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08 Dec

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

Damn The War Criminals,

Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld,Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

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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.

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!

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War News

REU: Yemen food survey finds majority in ‘dire’ crisis, famine a danger

GENEVA (Reuters) – Yemen’s war and the ensuing economic collapse has left 15.9 million people, 53 percent of the population, facing “severe acute food insecurity” and famine was a danger if immediate action was not taken, a survey said on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO: Girls carry cans they filled up with water at a camp for internally displaced people in Dharawan, near the capital Sanaa, Yemen February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah

The report was released as the United Nations brought Yemen’s warring sides together for the first peace talks in two years. Humanitarian groups say peace is the only way of ending the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

While war was the main cause of the hunger crisis, it was exacerbated by extremely high food prices, a liquidity crisis, disrupted livelihoods, and high levels of unemployment, the report said, adding food aid was not enough to plug the gap.

“Immediate responses are required to save lives and livelihoods of millions not to slide to the next worse case which is famine,” it said.

The survey was conducted by Yemeni officials and international experts according to the international IPC system, which uses a five point scale where 3 is “crisis”, 4 is “emergency” and 5 is “catastrophe” and possibly famine.

The release of the report, which is based on a survey completed in October, was delayed several times without explanation and is planned to be updated in March.

It showed many pockets of extreme hunger across Yemen, concentrated in areas with active fighting, and especially affecting the 3 million displaced people, their host families, landless wage laborers and other marginalized groups.

The governorates of Hodeidah, Amanat Al Asimah, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ibb and Taiz each had more than one million people in a crisis situation or worse, and without humanitarian aid 13 governorates would be in a food catastrophe, the survey showed.

The 15.9 million people in phases 3-5 could hit 20.1 million people, 67 percent of the population, if there is not adequate food aid. The number in “catastrophe” would triple to 238,000.

Some of the figures were released by the U.N. on Thursday.

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AP: Ex-inmates: Torture rife in prisons run by Yemen rebels

MARIB, Yemen (AP) — Farouk Baakar was on duty as a medic at al-Rashid hospital the day a bleeding man was brought into the emergency room with gunshot wounds and signs of torture. He’d been whipped across the back and hung by his wrists for days.

The patient, Baakar learned, had been left for dead by the side of a highway after being held captive in a prison run by the Houthi rebels who control northern Yemen.

Baakar spent hours removing bullets and repairing ruptured intestine. He tended to the patient’s recovery for 80 days and, at the end, agreed to pose for a selfie with him.

Weeks later, Houthi security officials grabbed the man again. They searched his phone and found the photo.

Then they came for Baakar.

Militiamen stormed the hospital, blindfolded Baakar and hustled him away in a pickup truck. Because he’d given medical help to an enemy of the Houthis, they told him, he was now their enemy too. He spent 18 months in prisons within the expanse of Yemen controlled by the Houthis. He says they burned him, beat him and chained him to the ceiling by his wrists for 50 days until they thought he was dead.

Baakar and his patient are among thousands of people who have been imprisoned by the Houthi militia during the four years of Yemen’s grinding civil war. Many of them, an Associated Press investigation has found, have suffered extreme torture — being smashed in their faces with batons, hung from chains by their wrists or genitals for weeks at a time, and scorched with acid……………….Amnesty International says that “horrific human rights abuses, as well as war crimes, are being committed throughout the country by all parties to the conflict.”

But international outrage over the bloodshed in Yemen has largely focused on abuses carried out by the U.S.-backed and Saudi-led military coalition fighting on the side of the Yemeni government. The AP has exposed torture at secret prisons run by the UAE and their Yemeni allies and has documented the deaths of civilians from strikes by drones in the United States’ campaign against al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen.

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AP: Yemen’s warring parties meet for 3rd day of talks in Sweden

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen’s warring parties are meeting for a third day of talks in Sweden aimed at halting the country’s catastrophic 4-year-old war.

Both the internationally recognized government, which is backed by a U.S.-sponsored and Saudi-led coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels say they are striving for peace.

The Houthi delegation says talks have been divided into five main sections, including discussions on a political framework and the opening of Sanaa airport for aid.

The talks opened Thursday on an upbeat note, with the warring sides agreeing to a broad prisoner swap, boosting hopes that the talks would not deteriorate into further violence as in the past.

U.N. officials have sought to downplay expectations from the talks, saying they don’t foresee rapid progress toward a political settlement.

AP: US says Syrian forces likely fired tear gas on civilians

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Friday accused forces backed by the Syrian government and Russia of firing tear gas at civilians and falsely claiming it was a rebel chemical weapons attack.

The incident occurred Nov. 24 amid fighting near the government-held city of Aleppo and reportedly left dozens injured. Syrian officials and state media at the time said rebels used poisonous gas in missiles fired on a neighborhood. The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday repeated the allegation, which the opposition has denied.

