ambassador said Moscow wanted to see the JIM report, which was issued two days later.

The Western powers praised the JIM report. “We have full trust in the JIM’s findings, its professionalism and independence,” the top U.S., British and French diplomats said Wednesday.

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MCC: Syrian troops encircle last Islamic State-held tow

Syrian troops and allied fighters encircled the last Islamic State-held town on Wednesday after linking up with Iraqi forces, pro-government media and a Syrian opposition monitoring group said.

Al-Manar TV, the media arm of the Lebanese Hezbollah group, said troops have surrounded the eastern town of Boukamal, on the border with Iraq. The Central Military Media Center, an outlet affiliated with the Syrian military, said Syrian troops and allied fighters have begun entering the town. The two outlets said earlier that Syrian troops had linked up with Iraqi forces across the border.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Iraqi forces entered Syria to help surround the town. Hezbollah and other Iran-backed militias are fighting alongside Syrian troops. The Observatory said government forces are shelling Boukamal from around 15 kilometers (9 miles) away. There was no immediate comment from the Iraqi side.

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IraqiNews: Iraq could grant Iranians visa-free entry after IS threat removed

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq intends to grant Iranians a visa-free entry after the country completely eradicates the Islamic State threat, its ambassador to Tehran said.

Iranian agency Mehr News quoted ambassador Rageh al-Mosawi Thursday saying that “Baghdad intends to cancel visas for Iranian visitors after the complete elimination of Daesh (Islamic State)”.

“Twenty million visitors have gathered in Karbala in a god security environment…the participation by Iranian visitors increases annually, reaching tens of millions,” the ambassador said, lauding security cooperation between both countries.

Millions of Shia worshippers have marked this weekend 40 days since the anniversary of the death of Imam al-Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed and the most sacred Shia Islam figure, in the battle of Karbala (680 A.D.).

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IraqiNews: Islamic State besieges 300 families in western Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Around 300 families are besieged by Islamic State militants in western Anbar to be used as human shields, security source from the province said.

“IS militants in Rawa besiege 300 families to prevent them from leaving the town to use them for protection against the air strikes that target its strongholds in residential districts and houses,” the source told Baghdad Today on Wednesday.

“Tens of militants escaped Rawa before launch of security operations through launched fake attacks to escape the town before being invaded by security,” the source added.

Operations were launched, late October, to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns. Both have been held by the extremist group since 2014, when it occupied one third of Iraq to proclaim a self-styled Islamic “Caliphate”.

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IraqiNews: IHCHR: Islamic State holding 10.000 people in last bastion in Anbar

Baghdada (IraqiNews.com) Islamic State militants are holding 10.000 civilians at their very last holdout in Iraq: Anbar’s western town of Rawa, Iraq’s human rights body said Wednesday.

The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights expressed its “concern for the fate of innocents besieged inside Rawa”, adding that “according to the detecting sources at the commission’s offices in Anbar, Daesh (Islamic State( terrorists are still holding nearly 2500 families (10.000 individuals) to use them as human shields and hamper the advance of Iraqi forces”.

The commission said IS members have prevented civilians from reaching safe routes created by Iraqi security forces for their evacuation.

It also urged to hasten with operations to liberate the town and to secure humanitarian needs from local and world relief organizations.

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REU: U.N. says believes Afghanistan air strike killed civilians

KABUL (Reuters) – The United Nations mission in Afghanistan said at least 10 civilians may have been killed by an air strike in the northern city of Kunduz last week, despite a U.S. military investigation that found no civilian deaths.

In a series of messages on Twitter, the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said interviews with multiple survivors, medics, elders and others gave it strong reason to believe that civilians were among the victims of Saturday’s attack.

“Credible reports that at least 10 civilians killed in Kunduz Afghanistan air strike 4 Nov, UNAMA initial findings show,” it said.

The statement contradicts a U.S. statement on Tuesday which said that an investigation had found no evidence of civilian deaths……………..In its most recent report, the UN said there had been a 52 percent increase in civilian casualties from air strikes in the first nine months of the year to 205 killed and 261 wounded.

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Afghanistan to be a close of Pakistan in the future, says Pak president

The President of Pakistan Mamoon Hussain has said he is confident that Afghanistan will be a close friend of Pakistan in the future. President Hussain expressed optimisms as he was speaking during a gathering at the President House on Wednesday. He made the remarks in the aftermath of a tragic incident involving the murder of

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Senior Pakistani police official among 3 killed in Quetta suicide attack

An explosion targeted the vehicle of a senior police official in Pakistan with preliminary reports suggesting at least seven people were killed or wounded. According to the local security officials in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, the incident took place close to Chaman Housing Scheme area. The officials further added that the a suicide

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Explosion in a guesthouse leaves 6 dead, wounded in Nangarhar

An explosion ripped through a guesthouse in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan leaving at least six people dead or wounded, the local officials said Thursday. The incident took place late on Wednesday night in the vicinity of Momand Dara district of the province. Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani confirmed the incident and said explosives planted

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Taliban suffer casualties in ISIS attack in East of Afghanistan

The Taliban insurgents suffered casualties in the latest attack of the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. According to the local officials, the ISIS militants launched an attack on Taliban insurgents in Mullah Village of Chaparhar district late on Tuesday night. The officials

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Suicide attack leaves local elder dead in Mazar-e-Sharif city

An explosion rocked Mazar-e-Sharif city, provincial capital of Balkh province in North of Afghanistan earlier. The provincial police commander Sher Jan Durani confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports indicate it was a suicide attack. There are no reports regarding the possible casualties as a result of the incident. In the meantime, another security official

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.

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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Care for Veterans:

 

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