18 Aug

Photo of ‘Antifa’ man assaulting officer was doctored, analysis shows

BY Joshua Barajas

An image that appeared to capture a member of an anti-fascist group beating a U.S. police officer with a club during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is fake.

The doctored photograph, the Associated Press and found, turned out to be a Getty Image shot in 2009 during clashes between police officers and protesters in Athens, Greece. An “Antifa,” or “antifacist,” logo was digitally superimposed onto the jacket of a protester, who is seen attacking an officer with a blunt object.

The image was widely shared shortly after Saturday’s car attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, which followed a rally organized by neo-Nazis and white nationalists to protest the relocation of a Confederate statute. Some users flagged the photo on Twitter.

The fake image circulated among social media accounts that opposed anti-fascist activists and was often used to support President Donald Trump’s statement that “both sides” were to blame for the Charlottesville violence.


18 Aug

Donald Trump’s Golf Course Plaque Honors Fake Civil War Battle

Donald Trump’s Golf Course Plaque Honors Fake Civil War Battle

“How would they know that? Were they there?” Trump challenged local historians in 2015

A plaque along the Potomac River near the 15th green is shown during Round 3 of the Senior PGA Championship at Trump National Golf Club on May 27, 2017 in Sterling, Virginia. Rob Carr/Getty Images

A 2015 report about a factually inaccurate plaque featured at Donald Trump‘s Northern Virginia Trump National Golf Club has resurfaced this week in light of the president’s controversial remarks about the violent weekend in Charlottesville – and his tweets about preserving Civil War memorabilia Thursday.

The New York Times story, published with the headline “In Renovation of Golf Club, Donald Trump Also Dressed Up History,” historians disputed the veracity of a plaque that sits between the 14th hole and the 15th tee of one of the club’s two courses.

The plaque, which is attached to a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, reads: “Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!”

A Trump family crest appears under the inscription, along with Trump’s full name. The plaque purportedly designates that portion of the Potomac as “The River of Blood.”

According to the Times story, three historians asserted that no such battle or designation has ever been given to that spot.

“No. Uh-uh. No way. Nothing like that ever happened there,” Richard Gillespie, the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, told the Times. “The only thing that was remotely close to that” was something that took place 11 miles up the river. The conflict there was known as the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, took place in 1861 and involved several hundred deaths on the Union side.

Trump was adamant about the accuracy of the plaque, however, and told the publication that he was certain the area was “a prime site for river crossings. So if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot – a lot of them.”

The closest historic spot where crossings took place during the Civil War is indeed not too far from Trump’s club, but according to the historians, no one died in a crossing at that point, or in any other notable battle in the nearby area.

Retorted real estate mogul: “How would they know that? Were they there?”

Trump, a self-professed “big history fan,” was unable to name the historians he claimed had told him the site was known as the River of Blood.

On Tuesday, Trump issued a trio of tweets denouncing protesters attempting to fell statues and monuments of Confederate leaders from the Civil War era.

18 Aug

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

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Editorial Terrorist attack in Barcelona

Events in Catalonia should serve as a call for a new political agenda

Ampliar foto Bystanders caught up in Thursday’s events in Barcelona. Giannis Papanikos AP

There is a deliberate choice of enemy when it comes to terrorism and this time it has targeted a city that represents like no other the kind of open, democratic and multicultural spirit that radicalism is intent on stamping out.

Thursday’s attack in Barcelona was a blow struck at the very heart of an iconic, dynamic and cosmopolitan metropolis visited by millions of people from all over the world. It was an assault on one of Europe’s Mediterranean economic and cultural powerhouses, but it was also an assault on Spain, which has waged a relentless struggle against terrorism since Madrid was bombed in March 11, 2004; it was also an attack on Europe, which has become a prime target for Islamist extremists determined to destroy everything it stands for.