A State Department spokesman said the government of President Bashar Assad and Russia falsely accused opposition groups of a chlorine attack. Robert Palladino said the U.S. has “credible information” that pro-government forces likely fired tear gas.

He said Russian and Syrian personnel were involved and are using the attack as an opportunity to undermine confidence in a cease-fire in neighboring Idlib, an anti-government stronghold. He said officials have prevented an investigation of the site.

Britain echoed that assessment. “It is likely that this was either a staged incident intended to frame the opposition, or an operation which went wrong and from which Russia and the regime sought to take advantage,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

In response, the Russian Defense Ministry said Syria asked international inspectors to look into the matter and said it has provided evidence of the use of toxic agents by rebels backed by the west.

“It can’t be excluded that the loud accusations made by the U.S. Department of State are also aimed at distracting global public attention from criminal actions of the U.S. military in eastern Syria, where U.S. warplanes have been barraging residential areas around Hajin, killing dozens of civilians daily,” it said in a statement.

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REU: Iran’s Rouhani says sanctions may lead to drugs, refugee, bomb ‘deluge’

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani predicted a “deluge” of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if U.S. sanctions weaken Iran’s ability to contain them.

“I warn those who impose sanctions that if Iran’s ability to fight drugs and terrorism are affected … you will not be safe from a deluge of drugs, asylum seekers, bombs and terrorism,” Rouhani said in a speech carried live on state television.

Separately, Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying that the United States is selling more arms into the Middle East than the region needs, making it a “tinderbox”.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on Iran’s vital oil industry last month.

Drug trafficking is a serious challenge for Iran as it borders Afghanistan – the world’s largest opium producer – and Pakistan, a major transit country for drugs.

In 2012, Iran accounted for two thirds of the world’s opium seizures and one fourth of the world’s heroin and morphine seizures, a U.N. report published in 2014 showed.

“Economic terrorism means creating horror in a country and create fear in other countries that intend to invest (there). America’s withdrawal from the (nuclear accord) is undoubtedly a clear example of economic terrorism,” Rouhani told a meeting of heads of parliaments of China, Russia, and four other countries.

Zarif warned about the dangers of large U.S. arms sales in the Middle East, where Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia is a major buyer of Western weapons.

“The Americans have turned the region into a tinderbox. The level of arms sales by the Americans is unbelievable and much beyond regional needs and this points to the very dangerous policies followed by the Americans,” IRNA reported Zarif as saying.

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BBC: Syria war: US and UK say alleged rebel chemical attack ‘fabricated’

A Syrian boy receive treatment at a hospital in Aleppo on 24 November 2018

Images showed dozens of people in Aleppo with breathing difficulties

The US and the UK have accused the Syrian government and its Russian allies of fabricating a story accusing rebel fighters of a chemical attack.

The US state department said the purpose was to “undermine confidence” in the ceasefire in Idlib province.

Syria and Russia said shells carrying chlorine gas injured about 100 people in the government-held city of Aleppo last month.

State media showed images of residents being treated in hospital.

Russia later carried out air strikes against the rebels it accused of the attack.

At the time, rebel groups denied carrying out a chemical strike and said the claims were a pretext for an attack on opposition-held areas.

On Friday, the US said it had “credible information” that the story was false and that Russian and Syrian forces had instead fired tear gas.

“The United States is deeply concerned that pro-regime officials have maintained control of the attack site in its immediate aftermath, allowing them to potentially fabricate samples and contaminate the site before a proper investigation of it by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons,” state department spokesman Robert Palladino said.

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AP: IS fights to hang on a year after defeat in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.

Cornered in the desert near the Iraqi border with nowhere to run, the militants are putting up a fierce fight, inflicting hundreds of casualties among their opponents and releasing a stream of beheading videos reminiscent of the extremist group’s terrifying propaganda at the height of its power.

The battle for Hajin has dragged on for three months, highlighting the difficulty of eradicating an extremist group determined to survive. In Iraq, there is rising concern that the group may stage a comeback. IS sleeper cells have recently launched deadly attacks against security forces and kidnapped and killed civilians, mostly in four northern and central provinces that were once part of the group’s self-declared caliphate.

“There is still major danger for Iraq and Syria especially in areas close to the border when it comes to Daesh,” a senior Iraqi intelligence official said, using an Arabic acronym to refer to the extremists. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media about security matters.

He said IS lost most of the income it once made from oil and taxes imposed in areas it controlled. The group now relies on selling gold and other reserves that they had accumulated after declaring their caliphate in June 2014. He said the money is being used to buy weapons and finance attacks in Iraq and Syria.

Another Iraqi intelligence official said IS has begun restructuring its command, relying more on non-Iraqi commanders after most of its leaders were killed in coalition strikes.

The Islamic State group once held an area the size of Britain across vast territories straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, running a so-called caliphate and planning international attacks from its headquarters in the Syrian city of Raqqa. Tens of thousands were killed in both countries as an array of local forces, some backed by a U.S.-led coalition, eventually drove the extremists out of virtually all the lands they once held.

