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12 Jul

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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We won’t be able to change what grew inside the brains and hearts  of the children of War.

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

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ALJ: Lebanon: The Refugees’ Midwife

The human impact of the Syrian war through the eyes of a Lebanese midwife helping pregnant Syrian refugees give birth.

For 25 years, Lebanese midwife Muna al-Rahbani has assisted at home births for the wealthy in Lebanon, but in a sudden revelation, she decided to come to the aid of pregnant Syrian refugees.

“When you help others, even with little things, you feel happy,” says Muna. “Some Syrian workers and their families have been living here even before the war started in Syria. I used to help these women deliver their babies at home as well. I don’t know the exact number, but I have at least one delivery per week.”

Millions of Syrians have lost their homes since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011. And according to the UNHCR, the number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon has reached one million.

Many of them are women and children, and the only available accommodation is poor-quality housing or camps. Pregnant women are forced to give birth in difficult conditions, and their newborn children are also at high risk……………..Local GP Dr Elias Kamal explains that his village clinic, which is privately funded by the Shweir Women Relief Society, “only used to receive residents of the village, but since the Syrian war, 70 percent of the patients are Syrian refugees. The government doesn’t help. We’re ready to offer all our services because they’re humans just like us.”

Six years into the conflict, only with the support of midwives like Muna, UNHCR aid and privately-funded clinics like Dr Kamal’s, can pregnant refugees and their children receive even the most basic medical care?

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REU: Amnesty calls for probe of torture claims at Yemen detention centers

DUBAI (Reuters) – Amnesty International accused United Arab Emirates (UAE) and allied Yemeni forces of torturing detainees at a network of secret prisons in southern Yemen and said such violations should be investigated as war crimes.

The UAE, a key U.S. ally, says it has never run prisons or secret detention centers in Yemen. It and its Yemeni allies have denied past allegations of torturing prisoners.

Amnesty said in a statement on Thursday that scores of men had been subjected to enforced disappearance after being arbitrarily detained by UAE and Yemeni forces “operating outside the command of their own government”.

The UAE is one of the leading countries in an alliance of Arab states fighting in Yemen in support of a government based in the south of the country, against the Iran-aligned Houthi movement which controls the capital Sanaa and much of the north.

The UAE mission in Geneva said last month that Yemeni authorities “are in complete control of local and federal governance, judicial and prison systems”. However, the interior minister in the southern-based government, Ahmed al-Maysari, appeared to contradict that statement earlier this week by calling on the UAE to shut down or hand over prisons it runs.

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REU: Israel to Russia: Assad’s safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

JERUSALEM/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

Netanyahu conveyed the message in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the official said, just hours after Israel shot down what it described as a Syrian drone that had penetrated its airspace, underscoring the frontier’s volatility.

Israel has been on high alert as Assad’s forces advance on rebels in the vicinity of the Golan Heights, much of which Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and annexed in a move not recognized internationally. Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian and Hezbollah reinforcements entrench near Israeli lines or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarization.

“They (Russia) have an active interest in seeing a stable Assad regime and we in getting the Iranians out. These can clash or it can align,” said the Israeli official on condition of anonymity.

“We won’t take action against the Assad regime,” the official quoted Netanyahu as telling Putin in Moscow.

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AP: Media activists fear for their lives in southwestern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Several media activists and citizen journalists based in southwestern Syria appealed on Wednesday for help so that they can leave the region as it is on the verge of falling into the hands of government forces.

The appeal came as the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement saying that at least 70 Syrian journalists are “trapped” in the country’s southwest, where government forces have been on the offensive for the past three weeks.

The opposition media activists say they fear for their lives if captured by government troops, adding that some citizen journalists went missing after Syrian forces took the eastern suburbs of the capital, Damascus, earlier this year and that their fate remains unknown.

