Posts Tagged ‘ casualties ’

About those US troops who died in Ramadi

May 20, 2015
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Jacob G Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"My hunch is that at least some of the family members of all those dead Americans are thinking to themselves, 'Okay, ISIS now controls Ramadi. But at least my loved one died so that Americans can be free.' Of course, that's easier than thinking that they died for nothing. But the fact is that they did die for nothing." (05/19/15)

http://fff.org/2015/05/19/u-s-troops-died-ramadi/  

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Syria: US forces conduct raid, say they killed senior Islamic State leader

May 18, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Delta Force commandos used UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft to punch deep into eastern Syria from Iraq. They engaged in a firefight and hand-to-hand combat with Islamic State fighters, killed a key figure in the group named as Abu Sayyaf and captured his wife, U.S. officials said. The officials described Sayyaf, a Tunisian, as an Islamic State commander who helped manage the group's black-market sales of oil and gas to raise funds." (05/16/15)

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Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri; army repels but hundreds flee

May 15, 2015
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U-T San Diego    

"Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night. Booming cannon and whooshing rockets woke up people living around Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, the northeast's biggest city. The ground shook as people prostrated themselves for evening prayers. Hundreds fled, though some were returning home on Thursday morning." (05/14/15)

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Afghanistan: Death toll in Kabul hotel attack rises to 14; Taliban claim responsibility

May 14, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The death toll from an attack on a hotel in Kabul where guests were trapped amid gunfire has risen to 14, a senior Afghan police official said Thursday. Foreigners are among the casualties from the deadly assault Wednesday night on the Park Palace Guest House, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility. An American citizen was killed, U.S. authorities have said. Four of the victims were Indian citizens, CNN affiliate IBN reported, citing Indian Foreign Ministry officials." (05/15/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/14/asia/afghanistan-kabul-hotel-attack/  

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Afghan police: Guesthouse siege ends with five dead, six wounded

May 14, 2015
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Danville Register & Bee    

"Gunmen stormed a guesthouse in the Afghan capital as it hosted a party for foreigners, and authorities said five people, including an American, were killed during an hourslong siege that ended early Thursday morning. Six people were wounded and 54 hostages rescued. Kabul Chief of Police Abdul Rahman said the attack began at 8:30 p.m. local time Wednesday, when gunmen opened fire at the restaurant of the Park Palace Hotel." (05/13/15)

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Iraq: Regime claims Islamic State’s second in command killed in air strike

May 13, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"The Iraqi government Wednesday said that the second in command of the Islamic State had been killed in an air strike carried out by the U.S.-led coalition in northern Iraq, a claim that U.S. officials said they could not confirm. Iraq's Ministry of Defense said that the militant leader, known as Abu Alaa al-Afari, was killed in a strike near the northern city Tal Afar. The U.S. Central Command acknowledged that air strikes were conducted against the Islamic State near Tal Afar on Tuesday and Wednesday but could not verify the government's claim." (05/13/15)

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Pakistan: At least 45 killed in Karachi bus attack

May 13, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"At least 45 people were killed and several injured after gunmen opened fire on a bus of the Ismaili community in Safoora Chowrangi area of Karachi. Between 60 and 65 people were riding in the overloaded bus, which belonged to the Ismaili community. The bus was traveling towards Aisha Manzil when it was attacked, police said." (05/13/15)

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Iraq: Prison break leaves 50 inmates and 12 police officers dead

May 10, 2015
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The Mirror [UK]    

"A terrifying prison break by Islamic State militants left fifty inmates and 12 police officers dead. ISIS militants used explosives to break into the Al-Khalis facility near Baghdad, Iraq, before freeing 30 inmates and plundering the jail's weapons stores. After a riot erupted, dozens of prisoners escaped from the jail, which is about 50 miles northeast of Baghdad. Shi'ite militiamen are then reported to have stormed the prison and killed about 60 militants in clashes." (05/10/15)

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Saudi Arabia: Yemeni Houthi forces kill two, capture five

May 6, 2015
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Yemen's rebels [sic] fired rockets and mortars into Saudi Arabia Tuesday, killing at least two civilians and reportedly capturing five soldiers, prompting a Saudi-led military coalition to warn it would strike back. Saudi Arabia's state airline canceled flights into the border area of Najran as schools closed early amid the attack, the first by Houthi rebels [sic], to target a civilian area in the kingdom since the start of the airstrikes." [editor's note: Apparently the Saudis forgot to send the Houthis a memo letting them know that the invasion of Yemen was supposed to be a one-way street kind of thing ... - TLK] (05/05/15)

