Tag Archives: war

Afghanistan: Taliban kill 27 police in security post attacks

Source: Washington Post

"Taliban fighters stormed some 15 security posts in three different districts in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province overnight, killing at least 27 policemen, officials said Tuesday. Matiullah Helal, acting provincial police spokesman, said 22 police were killed and at least 15 others were wounded when insurgents stormed various security posts in two districts Monday night. He said the attacks took place in the Maywand and Zhari districts and some gun battles lasted for hours. He said 45 Taliban were killed and 35 others wounded. Naway District Gov. Sarajuddin Sarhadi said five local police were also killed at checkpoints in his district, including a post commander." (11/14/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/official-taliban-kill-22-police-in-security-post-attacks/2017/11/14/186cb46c-c907-11e7-b506-8a10ed11ecf5_story.html

Sadism in Afghanistan

Source: Antiwar.com
by Tommy Raskin

"For the past 16 years, the American war machine has been acting like a two-tiered sadist in Afghanistan. While facilitating the Kabul government’s destruction of the communities it oversees there, our military apparatus has also harmed the U.S. itself by spilling American blood for an unnecessary and futile mission. Granted, most Americans have not literally bled for the war in Afghanistan. Our sacrifice has been merely (merely?) financial. US taxpayers have paid — and will continue paying — for our government’s $1 trillion excursion there, an escapade already more expensive than the Marshall Plan to rebuild post-WWII Europe. Not all Americans have been as fortunate as civilian taxpayers, though. 2,400 US soldiers have died and upwards of 17,000 have suffered physical injuries in Afghanistan. Still other troops have returned home physically intact but psychologically scarred, motivating their retreat into a lonely depression." (11/09/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/tommy_raskin/2017/11/08/sadism-in-afghanistan/

Afghanistan: Islamic State forces attack Kabul TV station

Source: Washington Post

"The extremist Islamic State group carried out an attack on Tuesday against one of Afghanistan’s most popular Pashto-language TV stations located in the heart of the capital Kabul, leaving at least two dead. A suicide bomber detonated himself at the station gates killing one security guard while one of the three assailants slipped into the compound and killed a female employee. At least 20 others were injured in the attack. The militants, who wore police uniforms, battled for three hours with security forces, filling the city with the sound of gunfire and explosions and forcing the station to halt its broadcast." (11/07/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/isis-forces-attack-tv-station-in-heart-of-kabul-2-dead/2017/11/07/9d56ba40-c3aa-11e7-84bc-5e285c7f4512_story.html

Yemen: Saudi invaders close country's ports

Source: Chicago Tribune

"The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early Monday after a rebel [sic]-fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be 'considered as an act of war.' The coalition's statement ramps up tensions between the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom and its Shiite rival Iran, both of which have interests in Yemen's yearslong conflict. The bloodshed continued Sunday as an Islamic State-claimed militant attack in Aden killed at least 17 people. In a statement, the coalition accused Iran of supplying Yemen's Houthi rebels [sic] and their allies with the missile launched Saturday toward the Saudi capital's international airport." (11/05/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-saudi-arabia-iran-yemen-missile-launch-20171105-story.html

Yemen: Islamic State militants storm Saudi invader compound

Source: CBS News

"Masked militants set off a large car bomb outside a security headquarters in Yemen's southern port city of Aden early Sunday killing at least five soldiers before storming the compound, officials said. Speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters, the security officials said the militants placed snipers on the roof and gunned down most of the security forces inside. The officials gave conflicting accounts of what happened next inside the building. They initially said that the militants had taken an unknown number of people hostage. Later they said that they opened cell gates and released prisoners. … In an online statement, the local affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they killed 50 soldiers and identified the bomber as Abu Othman al-Hadrami." (11/05/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/yemen-militants-attack-security-compound/

Afghanistan: Occupation troop killed

Source: CBS News

"The U.S. military says an American service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday afternoon. The U.S. command in Afghanistan said the service member died of injuries sustained during an operation in Logar province in the eastern part of the country. The military didn't release the service member's identity or any details about the circumstances of the death." (11/04/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-service-member-killed-afghanistan-military-says/

How and why politicians exploit Veterans Day

Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis

"Veterans Day will be observed on Friday, November 10th this year. It used to be called Armistice Day, in memory of the moment when the First World War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. Armistice Day was a valuable holiday! It reminded people of the biggest mistake the political class ever made — a world war fought over nothing! Alas, the politicians could not abide such a reminder of their own folly, and so they changed Armistice Day into something they could exploit — Veterans Day. Whereas Armistice Day highlighted the dangers of militarism and interventionism, politicians now use Veterans Day to promote those schemes." (10/31/17)

https://downsizedc.org/how-why-politicians-exploit-veterans-day/

Kurdistan: Invading Iraqi forces gain first foothold at frontier with Turkey

Source: Reuters

"Iraqi troops deployed on Tuesday at one of the main land crossings with Turkey, gaining a foothold at the Kurdish-held frontier for the first time in decades and imposing one of Baghdad’s central demands on the Kurds. Iraq’s [sic] entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish autonomous region, and has been controlled by the Kurds since before the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003. But since the Kurds staged a referendum on independence last month that Baghdad considers illegal, the central government has demanded a presence at all border crossing points." (10/31/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-turkey/iraqi-authorities-gain-first-foothold-at-kurdish-frontier-with-turkey-idUSKBN1D00SQ?il=0

Is Iraq coming to the end of 40 years of war?

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"The streets of the capital are packed with people shopping and eating in restaurants far into the night. Looking out my hotel window, I can see people for the first time in many years building things which are not military fortifications. There are no sinister smudges of black smoke on the horizon marking where bombs have gone off. Most importantly, there is a popular feeling that the twin victories of the Iraqi security forces in recapturing Mosul in July and Kirkuk on 16 October have permanently shifted the balance of power back towards stability. The Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, once criticised as weak and vacillating, is today almost universally praised for being calm, determined and successful in battling Isis and confronting the Kurds." (10/30/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/10/30/is-iraq-coming-to-the-end-of-forty-years-of-war/

I fought a war against Iran — and it ended badly

Source: The American Conservative
by Harry J Kazianis

"So let’s say Tehran and Washington do exchange blows at some future date. What would that look like? Take it from me: a war with Iran is not going to be anything like recent conflicts in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq again, Libya, Syria, and so on. Oh no. Iran, you see, has a formidable military that could impose some serious losses on U.S. forces. Back in 2013, a group of my colleagues did a series of wargames on what would happen if Iran and America ended up in a conflict. Held at a secret location in think-tank land here in D.C., we sketched out the various possible pathways to conflict, what each side’s war aims and strategy would be, and how such a conflict could end." (10/26/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/i-fought-a-war-against-iran-and-it-ended-badly/