Thursday’s incident has to be a wake up call for Catalonian politics

In a devastating attack on La Rambla, the driver inflicted his violence on the city’s busiest tourist district, indiscriminately mowing down people from all over the world. At the time of going to press, the number of victims was 13 dead and more than 100 injured in the bloodiest attack on Spanish soil since 2004.

Since then, Spain has managed to escape terrorist violence. Due to the efficiency of the police and the justice system, strict security measures, effective intelligence and coordination with police at the international level, Spain has managed to contain a threat that Thursday’s attack reminds us is still very real.

The attacks over recent months in Manchester (22 dead at a concert in 2017), Berlin (12 dead at a Christmas market in 2016), Nice (84 killed and 300 injured by a truck in 2016), Brussels (32 dead and 300 injured in 2016) and Paris (130 killed in clubs and bars and 12 killed in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, both in 2015), together with fatal incidents in other parts of Europe involving the use of knives, machetes and vehicles, not only suggest that the terrorists are raising their game, but also that they are reverting to increasingly cruel and lethal methods, such as mowing people down with vans and trucks.

This latest terrorist attack also reflects the emerging profile of terrorists able to operate alone or in small groups, whose ideology enables them to belong to an organization that while ethereal, uses the social networks to indoctrinate quickly and effectively. The fight against this new type of terrorism is more complex: as ISIS suffers defeats in Iraq and Syria, there is a knock-on effect on their followers in Europe.

The radicals have focused on Catalonia, along with the North African exclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, and on Madrid. Obviously, Spain’s security forces need to coordinate closely to avoid attacks such as took place on La Rambla. But the challenge facing us is not simply a matter for the police. Such an attack needs an efficient and coordinated response by the central government. The job of state authorities, with the government at their head, is to guarantee the safety and liberty of its citizens, using all the tools at its disposal.

We call on the regional government to deal with Catalonia’s real problems

Therefore we applaud the fact that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has decided to join forces with the Catalan regional government in supervising the response. It’s the least we can expect in a crisis of this kind that unfortunately coincides with a particularly confused moment in Catalan politics. However, we believe that such consequences should go beyond the circumstantial.

An attack of this magnitude should be a wake up call for Catalan politicians, including the regional government, parliament and pro-independence movements, which have made the independence fantasy the sole issue on Catalonia’s political agenda over the last few years. It’s time to ditch the democratic nonsense, the flagrant law-breaking, the games, the tactics and political opportunism. It’s time that those governing us start working for our real interests.

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World Politics

United States

Susan Bro, mother of 32-year-old killed in Charlottesville violence, says she does not want to talk to politicians ‘just to hear them say, “I’m sorry”’

Susan Bro at a memorial for her daughter, Heather Heyer.

Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed when a car rammed into counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, last Saturday, has said she has “no interest” in speaking with Donald Trump.

“I understand that President Trump wants to speak with me, I’ve heard from his press secretary and a few other people, and it’s not that I’m trying to be callous, it’s that I have no interest in speaking to politicians just to hear them say, ‘I’m sorry,’” Bro told ABC’s Good Morning America.

“If I felt like that’s all they wanted to say, that would be different, but I feel like I’m wanted to be used for political agendas and I’m resistant to that.”

Bro had initially thanked Trump for his “words of comfort”, but changed her mind following the memorial service for Heyer on Wednesday, after Bro said she saw “an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters … with the KKK and the white supremacists.”

The ABC host, Robin Roberts, asked Bro whether she had spoken directly with the president.

“I have not and now I will not,” Bro said. “At first, I just missed his calls. The first call it looked like actually came during the funeral. I didn’t even see that message. There were three more frantic messages from press secretaries throughout the day.”

At the news conference, Trump sought to cast blame for the Charlottesville clashes on both groups of protesters. “I think there is blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it. And you don’t have doubt about it either … But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.”

Bro said her daughter was simply “part of a group of human beings who cared to protest”.

“I’ve heard it said that the murder of my daughter was part of making America great,” Bro added. “The blood on the streets, is that what made America great? Attacking innocent people with a vehicle, is that what made America great?”

