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14 Nov

United States Wars, News and Casualties

United States Wars, News and Casualties

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The War Criminal and His Two Buddies

 

Former U.S. Presidents, from left, Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton greet spectators on the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The above picture makes me sick. It should make every decent human being sick. Why, one may ask? One reason follows.

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.

And the three play golf and have their picture taken. Bullshit!

The McGlynn

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War News

IRAQ BODY COUNT>>

This data is based on 51,544 database entries from the beginning of the war to 28 Feb 2017, and on monthly preliminary data from that date onwards. Preliminary data is shown in grey when applicable, and is based on approximate daily totals in the Recent Events section prior to full analysis. The full analysis extracts details such as the names or demographic details of individuals killed, the weapons that killed them and location amongst other details. The current range contains 36,537–38,380 deaths (20%–19%, a portion which may rise or fall over time) based on single-sourced reports.

Graphs are based on the higher number in our totals. Gaps in recording and reporting suggest that even our highest totals to date may be missing many civilian deaths from violence.

Total Dollar Cost of War>>

Cost of War in Iraq>>

Cost of War in Afghanistan>>

Cost of Military Action Against ISIS>>

BBC: Raqqa’s dirty secret

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.

Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job.

He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic State fighters don’t stand in the way of a delivery.

But this time, his load was to be human cargo. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters opposed to IS, wanted him to lead a convoy that would take hundreds of families displaced by fighting from the town of Tabqa on the Euphrates river to a camp further north.

The job would take six hours, maximum – or at least that’s what he was told.

But when he and his fellow drivers assembled their convoy early on 12 October, they realised they had been lied to.

Instead, it would take three days of hard driving, carrying a deadly cargo – hundreds of IS fighters, their families and tonnes of weapons and ammunition.

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AP: Activists: Airstrike on rebel-held Syrian town kills 53

BEIRUT (AP) — At least 53 people were killed in a ferocious attack on a market in north Syria on Monday that left rescuers and survivors digging late into the evening to search for residents still buried under the rubble.

There were at least three airstrikes on the market at Atareb, a town in the Aleppo countryside swollen by arrival of refugees from nearby battles, in the latest breach of a “de-escalation” agreement that has proven largely unenforceable. Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, is controlled by the government.

The attack tore market-goers apart, according to media published by the activist-run Thiqa news agency. Survivors found limbs in the rubble and corpses with heads ripped apart by the force of the blasts.

A police station by the market was also struck, killing an officer, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

At least 53 people were killed according to the Observatory, which said the market was hit by three separate strikes. There were at least 5 children and 3 women among the dead. The Observatory said it could not determine whether the Syrian government or its chief backer, Russia, was behind the attack.

Thiqa said at least 47 people were killed and more than 90 wounded.

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Syria News: Russia commits massacre in Atarib west of Aleppo

Aleppo (Syria News) More than 50 civilians were either killed or wounded in air strikes carried out by Russian warplanes on the popular market in the city of Atarib, in the western countryside of Aleppo, Enab Baladi News reported on Monday.

Aleppo Media Center reported, today, that more than 25 civilians were killed and 30 others were wounded in air strikes conducted by the Russian warplanes on the popular market, located in al-Atarib, in the western countryside of Aleppo.

Meanwhile, Syrian Civil Defense revealed that air strikes targeted the main market in the city of Atarib, killing large number of civilians. Civil Defense teams pulled out the trapped casualties from the rubble, they added.

However, Syrian regime and the Russian Ministry of Defense did not release any statement on the incident.

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NYT: U.S. to Fight Islamic State in Syria ‘as Long as They Want to Fight’: Mattis

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military will fight Islamic State in Syria “as long as they want to fight,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday, describing a longer-term role for U.S. troops long after the insurgents lose all of the territory they control.

As U.S.-backed and Russian-backed forces battle to retake the remaining pockets of Islamic State-held terrain, Mattis said the U.S. military’s longer-term objective would be to prevent the return of an “ISIS 2.0.”

“The enemy hasn’t declared that they’re done with the area yet, so we’ll keep fighting as long as they want to fight,” Mattis said, speaking to reporters at the Pentagon about the future of U.S. operations in Syria.

He also stressed the importance of longer-term peace efforts, suggesting U.S. forces aimed to help set the conditions of a diplomatic solution in Syria, now in its seventh year of civil war.

“We’re not just going to walk away right now before the Geneva process has traction,” he added.

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REU: Russia, U.S. stalemate over Syria chemical weapons inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia said on Monday it was talking to the United States about the U.N. Security Council renewing an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but Washington countered that Moscow had refused to engage on a U.S.-drafted resolution.

The mandate for the joint inquiry by the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has found the Syrian government used the banned nerve agent sarin in an April 4 attack, expires on Friday.

Russia vetoed an initial U.S. bid to renew the joint investigation on Oct. 24, saying it wanted to wait for the release of the latest investigation’s report two days later. It has since proposed its own rival draft resolution.

“We are talking to the U.S., it’s not over yet,” Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters on Monday.

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NYT: Iraq’s Kurdistan Says to Respect Court Decision Banning Secession

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday it would respect a decision by the country’s federal court banning the region’s secession.

“We believe that this decision must become a basis for starting an inclusive national dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to resolve all disputes,” the KRG said in a statement.

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BI: US Marines are returning to ‘old stomping grounds’ in Iraq to fight an evolving enemy

ISIS has been ousted from many of its redoubts in western Iraq.

But remnants of the group remain, and divisions between Iraqis appear to be growing.

Iraqis in the area fear a return of insurgency and sectarian violence, while some US personnel anticipate a presence there for generations.


