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05 Jul

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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.

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.

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AP: No breakthrough in Yemen conflict after envoy visit

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. envoy to Yemen expressed optimism Wednesday after meeting with top leaders of the Houthi rebels in a bid to end the country’s civil war, but a Houthi negotiator said there was no breakthrough in negotiations.

Martin Griffiths said in a statement before his departure from the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, that the rebels and their allies have expressed a “strong desire for peace” and discussed “concrete ideas for achieving peace,” without elaborating.

He added that he will brief the U.N. Security Council on the results of his visit and that he may meet again with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden.

A Saudi-led coalition allied with Hadi’s internationally recognized government has been at war with the Houthis since 2015, and previous peace efforts have failed.

The United Arab Emirates, a major pillar in the coalition, is leading the battle to retake the key port town of Hodeida from the Houthis but put the campaign on hold to give the envoy a chance to broker a peaceful resolution.

The U.N. hopes to prevent a full-scale coalition assault on Hodeida, a vital lifeline for a country already teetering on the brink of famine. Fighting has largely been confined to the city’s outskirts.

Houthi negotiator Salem Moghlek told the AP that the envoy’s visit netted “nothing new.” He added that the Houthis did not recognize any cease-fire and there was no agreement on one with the UAE.

GUARD: ‘Their blankets are the sky’: Syrian civilians flee Daraa

As a sustained assault by government forces sparks a panic-stricken exodus from the southern city, families are being reduced to sleeping in the street

Just a kilometre from the Jordanian border, Om Suleiman and her children are sleeping in a small shed they share with five other Syrian families. About 20 people are crowded into this hot, insect-ridden space, and Suleiman worries about the scorpions that come at night.

Just days ago, she and her children rushed from their home in Tareeq al-Sad, a rebel-held neighbourhood in Daraa. “We escaped at night, terrified and barefooted,” she says.

Her family are among a wave of Syrian civilians who have fled their homes in southern Syria over the past week after a relentless aerial bombardment by forces loyal to the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. Suleiman knew it was time to leave when she heard the all too familiar din of improvised munitions, known as “elephant rockets” because of the thunderous sound they make. The weapons are among many witnesses say are being used against civilian neighbourhoods in south-west Syria.

Daraa was meant to be shielded from the fighting as part of a “de-escalation agreement” brokered last July by Jordan, the US and Russia. But the truce started to unravel last month when a government offensive began targeting the opposition-held part of the province.

In the past 10 days, shelling and air raids are believed to have killed more than 200 civilians. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said at least 17 women and 19 children are among the casualties.

NYT: Wives and Children of ISIS, Unwanted Back Home, Are Warehoused in Syria

ROJ CAMP, Syria — When her husband uprooted their family from Morocco to live under the Islamic State in Syria, Sarah Ibrahim had little choice but to go along. After he disappeared — she believes he was killed in an airstrike on a prison — she fled with her two sons.

More than 900 children, many of them toddlers, are being held at Roj Camp.CreditIvor Prickett for The New York Times

They were captured last year and have been held ever since in this dusty, sweltering detention camp in northeastern Syria. They are among the more than 2,000 foreign women and children being held in such camps, trapped in a legal and political limbo with no foreseeable way out.

Their home countries do not want them back, fearing they could spread radical Islamist ideology. The Kurdish authorities that administer this stateless war zone do not want them either, and say it is not their job to indefinitely detain citizens of other countries.

“You told us to leave ISIS and we left, but we are still considered ISIS,” said Ms. Ibrahim, 31, her frustration dissolving into tears. “So who is responsible for us? Who will determine our fate?”

REU: Russian-backed attack pummels southwest Syria: war monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian military and its Russian allies pummeled rebel-held towns in southwest Syria overnight with more than 600 air strikes in 15 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said.

After four days of reduced bombardment, the intense air strikes had resumed on Wednesday following the collapse of talks between insurgent groups and Russian officers.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies are fighting to recapture the southwest, one of the last remaining rebel strongholds in Syria along with a region of the northwest bordering Turkey.

His two-week offensive, backed by Russian air power, has taken a large chunk of rebel territory northeast of the provincial capital of Deraa, as a string of towns surrendered.

The fighting and air strikes have already driven more than a quarter of million people in southwest Syria from their homes, the United Nations said on Monday, seeking shelter along the frontiers with Jordan and Israel.

NYT: Afghan Official Says Bombing Has Killed 4 Taliban Insurgents

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says a bomb has killed four Taliban insurgents, including a senior leader, in the country’s eastern Nangarhar province.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing, which took place on Thursday.

Militants from the Islamic State group have targeted the Taliban in the past in eastern Afghanistan, where they have gained a foothold, including in a devastating bombing during a recent three-day truce that killed several Taliban fighters and members of the security forces during a temporary cease-fire.

Afghan defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said on Thursday that a suspected U.S. drone strike in northeastern Kunar province killed a senior Pakistan Taliban commander and his two bodyguards.

Radmanish says the attack took place on Tuesday morning, near the border with Pakistan.

NYT: Germany Deports 69 Failed Asylum-Seekers to Afghanistan

BERLIN — German authorities say they have deported 69 Afghans whose asylum requests were rejected back to their home country.

A plane carrying the men from Munich to Kabul landed in the Afghan capital early Wednesday. It was one of the largest collective deportation flights yet organized by Germany, which has vowed to step up the removal of people who don’t have a right to remain in the country.

The state interior minister of Bavaria, where 51 of the men had been living, welcomed the deportation flight.

Joachim Herrmann noted that unlimited deportations to Afghanistan had recently been approved by Germany’s federal authorities. In recent years deportations to Afghanistan were limited to people with criminal convictions.

NYT: Afghan Province in Chaos After Crackdown on Militia Leader

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — A political crisis is brewing in northern Afghanistan, where government forces on Wednesday opened fire on supporters of a powerful militia commander as they were protesting his arrest.

Afghan protesters shouting slogans on Wednesday during a protest in Mainama, the capital of Faryab Province.CreditReuters

The commander, Nizamuddin Qaisari, is a district police chief in the Taliban-besieged province of Faryab. He is also a close ally of the exiled vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, who has fallen out with the Afghan president.

Mr. Qaisari is the de facto commander of General Dostum’s militia in Faryab and, like his boss, has increasingly clashed with Afghan civilian and military officials over a lack of security in the ethnic Uzbek stronghold.

Senior Afghan officials said Mr. Qaisari’s arrest was part of a broader effort to rein in pro-government strongmen whom they accuse of abusing power and driving local residents into the arms of the insurgency. The officials also accuse these strongmen of sabotaging military operations.

Taliban militants and civilians suffer casualties in Nangarhar explosion

An explosion ripped through a vehicle of a local Taliban commander in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least seven people dead or wounded, including civilians. The provincial government media office said the incident took place at around 9am local time in the vicinity of Khogyani district. The statement further added that an improvised .

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Ghani promises thorough investigation into the deadly attack on Afghan Sikhs

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has promised a thorough investigation into the deadly attack on Afghan Sikhs in Jalalabad city of Afghanistan. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said President Ghani on Wednesday visited the Gurdwara in Karte Parwan area of Kabul city to offer condolences regarding the loss of lives in the attack. Surpal .

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3 members of ISIS-K urban network arrested in Jalalabad city

At least three more members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) were arrested in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province. The provincial government media office in a statement said the three ISIS-K militants were arrested during an operation of the Afghan Intelligence Special forces. The statement further added that.

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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:

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