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Re: “A Memorial Day open line

More Manchester's in Europe's future.

"Americas Allies Conceal Their Civilian Casualties in Iraq and Syria
The United States is doing its partners in the anti-Islamic State campaign a favor, at the expense of its own transparency."

"The United States coalition partners in the war against the Islamic State are responsible for at least 80 confirmed civilian deaths from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. military officials. Yet none of their 12 allies will publicly concede any role in those casualties.

These dozen partner nations have launched more than 4,000 airstrikes combined, the vast majority of which were undertaken by the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands. However, they have so far claimed a perfect record in avoiding civilian casualties. An Airwars investigation for Foreign Policy has now uncovered evidence that disproves that assertion.

These confirmed deaths caused by non-U.S. airstrikes came to light in the most recent coalition civilian casualty report, released April 30. The report quietly referred to 80 new deaths referenced only as attributable to coalition strikes to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria from August 2014 to present [that] had not been previously announced.

Three U.S. Central Command officials confirmed to Airwars and Foreign Policy that the 80 deaths occurred in incidents that U.S. investigators concluded were the responsibility of partner nations. But allies pressured the United States and the coalition against releasing details of the strikes in question.

In reference to the 80, said one Centcom official, those do reference non-U.S. strikes.

Coalition spokesman Col. Joseph Scrocca said that Centcom officials had arrived at the tally of 80 civilian deaths caused by airstrikes not launched by the United States prior to handing over investigations to the alliance in late 2016.

For over a year, some senior U.S. officials have been frustrated that their allies have not stepped forward to admit their own errors. U.S. forces first admitted their own civilian casualties in May 2015, and have so far confirmed their responsibility for 377 civilian deaths including 105 killed in a single incident in Mosul in March.

U.S. officials efforts to release information about casualties caused by their partner nations, however, came at a cost. As the result of a deal struck among the coalition partners, civilian casualty incidents included in monthly reporting will not be tied to specific countries. That means the United States will in the future no longer confirm its own responsibility for specific civilian casualty incidents either a move toward greater secrecy that could deprive victims families of any avenue to seek justice or compensation for these deaths.

Yet even when confronted with this confirmed evidence of civilian deaths, no coalition partner would publicly admit any responsibility.

Airwars and FP reached out to all 12 non-U.S. members of the coalition to ask which were responsible for the 80 deaths. The responses ranged from outright denials of involvement (Australia, Canada, Denmark, and Britain); to no response (Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates); to several ambiguously worded statements."


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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 8:16 PM

Re: “A Memorial Day open line

(not) Eagerly awaiting the Orange Haired Idiot's first Memorial Day message, which will surely contain some self-serving statement alluding to his "greatness".

The usual MAGA-hatters will slavishly hang onto every sophomoric phrase.

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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 8:00 PM

Re: “The 'Jason Rapert Must Go' Suggestion Box Edition

The mere thought of the sight of Rapert being frog-marched into a court house in shackles to face charges for whatever skulduggery he might be have been discovered to have committed is, dare I say it, rapturous.

Being from the party of Personal (Ir)Responsibility, he would, of course, lay the blame at the feet of everyone but himself.

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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Governor OKs merit pay raises for state employees

Since the "Supremes" have shed, via decree, part of their workload; perhaps they should receive a negative pay adjustment.

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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Transform government? Get rid of Rapert, 10 Commandments monument

Improve! Transform! Innovate!


Jump-start AR into becoming a private aerospace mecca by shooting Bro' Rapert, ensconced inside his 10 Commandments monument of folly, into a geosynchronous orbit above Bigelow, AR. Leaving all life-support functions to the lawd.

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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 1:47 PM

Re: “GOP candidate charged with assault wins Montana congressional race. Belated apology follows

Gianforte, founder of a customer relationship management software called RightNow Technologies (later sold to Oracle), sez retirement ain't in the Bible, that Noah was building the Ark at 600 years old.

OK. Also not in the Bible: software or computers.

"GOP candidate accused of body-slamming reporter has said retirement is not biblical"

"Theres nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet its been an accepted concept in our culture today, he said at the time, according to a report in HuffPost. Nowhere does it say, Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach. It doesnt say that anywhere."


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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 1:41 PM

Re: “Republican drug testing effort runs into trouble

Drug testing of social benefit recipients is a ruse dreamed up by pols for their own political benefit & aimed at gullible MAGA-hatter voters who ignorantly lap-up such state sponsored performance art like sweetened milk.

When, in time, it becomes obvious that the ploy will only net a few recipients, yet another hurdle will be contrived, which the mad-hatters will dutifully, & predictably, agree is needed.

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Posted by tsallenarng on 05/26/2017 at 1:08 PM

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