Trump’s words, she said, would not easily be forgiven. “You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying, ‘I’m sorry.’ I’m not forgiving for that.”

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Hours after van killed 13 people and injured 100 in Las Ramblas, seaside town of Cambrils hit by second vehicle attack, leaving one dead and six wounded

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Hours after van killed 13 people and injured 100 in Las Ramblas, seaside town of Cambrils hit by second vehicle attack, leaving one dead and six wounded

Source: @torrea40

People take cover as approximately eight shots ring out in the town of Cambrils, about 120km from Barcelona early on Friday. Catalan police later confirmed that officers shot dead four alleged ‘perpetrators’ and injured one more during the counter-terror raids there. It follows the deaths of at least 13 people in a van attack in Barcelona.

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18 Aug

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Published on Jul 6, 2016

The conflict in Iraq followed years of tensions between President Saddam Hussein and the West, amid accusations that he was stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Jim Reed looks at the timeline of events that led to the war, and how it played out, for the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Khatla Ali Abdullah, 90, is embraced as she flees her home as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants in western Mosul. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra


“I regret they got hurt,’ Bush,the former president and war criminal said of the veterans.”

To the War Criminal Bush – And to the thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians?

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

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REU: Saudi coalition to blame for half of Yemen child casualties: draft U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition was responsible for an “unacceptably high” 51 percent of child deaths and injuries in Yemen last year, according to a draft United Nations report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

The draft report on children and armed conflict, which still has to be approved by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and is subject to change, blamed the Saudi-led coalition for more than 680 child casualties and three-quarters of the attacks on schools and hospitals in Yemen.

“Attacks carried out by air caused over half of all child casualties, with at least 349 killed and 333 injured,” the draft report found. The Saudi-led coalition began an air campaign in Yemen in March 2015 to defeat Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

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REU: Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) – Washington’s main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of militias dominated by the Kurdish YPG, believes the United States has a “strategic interest” in staying on, SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.

“They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) … and the U.S. administration,” Silo said.

The U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State has deployed forces at several locations in northern Syria, including an airbase near the town of Kobani. It has supported the SDF with air strikes, artillery, and special forces on the ground.

Asked about long-term strategy, Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the coalition, referred Reuters to the Pentagon. He said there was “still a lot of fighting to do, even after ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa”.

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REU: Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region, state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said on Friday.

President Bashar al-Assad’s military has advanced against Islamic State along two prongs towards Deir al-Zor province this year, leaving a large jihadist salient stretching back west between them.

Its forces have now cut off part of that salient with a pincer movement, enclosing a large Islamic State enclave around the village of Uqairabat, the state news agency SANA reported.

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IraqiNews Ministry: Iraqi refugees inside the country near 3 million

Baghdad ( The number of Iraqi refugees across the country stands near three million, the Iraqi Displacement and Migration Ministry said Thursday, saying it prepares for further flows of displaced civilians.

Minister Jassem al-Jaff said the number of refugees across the country currently stands at 2.9 million. Those, he said, include two millions from Nineveh alone.

He said the ministry had completed all preparations for humanitarian response to future refugee flows as anticipated operations launch for the recapture of Islamic State havens in Nineveh’s Tal Afar, Kirkuk’s Hawija and Salahuddin’s Shirqat.

Earlier on Thursday, Nour-Eddin Qablan, vice president of the Nineveh province council, said 50% of displaced civilians had returned to their home regions in western Mosul.

Iraq’s U.S.-backed offensives against Islamic State militants since October have displaced at least one million people. Iraqi authorities plan to repatriate civilians to their home regions by the end of this year.

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REU: Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office said on Thursday a unit of the security forces committed “abuses” against civilians during the offensive to oust Islamic State (IS) insurgents from the city of Mosul.

His government began an investigation in May into a report by German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that included images of apparent torture taken by a freelance photographer embedded with the Interior Ministry’s elite Emergency Response Division (ERD).

