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24 Aug

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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

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“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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Guard: Dozens killed in airstrike on Yemeni hotel

Officials and witnesses say majority of those killed in strike by Saudi-led coalition on outskirts of Sana’a were Houthi rebels

People gather around a heavily damaged building after airstrikes on Arhab, Yemen.

People gather around a heavily damaged building after airstrikes on Arhab, Yemen. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Dozens of people are feared killed in an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a small hotel north of the Yemeni capital, the latest mass casualty event in a war that is now in its third year.

News agencies quoted local officials and aid groups as saying at least 35 bodies had been pulled from the rubble of the hotel in Arhab, on the northern outskirts of Sana’a. It was unclear whether they were members of the Houthi rebel forces fighting against the Saudi-backed government, or civilians.

Officials and witnesses told the Associated Press that the death toll was 60 and that the majority of those killed were rebels. Witnesses told Reuters that the hotel building had totally collapsed.

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REU: Yemen’s Saleh rallies followers in Sanaa amid Houthi rift

DUBAI (Reuters) – Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh rallied thousands of supporters in the capital Sanaa on Thursday in a show of force amid an unusual public rift within the alliance fighting a Saudi-led coalition for control of the country.

Fighters loyal to the armed Houthi movement, which runs northern Yemen together with Saleh, decried him as “evil” a day earlier and condemned his description of them as a “militia”.

The Houthi leadership recommended the announcement of a state of emergency and suspension of all “party activity”, telling Saleh’s supporters any mass gatherings should be made on battlefronts, not in public squares.

Thursday’s gathering went ahead, regardless.

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REU: Civilians under greater threat as Raqqa fight intensifies: Amnesty

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Amnesty International said on Thursday a U.S.-led coalition campaign to oust Islamic State from Syria’s Raqqa had killed hundreds of civilians, and those remaining face greater risk as the fight intensifies in its final stages.

The rights group also said Russia-backed Syrian government forces had carried out indiscriminate attacks against civilians, reported to have included cluster and barrel bombs, in a separate campaign against the militants south of Raqqa city.

“Civilians are … trapped in the city, under fire from all sides,” Amnesty said in a report.

It said the U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Arab and Kurdish militias, must take more care as they battle for the city’s central districts………………The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors Syria’s war through a network of on-the-ground contacts, said between June 5 and Wednesday it had documented the deaths of 789 civilians, 200 of them children, in Raqqa city as a result of bombardment by the U.S.-led coalition and SDF.

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REU: As Syria war tightens, U.S. and Russia military hotlines humming

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) – Even as tensions between the United States and Russia fester, there is one surprising place where their military-to-military contacts are quietly weathering the storm: Syria.

It has been four months since U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise missile strikes against a Syrian airfield after an alleged chemical weapons attack.

In June, the U.S. military shot down a Syrian fighter aircraft, the first U.S. downing of a manned jet since 1999, and also shot down two Iranian-made drones that threatened U.S.-led coalition forces.

All the while, U.S. and Russian military officials have been regularly communicating, U.S. officials told Reuters. Some of the contacts are helping draw a line on the map that separates U.S.- and Russian-backed forces waging parallel campaigns on Syria’s shrinking battlefields.

There is also a telephone hotline linking the former Cold War foes’ air operations centers. U.S. officials told Reuters that there now are about 10 to 12 calls a day on the hotline, helping keep U.S. and Russian warplanes apart as they support different fighters on the ground.

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NYT: Islamic State Asks Hezbollah, Syrian Army for Withdrawal From Syria-Lebanon Border: Source

BEIRUT — Islamic State has asked the Syrian Army and its ally Hezbollah to let it withdraw from Syria’s border with Lebanon to the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, an official in the pro-Assad military alliance said on Thursday.

Syrian government forces and their Lebanese ally, Iranian-backed Hezbollah, are trying to oust Islamic State militants from the western Qalamoun region of Syria on Lebanon’s border.

The offensive began on Saturday, coinciding with a Lebanese army campaign on Lebanon’s side of the border to drive Islamic State from the Ras Baalbek area in the country’s northeast.