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Mali: 11 killed in suspected separatist attack

May 6, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Suspected northern rebels attacked a town in central Mali on Tuesday, leading to clashes with government troops in which 10 assailants and one soldier died, the government said in a statement. A rising wave of violence in the West African country and regular violations of a ceasefire between the government and the rebels are threatening to sink a U.N.-backed peace deal due to receive preliminary approval this month. The gunmen attacked Tenenkou, around 400 km (250 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, before dawn, according to the defence ministry and Mali's U.N. mission, MINUSMA." (05/05/15)

http://af.reuters.com/article/maliNews/idAFL5N0XW5CS20150505  

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Syria: Two UN troops wounded by mortar fire in Golan Heights

May 5, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"he Israeli military says two U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights have been wounded by mortar fire from neighboring [sic] Syria. The military says the peacekeepers were hit at a U.N. base in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan. It says they were taken to an Israeli hospital, but gives no details on their condition or nationality." (05/04/15)

http://www.startribune.com/world/302407721.html  

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Syria: Suicide bombing hits capital in possible assassination attempt

May 4, 2015
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Fox News    

"An activist group and a state-owned Syrian TV station say a suicide bomber has blown himself up in Damascus. Al-Ikhbariya TV says authorities stopped an armed group in the Rokn al-Deen neighborhood of the capital on Monday. It says that one member of the group blew himself up. It offered no further details. The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, says the bombing appeared to target a general who is responsible for army logistics and supplies." (05/04/15)

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Afghanistan: Suicide bomber kills one, injures 15

May 4, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"A Taliban suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying staff working for Afghanistan's attorney general killing one person and injuring 15. The Afghan interior ministry confirmed that the lone attacker detonated a suicide vest in downtown Kabul. Officials 'strongly condemned' they attack, which forms part of a wider spring offensive by the terrorist organisation against the Afghan state." (05/04/15)

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Syria: Regime strikes kill more than 20, rebel sources say

April 30, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Syrian government forces have carried out a series of air raids and shelled several areas in the country's northwest in an apparent attempt to halt a rebel advance, killing at least 20 civilians, activists said Thursday. State-owned news agency SANA said troops were targeting 'terrorists,' a term the government uses to refer to all of its armed opponents. ... The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday at least 23 civilians, including five children, were killed in those airstrikes." [editor's note: As I occasionally remember to mention, the "Observatory" is an anti-regime propaganda center located in London; grain of salt warranted - TLK] (04/30/15)

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Syria: Regime forces bomb disputed town

April 27, 2015
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Independent [Ireland]    

"Syrian military aircraft have bombed the north-western town of Jisr al-Shughour today, a day after insurgents seized control of it as part of a broader offensive that has left government forces in the area reeling. The opposition campaign, spearheaded by the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic rebel factions, has captured the two largest urban centres in Idlib province in the space of a month." (04/26/15)

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Israeli forces kill four in Golan strike

April 27, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"Israeli aircraft killed four armed militants who crossed from Syria into the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights to attack Israeli troops, the military said. The militants were carrying an explosive device, an army spokeswoman said by phone, speaking on condition of anonymity according to military rules. The military didn't say whether the armed men were Syrians or members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group backed by Iran." (04/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q486ze2  

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White House: Two hostages accidentally killed in drone strike

April 24, 2015
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USA Today    

"President Obama expressed 'grief and condolences' Thursday for a drone strike against suspected terrorists that accidentally killed two hostages. Obama said he took full responsibility for the operation and apologized to the families of the hostages. 'I profoundly regret what happened,' he said. The two Western hostages -- one American, one Italian -- were killed during a drone strike this year that targeted members of al-Qaeda, the White House said." [editor's note: By "taking full responsibility," I assume he doesn't mean turning himself in, confessing, and pleading guilty to multiple counts of terrorism and murder. He just means he's saying the words "I take full responsibility" - TLK] (04/23/15)

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Somalia: At least 10 killed in restaurant attack