“The committee has concluded … that clear abuses and violations were committed by members of the ERD,” a statement from Abadi’s office said. It added that the perpetrators would be prosecuted.

Spiegel’s photos showed detainees accused of affiliation with Islamic State hanging from a ceiling with their arms bent behind them, and the journalist wrote of prisoners being tortured to death, raped and stabbed with knives.

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GUARD: Fallon apologises to families of soldiers killed in Land Rovers in Iraq

Defence secretary says sorry to relatives for delay in introducing better-protected vehicles that ‘could have saved lives’

The defence secretary has apologised to families of British soldiers killed while travelling in Snatch Land Rovers for delays in replacing the lightly armoured vehicles.

In the letter to families seen by the BBC, Michael Fallon said bringing better protected vehicles into service could have saved lives.

Among the recipients of the letter was Sue Smith, whose son, Pte Phillip Hewett, 21, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, died in July 2005 after the Snatch Land Rover he was travelling in was blown up in Amara, south-east Iraq.

Last year the Chilcot inquiry found a string of Ministry of Defence failings in the preparation for the Iraq war, including a delay in replacing the lightly armoured Snatch Land Rovers, which are vulnerable to bombs.

A number of families, including Smith’s, have been given the go-ahead to bring compensation claims against the government under legislation covering negligence and human rights.

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IraqiNews: Three civilians killed, wounded in air raid west of Ramadi

Rutba ( The civilians died and sustained injuries when unidentified warplanes carried out an air raid near a house west of Anbar’s city of Ramadi, a local official was quoted saying.

Emad al-Dulaimi, mayor of the city of Rutba, said unidentified warplanes killed a woman, her 13-year-old daughter and wounded her husband in Okashat, north of the city (310 Km west of Ramadi).

Local officials have occasionally reported civilian deaths in airstrikes by unidentified jets in the same region. The Iraqi government forces, as well as the U.S.-led coalition, have occasionally faced accusations of causing deaths among civilians during operations targeting Islamic State havens.

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NYT: Clearing Iraqi Cities of Explosives May Take Decades

BAGHDAD — The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside.

For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Islamic State militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition that still could blow up.

Washington at least is trying to ease a bit of the massive clean-up burden.

On Thursday, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives……………….Some estimates suggest it may take 25 years to clear West Mosul of explosives. The bomb-removing team leader said those understate what is sure to be a long, enduring problem.

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NYT: Pentagon Hopes to Declassify Hidden Threat in Mosul: ‘Dud’ U.S. Bombs

BAGHDAD — The Pentagon is seeking to declassify strike targets in Mosul where American bombs did not explode, Defense Department officials say. That information would be used as part of a long and potentially dangerous effort to make the city, the site of eight months of fierce fighting between the Islamic State and an American-led coalition, livable again.

Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the commander of the campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, said Thursday that he was looking for a way to lift longstanding rules that keep secret, for 25 years, the exact coordinates of unexploded ordnance.

Humanitarian groups and ordnance removal specialists on the ground in West Mosul have reported that the city is littered with booby traps and improvised explosive devices left by Islamic State fighters, in addition to dozens, and possibly hundreds, of so-called dud bombs that were dropped by United States warplanes but never exploded.

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IraqiNews: Governor shuns court ruling, refuses to lower Kurdish flag from Kirkuk

Kirkuk ( Kirkuk’s governor Najmuddin Karim has defied a court ruling and insisted to keep Kurdistan Region’s flag flattering alongside the Iraqi one in the province.

An administrative court in the province ruled on Thursday to lower the Kurdish flag, reversing a controversial decision by Karim late March to raise it alongside the Iraqi one above government buildings, which he adopted following a vote inside the province’s council.

“There is no constitutional article banning the raising of the Kurdish flag as long as the Iraqi one is raised,” the governor said in a press statement.

