The war ended for those children, but it has never ended for survivors who carry memories of them. Likewise, the effects of the U.S. bombings continue, immeasurably and indefensibly.

Damn The War Criminals,Bush,Cheney,Rice,Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Powell and Blair from England.

How many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago? Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again.

The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in our country as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime.

Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of a mostly amnesiac citizenry.

We condemned children to death, some after many days of writhing in pain on bloodstained mats, without pain relievers. Some died quickly, wasted by missing arms and legs, crushed heads. As the fluids ran out of their bodies, they appeared like withered, spoiled fruits. They could have lived, certainly should have lived – and laughed and danced, and run and played- but instead they were brutally murdered. Yes, murdered!

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Afghanistan’s Children: The Tragic Victims of 30 Years of War

GUARD: Yemen war: US unveils blueprint for ceasefire and peace talks

James Mattis says Saudi Arabia and its Emirati allies are ready to negotiate, with UN special envoy brokering a deal.

The Trump administration has given details of a UN-brokered peace plan aimed at ending the war in Yemen, beginning with a ceasefire within 30 days and talks to be held in Sweden.

The US defence secretary, James Mattis, told an audience in Washington that Saudi Arabia and its Emirati allies were ready for a deal, and that the talks between the Saudi-led Coalition and the Houthi rebels were being arranged by the United Nations special envoy, Martin Griffiths.

The secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, issued a statement about three hours later, proposing specific terms for a ceasefire.

“The time is now for the cessation of hostilities, including missile and UAV strikes from Houthi-controlled areas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Subsequently, Coalition air strikes must cease in all populated areas in Yemen,” Pompeo said.

“Substantive consultations under the UN special envoy must commence this November in a third country to implement confidence-building measures to address the underlying issues of the conflict, the demilitarization of borders, and the concentration of all large weapons under international observation,” the secretary of state added.

Pompeo did not name the venue for the talks, but Mattis said it would be Sweden. The fact that the secretary of state issued a late-night statement shortly after the defence secretary, with fewer details, raised the possibility that Mattis had not coordinated his disclosures with others in the administration………………..The three-year conflict has already taken more than 10,000 lives and efforts by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to strangle the economy in Houthi-run areas threaten to help trigger a famine, which the UN says could be the worst the world has seen for a hundred years…………….The US defence secretary did not say what action the US administration would take if the warring parties did not agree a ceasefire or attend the talks. The US, along with the UK and France, supplies most of the coalition’s weaponry, but has refused to curb the flow of arms in the face of high numbers of civilian casualties and the coalition’s use of blockades and other economic measures to cut off Houthi areas, where most of the population lives, from basic supplies.

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BBC: Syria war: Aid fails to reach civilians in desert camp

A convoy carrying urgently-needed aid for 50,000 civilians stranded on the Syria-Jordan border has been postponed for security reasons, the UN says.

Forty-five lorries were due to arrive on Saturday at the Rukban camp, which last received aid in January.

Syria’s army controls access to Rukban, which is near a US-backed rebel base. Jordan is also blocking aid deliveries.

There have been reports of children dying due to poor sanitary conditions and a lack of healthcare at the camp.

“The dire humanitarian situation cannot be allowed to continue,” UN Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Mark Lowcock told the Security Council.

“The UN is ready and willing to proceed with the convoy immediately.”

The Rukban camp has been called “one of the most desperate places in Syria”.

It a cluster of about 10,800 makeshift tents and mud huts in the country’s remote eastern desert, just north of a raised sand barrier, or berm, where the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi borders converge.

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REU: French foreign minister: sanctions against Saudi Arabia possible

PARIS (Reuters) – France doesn’t rule out any sanction against Saudi Arabia if its authorities are found to have been involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.

France has called on Saudi Arabia to establish the truth about the case — having already changed its story several times — identify those behind the killing and punish them.

“So long as those who are responsible and the circumstances around the killing are not made public, released and evaluated, we will go on demanding the truth,” Le Drian told RTL radio. “So far we don’t have it.”

“We’ll take the necessary measures against those who are responsible,” Le Drian said, adding that France didn’t rule out any sanctions against Saudi Arabia, which is a large buyer of French armaments, luxury products and many other exports.

