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23 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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NYT: Suspected US Airstrike Kills 4 Al-Qaida Operatives in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni tribal leaders say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed four alleged al-Qaida militants in the central province of Marib.

The tribal leaders said on Sunday that the alleged operatives’ charred bodies were later found after the unmanned aircraft targeted a house while they were inside in the district of al-Rawda. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni affiliate is known, has long been considered the global network’s most dangerous branch and has attempted to carry out attacks on the U.S. mainland.

Yemen was plunged into civil war more than three years ago. Al-Qaida and an Islamic State affiliate have exploited the chaos to expand their presence in the country.

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GUARD: Price of peace: calm returns to Damascus as Assad eyes victory

Syria’s civil war seems to be nearing end amid government advances – but at appalling cost

Syria: devastation in former Isis stronghold revealed – drone video

Crossing into Syria from neighbouring Lebanon, visitors are greeted by giant posters of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad. The signs proclaim: “Welcome to victorious Syria.”

In the capital, Damascus, many of the checkpoints that for years have snarled traffic are gone. The city is again connected to its sprawling suburbs, once held by the opposition, and many former residents and visitors from other parts of Syria have returned.

There’s a new feeling of hope that an end is near to Syria’s seven-year civil war.

“It is almost over,” said Nazeer Habash, 60,as he walked home near the Hijaz train station in central Damascus. “It is like a child when he starts to walk, taking one step after another, and victory will always be on our side.”

Half a million people have been killed in Syria’s civil war, the vast majority of them by the Assad regime, according to independent monitors. Half the country’s population has been displaced.

UN investigators have blamed Assad for atrocities including chemical attacks using nerve agent and chlorine, including a 2013 attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,000 people. Thousands remain in arbitrary detention in the regime’s dungeons, and government forces have conducted starvation sieges in various parts of the country to force the opposition into surrender.

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REU: Syrian state television says Israel struck military post in Hama province

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian state television said on Sunday an Israeli air strike had hit a military post in the city of Misyaf in Syria’s Hama province but caused only material damage.

The newsflash did not elaborate on what exactly had been targeted. An intelligence source said a major military research center for chemical arms production was located near the city and believed to house a team of Iranian military experts involved in weapons production.

When asked about the reports of the air strike, an Israeli military spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on foreign reports.”…………….Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday: “We are continuing to act in Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment there.”

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports a number of militias, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, who have thousands of fighters joining battles in support of his rule.

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REU: Gunmen open fire and enter Erbil governorate building in Iraq’s Kurdish region: officials

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Gunmen entered the governorate building in Erbil, the seat of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq on Monday, and fired from windows at security forces, a deputy governor of the city and Kurdish security officials said.

Two policemen were wounded. Security forces have cleared the streets around the building in the commercial sector of Erbil, capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

It was not immediately clear who the attackers were.

“At around 7:45 am two gunmen approached the entrance of the governorate and opened fire at the guards. They managed to enter and now they are on the third floor,” said the deputy governor, Tahir Abdullah.

NYT: Rights Group Calls on Iraq to Declare Detention Centers

BAGHDAD — Human Rights Watch on Sunday called on Iraq’s government to declare the number of detention facilities it maintains and not to hold suspects without informing their families.

The New York-based group said in a report that Iraq’s National Security Services, which reports to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, runs a detention facility in Mosul. When granted access to that center on July 4, it was holding 427 men suspected of links to the Islamic State group, HRW said.

It added that the NSS first denied running detention centers, but later acknowledged it.

“National Security Service officials in Baghdad told us that the intelligence agency has no authority to hold prisoners but changed their line once we were able to see the prisoners for ourselves,” said Lama Fakih, Middle East & North Africa Deputy Director at HRW.

“Baghdad needs to publicly clarify which authorities have the right to hold and interrogate detainees,” Fakih added in the statement…………….In March, The Associated Press found that Iraq had detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to IS or other terror-related offense. The AP’s count was based partially on an analysis of a database provided by an official listing all 27,849 people imprisoned in Iraq as of late January.

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REU: Afghan vice president Dostum escapes blast on return from exile

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum narrowly escaped a suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport as he returned home on Sunday from more than a year in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival.

Victims lie on the ground at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan July 22, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani TEMPLATE OUT

Dostum, who left Afghanistan last year after heavy pressure from Western donors including the United States, drove away from the airport in a motorcade only minutes before the explosion, which police said killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 50.

He was unharmed in the blast, which was claimed by Islamic State, and made only brief mention of it when he met cheering supporters who had been waiting for hours to give him a red carpet reception at a rally at his office compound.

However, the incident underlined the increasingly volatile and unstable political climate in Kabul ahead of parliamentary elections in October that are seen as a dry run for more important presidential elections early next year.

Dostum backed calls for peace talks with the Taliban and thanked Afghanistan’s international partners for their help while calling on Afghans to register for the elections.

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NYT: Official: Gunmen Kill 4 Civilians in Mosque in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says gunmen opened fire on worshippers inside a mosque in eastern Nangarhar province, killing four people.

Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman, says three people, including the mosque’s religious leader, were wounded in the attack, which took place on Sunday evening in the district of Surkh Rod.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but both the Taliban and Islamic State militants are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar province.

Earlier on Sunday, an Islamic State suicide bomber struck near the Kabul airport, killing 14 people and narrowly missing Afghanistan’s vice president, who was returning home after living in Turkey for over a year.

Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former Uzbek warlord, and his entourage were unharmed, but 50 other people were wounded.

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NYT: Suicide Bombing in Kabul Kills 14, Afghanistan’s VP Unharmed

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber carried out an attack near the Kabul airport Sunday, killing 14 people and narrowly missing Afghanistan’s vice president, who was returning home after living in Turkey for over a year, security officials said.

The blast occurred near Kabul International Airport shortly after the convoy of the controversial vice president had just left the airport, Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said.

Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, a former Uzbek warlord, and his entourage were unharmed, said Danish.

Danish said that 14 people, including both civilians and military forces, were killed in the attack and 50 others wounded.

The Islamic States group’s local affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaaq News Agency website, claiming it had killed and wounded over 115 people.

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Attack unknown gunmen claim the lives of 2 policemen in Kabul city

At least two policemen lost their lives in an attack by unknown gunmen in capital Kabul, the security official said Monday. The incident took place late on Sunday evening in the vicinity of the 7th police district of the city. A source in Kabul Police Commandment said unknown gunmen opened fire on two policemen as .

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Group of Taliban militants involved in major attacks arrested in Kandahar

A group of four Taliban militants involved in major terrorist related activities has been held by during an operation of the operatives of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in Kandahar province. The provincial government media office in a statement said the militants arrested during the operation have been identified as Aminullah son.

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Senate Chairman Share concerns, recommendations regarding ceasefire with Taliban

The Chairman of the Afghan Senate House, Upper House of the Parliament (Meshrano Jirga), Fazal Hadi Muslimyar says the ceasefire with the Taliban group on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha should be announced considering the national interests and demands of the people. Speaking during the general session of the parliament on Sunday, Muslimyar said the .

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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.

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.

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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