Iraq’s then-Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over the group on Dec. 9, 2017. Two months earlier, the coalition, working with Kurdish-dominated fighters known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, liberated Raqqa after a bombing campaign that decimated much of the city.

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NYT: What Happened to this Afghan Prisoner While in the Custody of NATO Troops?

An Afghan commando was arrested and accused of killing a Czech soldier. Hours after being taken into NATO custody, he was dead.

Only a few people know exactly what happened the night of Oct. 22 on Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan. Earlier that day, Wahidullah Khan, a 19-year-old Afghan commando, fired on a group of Czech soldiers who were in Afghanistan training Khan and his counterparts. Cpl. Tomas Prochazka was killed. Two of his comrades were wounded. It was one of the four insider attacks on Western forces this year, a grim benchmark for a war now known for repeated ally-on-ally killings.

The events from the rest of that day are murky. Hours after the shooting, Khan was arrested by Afghan security forces and handed over to coalition troops. American Green Berets were involved in the exchange, according to American officials, but the extent of their involvement remains unclear. When Khan was returned to Afghan forces around midnight, he was unconscious. He died soon after. Some Afghan and American officials believe Czech soldiers beat Khan close to death before returning him to proper custody.

The motive for Khan’s attack was unclear. Officials believe either he was a Taliban insider or had been in an argument with his Czech trainers. Khan’s family wants to know what happened and why. “Nobody has told us who arrested him, who gave him to the foreigners,” Hayaturahman Khan, the soldier’s brother, told The Times last week.

The Army Criminal Investigation Division is gathering forensics, talking to those involved and reassembling a puzzle seen often in the more-than-17-year-old war, the aftermath of a confusing battlefield, mixed allegiances and longstanding suspicions. The American Green Beret team involved is also under investigation and has been sent home. This is both a rare move and another recurring byproduct of the long war: American troops embroiled in controversy………………It’s not just the Army that is under scrutiny. Navy SEALs are accused, in separate incidents, of killing an American soldier in Mali in June, testing positive for cocaine and stabbing to death an Islamic State prisoner.

After 17 years of war, troop levels in countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan have fluctuated, but what hasn’t changed is the Pentagon’s reliance on Special Operations forces to deal with myriad missions. From village stability operations to direct action raids, the small, highly trained force has been immeasurably taxed for almost two decades. Only now are the Pentagon and lawmakers beginning to ask the tough questions. What’s left of a community that has been overused, often in the shadows?

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NYT: Official: Roadside Bombing Kills 3 Civilians in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says at least three civilians were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in western Herat province.

Gelani Farhad, provincial governor’s spokesman, says the three — who were from the same family — were killed Saturday morning in Guzra district. No one immediately claimed the attack, but Farhad blamed Taliban insurgents who are active in the area.

In eastern Nangarhar province, three members of the Islamic State group were arrested during a military operation in Bahsud district, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor.

Both Taliban and Islamic State militants are active in eastern Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar province.

There was no immediate statement from the Islamic State group.

By Khaama Press on 08 Dec 2018 2:24pm .

At least four Taliban militants were blown up by own explosives in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, the Afghan military said Saturday.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the incident has taken place on Kunduz-Qala Zal highway.

The statement further added that four Taliban militants who were looking to plant an Improvised Explosive Device on the highway were killed after the explosives went off prematurely.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, an Improvised Explosive Device expert of the group was also among those killed.

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

Kunduz is among the relatively volatile provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation of has deteriorated more during the recent years.

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The Afghan Special Forces have rescued at least eleven civilians who were kept as prisoners in a cell run by the Taliban militants in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The 215th Maiwand Corps of the Afghan Military in the South in a statement said the Special Forces of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted an operation on Friday night which resulted into the rescue of 11 civilians from a Taliba-run prison.

The statement further added that the civilians and security personnel did not suffer any casualties during the operation.

In the meantime, a military source says at least three Taliban militants were also killed during the same operation.

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

Helmand is among the relatively volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan where the Taliban militants and other groups are actively operating in some of its districts and often carry out terrorist related activities.

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Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

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.

Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary, 24, from Export, Pennsylvania, died Dec. 2, 2018, in Landstuhl, Germany, as a result of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device on Nov. 27, 2018, in Andar District, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.

McClary was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers and one airman who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

The service members died Nov. 27, 2018, from injuries sustained when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Andar, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

The soldiers were assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The airman was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

The incident is under investigation.

The deceased are:

Army Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross, 29, of Lexington, Virginia.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond, 39, of Brush Prairie, Washington.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Pennsylvania.

Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

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 Program Locator 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.

Call 1-866-966-1020 or email resources@dcoeoutreach.orgMilitary OneSourceCall 24/7 for counseling and many resources 1-800-342-9647.Need further assistance? Get Help with VA PTSD Care

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