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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: Syrian girl born without legs gets new prosthetics in Turkey

ISTANBUL (AP) — The 8-year-old Syrian girl, quietly crying in an Istanbul clinic, was overwhelmed by the new set of prosthetic legs she had just received and taken aback by the cameras pointed at her by journalists attending the fitting.

Maya Meri has been in the spotlight since images of her plight hit social media last month. She was filmed in a camp for the displaced in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province walking around on contraptions her father made from tuna cans, plastic tubes and fabric.

“I thought of doing something that would protect her while on the ground from stones and other things, so I made these limbs for her,” said her father, Mohammed………….Originally from Aleppo province, the Meri family had to move to escape the fighting.

“We fled to an area that has not witnessed bombardment but it was difficult to live there in a tent on a mountain,” said Mohammed, who has five other children still in Syria with their mother.

In the Idlib camp, Maya and her father had to crawl on the bare earth to get anywhere. He said the little girl would be in pain because of the rugged terrain as she made her way to school.

The homemade prosthetics allowed her to move about more easily, and helped her learn how to balance, shortening a two-week process to a single day when she was fitted with her new legs. Culcu, who took on her case pro-bono, thinks it will take about 2 1/2 months for her to be fully fitted.

“If Maya continues to learn so fast and be so enthusiastic, it might be completed in a shorter time,” he said.

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REU: Syrian rebels say army besieges their enclave in the southern city of Deraa

AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian army and allied troops on Monday laid siege to the rebel-held enclave in the southern city of Deraa and their troops were poised to gain complete control of the city, rebels said.

Abu Shaima, a spokesman for the opposition in the city , said several thousand people were now encircled after the army pushed into a main base west of the city without a fight before a formal evacuation of rebels opposed to a Russian-brokered surrender deal.

A deal was reached on Friday between Russian officers and rebel representatives that surrendered Deraa city along with other towns in the southern province that borders Jordan in another victory for Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies.

REU: Russia plans to evacuate 1,000 from deescalation zone in Syria: reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian military plans to evacuate up to 1,000 people from the south-western de-escalation zone in Syria via a humanitarian corridor near city of Daraa, Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing Russia’s Centre for Reconciliation in Syria.

People will be evacuated to Syria’s northern Idlib province, the center said, Interfax reported.

The number of villages and towns that have joined the truce in south-western Syria has increased to 90, Russia’s RIA state news agency reported on Monday, citing the Centre for Reconciliation in Syria.

REU: Syrian state media: Israel attacked T4 air base in Homs

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Israeli missiles targeted the T4 air base in Homs province in an attack on Sunday night, Syrian state media said citing a military source.

“Our air defense systems thwarted an Israeli aggression and brought down a number of missiles that were targeting the T4 airport,” it cited the military source as saying.

The air defenses hit one of the “attacking planes and forced the rest to leave” Syria’s air space, it added.

AP: A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials

BAGHDAD (AP) — More than a decade ago, Ismail Saleh says, a neighbor wanted to marry one of Saleh’s cousins. Following the custom of their clan in northern Iraq, she was meant to wed Saleh, so the family refused. And thus, he says, a feud was born.

Death sentences are being issued at a dizzying rate in Iraq’s rush to prosecute and punish suspected members of the Islamic State group: More than 3,000 over the past few years, with new ones added every day. (July 9)

Saleh now sits on death row in Baghdad, sentenced to hang after being accused of fighting for the Islamic State group, a charge he steadfastly denies. The chief evidence against him: the word of that neighbor.

“Sometimes I wake up and for a moment I feel that this death sentence and me being here is just a bad dream,” the 29-year-old told The Associated Press in an interview in a Baghdad prison.

Death sentences are being issued at a dizzying rate in Iraq’s rush to prosecute and punish suspected members of the Islamic State group, with more than 3,000 handed out over just the past few years. About 250 people condemned for alleged IS ties have been hanged since 2014, including 101 only last year.

Any allegation of having taken up arms for the militant group can bring the ultimate penalty, even while the evidence is thin and cursory.

The heavy reliance on informants is particularly glaring, given the potential that some are motivated by personal grudges. Informants never appear in court; their claims are passed to the judges in dry, written reports from intelligence officials with no hint of their possible motivation…………….All but one of the trials attended by the AP ended in a guilty verdict.

Despite the harsh sentences, most defendants remained stony- faced as they were shuffled out after their brief time in the stand. But one man erupted as the judge read out the names of witnesses who accused him of joining IS, issuing religious rulings for the group and delivering a car bomb used in an attack.

“Heaven and Earth as my witness, I don’t know these people!” Ahmed Habib cried out. Habib said he had been beaten by Kurdish troops who arrested him. “Your honor, where is the accountability? Why the torture? This is a democratic country, so why I am I not allowed to speak freely?”

