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07 Jan

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.

Civilian casualties in the war in Afghanistan (2001–present)

During the war in Afghanistan (2001–present), over 31,000 civilian deaths due to war-related violence have been documented;[1][2] 29,900 civilians have been wounded.[2] Over 111,000 Afghans, including civilians, soldiers and militants, are estimated to have been killed in the conflict.[1] The Cost of War project estimated that the number who have died through indirect causes related to the war may be as high 360,000 additional people based on a ratio of indirect to direct deaths in contemporary conflicts.[3] These numbers do not include those who have died in Pakistan.

The war, launched by the United States as “Operation Enduring Freedom” in 2001, began with an initial air campaign that almost immediately prompted concerns over the number of Afghan civilians being killed[4] as well as international protests. With civilian deaths from airstrikes rising again in recent years,[5] the number of Afghan civilians being killed by foreign military operations has led to mounting tension between the foreign countries and the government of Afghanistan. In May 2007, President Hamid Karzai summoned foreign military commanders to warn them of the consequences of further Afghan civilian deaths.[6] The civilian losses are a continuation of the extremely high civilian losses experienced during the Soviet–Afghan War in the 1980s, and the three periods of civil war following it: 1989–1992, 1992–1996, and 1996–2001.

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War News

AP: The true costs of our wars — is anyone paying attention?

What goes largely unspoken in discussing our endless wars since 9/11 is the fact they are waged almost entirely on borrowed money. Sixty percent of the funding comes from U.S. investors, 40 percent from other countries.

In other words, these are credit card wars, and according to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University, the total cost of the carnage in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria is a stupefying $5.9 trillion.

Setting aside the disturbing moral issues raised by these wars — over 480,000 persons killed as a direct result — the practical implications alone scream for more attention. Indeed, they make a compelling case that unless we make major changes in our unrelenting pursuit of military supremacy and global hegemony, what is left of American democracy will be swept away in a flood of debt.

The money has to be paid back, of course, and since we are not likely to see huge sums like $5.9 trillion paid back very quickly, it means that already, up to now, the interest payments alone have cost us more than $453 billion. Projecting ahead to the year 2053, if the principle is not paid, the magic of compound interest dictates that interest payments will ascend to a stratospheric $7.9 trillion.

By the way, if the figure of $5.9 trillion seems extravagantly high, don’t be surprised. According to the Watson studies, government appropriations for war and war-related activities are usually just the tip of the iceberg. That is because these expenses are scattered over different agencies, and no single amount over time is published.

For example, $717 billion was appropriated for the military budget in 2019. But that does not reflect the war-related activities of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which, since 9/11, has exceeded $548 billion, or for future medical and disability benefits already allocated for veterans, which totals $1 trillion.

So what then are the practical ramifications for ordinary people?

First of all, huge sums of money will flow out of this country to foreign investors, diminishing funds necessary for solving devastating problems here and now, such as health care, poverty, homelessness, violence, infrastructure.

Secondly, the payback also means huge sums of money will flow to our already wealthy U.S investors — and therefore the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. The mounting rise of social and economic inequality, already at ignominious heights, will be driven even higher

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REU: U.S. says suspected USS Cole bombing planner killed in Yemen strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jamal al-Badawi, wanted by the United States for his suspected role in the attack on the USS Cole 18 years ago, was killed in a precision strike in Yemen on Jan. 1, U.S. Central Command said on Sunday.

Badawi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2003 over his role in the October 2000 deadly bombing of the USS Cole, a Navy guided-missile destroyer. He escaped from prison in Yemen twice, once in 2003 and again in 2006.

“U.S. forces confirmed the results of the strike following a deliberate assessment process,” said Central Command spokesman Captain Bill Urban, two days after the Defense Department said U.S. forces had targeted Badawi in the strike.

It is the latest blow to Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which has lost key leaders in U.S strikes in recent years. In 2018, U.S. officials said they believed that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, once one of the world’s most feared bombmakers, had been killed…………..The Cole attack was a devastating blow to the U.S. Navy.

On Oct. 12, 2000, two men in a small boat detonated explosives alongside the vessel as it was refueling in Aden, killing 17 sailors, wounding more than three dozen others and blasting a gaping hole in its hull.

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REU: Bolton says Turkey must not attack Kurdish fighters once U.S. leaves Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, saying Turkey must agree to protect the United States’ Kurdish allies.

President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to announce a U.S. pullout from Syria left many questions open, chiefly whether Kurdish fighters who had been operating in northern Syria alongside U.S. forces would now be attacked by their long-time enemy, Turkey.

