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22 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: Opinion No, Israel hasn’t ‘won over’ the Syrians

Israel has been taking advantage of some Syrians’ desperation to pursue its political goals. That’s not humanitarianism.

Syrians walk to a bus just after they crossed the armistice line from Syria to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to get medical treatment in Israel on July 11, 2018 [Reuters/Ronen Zvulun]

Syrians walk to a bus just after they crossed the armistice line from Syria to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to get medical treatment in Israel on July 11, 2018 [Reuters/Ronen Zvulun]

Israel can bomb Iranian occupiers in Syria from here to eternity, but it will never be able to whitewash its occupation and aggression.

Some Syrians are welcoming these strikes or the occasional humanitarian aid from Israel, but this doesn’t mean that they have suddenly forgotten that Israel is systematically bombing and shooting protesting Palestinians and trapping millions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Nor does it mean that since they are opposing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, a self-professed anti-Zionist, these Syrians are somehow supporting Israel.

In May of this year, a humanitarian aid director and a researcher claimed that southern Syria was the one place in the country that “worked“, giving credit solely to Israel’s so-called “Operation Good Neighbour” in southern Syria. They conveniently ignored that Deraa was the “cradle of the revolution” and that the liberation of these areas opened up space for a vibrant Syrian civil society and local governance to emerge.

But as yet another offensive of the Assad regime and its allies overtakes these very areas in the Deraa and Quneitra provinces, resulting in another wave of forced displacement, it has become clear that Israel’s Operation Good Neighbour has not had such a stabilising effect after all.

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GUARD: Syrian refugees cling to life on Golan Heights as Assad’s net tightens

Smoke rises as a result of Russian airstrikes on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

Smoke rises as a result of Russian airstrikes on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

It’s a regular stop for holidaymakers in Israel. American teenagers, some of them boys in sleeveless basketball tops, cluster on hilltop lookouts in the Golan Heights, a volcanic plateau captured from Syria half a century ago. Visitors ride quad bikes along dusty paths or spend the day touring the area’s vineyards. Signs on the roads warn of the risks to tourists: “Caution – cyclists ahead.”

For Syrians on the other side of a fortified perimeter fence, there are more pressing concerns. Thousands have gathered as close to the border as possible, gambling their lives on the assumption that Syrian government forces fighting rebels will not bring the battle too close to Israel.

It is no sure bet. From the Israeli-controlled side, the whistle of an unseen jet could be heard and then a sudden, deeper rumble. In the distance, a grey pillar of smoke punched hundreds of metres into the air as the airstrike hit.

In a push to retake one of the last insurgent holdouts in Syria’s seven-year civil war, clashes in the southern Deraa and Quneitra regions erupted last June. On Friday, there were signals that a deal had been reached with militant groups to hand over territory, but it was unclear if the offensive would stop altogether.

Refugees have set up tents just metres away from the Israeli-controlled Golan frontier, and early last week dozens risked walking over minefields to approach the border fence, some carrying white flags in an apparent attempt to cross to safety. They were told to go back by Israeli border guards.

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REU: Jordan allows passage to 800 Syrian civil defense workers on humanitarian grounds

Members of the White Helmets in Aleppo, June 2014

Members of the White Helmets operating in Aleppo in northern Syria

AMMAN (Reuters) – Jordan said on Sunday that it had allowed the UN to arrange the entry and passage of 800 Syrian civil defense workers whose lives were in danger after a government offensive that regained rebel-held parts of southern Syria, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

The kingdom agreed to a request by Britain, Germany and Canada to give the White Helmet workers temporary asylum in the kingdom before settlement in the West on humanitarian grounds, Mohammad al Kayed the spokesman said.

AP: New evacuations in southwest Syria as offensive continues

BEIRUT (AP) — A new group of rebels and their families began evacuating Saturday from the country’s southwest, activists and Syrian media said, where the government has gained new ground in its ongoing offensive.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 25 buses arrived at a crossing point to evacuate rebels who refused to accept the government’s return to areas they had controlled for years. The government-affiliated Central Military Media also reported on the evacuation, a day after the first group left to the northern province of Idlib, where the opposition still holds sway.

Rami Abdurrahman, head of the Observatory, said around 4,000 people are expected to be evacuated in total, in accordance with the deal reached that saw rebels surrender villages and towns in the southwestern region amid a military offensive.