April 21, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A suicide bomber from the Somali militant group al Shabaab on Tuesday rammed a car laden with explosives into a busy restaurant in the capital Mogadishu, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than a dozen others. The lunch-hour explosion also wrecked a tea shop next door and set fire to nearby petrol drums, sending a huge plume of smoke above the Indian Ocean port city." (04/21/15)

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Yemen: Sanaa air strike kills at least 15

April 20, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"An air strike on a Scud missile base in the Houthi rebel [sic] controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that blew out windows in homes, killing at least fifteen people and wounding dozens on Monday, medical sources said. Saudi Arabia has led an alliance of Sunni Arab countries in air strikes against the Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthi group and army units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen's state news agency Saba, run by the Houthi movement, said the bombing resulted in 'dozens of martyrs and hundreds of wounded,' citing a city official. The reference to 'dozens martyred' might suggest that a larger number of soldiers at the base had been killed." [editor's note: Here we go again. In the first sentence they're "rebels." Then in the third sentence, it notes that the people who were called rebels run the state news agency. Hint: If you run the state, you're not a "rebel" - TLK] (04/20/15)

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Colombia: Eleven regime troops killed in apparent rebel attack

April 16, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Eleven soldiers were killed and 19 injured in an attack by leftist guerrillas in Colombia, likely a major violation of the rebels' pledge of a unilateral cease-fire that throws into doubt the future of peace talks. The attack occurred around midnight Tuesday in the volatile southwest department of Cauca when an army unit on a routine patrol was surprised by guerrillas firing homemade explosives and grenades. A corporal and 10 others were killed during the ambush by a unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the army's third division said in a statement. ... The latest attack underscores one of the biggest obstacles in the way of a deal: the FARC leadership's lack of control over the estimated 7,000 troops still on the battlefield." (04/15/15)

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Mali: Suicide bomb attack kills three, wounds 16

April 16, 2015
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Washington Post    

"The U.N. mission in Mali says a suicide bomber has attacked a peacekeeping base, killing at least three people. In a statement released Wednesday, the U.N. mission known as MINUSMA said that the attack had taken place around 11:30 a.m. in the town of Ansongo in Mali’s northern Gao region. At least nine peacekeepers were wounded along with seven civilians." (04/15/15)

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Somalia: Seventeen dead in attack on regime complex

April 14, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Al-Shabab militants have attacked a government complex in a busy area of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, leaving at least 17 people dead, including seven assailants. A car loaded with explosives was driven into the wall surrounding the compound, and gunmen then stormed the building. Officials say the attack is now over and the building has been secured. Al-Shabab opposes the UN-backed administration and wants African Union forces to leave Somalia." (04/14/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32299273  

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Iraq: Car bombs kill at least 11 near Baghdad

April 14, 2015
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The Australian The Australian [Australia]    

"Seven people were killed when an explosives-laden car was detonated in a commercial area in the town of Mahmoudiyah, about 30km south of Baghdad, a police officer said. The car was parked in a mainly Shi'ite section of town near a bakery and went off as people were standing in line to buy bread. Another 13 civilians were wounded in Tuesday's attack. Hours later, another car bomb exploded in a parking lot outside Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad, killing four civilians and wounding 10, an official said." (04/14/15)

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Four Blackwater guards sentenced in Iraq shootings of 31 unarmed civilians

April 13, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A federal judge Monday sentenced a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for killing 14 unarmed civilians in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, an incident that fomented deep resentments about the accountability of American security forces during one of the bloodiest periods of the Iraq war. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the District rejected a claim of innocence by Nicholas A. Slatten, 31, of Sparta, Tenn., who received the life sentence after being convicted of murder in October for firing what prosecutors said were the first shots in the civilian massacre. The three others -- Paul A. Slough, 35, of Keller, Tex.; Evan S. Liberty, 32, of Rochester, N.H.; and Dustin L. Heard, 33, of Maryville, Tenn. -- were sentenced to 30 years plus one day after being convicted of multiple counts of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter." (04/13/15)

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Egypt: Six regime troops killed in Sinai attack

April 12, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Egypt's military said a bomb detonated by militants killed six soldiers and wounded two others in Egypt's North Sinai on Sunday, a region beset by Islamist insurgents. The army said in a statement that 'terrorist and extremist elements' were behind the roadside attack on an armored military vehicle in the town of Sheikh Zuweid. Two of those killed were officers, it said. A Twitter feed that describes itself as the official account for Sinai Province, a militant group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack." (04/12/15)

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