Bolton, on a trip to Israel and Turkey, said he would stress in talks with Turkish officials, including President Tayyip Erdogan, that Kurdish forces must be protected.

Ahead of talks with Israeli officials, he told reporters the pullout would be done in a way that guaranteed the Islamic State jihadist group “is defeated and is not able to revive itself and become a threat again.”

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REU: Syrian opposition urges countries not to reconcile with Assad

RIYADH (Reuters) – Syria’s chief opposition negotiator said on Sunday he was surprised by countries rebuilding ties with the Syrian government and urged them to reverse their decision.

Arab states, including some that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his forces in the war, aiming to expand their influence in Syria at the expense of non-Arab Turkey and Iran.

The United Arab Emirates re-opened its embassy in Damascus last month and Bahrain said its embassy there, and the Syrian diplomatic mission in Manama, had been operating “without interruption”.

“We do not have the power to stop this reconciliation,” Nasr Hariri told reporters in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based.

“We still hope there is a possibility for (these countries) to revisit their decisions and realize that the real and solid relation should be with their brothers of the Syrian people not with the regime that has committed all these crimes,” he said.

“Bashar al-Assad will remain a war criminal even if thousands of leaders had a handshake with him.”

Kuwait said last week it expected more Arab countries to reopen embassies in Damascus in “coming days”, although the move would need a green light from the Arab League.

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REU: Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with U.S.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month, and want to shift the venue to Qatar, Taliban officials said on Sunday, seeking to fend off Riyadh’s push to include the Afghan government in talks.

The upcoming negotiations, the fourth in a series aimed at ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, are scheduled between the leaders of the Taliban and U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to discuss the withdrawal of foreign forces and a possible ceasefire in 2019.

Leaders of the hardline Islamic militant group have rejected the Kabul government’s offer for direct talks, despite growing international pressure in favor of the Western-backed Afghan government having a seat at the table.

“We were supposed to meet U.S. officials in Riyadh next week and continue our peace process that remained incomplete in Abu Dhabi last month,” a senior Taliban member based in Afghanistan told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

“The problem is that leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) wanted us to definitely meet the Afghan government delegation, which we cannot afford to do now, and we have canceled the meeting in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

The Taliban want to change the venue for the talks to Qatar, he said, the political headquarters of the militant group that is fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan and the site for earlier talks.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the group has decided to cancel the meeting in Saudi Arabia, but did not provide information about a new meeting venue.

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AP: Roadside bombing kills 5 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a roadside bombing has killed five civilians and wounded seven in the country’s eastern Paktika province, while separate attacks in the country’s west killed at least eight security force members.

Nawroz Ishaq, the provincial governor’s spokesman, gave the casualty figures for Monday’s blast in the Jani Khail district.

No one claimed responsibility for the bombing. Ishaq blamed insurgents who usually plant bombs on roads to target Afghan security forces.

Meanwhile in Afghanistan’s western Badghis province, the provincial governor’s spokesman says eight security force members were killed in two Taliban attacks late Sunday.

Spokesman Jamshid Shahabi says the attacks wounded five security force members and saw 10 insurgents killed.

However, Abdul Aziz Beg, the head of Badghis’ provincial council, said the attacks killed 21 security force members.

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NYT: Taliban Storm Security Posts in West Afghanistan, Kill 21

KABUL — Taliban insurgents have stormed security posts in west Afghanistan, killing 21 police and pro-government militia members, officials said on Monday, the latest in a surge of attacks that has cast doubt on tentative steps towards talks.

The Taliban attacked the checkpoints in two different parts of Badghis province, which is on the border with Turkmenistan, late on Sunday, provincial officials said.

Abdul Aziz Bek, head of the Badghis provincial council, said 14 policemen and seven members of pro-government militias were killed, while nine were injured.

A second government official, Jamshid Shahabi, a spokesman for the Badghis provincial governor, said more than 15 Taliban militants were killed and 10 wounded in the clashes.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, among the most deadly in the province in many months.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, said in statement they killed 34 members of the security forces and pro-government militias and seized many weapons and ammunition.

Leaders of the hardline Islamist group and the U.S. officials are scheduled to meet this month to discuss the withdrawal of foreign forces and a possible ceasefire.

Officials from the warring sides have met at least three times in recent months to try to agree on a way to end the 17-year war. But in the meantime, both sides are keeping up their attacks.

The Taliban say they are fighting to topple the Western-backed government and restore strict Islamic law after their ouster in 2001.

 

Casualties, Exclusive of Civilians

Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

None

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

Afghan War Children

Please do not forget the children.

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