Tag Archives: casualties

Russian Foreign Ministry: Five Russians killed in US Syria strike

Source: Washington Post

“The Russian Foreign Ministry says five Russians have been killed in a U.S. strike in Syria, the first official recognition of Russian deaths in the incident that has threatened to further strain Russia-U.S. ties. … Until Thursday, both Russian and U.S. officials said they had no information on Russian losses in the clash, which came when pro-government forces attacked positions of the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters and faced a ferocious U.S. counterattack.” (02/15/18)


US, Russian officials dispute reports of Russian casualties in Syria

Source: Midland Reporter-Telegram

“It’s a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria’s multi-front war: a confrontation in which U.S. forces, responding to a provocation [sic], kill Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield. Russian news reports Tuesday described just such a scenario, with an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a ferocious U.S. counterattack last week. But Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other U.S. officials said they had no such information on casualties, and the Kremlin did not confirm any Russian deaths. U.S. officials also said the Russian government had lodged no complaint about its citizens being killed.” [editor’s note: The US troops in Syria are present in Syria as invaders in violation of both US and international law. They don’t get to plead “self-defense” or “provocation” – TLK] (02/14/18)


Indian, Pakistani regimes rattle sabers after Kashmir gun battle

Source: US News & World Report

“India has warned Pakistan that it would pay for a deadly militant attack on an Indian army camp in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, the latest violence in the disputed region to stoke tension between the nuclear-armed rivals. Pakistan responded by saying it was ‘fully committed and capable of defending itself against any act of aggression’ and India had unfairly blamed it for the attack ‘without a shred of evidence.’ Saturday’s attack on the camp near Jammu, in the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, was the worst in months with six soldiers and the father of a soldier killed. At least three militants were killed, according to Indian officials.” (02/13/18)


Kashmir: Indian army confirms nine fatalities in attack on camp

Source: The Statesman [India]

“A view of an ambulance parked outside Sunjuwan Military Station after a group of four-to-five heavily armed militants stormed an army camp; in Jammu on Feb 10, 2018. A JCO was critically injured and his daughter also suffered injuries when the militants entered the Sunjuwan Military Station around 4.45 a.m. hurling grenades and heavy volume of automatic gunfire early on Saturday. A Defence Ministry spokesman on Sunday confirmed that nine people were killed in the ongoing anti-terror [sic] operation in an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to media persons here, Colonel Devendra Anand said three terrorists [sic] have been killed in the operation that has been going on since Saturday inside the Sunjuwan army station in Jammu city.” (02/11/18)


Syria: US invasion force kills more than 100 regime troops

Source: The Telegraph [UK]

“The US-led coalition killed more than 100 Assad regime fighters in eastern Syria on Wednesday, officials said, in the largest deliberate strike carried out by Western forces against pro-Syrian government troops. The coalition said it struck regime fighters with airstrikes and artillery after they launched an ‘unprovoked attack’ against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Western-backed rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria. … The Syrian regime said the fighters were from a local militia fighting against Isil and accused the US of ‘aggression’ and a ‘new massacre.'” [editor’s note: So if there was a rebellion in the US, assisted by invading Syrian troops, would the Trump regime label its own attacks on the rebels “unprovoked?” – TLK] (02/08/18)


Afghanistan: Kabul military base attack caps week of bloodshed

Source: CNN

“Five militants targeted a military base in Kabul on Monday, killing 11 and capping a week of violence that has shaken a country ravaged by years of conflict. More than 130 people have been killed in four attacks over the past nine days, starting with a deadly hotel siege in Kabul which left at least 22 people dead. The Taliban have claimed two attacks while ISIS says it is behind the others, including Monday’s military base assault, raising the possibility of a deadly competition between the two terrorist groups. Meanwhile, the fact a military base in the center of Kabul was vulnerable to attack raises questions over the Afghan government’s ability to protect itself.” (01/29/18)


Afghanistan: Kabul suicide attack kills more than 100

Source: ABC News

“Afghanistan’s interior minister says at least 103 people were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday, updating an earlier toll. Wais Ahmad Barmak said Sunday that another 235 people were wounded in the attack. Barmak said police were among those killed and wounded. The attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives and was able to race through a security checkpoint by saying he was transferring a patient to a hospital. The explosion damaged or destroyed dozens of shops and vehicles.” (01/28/18)


Afghanistan: Islamic State thugs attack Save the Children office, killing three

Source: US News & World Report

“Militants stormed the offices of Save the Children in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing two security guards and a civilian, and triggering a shootout with police that was still underway more than eight hours later, provincial officials and the organization said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. The assault started with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the provincial offices of Save the Children, a non-governmental organization, said Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said police killed two other attackers, and that at least 26 people, including six police officers, were wounded.” (01/24/18)


Syria: Regime accused in alleged chlorine gas attack

Source: New York Post

“Rescue workers in a Syrian rebel-held enclave near Damascus accused government forces of launching an attack with chlorine gas Monday that affected at least 13 people, according to reports. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, quoting local medical and other sources, said ‘gases’ released during a dawn rocket attack caused ‘cases of suffocation,’ Reuters reported.” [editor’s note: The evidence in the last two allegations doesn’t seem to have held up under scrutiny, so grain of salt recommended – TLK] (01/22/18)


Syria: Turkish forces commence invasion after days of airstrikes

Source: CNN

“Turkey launched a ground operation across the border into northern Syria on Sunday, in a move likely to raise tensions with the United States. Turkish officials said the troops entered the Afrin area a day after Turkish jets pounded targets there in an attempt to drive US-allied Kurdish militia from the area. ‘Operation Olive Branch is ongoing as planned and the ground operation has started,’ the Turkish armed forces said in a statement. The land operation comes hours after Turkish jets targeted US-backed, Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia in the area, killing at least eight people and injuring 13, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces General Command.” (01/21/18)