Tag Archives: casualties

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber hits Kabul bank ahead of holiday rush, killing five

Source: Washington Post

“A Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a bank not far from the U.S. embassy in Kabul, killing five people on Tuesday, as government employees lined up to withdraw salaries ahead of the holiday. An airstrike meant for a Taliban command post north of the capital in Herat also killed at least 13 civilians, according to local officials. The Taliban insurgent group said one of its suicide bombers blew himself up at the Nawe Kabul bank to kill security forces waiting to withdraw cash ahead the Eid al-Adha holiday, the holiest day of the Muslim calendar.” (08/29/17)


Iraq: Car bombing at busy Baghdad market kills 12

Source: ABC News

“A car bomb ripped through a busy market area in eastern Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least 12 people, Iraqi officials said. The explosives-laden car went off at the wholesale Jamila market in Baghdad’s Shiite district of Sadr City, a police officer said. The explosion also wounded 28 other people, he added, saying the death toll was expected to rise further. A medical official confirmed the casualty figures. … The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility in an online statement on its media arms, the Aamaq news agency.” (08/28/17)


Yemen: Saudi invaders kill dozens in air raid

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“An air attack on a hotel near the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has killed at least 35 people, according to a local medic. Physician Ali al-Rakmi who was helping at the site of Wednesday’s strike in Arhab town’s Qaa al-Qaidhi district, said there were more than 100 people inside at the time of the attack, all farmers who work in growing qat — a plant widely used for a stimulant effect. At least 35 bodies were retrieved so far, he said. … Almaseera, a television channel run by the country’s Houthi rebels [sic], who control Sanaa, blamed the Saudi-led military coalition allied with the [Saudi puppet regime] for the attack on Wednesday. It said 41 civilians were killed and that the death toll was expected to rise further. Officials and witnesses told the Associated Press news agency that the death toll had reached 60 and that the majority of those killed were Houthis rebels [sic].” (08/23/17)


Iraq: Two US troops killed, five injured

Source: CNN

“Two US service members were killed and five were injured Sunday during combat operations in northern Iraq, according to a statement from US Central Command. ‘Initial reports indicate the incident was not due to enemy contact,’ the statement said. The incident is under investigation.” (08/13/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber strikes occupation convoy

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, adding that there were casualties but without providing more information. The Taliban promptly took responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the insurgents said the bombing allegedly killed 15 soldiers — a claim that appeared exaggerated as many similar Taliban claims have been in the past. Lt. Damien E. Horvath, a military spokesman, could not say how many casualties there were, or provide their nationalities. The NATO mission, known as Resolute Support, ‘can confirm that a NATO convoy was attacked in Kandahar. The attack did cause casualties,’ he said.” (08/02/17)


Kashmir: Anti-India protests after rebels, civilians killed

Source: Washington Post

“Large anti-India protests and clashes spearheaded mostly by students erupted in disputed Kashmir on Tuesday after government forces killed two senior militants in a gunbattle and fatally shot a protester during an ensuing demonstration demanding an end to Indian rule. The protests following the killings spread across the region and were led mostly by students, after which authorities ordered the closure of educational institutions.” (08/01/17)


Afghanistan: Islamic State targets Iraqi embassy in Kabul; four attackers killed

Source: Beloit Daily News

“The Islamic State group targeted the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul on Monday, with a suicide bomber blowing himself up outside the gates, followed by three gunmen who stormed into the building. The assault set off a four-hour firefight that ended only after Afghan security forces had killed all the attackers. There were conflicting reports of casualties as the attack unfolded, with a witness at the scene saying he saw bodies of at least two policemen lying on the road outside the embassy soon after the attack began.” (07/31/17)


Pakistan: Bomb blast kills more than two dozen

Source: CNN

“At least 26 people have died in a bomb blast targeting police in Pakistan on Monday, officials told CNN. The incident took place in Lahore, at a vegetable market at the entrance of the Arfa Software Technology Park, a city landmark. At least 49 others were injured, according to Punjabi province health minister Salman Rafique. Lahore is the capital of Punjab.” (07/24/17)


A shameful silence: Where is the outrage over the slaughter of civilians in Mosul?

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in sharp contrast to the outrage expressed worldwide over the bombardment of east Aleppo by Syrian government and Russian forces at the end of 2016. Hoshyar Zebari, the Kurdish leader and former Iraqi finance and foreign minister, told me in an interview last week: ‘Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the Federal Police, air strikes and Isis itself.’ The real number of dead who are buried under the mounds of rubble in west Mosul is unknown, but their numbers are likely to be in the tens of thousands, rather than the much lower estimates previously given.” (07/24/17)


Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber kills 24

Source: NBC News

“A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital early on Monday, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others, Kabul’s police chief spokesman said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault. The bombing continued the unrelenting violence that has killed more than 1,700 civilians in Afghanistan so far this year. The Taliban, which is battling the Western-backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days, sparking fighting in more than half a dozen provinces.” (07/24/17)