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United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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Originally Published on Jan 19, 2008

“Do not go gentle into that good night”

 Poem by Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953.

 Rage! Rage!

“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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BBC: Emotional moment Syrian family reunited after two years apart

Twelve-year-old Saif lost a leg in a bomb attack in Syria. The BBC filmed the moment he saw his father for the first time in two years.

Emotional moment Syrian family reunited

REU: Syrian army, allies race to relieve Deir al-Zor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s army and its allies raced towards their enclave in the Euphrates city of Deir al-Zor after a rapid advance on Sunday, seeking to relieve it after years of Islamic State siege as jihadist defenses suddenly collapsed.

Deir al-Zor’s provincial governor, Mohammed Ibrahim Samra, told Reuters in a phone interview that he expected the army to arrive at the city within hours and that some people there had taken to the streets to demonstrate their happiness.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has focused this year on the campaign in Syria’s desert, striking eastwards in a multi-pronged assault to restore Deir al-Zor, where Islamic State has held half the city and all the land around since 2014.

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REU: U.S.-led coalition says Islamic State Syria convoy split in two

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An Islamic State evacuation convoy trying to reach IS territory in east Syria has split in two, with some buses remaining in the open desert after others turned back into government-held areas, a U.S.-led coalition fighting the group said on Sunday.

The Syrian government and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group offered the convoy of about 300 lightly armed fighters and about 300 family members safe passage a week ago in return for Islamic State surrendering an enclave on the Syria-Lebanon border.

However, the coalition has blocked the convoy from entering Islamic State territory in east Syria, near the border with Iraq, by cratering roads and destroying bridges, saying it opposes the evacuation deal as being “not a lasting solution”.

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WP: ISIS fighters may have escaped to Iraq, despite U.S. promises to stop them

An Islamic State convoy stranded in the Syrian desert for five days has split up, and some fighters may have found their way into Iraq despite the U.S. military’s determination to stop them from reaching ­militant-controlled territory, ­Syrian activists and Iraqi officials said Sunday.

Conflicting reports and claims put the 17 buses that made up the original convoy in a variety of locations, illustrating the difficulty of establishing with any certainty events in the remote desert war zone spanning Iraq and Syria.

The buses set out in a convoy from western Syria on Tuesday under the terms of a deal brokered by the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement to relocate the fighters to the Islamic State-controlled town of Bukamal on the Iraqi border in return for the bodies of Lebanese army, Hezbollah and Iranian soldiers.

The convoy became the center of a regionwide controversy over whether such deals are acceptable, with the United States and its allies trading accusations with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its allies over who is doing more to fight terrorism.

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TD: Defeat of ISIS in northern Iraq town marks milestone in campaign to eliminate group

A displaced Iraqi child from Tal Afar sits at a house

A displaced Iraqi child from Tal Afar sits at a house in Al-Ayadiah village, on Aug. 29, 2017, where he got injured as his family was seeking shelter during the military operation against jihadists of the Islamic State group in their home town.  Ahmad Al-Rubaye, AFP/Getty Images

A lightning offensive that ousted the Islamic State from one of its last strongholds in Iraq reflects vast improvements in Iraq’s security forces and a demoralized enemy, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Monday.

The success of the offensive in Tal Afar on Sunday also highlights a growing level of cooperation among armed factions in Iraq, said Lukman Faily, a former Iraqi ambassador to the United States. Government-sanctioned Shiite militias helped isolate the area while Iraq’s military thrust into Tal Afar, which is about 50 miles west of the recently liberated city of Mosul.

Faily called the victory a significant “morale booster” for Iraq’s government.

The collapse of the terror group’s defenses in Tal Afar marks a milestone in a U.S.-aided campaign to free the last remaining Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, more than three years after the militants invaded the country from neighboring Syria.

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ABNA: Seven killed, 12 injured as ISIS suicide bombers attack Iraq power plant / Pics

Wearing military uniforms and armed with grenades, the three attackers entered the facility in Samarra, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital, said General Qassem al-Tamimi, head of a police unit in charge of protecting the vital installations.

A police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said one of the bombers detonated his explosives belt while the two others were shot dead by security reinforcements who rushed to the scene.

He said seven people were killed and 12 wounded in the attack.

“At 2:00 am we were woken up by shots being fired,” Abdel Salam Ahmed, one of the employees who was hit by gunfire in the legs, told AFP from his hospital bed.

He recalled running with colleagues away from the shooting.

“We ran into one of them (the terrorists). Some of us hid while two others kept running towards the exit, shouting ‘we are employees’ but they (the attackers) shot them dead,” he said.

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IraqiNews: Fifty IS militants killed in airstrikes over two months in northeast of Diyala: Official

Diyala (IraqiNews.com) Around fifty Islamic State militants were killed in sporadic airstrikes in northeast of Diyala, a local source from the province was quoted saying on Monday.

“Basateen al-Mekheisa and the surrounding villages located in al-Waqf basin on the outskirts of abu Sayda town, northeast of Diyala, were shelled five times over the past two months,” Awwad al-Rubai’e, head of the security committee of Abu Sayda council, told Alghad Press.

“Most of the airstrikes were accurate. They targeted pivotal havens of IS militants and sleeper cells,” he said. “The available estimates show that the total number of militants killed due to the air raids, last of which was on Sunday, reached around fifty members.”

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Taliban commanders among 25 killed, wounded in Helmand airstrikes

At least twenty five Taliban insurgents were killed or wounded during the airstrikes in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Monday. According to a statement by MoD, the airstrikes were conducted in three different districts of Helmand, including the provincial capital Lashkargah city. The statement further added that twelve insurgents

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Major operation to kick off in Kandahar, says Gen. Raziq

The provincial police chief of the southern Kandahar province General Abdul Raziq has said a major operation will kick off against the insurgents in this province. Gen. Raziq made the remarks during a visit to the restive Maiwand district of Kandahar. Maiwand together with the Ghorak district borders the restive Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts of

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Ghani informs regarding investments worth billions of dollars on Afghan Air Force

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday informed regarding the investment plans worth billions of dollars on the Afghan Air Force. He said with the announcement of the new US strategy for Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission’s activities have increased. President Ghani further added that six billion dollars will be invested on the Air Force

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

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.Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Butler, 27, of Monticello, Utah, died Aug. 16 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations. The incident is under investigation.

Butler was assigned to the 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Camp Williams, Utah.

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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Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.

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