Iraqi forces ” swiftly and thoroughly ” ejected ISIS fighters from Al Qaim – a city at the western edge of Iraq’s Anbar province and the terrorist group’s last stronghold on the Iraq-Syria border – in early November.

ISIS has lost most of the land it once held and has largely disappeared as an organized fighting force. All that’s left of the group’s so-called caliphate, which once stretched from northwest Syria to the edges of Baghdad, is chunks of territory along the Euphrates River in Iraq and Syria.

For the close to 1,000 US Marines assisting Iraqi forces in the area, the campaign has led them back to familiar terrain to continue the fight against an enemy that appears set to evolve into a different kind of threat.

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IraqiNews: Iraqi army frees six villages from Islamic State in western Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi army has liberated six villages from Islamic State militants in west of Anbar, a security source said on Monday.

Speaking to AlSumaria News, the source said, “the army’s seventh division managed to liberate villages of al-Bayda, al-Bowaiba, al-Jaabariya, al-Samma, Melili and al-Rumiya, west of Rawa town.”

The troops, according to the source, who preferred to remain anonymous, “freed the villages after IS militants escaped toward the desert.”

“Troops reached to the borders of Rawa ahead of invasion to free it,” he added.

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REU: Taliban attack Afghan checkpoints, killing more than 20 police

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as militants killed eight soldiers in the west in a growing insurgency.

Government forces killed 45 insurgents and wounded 35 and none of the police checkpoints was captured in the overnight attacks, officials said.

“Our forces resisted until they received reinforcements and air support,” said Zia Durrani, spokesman for Kandahar’s police chief. “The Taliban were defeated.”

The Taliban told reporters by WhatsApp that they killed 43 police and members of a militia and destroyed 13 armored vehicles.

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AP: Poll: Afghans slightly more optimistic despite turmoil

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans are slightly more optimistic about the future than they were last year, despite a stagnant economy and near-constant attacks by a revitalized Taliban, according to the results of a nationwide poll released Tuesday.

The annual survey by the San Francisco-based Asia Foundation, released in Kabul, found that 32.8 percent of Afghans believe their country is moving in the right direction, up from 29.3 percent in 2016. Another 61.2 percent said the country is heading in the wrong direction, down from 65.9 percent — a record high — in 2016.

The foundation acknowledged that the slight increase in optimism is “difficult to explain.”

The country has been mired in war since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. The Taliban have regrouped and driven the Afghanistan’s beleaguered security forces from a number of districts across the country. An upstart Islamic State affiliate has meanwhile carried out several attacks targeting civilians.

The foundation polled 10,012 Afghan men and women in face-to-face interviews conducted between July 5 and July 23 in all 34 provinces. The poll has a 1.4 percent margin of error.

The findings marked the reversal of a decade-long downward trajectory, the foundation said. However, most respondents expressed concern about the security and future of the country, and 38.8 percent said they would leave Afghanistan if they had the opportunity, the second-highest number recorded since the survey began in 2004.

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NYT: 8 Afghan Officers Killed by Taliban Using Night-Vision Goggles

KABUL, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents using sophisticated night-vision goggles killed eight Afghan police officers in their beds early Monday near the capital of western Farah Province, Afghan officials said.

The authorities suspect there was also a Taliban infiltrator, according to Naser Mehri, a spokesman for the Farah governor, adding that the only police officer who had survived the attack was being interrogated but had not been charged.

Afghan officials said the killings were the latest in a wave of attacks by the Taliban using night-vision goggles, usually with Russian markings. United States forces introduced night-vision technology in Afghanistan, and American trainers instructed the Afghan Army on how to use them to get an advantage against the Taliban.

Now, the Taliban have apparently managed to obtain the same technology. “Night-vision equipment is used in ambushes by the insurgents and it is very effective,” said Maj. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesman for the Defense Ministry. “You can see your enemy but they cannot see you coming.”

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4 US soldiers wounded in Kandahar suicide car bombing

At least four US soldiers sustained injuries in a suicide car bomb attack in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan. The incident took place on Monday afternoon in the vicinity of Dand district of Kandahar province after a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives near the convoy of the foreign forces.

“Four U.S. soldiers were wounded in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, from a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, according to Army Lt. Col. Koné Faulkner, a spokesman for the Resolute Support mission.

“We can confirm reports that a vehicle-born improvised explosive device detonated in Kandahar province at approximately 2 p.m. today,” Faulkner told Military Times. “There were a total of four U.S. service members injured and all are in stable condition in U.S. medical treatment facilities.

He said there were no coalition fatalities as a result of the attack, he added

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility behind the attack.

This comes as the security situation in Kandahar had proven during the recent months although the anti-government armed militant groups are attempting to destabilize the key southern provinces.

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Pakistani soldiers suffer casualties in militants attack along the Durand Line

The Pakistani soldiers suffered casualties in the latest attack by the militant groups along the Durand Line, the security authorities said late on Monday. The Inter Services Public Relations, media wing of the Pakistani military, in a statement confirmed the attack. The statement further added that two soldiers were killed and four others were wounded

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Recent Casualties

Color Denotes Today’s Confirmation

DOD: The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Lee M. Smith, 35, of Arlington, Texas, died Nov. 11 at Camp Taji, Iraq, due to injuries sustained from a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. The incident is under investigation.

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

Sgt. First Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, California, died Nov. 4 in Logar Province, Afghanistan as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations. He was assigned to 2d Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. The incident is under investigation.

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

Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 36, of Juneau, Alaska, died Oct. 27 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained when he was involved in a helicopter crash. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The incident is under investigation.

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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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