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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NYT: ‘We Are Willing to Die Here’: The Fight for Women’s Rights in Yemen

A protester holding photos of Salem Rubai Ali, the former leader of South Yemen, at a rally in Aden on Oct. 14.CreditCreditWill Swanson

“Prepare yourself,” my colleague warned me as I was about to travel to Aden, a port city in southern Yemen, to cover the devastating impact of the country’s war on women and girls. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen.”

In 2015, a coalition of nine countries, led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States and Britain, began a bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels, a militia of Iranian-backed Zaydi Shiites from the northern part of Yemen that had seized control of much of the country. The coalition has since reclaimed some of the lost territory, but the Houthis continue to hold the capital, Sana, and the key port city of Hudaydah, which most humanitarian aid flows through, and the fighting has reached a stalemate. The war has officially claimed more than 10,000 lives, although the number is likely much higher, and has pushed 14 million people to the brink of starvation. Women and children make up most of the displaced people now living in makeshift camps and slums on the outskirts of Aden. Most of them are illiterate and are forced to beg or rely on humanitarian aid for survival. The United Nations reports that the war has destroyed government institutions responsible for protecting the most vulnerable members of society from abuse. Of the 22.2 million Yemenis in need of assistance, more than three million women and girls are at risk of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape.

The territory formerly known as North Yemen, which includes the capital, has always been repressive, according to women’s rights activists on the ground, while the region that was once South Yemen, a sovereign country between 1967 and 1990, was a bastion of women’s rights in the Arabian Peninsula.

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GUARD: Yemen: fighting returns to Hodeidah despite UN ceasefire calls

Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes on Houthi rebels after recent lull in hostilities

Fighting between Saudi-led coalition forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen has flared up again around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah despite UN calls for a ceasefire, Yemeni officials and witnesses have said.

The escalation after a recent lull began late on Monday with coalition airstrikes against the Houthis in and around the city.

Street fighting was also under way in the centre of Hodeidah and the al-Saleh district.

Earlier, the rebels said they had fired a ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia in response to an attempted border incursion and another airstrike, adding that they reserved the right to respond to attacks.

The missile attack on Monday night came hours after the rebels said they would stop firing rockets into Saudi Arabia as part of peace efforts.

About 80% of Yemen’s humanitarian and commercial aid arrives through Hodeidah

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GUARD: UK tables UN security council resolution calling for Yemen truce

US response to UK push for ceasefire in port city of Hodeidah remains unclear

The UK has put forward a UN security council resolution that calls for an immediate truce in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah and guarantees of safe delivery of food and medicine.

The draft resolution is opposed by Saudi Arabia, which is leading airstrikes against Houthi rebels, and it is unclear how much effort the US is prepared to make to push it to a vote at the security council. A parallel peace effort being led by the UN also hangs in the balance as negotiations continue over safe passage of Houthi rebels to peace talks in Sweden.

On the same day the resolution was circulated among council members, Hodeidah residents reported the resumption of bombing by the Saudi-led coalition, ending a short lull in the battle for the city.

The resolution sets a two-week deadline for both Houthi rebels in control of Hodeidah and the Saudi-led coalition to remove all barriers to humanitarian aid, according to a copy seen by Agence France-Presse before a security council session on Monday……………..It is uncertain what the US response will be. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, did not ask for the resolution to be postponed, but diplomats at the UN said different parts of the Trump administration hold divergent views on the timing of a resolution, and how much pressure to put on Riyadh.

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REU: Iraq launches air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

CAIRO (Reuters) – Iraq launched air strikes on Islamic State targets inside neighboring Syria on Tuesday, destroying two buildings housing 40 fighters and weapons, its military said.

F-16 fighter jets destroyed a building where members of the ultra-hardline Sunni militant group were storing weapons, killing 10 of them. A second strike destroyed a building housing 30 Islamic State fighters, it said in a statement.

Islamic State, which once occupied a third of Iraq’s territory, has been largely defeated in the country but has continued to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings there and still poses a threat along its border with Syria.

“The successful operation led to the destruction of a weapons warehouse … that contained ten terrorists, rockets, and explosives belonging to Daesh (IS) gangs,” the statement said.

The Iraqi air force has carried out several strikes against Islamic State in Syria since last year, with the approval of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad and the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

Taliban suffer heavy casualties in Balkh operations

The Afghan Military claims that the anti-government armed militants have suffered heavy casualties during the operations in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted operations in Chahar Bolak district of Balkh province as part of Walid-25 operations.

The statement further added at least 14 militants were killed and nearly 20 others sustained injuries during the same operations.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least three militants were also arrested during the same operations while a vehicle and two motorcycles were captured by the Afghan forces.

Balkh was among the relatively calm provinces in North of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its districts has started to deteriorate during the recent years.

The anti-government armed militants are active in some remote districts of Balkh where they occasionally conduct terrorist related activities.

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51 ISIS militants killed in Haska Mina district: Afghan Military

The Afghan Military in the East claims at least 51 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group have been killed in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East in a statement said the Afghan security forces and Special Forces conducted operations in Awghaz village in Haska Mina district.

The statement further added that 51 militants of ISIS terrorist group were killed during the operations.

According to 201st Silab Corps, some compounds of the terrorist group were also demolished along with a cache of weapons and munitions.

The anti-government armed militant and terrorist groups including ISIS loyalists have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces in East of Afghanistan but the security situation in some of its remote districts has deteriorated during the recent years.

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