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04 Jul

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

The War Criminals

The war criminals, Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Powell  

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.)

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

AP: In Yemen, 46 detainees released from UAE-controlled prison

CAIRO (AP) — Their mothers and sisters cried with joy and women from the neighborhood ululated as 46 Yemeni detainees walked free on Tuesday after months or years spent in detention in one of several prisons controlled by the United Arab Emirates in southern Yemen.

It was the third batch of prisoners released after The Associated Press revealed that hundreds of Yemenis swept up in anti-terror raids by Emirati-backed forces have been subjected to torture and sexual abuse aimed at brutalizing the detainees and extracting “confessions” as part of a U.S.-backed anti-terror campaign.

Images posted on social media show the freed men grinning and flashing V signs for victory as their loved ones and neighbors hugged and kissed them in the southern port city of Aden.

The saga of the detainees from the Beir Ahmed prison in Aden is linked to the brutal civil war that has roiled the Arab world’s poorest country, where a Saudi-led coalition, of which the UAE is a leading member, is at war with Iran-aligned rebels known as Houthis, who control the capital.

Prosecutor Mohammed Ali Saleh confirmed the release of the 46 on Tuesday, without elaborating, while the detainees themselves gave The Associated Press a list with their names.

Among them was 23-year-old Saddam al-Azazi, held since June of last year. His mother said she fainted when she heard the news and that her daughters had to carry her to see him.

“I walked two steps and my legs couldn’t carry me anymore,” she said, declining to give her name, fearing for her family. “When my son hugged me, all the neighbors in all the houses were ululating and crying at the same time.”

Other prisoners despaired at not being included among those released, with one trying to kill himself by taking pills, according to two witnesses who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals. Prison officials could not immediately be reached for comment……………….The AP first asked the Pentagon about the abuses a year ago, but despite reports of torture documented by the AP from former and current detainees, human rights groups and the United Nations, the Pentagon said the United States has seen no evidence of detainee abuse in Yemen. U.S. officials have acknowledged that American forces receive intelligence from UAE partners and have participated in interrogations in Yemen.

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REU: Despite criticism at home, French arms sales double in the Middle East

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s weapons sales to the Middle East doubled in 2017, a government report showed, as President Emmanuel Macron defied pressure from lawmakers and rights groups to curb arms flows to a region mired in conflict.

France is among the world’s leading arms exporters, its sales surging in recent years on the back of its first lucrative overseas contracts for Rafale fighter jets, notably to India and Qatar, as well as a multi-billion submarine deal with Australia.

Paris has sought to increase its diplomatic weight in the Middle East through the sale of naval vessels, tanks, artillery and munitions to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The government’s annual report on weapons sales, due to be released on Wednesday, shows that France’s total arms sales halved to 7 billion euros in 2017, in line with previous years where no major contracts, such as for the Dassault-made Rafale, were recorded………………However, about 60 percent of sales went to the Middle East, with arms exports to the region worth 3.92 billion euros compared to 1.94 billion euros a year earlier……….France is now the third largest arms exporter in the world behind the United States and Russia, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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REU: War forces Yemen high school students to flee to capital to take exams

SANAA (Reuters) – Fighting in a port city in Yemen has forced around 2,000 high school students to flee to the capital to sit exams, braving a six-hour journey along a mountain road scarred by land mines and aerial bombardment.

The boys and girls started arriving on June 21 for the university entrance exams having left Hodeidah because of a battle that began on June 12 between Houthi rebels aligned to Iran and a coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

“We were comfortable in our city in Hodeidah, relaxed, not thinking of war and then we were surprised with this war that forced us to move to Sanaa, and affected us in our education, our livelihood and everything else,” said Ahmed Shawky.

The students are now staying in schools or with friends and relatives and their reception is an example of how Houthi authorities are trying to ease social frustrations in the territory they control.

“We have received almost 2,000 students (from Hodeidah) who were distributed across Sanaa’s schools and other schools close to Hodeidah … We have offered all the necessary help to the displaced students,” said Ali Al Saqaf, an official from Amanat al-Asimah province that includes the capital.

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AP: UN members: Syria not answering chemical weapons questions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria is still failing to answer questions about its chemical weapons program, years after becoming a party to the chemical weapons convention, members of the U.N. Security Council said Wednesday.

Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, the current council president, said many members raised the issue during a closed meeting on Syria’s chemical weapons at which U.N. disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu gave a briefing by video.

“There are a lot of uncertainties” in Syria’s declaration to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of its chemical weapons program, “and that is part of the problem,” Skoog told The Associated Press after the meeting.

Britain’s deputy U.N. ambassador, Jonathan Allen, said before the meeting that members would be discussing “how to ensure the Syrian regime dismantles their chemical weapons program.”