He was sentenced to death.

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AP: Iraq starts manual recount for more ballots from May vote

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s election commission has begun the manual recount for more ballots from May’s parliamentary elections marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities.

The recount will further complicate the fragile post-elections period and prolong the process of forming the new government.

Ballot boxes were piled up inside a hall at Baghdad’s International Fair under tight security measures on Monday as observers from the United Nations and Iraqi political parties watched as commission employees started the recount.

The ballot boxes are from six Shiite-dominated provinces: Basra, Mayssan, Thi Qar, Muthana, Qadissiya and Wasit.

Judge Essam al-Shaalan told The Associated Press that they started first with the Basra boxes. He says it’s unclear how long the recount will last.

Last week, the elections commission started the recount for the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk.

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REU: U.S. Military identifies soldier killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghanistan

(Reuters) – A U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan was identified late on Sunday as Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, the Department of Defense said in a release.

Maciel, 20, was killed, and two others wounded, during an apparent “insider attack” in southern Afghanistan, the NATO Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The two wounded U.S. service members were not identified but were in “stable” condition on Saturday and are being treated, it added.

Maciel was deployed from Fort Benning, Georgia, which straddles the Alabama and Georgia border, near Columbus, Ga., and he was assigned to the 1st Battallion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.

Media in his hometown said he was deployed in February to help provide security for the brigade’s military advisers. No other details of the attack were available.

His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal, officials said, according to news website Military.com.

“Cpl. Maciel was an excellent soldier beloved by his teammates and dedicated to our mission,” Lt. Col. David Conner, Maciel’s battalion commander, said in a statement to the military news website.

He was deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade. He died in the district of Tarin Kowt in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, the DOD said.

The incident is being investigated, the DOD said.

No other information was available early on Monday, and a military spokesman did not immediately return telephone calls or emails from Reuters.

NYT: U.S., Afghan Forces Clear Islamic State From Eastern District

DEH BALA, Afghanistan — U.S. and Afghan Special Forces are completing an operation to clear Islamic State fighters from a remote district in Nangarhar, the eastern province where they have their main stronghold in Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

The operation in Deh Bala, on the border with Pakistan, began at the end of April and was largely complete in early June but final mine clearance operations are still under way, said Lt. Col. Josh Thiel, from the U.S. First Special Forces Group.

“This was one of the main green zones that did two things. One, it provided money, finance, logistics to ISIS (Islamic State) and we’ve taken that away from them,” he said. “Additionally, ISIS was using this as a site to prepare and move high-profile attacks on Kabul and Jalalabad.”

The operation, involving three companies of Afghan commandos supported by U.S. air strikes and American Special Forces teams, began with troops arriving by helicopter and setting up an operations base near the village of Gargari, where the Islamic State fighters were trying to establish a local capital.

Several days of heavy fighting ended in early June with 167 Islamic State fighters killed and large quantities of equipment captured.

The fight against Islamic State and other militant groups including Al Qaeda is at the heart of the U.S. counterterrorism mission being conducted alongside the NATO-led Resolute Support operation that trains and advises Afghan security forces.

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Saudi, OIC declare all armed groups terrorists, asks Taliban to recognize Afghan govt

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have reportedly declared all armed groups as terrorists and urged the Taliban group to recognize the Afghan government and participate in political process through peaceful negotiations. Pakistan’s Daily Times newspaper reports that it has seen the invitation letter sent to scholars in Pakistan

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7 Taliban militants killed during the ongoing operations in Bati Kot

At least seven Taliban militants were killed during the operations in Bati Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, the local officials said Monday. The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants were killed during the operations in the past 24 hours. The statement further added that the dead bodies of at least .

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Will propose transitional govt in the event of a crisis due to elections: Noor

The Chief Executive of Jamiati Islami and member of the new political coalition, Coalition for the Salvage of Afghanistan, Ata Mohammad Noor says he will propose a transitional government in the event of a crisis due to the elections. Noor made the remarks during a press conference late on Sunday in Mazari Sharif city as .

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Operations underway in Kabul’s Surobi after last week’s attack by militants

The Afghan armed forces have launched an operation in Surobi district of Kabul after a coordinated attack by the militants on a security post last week. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the operations, Qahri Silab Number Three, are jointly being conducted to improve the security of Lata Band .

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

Cpl. Joseph Maciel of South Gate, California, died July 7, 2018, in Tarin Kowt District, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan from wounds sustained during an apparent insider attack. The incident is under investigation.

Maciel was assigned to 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Task Force 1-28 Infantry is currently deployed in support of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade.

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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