Tag Archives: casualties

US military will investigate itself in Mosul killings

Source: Boston Herald

"The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents. Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command, told Congress that Islamic State militants are exploiting American sensitivities to civilian casualties, using people as human shields to avoid being targeted by strikes. … Under questioning from lawmakers, Votel repeated U.S. military assertions that the military rules of engagement have not been changed or relaxed to allow for more civilian casualties." [hat tip — David Klaus] (03/29/17)


Iraq: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad

Source: Columbus Dispatch

"Iraqi officials say a suicide truck bomb has targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad, killing 15 people and wounding 45. Security and hospital officials say the bomber detonated the vehicle 'an oil tanker laden with explosives' late on Wednesday night. Three policemen are among the dead while the rest were civilians. A number of policemen were also wounded." (03/29/17)


Panic spreads in Iraq, Syria as record numbers of civilians reported killed in US strikes

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

"A sharp rise in the number of civilians reported killed in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria is spreading panic, deepening mistrust and triggering accusations that the United States and its partners may be acting with an unprecedented disregard for lives of noncombatants. The escalation comes as local ground forces backed by air support from a U.S.-led coalition close in on the Islamic State's two main urban bastions — Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq." (03/28/17)


UK: Marine sentenced in murder of wounded Taliban fighter

Source: BBC News [UK]

"A Royal Marine convicted of killing a wounded Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been jailed for seven years. Sgt Alexander Blackman, 42, will be freed in weeks as he has already served more than three years in jail. The sentencing came after the Court Martial Appeal Court ruled Blackman's original murder conviction should be reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. … The trial was the first time a member of the British armed forces faced a murder charge in relation to the Afghanistan conflict. Two other marines from 42 Commando were tried at the same time but acquitted." (03/28/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban capture city of Sangin

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The Taliban have captured the crucial southern Afghan city of Sangin after a year-long battle, officials say. Afghan forces say they have made a tactical retreat from the centre of Sangin.
A spokesman for Helmand's governor confirmed the district police and governor's headquarters were now in militant hands. Almost a quarter of British troops killed during the UK's combat mission in Afghanistan died defending Sangin. Hundreds of Afghan combatants have been killed there in recent fighting." (03/23/17)


Syria: Dozens dead in "US-led" airstrike as coalition meets

Source: Yahoo! News

"A US-led coalition strike is reported to have killed 33 civilians in northern Syria ahead of a Wednesday meeting of top officials in Washington focused on defeating the Islamic State group. Rebels and jihadists pressed offensives inside the capital Damascus and the central province of Hama, just a day before new UN-brokered peace talks open in Geneva." (03/22/17)


Somalia: Mogadishu car bombing leaves ten dead

Source: CNN

"Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that police say killed 10 people Tuesday afternoon in Mogadishu, Somalia. At least 15 people were injured in the bomb explosion at a busy security checkpoint in the country's capital, according to Somali federal police Maj. Ahmed Ibrahim. The blast was caused by an explosive-laden vehicle about 150 meters from the entrance of Villa Somalia, the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Ibrahim said. … Al-Shabaab, which claimed responsibility for the attack through its Radio Andalus, announced 20 had been killed, though the terror group is known to exaggerate the death totals of its attacks." (03/21/17)


Afghanistan: Three US occupation troops shot, wounded by Afghan regime soldier

Source: NBC News

"Three American soldiers were shot by an Afghan soldier on a base Sunday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said. Resolute Support said in a post on Twitter Sunday morning that the three U.S. soldiers were wounded after being shot by an Afghan soldier on a base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. … Col. Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, told the AP that the soldier had made a 'mistake' and had not fired deliberately." (03/19/17)


Iraq: Regime forces close on Mosul mosque as strike kills foreign militants

Source: Reuters

"Iraqi army helicopters strafed and rocketed Islamic State positions inside Mosul's Old City on Sunday as ground troops fought fierce street battles to close in on the strategic prize of the al-Nuri Mosque. An air strike by the U.S.-led coalition backing Iraq forces in their campaign to retake Mosul also killed six foreign militant commanders in the west, including a Russian who was a senior Islamic State leader, Iraq's defense ministry said. Federal Police troops on Sunday advanced past the train station in western Mosul close to the mosque, where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in July 2014 after the hardline militants had seized swathes of Iraq and Syria." (03/19/17)


Syria: Twin blasts kill 40 near Damascus religious sites

Source: Bloomberg

"Twin blasts Saturday near holy shrines frequented by Shiites in the Syrian capital Damascus killed at least 40 people and wounded over a hundred, most of them Iraqis, according to Syrian and Iraqi officials. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. Islamic State militants have carried out similar attacks before against Shiite shrines in the Syrian capital and elsewhere. Extremist Sunni groups, such as IS, view Shiites as apostates and consider shrines a form of idolatry." (03/11/17)