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15 May

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Iraq A Deadly Deception 2016, War Documentary 2018

WAR DOCUMENTARY: IRAQ A DEADLY DECEPTION ALJAZEERA DOCUMENTARIES 2018 On the evening of 9/11, George W Bush made a vow to the American public – that he would defeat terrorism.

Unknown to those listening in shock to the presidential address, the president and his advisers had already begun planning their trajectory into an invasion of Iraq. It was packaged as “holding responsible the states who support terrorism” by Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser between 2001 and 2003.

“I believe it represented a recognition that we would never succeed against the terrorists if we went after them one at a time and as long as governments were facilitating the organisation, training, equipping of, financing of terrorist organisations, we were never going to get it under control,” says Perle.

After 100 days spent fighting those who had become publicly accepted as the culprits – Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan – the US set the ball rolling for war against Iraq.

On the evening of 9/11 the president is saying: well, maybe we’ll be going after Iraq now and somebody said, well, that would be against international law. The president responded: I don’t care, we’re going to kick some ass.

The War Criminals

How many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago? Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in our country as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime.

Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of a mostly amnesiac citizenry. (A year ago Mr. Bush was on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” dancing and talking about his paintings.)

The war criminals, Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Powell who sold us the war still go on doing what they do.

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

War News

GUARD: Iraq’s shock election result may be turning point for Iran

Result is blow to US, but Iran will also lose out after Iraq’s protest against rule by proxy

The unexpectedly poor showing of Haider al-Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, in parliamentary elections has dealt a blow to US influence in the country. It was a poor return for American backing for the Baghdad government’s drive to extirpate Islamic State and regain lost territory.

But the bigger loser may be Iran, whose allies in Iraq’s Shia militias known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces were pushed into second place by Moqtada al-Sadr, the veteran nationalist. Put simply, Sadr believes Iraqis should run Iraqi affairs – not Washington, not Tehran and not their proxies.

The pressing question now, for Iraqis and the wider Arab world, is whether the election marks the high watermark of Iranian influence that has grown steadily across the region since the 2003 US invasion. Recent events have blown large holes in the prevailing narrative of an inexorable Iranian advance. In short, have we reached “peak Iran”?

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GUARD: Supreme court rejects appeal from Blackwater guards convicted of killing Iraqi civilians

The four men, who were employed as security guards for a private US contractor, were convicted in 2014 of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007

The supreme court has refused to consider appeals by the former Blackwater security contractors convicted in the 2007 slaying of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic junction in Baghdad that marked one of the lowest points in the bloody conflict.

The court announced on Monday that it will not hear an appeal brought by the four men convicted in 2014 trial. They worked for the North Carolina-based private security firm then called Blackwater Worldwide that was contracted by the US government to provide security to US officials working in Iraq.

One of the men, Nicholas Slatten, is going to be retried, beginning 11 June, after an appeals court in Washington DC ruled last summer that he should have been tried separately from his three co-defendants.

Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder after the court heard he was the first to open fire.

The team was providing security to a US diplomat in an armed convoy in September 2007 during one of the most fierce phases of the war, near Nisour Square in Baghdad, where insurgent attacks and car bombs were common threats. Without warning, the men opened fire on the crowds, using machine guns and grenade launchers to mow down Iraqi motorists and unarmed civilians, including children. The barrage killed 14 and wounded at least 17. It triggered international outrage over the role of security contractors working for the US government in a war zone and a row over whether the men should be tried in Iraq or America.

Three of the men, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard, were convicted in 2014 of manslaughter and other charges at trial in Washington and sentenced to 30 years in prison apiece. Nicholas Slatten was convicted of murder and given a life sentence.

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ALJ: Post-ISIL fears loom over Mosul’s Old City

Anger at lack of progress to reconstruct Old City of Mosul could give rise to other armed groups after ISIL.

Mosul, Iraq – The children use the bombed out streets as a sort of a playground, playing a version of the game cops and robbers – instead calling it army versus ISIL.

Well, that’s what it looks like to me anyway.

Getting them to stand still long enough to ask them is a futile task, but as I watch them race around they allow me to scan the Old City of Mosul – a place with an area of just a few kilometres square, but once a bustling centre of homes, mosques, churches and markets.

Today, this is one of the most bombed out places I have ever seen – more than parts of Afghanistan’s Kabul in the early 2000s and more than Basra and Baghdad in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

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Afghanistan attack: ISIL storms government building in Jalalabad | Al Jazeera English

At least 15 people have died and more than 40 wounded in an attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in eastern Afghanistan. It took Afghan security forces most of the day to stop the attackers after they stormed a government building in the city of Jalalabad.

REU: Taliban fighters close in on provincial city in western Afghanistan

HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Taliban fighters threatened the provincial capital of Farah in western Afghanistan on Tuesday, with fighting underway on the outskirts of the city where government forces were defending two police districts, officials and residents said.

A Farah government official and several residents said security forces were engaged in police districts two and three, around 4 km (2.5 miles) from the city center.

“The Taliban are moving very fast, if the government does not take serious and speedy action, the province is going to collapse to Taliban,” said Hamidullah, a resident of the city reached by telephone.

Other residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of possible Taliban retribution, said Taliban forces began their operation at around 2.00 a.m. (2130 GMT Monday), attacking the city from several directions………..“Taliban has entered our city with a full might…they are equipped with heavy arms and night vision,” said Dadullah Qane, a provincial council member of Farah.

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AP: Militants attack Afghan government building, 10 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Militants attacked a provincial government building in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least ten people, officials said.

Attahullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said a suicide car bomb exploded outside the building, which belongs to the provincial finance directorate. The attackers then stormed the building, trading fire with security officials.

“There were eight terrorists who carried out a coordinated attack in Jalalabad city, killing ten people,” Khogyani said. He added that 42 other people were wounded during a five-hour battle.

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NYT: Governor of Eastern Afghan Province Sacked as Security Worsens

KABUL — The provincial governor of Nangarhar has been dismissed as part of an administrative shakeup in a region of Afghanistan where security has sharply deteriorated amid allegations of widespread corruption among officials.

The departure of Mohammad Gulab Mangal was announced on Sunday in a short message by his spokesman which said only that he had decided to go for personal reasons. President Ashraf Ghani’s office confirmed on Monday that his resignation had been accepted.

He will be replaced by the current governor of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan, Hayatullah Hayat.

“Mangal could not perform the job the way that the central government and people of Nangarhar were expecting,” said a government official in Kabul who is close to the dossier but who was not authorized to talk to the media.

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

Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, of Loveland, Colorado, was killed in action April 30 as a result of enemy small arms fire in Tagab District, Afghanistan. The incident is under investign.
Conde was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

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