The council meeting followed last week’s 82-24 vote by OPCW member nations giving the international chemical weapons watchdog the authority to determine blame for chemical attacks for the first time, over strong objections from Russia and Syria.

The OPCW was created to implement the 1997 convention that banned chemical weapons, but it lacked a mandate to name the parties it found responsible for using them.

The Security Council established a joint U.N.-OPCW investigative team to determine responsibility for chemical attacks in Syria.

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REU: Fleeing new assault, Syrian family doubts they will ever go home

BEIRUT (Reuters) – After running from an army offensive in southwest Syria, Mirad Ghabaghbi says he is ready to take his family anywhere to keep them safe – even neighboring Israel.

Mirad Ghababi’s children wash their hands outside a tent near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria July 2, 2018. Picture taken July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

The vegetable seller is among thousands of Syrians seeking refuge at the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

With the help of Russian air power, pro-government forces have marched swiftly into insurgent territory in Deraa province in the past two weeks.

The battles have pushed more than 270,000 people out of their homes, the United Nations says, most of them sheltering nearby at Syria’s southern frontiers. But neighbors Israel and Jordan say they will not let Syrians in.

A woman carries a carpet on her shoulders near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria July 2, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

“Everyone in the village is wanted (by the state). I don’t expect anyone to return,” said Ghabaghbi, who escaped with 22 relatives when the frontlines reached their doorstep.

He said residents could not even pick up dead bodies in the streets in his village of Kheil in east Deraa, the birthplace of the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

The road out of the province was packed with streams of cars and people despite the bombing, he added.

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REU: Son of Islamic State leader killed in Syria’s Homs: IS news channel

CAIRO (Reuters) – A son of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed in the city of Homs in Syria, the group’s news channel reported on Tuesday.

“Hudayfah al-Badri … the son of the Caliph … was killed in an operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs,” the statement said. The word Nusayriyyah refers to Syria’s Alawite community.

Baghdadi’s whereabouts remain unknown, but the wording of Tuesday’s statement seemed to imply he is still alive.

The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since he declared a caliphate to rule over all Muslims from a mosque in Mosul in 2014, after leading his fighters on a sweep through northern Iraq.

Baghdadi’s last message came in the form of an undated 46-minute audio recording, released via the Al-Furqan news organization in September, where he urged followers across the world to wage attacks against the West and to keep fighting in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere.

REU: Rebels discuss with Russia a deal to end fighting in southern Syria

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian rebel negotiators began a new round of talks with Russian officers on Tuesday over a peace deal in southern Syria under which they would hand over weapons and allow Russian military police to enter rebel-held towns, a rebel spokesman said.

Accompanied by a major Russian aerial bombing campaign that has led to some of the fastest mass displacements of the war, Syrian pro-government forces have marched swiftly into insurgent territory in Deraa province over the past two weeks.

Spokesman Ibrahim al Jabawi said the rebels had carried to the negotiating table their “response to a list of Russian demands” that include the handing over of weapons and settling the status of rebels in a deal that ends the fighting.

“Today they are carrying their response to the terms presented by the Russian officers,” Jabawi said.

The Russian demands, handed to rebels in a meeting in a town in southern Syria on Saturday, had prompted a walkout by the rebels, who said the terms amounted to a humiliating surrender. The opposition team was then persuaded by Jordan to go back to the negotiating table, diplomatic sources said.

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Pentagon presents new 6-month report regarding Afghanistan to Congress

The United States Department of Defense or Pentagon has presented a new report to the US Congress regarding the situation of Afghanistan. The report covers the security situation of Afghanistan from late 2017, mainly focusing on the new US strategy for South Asia, the ongoing fight against terrorism, and the Afghan peace efforts. According to .

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Protest turns violent over Commander Qaisari’s arrest in Faryab province

The protest over the arrest of an influential militia commander Nizamuddin Qaisari has turned violent in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan. The eyewitnesses in the area are saying that the protest turned violent during the second day after a large number of rally participants attempted to storm into the security institutions. There are also reports

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AAF targets Humvee vehicle captured by Taliban leaving 4 militants dead

The Afghan Air Force carried out an airstrike targeting a Humvee armored personnel carrier captured by the Taliban militants in western Farah province. The 207th Zafar Corps of the Afghan Military in the West said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Bala Bolok district. The source further added that the airstrike left

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Another senior Pakistani Taliban leader reportedly killed in Kunar province

Another senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan. According to reports, Mullah Omar Rehman Swati, was killed during an airstrike conducted on Tuesday in the vicinity of Shiltan district. Sources privy of the development have confirmed that Mullah Swati

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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 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.

Care for Veterans:

PTSD: National Center for PTSDPTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and FamiliesSee Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.

All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD ProgramLocator to find a PTSD program.If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.

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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Iraq A Deadly Deception – 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.

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