21 Feb

United States Wars, News and Casualties


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Girl pulled alive from rubble in Damascus – video

Video from the Syrian Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, shows rescue workers pulling a girl alive from underneath the rubble of a building believed to be in Damascus’s Tishreen neighbourhood on Sunday. The girl is buried under layers of rubble, which the responders clear as quickly as they can

REA: Bipartisan Group Wants Congressional War Votes on ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Yemen

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and a group of 19 members of Congress from both parties, including Reps. Walter Jones (R-NC), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), and Justin Amash (R-Mich.), urged an immediate vote on authorizations for the use of military force (AUMFs) against the Islamic State (ISIS) and Al-Qaeda, as well as a separate one for participation in Yemen’s civil war.

Many of the representatives signing the letter led efforts to get an AUMF vote for the last four years, as they noted. “We believe that the failure of Congress to address these issues with a debate and vote on an AUMF during the final three years of the Obama Administration established a dangerous precedent for the presidency,” McGovern wrote in the letter, “one where the President of the United States may deploy or threaten deployment of U.S. troops to any region for any purpose without the consent and explicit authorization of Congress.”

The letter specifically expressed alarm about the Pentagon considering deploying ground troops to northern Syria to engage with ISIS. It also brought up the ground operation in Yemen last month, the first in that country since December 2014 and comments President Trump and Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor, made about “deploying U.S. troops in Yemen to confront Iranian forces.” The state-controlled press in Yemen has accused the Houthi rebels who knocked the U.S.-backed Yemen government out of the capital of Aden of being backed by Iranians, a view the Trump administration appears to support. The letter says Trump and Flynn’s comments “added urgency to the need for action on the part of the Congress.”

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REU: Islamic State linked group expands foothold in southern Syria near Israel

Islamic State-linked Syrian militant groups on Monday launched a surprise attack on moderate rebels in southwestern Syria near the Golan Heights near where the Jordanian and Israeli borders converge, seizing several villages and a large town, rebels and witnesses said.

Rebels said the militants were able to extend their area of control in territory that forms a natural barrier between Syria and Israel where the Yarmouk River flows after they overran the towns of Tseel, Sahem al Golan, Adwan and Tel Jamoua.

“In a surprise attack Islamic State made an attack on positions held by the Free Syrian Army FSA groups which no one expected to happen so fast,” said Colonel Ismail Ayoub, a Syrian opposition army defector.

The militants launched a wide-scale dawn attack from their enclave where they are entrenched in the towns of Jamla, Ain Zakar Nafaa and al Shajra, deploying dozens of armored vehicles and several tanks to overrun nearby towns aided by sleeper cells among locals who helped the attackers, two rebel sources said.

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IraqiNews: Islamic State drones, rockets kill 11 civilians, including school kids, in eastern Mosul

Nineveh-Islamic State drones and rocket shelling killed 11 civilians on Tuesday in areas recaptured by security forces in eastern Mosul, news reports quoted military and local sources as saying.

Anadolu Agency quoted Brig. Gen. Abdel-Karim al-Ameri saying that an IS-guided drone killed two school kids, aged less than 9, and wounded three others in al-Karaj area in the northeast.

Other drone attacks, said Ameri, killed seven civilians in Baya al-Mobasher (direct selling), al-Nour and Ninawa al-Sharqiya, and wounded three people at a medical unit in al-Sukkar district.

Missiles launched by the group killed two in al-Baladiyat district, also in eastern Mosul, according to Alsumaria News. Anadolu Agency said drones wounded three children boarding a vehicle in the same neighborhood.

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IraqiNews: Drone kills 3 IS militants, senior executioner among 90 killed Sunday

Nineveh ( Three Islamic State militants were killed on Tuesday when a drone bombed their pickup vehicle west of Mosul, according to a local source.

Shafaaq News quoted the source saying that the vehicle was passing through al-Najjar district. The trio boarding the car was killed.

Iraqi government forces launched a major campaign Sunday to retake western Mosul from IS militants, having recaptured the eastern side late January. The city, IS’s biggest bastion in Iraq, fell in the group’s grip in 2014 when it proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate”.

Iraqi forces and IS have exchanged drone attacks over the past few weeks across the Tigris River which bisects Mosul.

Also on Tuesday, Thamer Ismail, commander of the Rapid Response Forces, was quoted by Alghad Press saying that 90 IS fighters died in Monday operations at Bousaif hills, an area near the strategic Mosul Airport.

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WP: U.S. troops in Iraq move closer to the front lines in fight for Mosul

The Pentagon is deploying U.S. military advisers closer to the front lines in the campaign against the Islamic State as Iraqi security forces wrestle for control of the city of Mosul, the top U.S. commander here said Monday.

Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said that the advisers, numbering about 450, are “operating closer and deeper into Iraqi formations” as a new assault on western Mosul gets underway. U.S. commanders made the adjustment during the fight for the eastern side of the city, which began in October and ended last month, and the deployment has continued with the attempt, beginning Sunday, to capture western Mosul, Townsend said.

Iraqi units encountered determined resistance Monday as they fought for control of Albu Seif, an Islamic State-occupied village south of Mosul. Later Monday, federal police forces and an elite squad belonging to the Interior Ministry had drawn within two miles of Mosul’s main airport, at the city’s southern edge, according to Lt. Gen. Raed Shakir Jawdat, the commander of the federal police.

The fight for the western half of the city is expected to be more challenging even than the grueling and bloody battle in the east, which lasted for months, according to Iraqi and U.S. commanders. The terrain, including the narrow streets of Mosul’s old city, is more daunting. And hundreds of thousands of civilians will be caught between the militants and the advancing army.

Iraq’s U.S.-trained counterterrorism forces, the country’s most effective unit and the vanguard force during the fight in eastern Mosul, is expected to join the offensive in the coming days.

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CNN: Battle for Mosul: Iraqi forces take key village near airport from ISIS

(CNN)US-backed Iraqi forces have cleared ISIS fighters from a key village overlooking Mosul’s airport, the Iraqi army said Monday.

The seizure came less than 48 hours after the start of an operation to retake western Mosul — ISIS’ last major stronghold in the country.

Iraqi federal police and the Interior Ministry’s Rapid Deployment Force “seized complete control” of he village of Albu Saif, Gen. Abdal Amir Yar Allah said.

The village is perched on elevated ground and has strategic value in the push to take the airport, according to CNN’s Ben Wedeman.

“We’ve long been told by sources inside Mosul that ISIS has sabotaged the airstrip there to prevent its use,” Wedeman said.

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HT: Afghanistan: Grenade attack kills 11 members of Afghan family

Eleven members of an Afghan family, including women and children, were killed in a grenade attack on their home in the country’s volatile east, officials said on Monday.

The attack, which left three others wounded, occurred in Laghman province on Sunday but no militant group has so far claimed responsibility.

“Eleven people were martyred after two grenades were thrown at their house by unknown gunmen in Laghman’s Baad Pakh district,” the local governor’s spokesman Sarhadi Zwak told AFP.

“All the victims were civilians, women and children among them,” Zwak added.

One of them died of his wounds while being rushed to a hospital in neighbouring Nangarhar province, said health official Abdul Latif Qayyomi.

Afghan civilians are paying a high price for the escalating conflict. Civilian casualties in 2016 were the highest recorded by the UN since 2009, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants killed or wounded.

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Afghan intelligence foil plot by Taliban to carry out attacks in Laghman

The Afghan security forces foiled Taliban group’s plot to carry out a series of attacks in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan. The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), said two Taliban insurgents deployed by the group for the attacks were arrested by the intelligence operatives. The militants were looking to coordinate terrorist attacks as

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Army and police forces deployed near Gen. Dostum’s house in Kabul

Several security forces have been deployed near the residence of the First Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum in Sherpoor area of Kabul city. According to reports, the security forces belonging to the Afghan National Police and Quick Response forces have been deployed along with a number of armored vehicles. The security forces are reportedly

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7 ISIS militants killed during ongoing Shaheen-25 operations

At least seven ISIS militants were killed during the ongoing Shaheen-25 operations in eastern Nangarahr province of Afghanistan. According to provincial police commandment, the militants were killed in the past 24 hours in Haska Mina district. The militants were targeted by the security forces in Chongi area with the support of the air force and

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Zakhilwal says had constructive with Sartaj Aziz and Pakistani military

The Afghanistan Ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal has said he had constructive talks with Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz and the Pakistani military regarding the recent upheavals. Zakhilwa said he passed on documents both to Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Pakistani military GHQ. “In addition, I had a very positive meeting with

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12 ISIS militants killed in US drone strike in East of Afghanistan

At least twelve loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The provincial police commandment official said the airstrike was carried out by the foreign forces in Achin district late on Monday. The officials further added that the militants

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Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Helmand airstrikes

The Taliban insurgents heavy casualties in a series of airstrikes conducted in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants were killed or wounded in Nawa and Sangin districts. The statement further added that the first airstrike targeted a house belonging to Taliban insurgents in Ainak area

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2 Responses to “United States Wars, News and Casualties”

  1. 1
    Paul Says:

    “the fog of war” as our President has proclaimed. All of this horrible suffering, displacement, and deaths from the the policy of American exceptionalism. Our never-ending wars.

  2. 2
    The O'Leary Says:

    The children of Iraq: Bush and his war cronies should be in jail for what they have done to the people of Iraq.

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