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22 Nov

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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The Criminals

 

The above pictures 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.

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>>

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NYT: Over 100 Shabab Militants Killed in U.S. Airstrike in Somalia

WASHINGTON — An American military airstrike on Tuesday killed more than 100 people who were identified by the Pentagon as being affiliated with the Islamic militant group Shabab, continuing a stepped-up pace against targets in Somalia, officials said.

The United States Africa Command said in a statement that the airstrike was carried out 125 miles northwest of Mogadishu, the Somali capital. The strike comes after President Trump relaxed restrictions on American military commanders in Somalia.

Separately, the command also said that it conducted airstrikes in Libya, on Friday and Sunday, against Islamic State militants. Defense officials did not indicate how many people were killed in those attacks.

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GUARD: UK dangerously complicit in Yemen crisis, says ex-Tory minister

Andrew Mitchell says UK’s engagement in conflict is ‘doomed to strategic failure’

Children protest against the Saudi-imposed blockade outside the UN offices in Sana’a, Yemen.

Children protest against the Saudi-imposed blockade outside the UN offices in Sana’a, Yemen. Photograph: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

A former Tory cabinet minister has accused the UK of being “dangerously complicit” in a Saudi policy toward Yemen that is “directly promoting a famine and the collective punishment of an entire population”.

The former international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell said Britain’s engagement in conflict was “doomed to strategic failure”. He warned of a humanitarian catastrophe “the likes of which we have not seen in decades”.

A Saudi-led coalition has conducted bombing missions in Yemen with arms and military support from the US, UK and other countries. Mitchell, who has visited Yemen, claimed Saudi Arabian policy violated international law.

The British government insists it is pressing Saudi Arabia to lift the restrictions and negotiate a new inspections regime.

Mitchell’s intervention came as UN humanitarian agencies in Yemen pleaded with Saudi Arabia to permit the delivery of two urgently needed shipments of medicine and food aid blocked outside the port of Hodeidah, warning that a 15-day Saudi-imposed blockade was endangering tens of thousands of lives.

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GUARD: Vladimir Putin briefs Donald Trump on plan to end Syrian civil war

After meeting with Bashar al-Assad, Russian president plans summit with leaders of Turkey and Iran, bypassing UN

Vladimir Putin has sought Donald Trump’s broad endorsement for his plan to bring the Syrian civil war to a close on largely Russian and Iranian terms, after the defeat of Islamic State and the repeated pushbacks of Syrian rebels.

Putin briefed his American counterpart on the phone for more than an hour, as the Russian president prepared to host a summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi with the leaders of Turkey and Iran – two other powers heavily involved in the conflict in Syria.

The summit, a display of Russia’s restored influence in the Middle East, is expected to discuss Putin’s plans for fresh deconfliction zones and a Syrian national dialogue to draw up a new Syrian constitution that would leave President Bashar al-Assad entrenched and entitled to stand for election again……………….In a sign that a triumphant Putin is dividing a demoralised opposition, 10 senior figures in the Syrian opposition umbrella group, the High Negotiations Committee, resigned including Riyad Hijab, the former Syrian prime minister. They protested that their negotiating team were being pressured into accepting that any peace deal will leave Assad in office.

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Photo – Mosul

Civilians fleeing the fighting in Mosul. Photograph: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad for the Guardian

GUARD: After the liberation of Mosul, an orgy of killing

In the dying days of the battle of Mosul, followed Iraqi soldiers during the last push against Isis. But following their victory, a new wave of savagery was unleashed

One hot and sticky evening in July, in the dying days of the battle for Mosul, a group of Iraqi army officers sat for dinner in a requisitioned civilian house not far from the ruins of the mosque where, three years earlier, the leader of Islamic State had announced the creation of a new caliphate.

At the head of the table sat the commander, large and burly, flanked by his two majors. The rest of the officers were seated according to rank, with the youngest officers placed at the far end. The commander, who was trying to lose weight, had banned his cook from serving meat at mealtimes, but tonight was a special occasion. The day before, his unit had liberated another block of streets in the Old City without suffering any casualties. In celebration, a feast of bread soaked in okra stew, and roasted meat shredded over heaps of rice flavoured with nuts and raisins, was laid out on a white plastic table.