Since June 19, government forces have captured most of southwestern Daraa province and control much of the border with Jordan. That has left most of the remaining citizen journalists trapped in nearby Quneitra province, along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

“We want to be evacuated from Quneitra to Turkey or any other place in the world,” said Quneitra-based citizen journalist Jalal al-Ahmad.

Al-Ahmad and two other citizen journalists who spoke to The Associated Press by telephone said Russia-brokered deals to evacuate Syrian rebels and their families from the region do not include media activists.

“No one has discussed the fate of journalists so far,” al-Ahmad said, adding that many fear death under torture in the hands of Syrian troops after they take the area. “We have received death threats over the phone and through Facebook.”

Another citizen journalist who goes by the name of Maher Hariri said that they are under siege and “want someone to save our lives. We want to go to any place that is safe.”

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REU: Israel says hits Syrian army posts in response to drone incursion

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli forces attacked Syrian military positions near the Golan Heights frontier in the early hours of Thursday, causing limited damage, Syrian state media said.

The Israeli military said in a statement that it hit three targets in retaliation for an incursion on Wednesday of a Syrian drone which was shot down over northern Israel.

“The IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces,” the Israeli statement said.

Israeli-issued black-and-white surveillance footage showed missiles hitting what appeared to be a hut, a two-storey structure and a five-storey structure amid hilly terrain.

Syrian state media said the positions targeted on Thursday were near Hader village in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

“The aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions,” state media cited a Syrian military source as saying. At least some of the missiles were thwarted by Syrian air defenses, they said.

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of its arch enemy Iran during the seven-year war in Syria. Its air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah.

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REU: After Trump’s spending demands, NATO summit turns to Afghanistan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO leaders will try on Thursday to move beyond U.S. President Donald Trump’s demands for higher defense spending, and focus on ending the long war in Afghanistan, in the second day of a summit in Brussels underscored by transatlantic tensions………………..On day two, leaders will welcome non-NATO partners including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko to the alliance’s new glass-and-steel headquarters as they seek to focus on policy rather than politics.

British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to set the tone on Wednesday by announcing more troops for NATO’s Afghan training mission.

“We will be deploying an additional 440 personnel to NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan and I think that shows when NATO calls, the UK is one of the first to step up,” May told reporters.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization chief Jens Stoltenberg wants leaders to agree to fund Afghan security forces until 2024, despite public fatigue in Western countries about their involvement in the conflict.

Funding has averaged at about $1 billion annually and Stoltenberg has said he expected that level to be met.

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AP: Afghan official: Attackers in east storm building, kill 10

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers stormed an education department building in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province Wednesday, killing at least 10 people, a provincial official said.

Gen. Ghulam Sanayee Stanekzai, Nangarhar provincial police chief, said one of the attackers detonated a vest full of explosives and a second was shot and killed by security forces.

Eight others were wounded in the attack in Jalalabad, Stanekzai said. “A few offices and rooms in the building were burned down as a result of the attack,” he said.

Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, said by early afternoon the fighting was over.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, but both the Taliban and an Islamic State group affiliate are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar.

Elsewhere, a roadside bomb struck a vehicle in western Farah province, killing five civilians, including two women and a small child, said Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the provincial governor.

He said four others were wounded in the attack Wednesday in Khak-e Safad district.

No one claimed responsibility, but Taliban fighters have stepped up their attacks against security forces in Farah.

Over 60 killed, wounded as clashes erupt among Taliban, ISIS in Jawzjan

Over sixty militants were killed during the infighting the Taliban and ISIS militants in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan. The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North said the clashes erupted in Darzab district of Jawzjan after a coordinated attack by the Taliban militants. According to a statement released by Shaheen Corps, .

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Religious scholars denounce Taliban-led insurgency, suicide attacks in Afghanistan

The religious scholars denounced the Taliban-led insurgency and suicide attacks in Afghanistan for causing casualties and damages to the innocent civilians. “Based on the texts of the Quran and the Tradition that Islam is a religion of peace and mercy, that the believers should all be merciful towards one another, and that their blood, property .

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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.

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.

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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