The U.N. and human rights organizations have condemned the evacuations as forced displacement. More than half of Idlib’s population of two million is of displaced Syrians from other parts of the country, following similar military offensives and evacuations.

Over the last month, government forces aided by Russian air power have swept through southwestern Syria to consolidate government control over this strategic corner of the country that straddles the border with Jordan and the frontier with Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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AP: At least 10 Iranian troops killed in attack near Iraq border

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — At least 10 Iranian border guards were killed in an overnight attack by unidentified gunmen near the Iraqi border, Iranian media reported Saturday.

The attack took place near the town of Marivan, in a Kurdish area of Iran some 620 kilometers (385 miles) west of the capital Tehran, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Fars, close to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, said that all of the causalities were members of the Guard. During the shootout, several of the attackers, described as “bandits and counterrevolutionary terrorists,” were killed and others were injured, Fars reported without giving further details.

It said an explosion in an ammunition depot caused more damage during the fighting.

The official IRNA news agency reported 11 guards were killed during the clash and eight others were wounded. IRNA identified the guards killed as locals from Kurdish towns.

It was not immediately clear why there was a discrepancy in the number of fatalities reported.

It was the largest number of Iranian troops killed in a single attack on the Iraqi border in recent years, though the area has seen occasional fighting between Iranian forces and Kurdish separatists as well as militants linked to the Islamic State extremist group.

NYT: Afghan Government Considering New Eid Ceasefire Offer

KABUL — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani may offer the Taliban a ceasefire during next month’s Eid holiday after the truce in June which saw unprecedented scenes of unarmed fighters and soldiers mingling on the streets of Kabul, a spokesman said on Saturday.

The announcement came amid growing speculation about the possibility of peace talks with the Taliban, following Ghani’s offer in January of talks without preconditions and the three-day truce during last month’s Eid al-Fitr holiday.

That ceasefire, which saw unarmed Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul and other Afghan cities taking selfies with soldiers and police, raised visions of longer-lasting peace 17 years after the U.S.-led campaign that ousted the Taliban.

Ghani’s main spokesman Haroon Chakansuri confirmed a report in the Wall Street Journal this week that the government was considering a repeat of the truce during Eid al-Qurban, the second Eid holiday which this year falls on Aug. 22.

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11 ISIS-K militants surrender to Afghan forces in Jawzjan province

At least eleven militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the militants surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in Qosh Tapa district. The source further added that the militants also handed over

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Children suffer casualties in an explosion in Kabul city

At least three children were killed or wounded in an explosion triggered by an explosive device in Kabul city.

A security source said the incident took place at around 8am local time in the vicinity of the 4th police district of the city, close to Lab Jar area.

The source further added that two children were killed and another one was wounded after explosives planted in a trash bin went off.

Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Kabul Security Commandment, confirmed the incident and said the explosion was likely triggered by a mortar round hidden inside the trash bin.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

This comes as the anti-government armed militants have been attempting to increase their attacks in the key cities of the country, including Kabul during the recent months.

A senior army officer lost his life in an attack by unknown gunmen in Kabul city earlier on Wednesday morning, the defense officials confirmed.

Earlier on Sunday, the police chief of the police district number 5 of Kabul city was also wounded in a magnetic bomb explosion.

11 ISIS-K militants surrender to Afghan forces in Jawzjan province

By Khaama Press – Sun Jul 22 2018, 12:00 pm

At least eleven militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the militants surrendered to the Afghan armed forces in Qosh Tapa district.

The source further added that the militants also handed over five weapons and six motorcycles to the Afghan armed forces.

The anti-government armed militant groups including ISIS Khurasan militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

Jawzjan has been among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security of the province has deteriorated during the recent years amid ongoing efforts by the anti-government armed militant groups to expand to expand their foothold in this province.

This comes as sporadic clashes are also underway between the Taliban and ISIS Khurasan militants in certain parts of Jawzjan province.

Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

Recent Casualties:

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The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Staff Sgt. James T. Grotjan, 26, of Waterford, Connecticut, died July 12 at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident July 8 at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

He was assigned to the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

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

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Andrew Celiz, 32, from Summerville, South Carolina, died, July 12, in Afghanistan, of wounds sustained as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting operations in support of a medical evacuation landing zone in Zurmat district, Paktiya province. The incident is under investigation.

Celiz was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia.

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.

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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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