Over the previous eight months, since the commander and his men had started fighting in Mosul, the caliphate had shrunk to a tiny sliver of the Old City squeezed between the River Tigris and advancing columns of army and police forces. Thousands of Isis fighters, who captured the city in 2014, were now trapped, living without running water or electricity, with dwindling supplies of food and medicine, being bombed day and night by US drones and jets. Caught in the siege with them were thousands of civilians. The few who were managing to escape came out filthy, emaciated and crazed by thirst and the constant bombing……………………In that dark room, the soldiers and officers looked at the old man’s feet, dirty and cracked, for a few seconds before they vanished from the window. He fell into the yard below with a thud. The soldier who had dropped him leaned out of the window with his machine gun and fired five bullets into the body in the rubble below. A cloud of gunpowder filled the room, dancing in the shafts of light. The soldier looked out of the window and then fired two more bullets. “These two at his legs, just in case he wants to walk home,” said the soldier, laughing.

Taha and the two officers walked back. A young officer said, with a sheepish smile: “I wonder if God one day will punish us for all these killings. Will we go mad or something worse?”

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AP: Death toll from Iraq suicide attack rises to 36 people

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials have increased the death toll from a suicide attack in a contested town claimed by Baghdad and the Kurdish region to 36 people, up from 32.

Police and health officials said Wednesday that 11 members of Iraq’s security forces were among the dead in the powerful explosion a day earlier in a marketplace in Tuz Khormato when a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden truck. He said 85 others were wounded.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

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REU: Iraq to declare final victory over Islamic State after desert campaign

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday Islamic State had been defeated from a military perspective but he would only declare final victory after IS militants were routed in the desert.

Iraqi forces on Friday captured the border town of Rawa, the last remaining town under Islamic State control, signaling the collapse of the group’s “caliphate” proclaimed after it overran much of Iraq’s north and west in 2014.

Securing desert and border areas is what remains in the campaign against Islamic State, military commanders say.

“From a military perspective, we have ended the presence of Daesh in Iraq,” Abadi said while addressing a weekly news conference, referring to Islamic State by an Arabic acronym.

“God willing we will announce very soon after the end of the purification operations victory over Daesh in Iraq.”

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TOLO: US Forces Almost Triple Air Strikes On Insurgent Strongholds

New statistics show that as of October 31, the US had dropped over 3,500 bombs against bases belonging to Daesh, Taliban and other insurgent groups.

New statistics show that the US Air Force has almost tripled the number of bombs dropped on bases belonging to insurgent groups in Afghanistan so far this year compared to the whole of last year. 

According to the figures, the US military dropped 3,554 bombs against strongholds belonging to Taliban and Daesh insurgents in the country as of October 31 – compared to about 1,337 bombs last year. In 2015, only 947 bombs were dropped.

Meanwhile, General John Nicholson, the commander of US-Forces Afghanistan said that from amongst 20 drug mafia organizations in the region, 13 of them are operating in Afghanistan.

Nicholson on Monday also stated a wave of American airstrikes were carried out on Sunday night, targeting drug producing facilities in Helmand.

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Afghan forces thwart militants plot to target Kabul with BM-1 rocket

The Afghan security forces have foiled a plot of the anti-government armed militants to target the Kabul city with a BM-1 rocket. Officials in Criminal Investigation Department in Kabul said the security forces discovered and defused a BM-1 rocket before the militants to target the city with it. The officials further added that the rocket

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Afghan government hails joint Afghan-US airstrikes on Taliban drug labs

The Afghan government has hailed joint Afghan and US airstrikes on Taliban drug labs in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, insisting that the government’s strategy to dry the financial resources of the terrorist groups remains a top priority. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement, said a strict fight against organized crimes,

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Karzai reacts at US airstrikes and alleged civilian deaths in Helmand

The former Afghan President strongly reacted at the recent US airstrikes jointly conducted by the Afghan forces in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, claiming that several civilians were killed in one of the airstrikes. The Office of the former President in a statement said the former President Hamid Karzai expresses grief and concerns regarding the

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Afghanistan, US, Taliban to fail by adopting military option: Pak envoy

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said all parties involved in the Afghan conflict will fail by adopting a military option. Speaking during an annual debate of the UN General Assembly in New York, Lodhi said “Neither the Coalition and Kabul nor the Afghan Taliban can impose a military solution on each

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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.

Sgt. 1st Class Hughton O. Brown, 43, of Brooklyn, New York died Nov. 14 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 306th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, Farmingdale, New York. The incident is under investigation.

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DOD: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, of Arlington, Texas, died Nov. 11 at Camp Taji, Iraq, due to injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. The incident is under investigation.

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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.

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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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