United States Wars, News and Casualties
“I regret they got hurt,’ Bush,the former president and war criminal said of the veterans.”
Never, ever forget that the War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld etc. founded ISIS and today are proud of what they did and feel no regret.
‘It was the right decision’: Bush says he has ‘no regrets’ about invading Iraq and Afghanistan when asked how he feels when he sees wounded veterans
Since the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts began, at least 8,000 US and allied soldiers have died, according to CNN.
Tens of thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001, according to the United Nations.
The civilian death toll in Iraq is estimated to be somewhere between 170,000 and 190,000, according to Iraq Body Count.
The conflict across Iraq has caused an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis, half of them children, to flee from their homes across the country.
Jets believed to be Russian or Syrian hit two hospitals in rebel-held Idlib province on Thursday following several other strikes on medical facilities in northwestern Syria in recent weeks, residents, medical workers and activists said.
Rescue workers said one strike early on Thursday hit a hospital in Deir al Sharqi, killing at least three medics and injuring others. The second strike hit a cave hospital in Maar Zita village in southern Idlib province where medics said at least five were killed.
“The regime and the Russians are trying to systematically target the remaining hospitals in Idlib to make life for people in liberated areas intolerable,” said Younis Abdul Rahim, a civil defense worker who visited both sites.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly denied that his forces target hospitals or other emergency facilities. Russia, whose air force joined the war on his side in 2015, also denies targeting civilian infrastructure.
Rescue workers say that, although many field hospitals have been moved underground, that has not been enough to protect them from bombs they say have hit at least eight medical facilities since the start of the month.
President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.
In an interview with Reuters, Trump confirmed his administration was in talks about possible visits to Saudi Arabia and Israel in the second half of May. He is due to make his first trip abroad as president for a May 25 NATO summit in Brussels and could add other stops.
“Frankly, Saudi Arabia has not treated us fairly, because we are losing a tremendous amount of money in defending Saudi Arabia,” he said.
Trump’s criticism of Riyadh, the world’s top oil exporter, was a return to his 2016 election campaign rhetoric when he accused the kingdom of not pulling its weight in paying for the U.S. security umbrella.
“Nobody’s going to mess with Saudi Arabia because we’re watching them,” Trump told a campaign rally in Wisconsin a year ago. “They’re not paying us a fair price. We’re losing our shirt.”
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) Photos from Mosul University have shown destruction at one of the region’s oldest universities.
With 123 buildings receiving nearly 22.000 students a year, the university, a former major bastion for Islamic State militants, whose labs were used by the group to manufacture chemical weapons, had, however sustained damage at only 30 percent of its facilities, according to statements to Alsumaria News by its president, Obay Sa’id al-Dewachi.
Iraqi government forces recaptured eastern Mosul, where the university is located, in January after three months of fighting with the Islamic State. Battles are now proceeding for the western region. Militants had set fire to the university’s precious libraries and ransacked its buildings. Iraqi security commanders leading the offensive against IS had said the group used the university’s labs to develop chemical weapons to use them against the advancing forces.
Ramadi (IraqiNews.com) A 100-soldier U.S. special force has stationed at the Iraqi army’s command center in Ramadi, west of Anbar province, a network reported Friday.
Kurdish-owned Rudaw network said the force stationed at the army’s al-Jazeera Operations command near the Haditha Dam, west of Ramadi.
The network quoted Ahmed al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi army captain, saying the force was fully armed, and was expected to partake in arrangements for an anticipated military offensive to retake the Islamic State stronghold city of Annah, west of the province
According to al-Dulaimi, there has been a continuous, intense aerial bombardment b y fighter jets from the U.S.-led coalition on Annah, with the aim of exhausting the group’s fighting capabilities before invasion by security and tribal forces.
Two U.S. service members were killed during an operation against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan overnight on Wednesday, U.S. officials said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump’s administration looks to craft a strategy in the war-torn country.
U.S. forces in Afghanistan said in a statement that a third U.S. service member was wounded in the raid, carried out with Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) against the militants.
A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Captain William Salvin said the deaths occurred in the same valley where the United States had dropped a massive bomb on a complex of fortified tunnel being used by the Islamic State.
Nicknamed “the mother of all bombs,” the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped from an American MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistan.
The incident comes just days after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Afghanistan and U.S. troops are battling suspected Islamic State militants in Nangarhar province.
In this raid, Afghan commandos and coalition forces killed some 40 Islamic State fighters during a joint operation, said Attahullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the Nangarhar governor.
Khogyani said the raid was carried out against an Islamic State hideout in Achin district and some 13 militants were taken alive.
As President Donald Trump’s administration drafts an Afghanistan policy, U.S. officials are seeking a way to reverse gains by militant groups without wading deeper into a 15-year-long war that has no end in sight.
In the past month, three U.S. service members have been killed in operations against Islamic State militants near Afghanistan’s porous border with Pakistan, where armed groups still find sanctuary.Officially, the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan ceased combat operations at the end of 2014, but the conflict has proved difficult to exit without risking the overthrow of the government in Kabul.
Current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Trump administration is carrying out an inter-agency review, and while no decision has been made, the discussions revolve around adding 3,000 to 5,000 troops.
One of the officials said there is an emphasis on avoiding artificial deadlines. Former President Barack Obama wanted to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan before he left office. He had ordered in more troops in 2011 that peaked at about 100,000.
By Khaama Press on 28 Apr 2017 12:21pm – No Comments
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has handed over the control of 50 percent of Afghanistan’s territory to Taliban, the former presidential envoy Ahmad Zia Massoud claims. Massoud was dismissed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani eleven days ago as the presidential palace said the step was taken as the post of the presidential envoy for reforms and
By Khaama Press on 28 Apr 2017 10:43am – No Comments
At least forty five militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed during the clearance operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the group’s leader in charge of communications and relations Qari Nafiz was among 36 killed during the airstrikes and ground clearance
By Khaama Press on 28 Apr 2017 9:27am – No Comments
The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan announced the launch of their new spring offensive under the name of Mansoori, vowing to carry out more attacks across the country. The group says the operation has been named after their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, claiming that they had major achievements on the political and military level
Iraq Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians
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Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, 25, of Umatilla, Oregon, died March 28 in northern Syria in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations. He was assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.
Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne, 21, of Ware, Massachusetts died Feb. 20, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,Texas.
Afghanistan Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians
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DoD identifies Green Beret killed while fighting ISIS in Afghanistan. A Special Forces soldier killed Saturday, April 8th, in Afghanistan has been identified as Staff Sgt. Mark De Alencar, according to a Defense Department release on Monday. De Alencar, 37, died of injuries from enemy small arms fire while his unit was conducting counter-ISIS operations in Nangarhar Province, according to the release
Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, 34, of San Luis Obispo, California, died March 19, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
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