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16 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>>

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

Sgt. 1st Class Hughton O. Brown, 43, of Brooklyn, New York died Nov. 14 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 306th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, Farmingdale, New York. The incident is under investigation.

AP: Save the Children says 130 children die every day in Yemen

CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.

Save the Children said late Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels is likely to further increase the death rate. It says over 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017.

Saudi Arabia blocked Yemen’s ports after a rebel missile attack near Riyadh. However it said Monday the coalition would lift the blockade after widespread international criticism.

The U.N. and over 20 aid groups have said the blockade could bring millions of people closer to “starvation and death.”

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NYT: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Targeting ISIS, and Killing Civilians

The American-led battle against the Islamic State has been hailed as the most precise air campaign in history. But its airstrikes have killed far more Iraqi civilians than anyone has acknowledged.

The survivors of those airstrikes have been left wondering why their families were targeted.

Background reading:

• The number of civilians killed in American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria spiked this year, as efforts to retake Islamic State strongholds intensified and as some procedures for approving airstrikes were changed.

• A Times photographer spent months documenting the battle to recapture Mosul from Islamic State militants. See his reports from the city here.

• Two months after the battle to liberate Mosul, much of the city is in ruins. The city has turned its attention to recovering the bodies buried in the rubble to return them to their families.

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REU: U.N. to vote on rival U.S., Russia bids to renew Syria inquiry

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Thursday on rival U.S. and Russian bids to renew an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria, diplomats said, a move that could trigger Russia’s 10th veto to block action on Syria.

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

The United States was first to ask for a vote on its draft resolution, followed quickly by Russia. A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by the United States, France, Russia, Britain or China to be adopted.

Diplomats say there is little support among the 15-member council for the Russian draft, which Russian U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has said aims to correct “systemic errors” of the inquiry, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM).

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IraqiNews: Troops liberate region, set up bridge to invade last IS bastion in Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews.com) Security troops have liberated a region, held by Islamic State militants in their last stronghold in Anbar, a security source from Jazeera Operations Command said.

“Iraqi troops raised the flag above buildings in al-Sa’eedan region, northwest of Rawa, after liberating it. The militants booby-trapped the buildings and roads,” the source told SNG website on Thursday.

“Troops, backed by army jets, managed to kill many IS members,” he said indicating collapse of the militant group’s defense.

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IraqiNews: Terrorism index: Iraq two slots away from world’s least peaceful country

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq has ranked almost at the bottom in an index listing the world’s most peaceful countries released on Wednesday, also getting a very low score among Middle Eastern countries.

Iraq ranked 161st among a 163-nation list arranged in a descending order of peacefulness in the Global Peace Index released by the Australian Institute for Economics & Peace.

Iraq was followed by Afghanistan and Syria which fell at the bottom as the world’s least peaceful nation, according to the report.

“The GPI recorded improvements in average global peace in 2016”, the report read. “The overall score for the 2017 GPI improved slightly this year due to gains in six of the nine geographical regions represented. More countries improved their levels of peacefulness, than deteriorated: 93 compared to 68”.

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IraqiNews: Bomb blast leaves four civilians wounded, west of Baghdad

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Four civilians were wounded in an IED blast in west of Baghdad, a security source said.

“A bomb placed near a market in al-Subaihat region, Abu Ghraib, exploded leaving four civilians, including a woman, wounded,” the source told Alghad Press on Thursday.

The source, who preferred anonymity, added that “security troops cordoned off the accident spot and transferred the wounded to nearby hospital.”

Violence in the country has surged further with the emergence of Islamic State Sunni extremist militants who proclaimed an “Islamic Caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

114 Iraqi civilians were killed, while 244 others were wounded as result of terrorism, violence and armed conflicts, according to a monthly release by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), issued on Wednesday.

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REU: ‘New roadblocks’ emerge in Iraq after Islamic State defeat: aid expert

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – The war against Islamic State in Iraq may soon be over but providing humanitarian aid to Iraqis is becoming more difficult as new political and cultural divides open up, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) said.

Jan Egeland also warned that members of the international coalition which helped Baghdad in its three-year campaign against Islamic State could now drastically reduce their humanitarian budget for Iraq following the militants’ defeat.

More than 3 million people displaced by Islamic State-related violence in the last three years have still not returned home. A rift between the central government in Baghdad and the Kurds following a September referendum on independence has created a fresh wave of displacement.

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NYT: Suicide Attack in Kabul Kills at Least 7 Afghan Officers

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least seven police officers, including a commander, and two civilians were killed when a suicide bomber tried to enter a wedding hall in central Kabul on Thursday, Afghan officials said.

Police officers spotted the bomber at the gate of the compound, said a police spokesman, Basir Mujahed. The commander on the scene threw his arms around the man, who then detonated his explosive vest, Mr. Mujahed said.

“He’s a hero he saved many lives,” Mr. Mujahed said. “All seven of those policemen are heroes but especially him. Just think if that suicide attacker got past the gate, what would have happened — you cannot even imagine.” The compound and building were crowded with civilians.

Nasrat Rahimi, the deputy spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said that the blast had also wounded seven police officers and two civilians. The toll could rise……………Attacks against Afghan police have been increasing dramatically in recent weeks.

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NYT: Afghan Official: Suicide Bomber Kills 9 at Political Meeting

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber killed nine people at a political gathering in the Afghan capital on Thursday in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the attacker detonated his payload at the entrance to a wedding hall where the event was being held, killing seven police and two civilians, and wounding another nine people.

The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a statement carried by its Aamaq news agency. The Taliban denied involvement.

Parliament member Hafiz Mansoor, who attended the meeting but was not harmed, said around 700 supporters of the governor of the northern Balkh province were attending a conference to highlight his work.

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Taliban rejects involvement in Kabul suicide attack

The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan rejected the involvement of the group in today’s suicide attack which apparently targeted a gathering support of Balkh governor Ata Mohammad Noor. Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid in a statement said the group has no links with the explosion which took place in Khair Khana area of the city

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Suicide attack in Kabul city leaves several dead, wounded

An explosion rocked Kabul city this afternoon with the preliminary reports suggesting a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a hotel at the end of a gathering, leaving at least 18 dead and around 10 others wounded. The incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 11th police district of the city near Qasr-e-Naween

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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. 1st Class Hughton O. Brown, 43, of Brooklyn, New York died Nov. 14 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, as a result of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 306th Engineer Company, 411th Engineer Brigade, Farmingdale, New York. The incident is under investigation.

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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.

Iraq Coalition Casualties: Military Fatalities By Name>>

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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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