Karim has been an ardent supporter of the vote Kurdistan Region scheduled for September 25th on independence from Iraq. He recently said a Kurdish delegation visiting Baghdad to discuss differences over the planned poll represented Kirkuk, one of the territories to which both Baghdad and Erbil claim sovereignty.

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REU: U.S. soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 U.S., Afghan troops wounded

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – One U.S. soldier was killed and around 20 U.S. and Afghan troops were wounded during a push against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, as Washington wrestled with a months-long debate about the 16-year-old war.

The incident late on Wednesday in Nangarhar province came as several Pentagon officials visited Afghanistan, including Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and the top generals of the Army and Air Force.

As the sun pounded down on Bagram Airfield, Wilson, the generals and scores of U.S. troops joined a solemn ceremony to mark the moment the flag-draped coffin carrying the fallen soldier was loaded onto a flight back toward the United States. Some of the troops quietly wept.

Few details about the blast were available, including a firm number of U.S. wounded or the name of the soldier who was killed. One U.S. official said most of the injured American troops had already been released from medical care.

Two officials said the U.S. and Afghan forces were hit by an explosion inside a building in Nangarhar. They did not say what caused the explosion.

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REU: As U.S. debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families’ lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) – As the Trump administration debates war strategy in Afghanistan, this Afghan pilot in the U.S.-backed Afghan Air Force has more pressing concerns: He’s worried the Taliban may kidnap or kill his family.

Like other colleagues flying A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, he told Reuters he has received death threats. One came in the form a note left on the door of his home in Kabul.

“It said: ‘If you don’t quit, we’re going to kidnap your kids and kill you’,” the pilot said in an interview, asking not to be identified due to fears for his security.

His children are aged 2, 3, 6 and 7. Three other pilots said such threats were common among Super Tucano pilots, whose skills are quickly becoming among the most sought after assets in the Afghan arsenal. Two said they wanted the Afghan government to do more to help protect their families.

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AP: Mattis says a decision is closer on strategy for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like.

In remarks at the State Department, Mattis told reporters President Donald Trump will confer with his national security team Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, and said the talks “will move this toward a decision.”

“We are coming very close to a decision, and I anticipate it in the very near future,” he added.

Months ago the Pentagon had settled on a plan to send approximately 3,800 additional troops to help strengthen the Afghan army, which is stuck in what some call a deteriorating stalemate with the Taliban insurgency. Some in the White House have questioned the wisdom of investing further resources in the war, which is the longest in American history.

The administration has said its Afghanistan strategy will be informed by a review of its approach to the broader region, including Pakistan and India. The Taliban have long used Pakistan as a sanctuary, complicating efforts to defeat the insurgency in Afghanistan and stabilize the country.

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AP: The Latest: Family IDs Utah soldier killed in Afghanistan

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

The family of a Utah National Guard soldier killed in eastern Afghanistan says he was a Green Beret who died after entering a booby-trapped building that exploded.

Father Randy Butler said in a statement Thursday that 27-year-old son Aaron Butler was killed and the other 11 members of his team were wounded in the battle with Islamic State militants.

Randy Butler says his son was a champion high school wrestler in the southern Utah town of Monticello who always dreamed of a military career.

His family says he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ghana. He later graduated from the U.S. Army Special Forces qualification course with honors in 2016.

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Afghan forces conducted 41 airstrikes, 33 ground operations, killing 86 insurgents: MoD

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted at least 41 airstrikes and 33 ground operations against the insurgents leaving at least 86 of them dead, including militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in its latest operational update said the operations were conducted in the past

Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. They died Aug. 13 of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in Iraq. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, of Brooklyn, New York

Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr., 22, of Arlington, Texas

The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Aug. 2 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a result of injuries sustained when a vehicle-borne improved explosive device detonated near their convoy. Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The incident is under investigation.

Killed were:

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Columbus, Indiana.

Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, North Carolina.

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, West Virginia, died August 2 in Kuwait in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations.

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

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, died July 3, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.

DOD:  The Department of Defense announced today the death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

They died June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.

Killed were:

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and

Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina


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