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Nineteen US Airmen Killed in Bombing Campaign Against Daesh

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US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said that the US Air Force has lost 19 airmen so far in its air campaign against Daesh.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Air Force has lost 19 airmen so far in its air campaign against the Islamic State, also known as Daesh, US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James told a press conference.

"We lost 19 airmen, eight of whom were due to enemy activity," James told reporters on Monday. The air campaign against Daesh "is taking its toll on our airmen [and] our aircraft," she added.

Earlier on Monday, the Obama administration announced its plans to release an assessment of civilian and combatant casualties from its counterterrorism operations in the past six years and that it would disclose the information on an annual basis going forward.

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco said on Monday that the administration would soon release the first assessment report, but that it would likely exclude casualties from Syria and Iraq where the US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State insurgents since 2014.

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  • backfromthegraav
    dam those Sand Dunes have really clever defense weapons !
  • Patrick Goodenough
    The headline and story angle are inaccurate. The eight killed due to enemy activity were killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Nothing to do with ISIS/Daesh.
  • Reginald Frackenwhip Spaulding
    Gonna let us know "going forward"? Really? With 10 mos left??!
  • manofsteel194275
    That's nothing, George Bush did a wet start on an airplane (a violation of rules) he was supposed to be learning to drive and killed 129 men on board an aircraft carrier. We never heard about that though. The Bushs' have killed more Americans than have the enemies of America and even those fighting in "wars." These 19 are just 19 more added to the Rothschild/Bush total, if we count the folks murdered not Americans well then we get into the millions and that is no little thing. George Bush must stand trial for 9/11, the laughing man should know we do understand: jet fuel cannot turn three skyscrapers, meaning hundreds of thousands of tons of steel, high grade steel, reinforced concrete, plastics, aluminum, wood, glass and the rest of what all these constructions were made of and was a part of, office furniture, computers, etc.. Jet fuel could not gut the contents of four or five other very large buildings in the complex so that only the parameters were left standing. Jet fuel cannot ever turn all these probably a million tons or more of stuff to -DUST. There are a lot of things that despite the religious upbringing of Americans says different, there are a lot of things that are impossible, the terror that was 9/11 in America using the Politicians reasoning and excuses for it, was an impossible thing to have happened. That's what the laughing boys running Politics up our butts want us to believe, that a whole corner of the business world was turned to dust by Jet fuel, on fire, and hey, so far they are getting away with it. The day will come when all these strange crazy incidents that can only happen when the government wants them too, crazy bullets, going forward and then backward, jet fuel acting like a nuclear weapon, one or two bullets making ten or twenty holes. WHAT HAVE WE BECOME - IDIOTS. We need to go to these political rallies and we need to ask the right questions until we crack them wide open.
  • manofsteel194275
    That's nothing, George Bush, did a wet start on an airplane (a violation of rules) he was supposed to be learning to drive and killed 129 men on board an aircraft carrier. We never heard about that though. The Bushs' have killed more Americans than have the enemies of America and even those fighting in "wars." These 19 are just 19 more added to the Rothschild/Bush total, if we count the folks murdered, not Americans, well then, we get into the millions and that is no little thing. George Bush must stand trial for 9/11, the laughing man should know we do understand: jet fuel cannot turn three skyscrapers, meaning hundreds of thousands of tons of steel, high grade steel, reinforced concrete, plastics, aluminum, wood, glass and the rest of what all these constructions were made of and was a part of, office furniture, computers, etc.. Jet fuel could not gut the contents of four or five other very large buildings in the complex so that only the parameters were left standing. Jet fuel cannot ever turn all these, probably a million tons or more of stuff, to -DUST. There are a lot of things, that despite the religious upbringing of Americans, says different, there are a lot of things that are impossible, the terror that was 9/11 in America using the Politician's reasoning and excuses for it, was an impossible thing to have happened. That's what the laughing boys running Politics up our butts want us to believe, that a whole corner of the business world was turned to dust by Jet fuel, on fire, and hey, so far they are getting away with it, along with several trillions of dollars worth of wealth, more wealth. The day will come when all these strange crazy incidents that can only happen when the Politician's wants them too, crazy bullets, going forward and then backward, jet fuel acting like a nuclear weapon, one or two bullets making ten or twenty holes. WHAT HAVE WE BECOME - IDIOTS. We need to go to these political rallies and we need to ask the right questions until we crack them wide open.
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