“Islamic State asked for negotiations and a withdrawal, and the Syrian side and Hezbollah agreed,” the official said.

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IraqiNews:  UPDATED: army kills 25 Islamic State militants in Anbar, civilians flee

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army forces killed 25 Islamic State militants in western Anbar on Thursday, while 17 civilian families managed  to flee militants-held areas, military media and  security sources in the province was quoted saying.

The Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said army warplanes, depending on intelligence tips, bombarded IS locations west of the province, killing 25. The statement did not name the targeted location, though.

Aljournal News website quoted a security source in the province saying that more than 17 families fled Islamic State havens in the towns of Annah, Rawa and Qaim, near the western borders with Syria, towards security deployments in the city of Rutba.

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AP: Iraqis cite progress in driving IS from Tal Afar

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces said Wednesday they have captured two neighborhoods on the edge of the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar.

Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Rasheed Yar Allah, who commands the operation, said special forces drove the militants from al-Kifah al-Janoubi on the southwestern edge of the town, and that federal police and paramilitary units took al-Kifah al-Shamali in the northwest.

Iraqi leaders often declare areas liberated when some fighting is still underway.

Last month, Iraq declared victory over IS in Mosul, the country’s second largest city, after a grueling nine-month campaign. The Tal Afar operation began Sunday, and is aimed at driving IS from one of the last major pockets it controls in Iraq.

As in Mosul, the U.S.-led coalition is providing airstrikes as well as other forms of support to Iraqi troops, and U.S. and other special forces are operating near the front lines.

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REU: Top U.S. general in Afghanistan says Trump’s plan means long-term U.S. commitment

KABUL (Reuters) – The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday President Donald Trump’s new strategy is a sign of a long-term commitment to what is already America’s longest war and called on Taliban insurgents to agree to peace talks.

“The Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, it’s time for them to join the peace process,” General John Nicholson told reporters in the Afghan capital, Kabul. “We will not fail in Afghanistan, our national security depends on that as well.”

Critics, including Trump himself during the 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency, have argued that Afghanistan is no closer to peace despite billions of dollars spent on aid and nearly 16 years of U.S. and allied military operations.

In February, Nicholson told the U.S. Congress he needed “a few thousand” more troops in Afghanistan, mostly to help advise Afghan security forces that are battling Taliban, Islamic State and other Islamist insurgents.

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AP: US general vows to annihilate IS in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s security forces, with the help of U.S. and NATO ground and air support, will annihilate the Islamic State group affiliate in the country and crush remnants of al-Qaida, Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan, vowed Thursday.

Nicholson also had a message for the Taliban: “Stop fighting against your countrymen. Stop killing innocent civilians. Stop bringing hardship and misery to the Afghan people. Lay down your arms and join Afghan society. Help build a better future for this country and your own children.”

Nicholson and Hugo Llorens, the U.S. Embassy’s Special Chargé d’Affaires, told reporters in the capital Kabul that President Donald Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan announced Monday was a promise to Afghans that together they would defeat terrorism and prevent terrorist groups from establishing safe havens.

“We will not fail in Afghanistan,” Nicholson said. “Our national security depends on it, as well as Afghanistan’s security, and our allies and partners.”

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Coordinated Taliban attacks repulsed in Nuristan, 30 militants killed, wounded

The Afghan security forces repulsed coordinated attacks by the Taliban insurgents in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan, leaving nearly 30 militants dead or wounded. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces in a statement said the Taliban insurgents launched a coordinated attack on the security posts in Nurgeram district late on

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Surrendered Taliban leader speaks of foreign intelligence role in Afghan violence

A Taliban leader who has just joined the peace process with his fighters in eastern Nangarhar province has unveiled the role of the foreign intelligence in the ongoing violence in the country. The Taliban leader, Amir Khan famous as Zangal Pacha, joined peace process together with his six fighters. He said the foreign intelligence agencies

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Ghani signs decree for the implementation of compact regarding Afghan-US cooperation

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday signed the decree for the implementation of the compact regarding the bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and the United States. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the decree was signed in the presence of high level officials from the two countries, including the US Embassy Charge d’Affaires and

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

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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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