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10 Jan

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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The War Criminals

The war criminals of the Bush regime lied and fabricated evidence to go to war.

Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Powell are war criminals and today they are enjoying freedom.

The thousands dead, the region in chaos, the creation of Islamic State and the trillions of dollars cost and for what? The worst of all is that they were so desperate for war that they had no plans for peace.

So where are the protests and demonstrations today in the US to bring Bush, Chaney, Wolfowitz, Rice, Powell and Rumsfeld to Justice? There are none. There has been none. And now the US people ask – why do we have so many enemies and why do peoples from other cultures hate us?


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

NYT: Yemen’s Houthis Threaten to Block Red Sea Shipping Lane

DUBAI — Yemen’s armed Houthi movement threatened to block the strategic Red Sea shipping lane if the Saudi-led coalition it is fighting keeps pushing toward the port of Hodeidah it controls, the Houthi-run SABA news agency reported.

Yemen lies beside the southern mouth of the Red Sea, one of the most important trade routes in the world for oil tankers, which pass near Yemen’s shores while heading from the Middle East through the Suez Canal to Europe.

While SABA gave no details on how Houthis could carry out any such move, the Bab al-Mandab strait, where the Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden in the Arabian Sea, is only 20 km (12 mile) wide, making hundreds of ships potentially an easy target.

“If the aggressors keep pushing toward Hodeidah and if the political solution hits wall, there are some strategic choices that will be taken as a no return point, including blocking the international navigation in the Red Sea,” Houthis’ Ansarullah political council chief, Saleh al-Samad, was quoted saying…………….Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthi armed movement, allied with Iran, and a U.S.-backed military coalition headed by Saudi Arabia………….Some 8 million people are on the brink of famine, more than 10,000 have been killed and tens of thousands of others are struggling with cholera, diphtheria and other diseases.

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AP: Syria: Israeli missiles target Damascus military outposts

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria’s military accused Israel of launching missiles targeting its outposts near Damascus in a wave of three pre-dawn attacks Tuesday and claimed that the Syrian air force hit one of the Israeli jets and shot down several of the missiles.

In a statement, the army said the Syrian air defense confronted the early morning attacks on military outposts in the area of Qutayfeh in the Damascus countryside.

Several missiles were first launched from Lebanese airspace at 2:40 a.m., followed by two ground to ground missiles at 3:04 a.m. that were launched from the occupied Golan Heights and four missiles at 4:14 a.m., launched from the Tiberias area, or the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, the statement said.

The military said the attacks caused material damage.

The Israeli military declined to comment on the matter. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to ambassadors of NATO countries in Israel on Tuesday, said the policies had not changed.

“We have a long-standing policy to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah from Syrian territory,” Netanyahu said. “This policy has not changed, we back it up as necessary with action.”

Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes inside Syria in the course of Syria’s civil war, against what it says are suspected arms shipments believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces. Tuesday’s strike was the first this year.

The Syrian army statement described the attack as a “flagrant Israeli aggression” and renewed its warning of the dangerous repercussions of such attacks, holding Israel “fully responsibility for its consequences.”

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GUARD: Russia implies US involvement in drone strikes on Syria military bases

Attacks on its bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country with satellite navigation, says Russian defense ministry, a charge the Pentagon denies

Russia has said that a recent series of drone attacks on its military bases in Syria would have required assistance from a country possessing satellite navigation technology – a statement that appeared to be aimed at the United States.

Russia’s defense ministry said its forces repelled a series of drone attacks on Saturday on the Hemeimeem air base and a naval facility in Tartus, adding that out of the 13 drones involved, seven were shot down and six were forced to land without inflicting any damage.

Without blaming any specific country, the ministry said data for the attacks could only have been obtained “from one of the countries that possesses knowhow in satellite navigation”.

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AP: Syrian troops approaching rebel-held air base in the north

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s state media say government forces and their allies are approaching a sprawling rebel-held air base in the northwestern province of Idlib from different directions.

Recapturing the Abu Zuhour air base, which the rebels took in 2015, has been one of the main targets of a major government offensive into Idlib that began in late October. The attack also aims to secure the road liking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria’s largest.

The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said on Wednesday that Syrian troops are fighting militants, including members of al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, in different areas near Abu Zuhour.

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IraqiNews: Number of U.S. troops in Iraq will be cut down gradually: ambassador

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The U.S. military presence in Iraq is limited to advisory duties and the number of troops will be cut down gradually, American ambassador to Iraq said Wednesday.

Alsumaria News quoted Douglas Silliman saying in a press conference at the embassy in Baghdad that U.S. military presence has been decreased in Iraq, especially in Anbar province in coordination with Iraqi forces.

He noted that the next months will see U.S. troops reduced gradually without a replacement.