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AP:  Afghan army helicopter crashes, killing all 25 on board

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan army helicopter crashed Wednesday in bad weather in the western Farah province, killing all 25 people on board, including the deputy corps commander of the western zone, a provincial spokesman said.

Mohammad Naser Mehri, spokesman for the Farah governor, said the helicopter crashed around 9:10 a.m. (0440 GMT), shortly after taking off from the mountainous Anar Dara district heading toward the nearby Herat province.

On board were the corps commander, Gen. Naimudullah Khalil, and two members of the Farah provincial council, its chairman, Farid Bakhtawar, and Jamila Amini, one of only two women on the nine-member council.

Wednesday’s was the second army helicopter crash in as many months in Farah. In September, five crew members died when their helicopter crashed. Investigators blamed the crash on a technical failure, without elaborating.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber struck outside the country’s largest prison on the edge of the capital, Kabul, killing seven people, including prison workers and security personnel, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish. The attacker targeted a bus carrying prison workers, he said. The sprawling Pul-e-Charkhi prison houses hundreds of inmates, including scores of Taliban insurgents.

Abadullah Karimi, a prison official, said the attack occurred near the prison gate where visitors were waiting to pass a rigorous security check before entering.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

NYT: Iraqi Militia Say They Killed IS Commanders Over Attack on SDF in Eastern Syria

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq’s Shi’ite militias said on Wednesday that they had killed two Islamic State commanders who ordered an attack last week on U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces along the Iraq-Syria border.

The clashes since last Friday in the border have demonstrated the continuing threat from Islamic State, months after authorities on both sides of the frontier declared the militants had been effectively defeated.

Islamic State fighters, driven from nearly all the territory they once controlled on either side of the Syria-Iraqi border, launched one of this year’s fiercest attacks on Friday against the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said around 70 SDF fighters were killed in the assault, which Islamic State launched under cover of a sandstorm using suicide bombers and female jihadists. The SDF says it lost 14 fighters.

Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), said in a statement on Wednesday they had killed two IS commanders in the border area who were responsible for the attack.

Ahmed Nasrallah, a PMF operations commander for western Anbar, said that the Iraqi military had provided information on militant gathering locations, and that a U.S.-led military coalition fighting against Islamic State had not attacked.

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5 key Taliban leaders arrive in Qatar amid ongoing efforts for peace talks revival

A group of five key Taliban group leaders, who were released for a captive U.S. soldier in 2015, have reportedly joined the Taliban political leaders in Qatar as efforts are underway for the revival of Afghan peace talks.

A Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid has confirmed to Associated Press that a group of five Taliban leaders have arrived in Qatar and joined the Taliban political leadership in their office in Qatar.

Mujahid has also confirmed that the five Taliban leaders have previously served in Guantanamo detention facility.

In the meantime, reports indicate that the Taliban leaders have joined the political leadership of the group in Qatar with an aim to participate in peace talks.

The five key Taliban leaders who have recently travelled to Qatar, include Mullah Noorullah Noori, Mullah Khairullah Khairzada, Mullah Abdul Haq Wasiq, and Mawlavi Mohammad Nabi Omari.

This comes as the U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad had met with the Taliban political leaders in Qatar three weeks ago

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9 Taliban militants killed in AAF airstrikes in Nangarhar province

At least nine anti-government armed militants were killed during the airstrikes conducted by the Afghan Air Force in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said Tuesday that the airstrikes were carried out in the vicinity of Khogyani district.

The statement further added the militants belonged to the Taliban group and a number of weapons and munitions were also destroyed during the same airstrikes.

According to 201st Silab Corps, two PKM machine guns, two rocket launchers, five Ak-47s, and some munitions were among the weapons destroyed in the airstrikes.

The anti-government armed militant groups including Taliban militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

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Several feared dead, wounded in a suicide attack near a prison in Kabul

Several people were killed or wounded in a suicide attack near Pul Charkhi prison in capital Kabul earlier today.

The security officials confirm that a vehicle carrying the employees of the prison was targeted by a suicide bomber.

According to the officials, at least four people were killed and five others sustained injuries in the attack.

However, anther security source says at least seven people have been killed and more than 10 others have sustained injuries.

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