According to Silliman, the U.S. is currently focused on the training of Iraqi troops to maintain control over areas recaptured from Islamic State militants, as well as humanitarian aid to refugees.

He put the total of U.S. expenditure on security at recaptured areas, including demining efforts, at USD112 million, besides other funds spent through the UNDP in Iraq.

The Pentagon said in November it maintains nearly 8000 troops in Iraq.

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IraqiNews: Sunni alliance: holding Iraqi elections as scheduled is “military coup”

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Holding Iraq’s parliament and local elections as scheduled will represent a “military coup,  Iraq’s largest Sunni alliance said as the government pushes forward with the first election after the defeat of Islamic State militants.

Raad al-Dahlaki, a senior member of the Alliance of Iraqi Forces, told Baghdad Today that “holding the elections under the current circumstances will represent a military coup against the political process by allowing the ascension of military commanders to assume the government’s political helm”.

According to Dahlaki, the Iraqi government has not fulfilled the requirements for holding fair elections including “the return of refugees and limiting weapons to the state’s hands”.

He added that those “were the most important points for which the parliament had voted for holding the elections…until now, neither has been applied”.

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IraqiNews: Nineveh province denies concluding 50 percent of reconstruction in western Mosul

Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Nineveh provincial council has denied finishing 50 percent of the rehabilitation works in the western side of Mosul, saying that reconstruction had not started yet, but just removal of the rubble.

In remarks on Tuesday, Mohamed Ibrahim, member of the council, said, “talks about reconstructing 50 percent the western flank of the city are totally untrue.”

“Only 40 percent of electricity distribution and water networks are rehabilitated in western Mosul, in addition to opening of some schools,” he added. “The reconstruction works have not started yet, but only removal of debris.”

Ibrahim noted that “the reconstruction of Mosul requires a lot of money as well as long time.”

On Monday, Federal Police Chief Lt. Gen. Shaker Jawdat said police forces finished 50 percent of their works to rehabilitate war-scarred areas of western Mosul. Refugees have been repatriated from camps to their living areas in addition to reopening of schools and bridges.

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NYT: Kuwait to Host Iraq Reconstruction Conference in February: KUNA

BAGHDAD — Kuwait will host an international conference in February on reconstruction in parts of Iraq devastated by the war against Islamic State, the state-run Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said on Tuesday.

Donor countries and organizations are expected to announce financial contributions at the meeting from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, it reported.

Kuwaiti Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Khaled al-Jarallah made the announcement at a joint news conference in Kuwait City with the secretary general of the Iraqi cabinet, Mahdi al-Allaq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month declared victory in the war against the militants, who controlled as much as a third of Iraq’s territory three years ago.

Iraq needs at least $100 billion in assistance to rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure including oil and telecommunications facilities, KUNA quoted Allaq as saying.

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Moscow welcomes briefing by US to the UNSC regarding Afghanistan

Moscow has welcomed the recent remarks delivered by the US national security adviser Herbert McMaster during a briefing to the UN Security Council regarding the situation of Afghanistan, it has been reported. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said on Tuesday that McMaster had a meeting with the Security Council members on

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Foreigners among 21 militants killed in Farah airstrikes

At least twenty one militants including foreign nationals were killed in the latest airstrikes conducted in western Farah province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan in a statement said the new airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Khak-e-Safid district. The statement further added that seven Pakistani nationals were among those killed 

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Noor warns of consequences if the govt opts military force against him

The ousted governor of the northern Balkh province and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami Ata Mohammad Noor has warned of consequences if the government military option against him over the controversial issue of the Balkh government leadership. Noor made the remarks during another gathering attended by his supporters in Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital of Balkh

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New US Ambassador reaffirms support to Afghanistan

The newly-appointed US Ambassador to Afghanistan reaffirmed support to Afghanistan and the Afghan nation in a bid to help build a peaceful, secure, and prosperous future for the nation. “I’m John Bass.  I’m honored to be the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.  I’ve had the privilege of serving my country as a diplomat for nearly

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7 killed, 16 wounded in Quetta suicide attack

A suicide attack rocked Quetta city, the provincial capital of Balochistan province of Pakistan, late on Tuesday night. According to the local officials, several people were killed or injured after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to the vehicle of the security forces. The incident took place in the vicinity of Zarghoon Road close

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Iraq Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>

Afghanistan Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>

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>>

Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

Recent Casualties

 

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

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

Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan, 24, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, died Jan. 8 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. Sullivan was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. The incident is under investigation.

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

Sgt. 1st Class Mihail Golin, 34, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, died Jan. 1 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, after being engaged by enemy small arms fire while on a dismounted patrol. Golin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation.

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

Spc. Avadon A. Chaves, 20, of Turlock, Calif., died Dec. 20 at Al Asad, Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. Chaves was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Bliss, Texas. The incident is under investigation.

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