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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REU: In Saudi, Britain’s Hunt calls for end to Yemen war, Khashoggi justice

LONDON (Reuters) – British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt will visit Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Monday to press for an end to the war in Yemen and to call on Saudi leaders to cooperate with an investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The visit comes at a time when Riyadh, already under scrutiny for civilian deaths in Yemen air strikes, is facing global criticism and potential sanctions over the murder of Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2.

Britain has called for a “credible” investigation into Khashoggi and has pushed for new action at the United Nations Security Council to try to end hostilities in Yemen and find a political solution to the war there.

“The human cost of war in Yemen is incalculable: with millions displaced, famine and disease rife and years of bloodshed, the only solution is now a political decision to set aside arms and pursue peace,” Hunt said in a statement.

“So today I am traveling to the Gulf to demand that all sides commit to this process.”

The foreign ministry said Hunt would meet Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen and Foreign Minister Khaled Al Yamani.

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AP: US, Iraqi forces kill dozens of Islamic State fighters

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military says American and Iraqi forces killed more than 50 Islamic State militants, including several commanders, in northern Iraq last month.

U.S. Central Command said Sunday that an Oct. 30 operation in Salahuddin province killed five IS leaders and more than 30 other militants, and that an operation the following day in the Makhmour Mountains killed around 20 IS fighters. It says the leaders killed in the first raid were responsible for coordinating attacks across northern and western Iraq.

Iraq declared victory over IS last year, but the group has continued to carry out scattered attacks, particularly in the north. The extremists have lost virtually all the territory they once ruled in Syria and Iraq, but still control small, remote pockets in eastern Syria along the border.

REU: Afghan elite commandos among scores of casualties in heavy fighting

GHAZNI/HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Dozens of elite commandos were among the casualties suffered by Afghan security forces as the Taliban claimed to have taken a district in Ghazni province, stepping up battlefield pressure while seeking a political settlement with the United States.

Officials said about 25 Afghan commandos were killed in central Ghazni, where the Taliban have been battling militia from the mainly Shi’ite Hazara community in the districts of Malistan and Jaghori, a conflict colored by hostility between ethnic Hazaras and Pashtuns.

U.S. forces were providing assistance, including intelligence and close air support, a spokeswoman from U.S. military headquarters in Kabul said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Malistan had fallen but local security officials said fighting continued close to the district center.

“Fresh troops have been sent to Malistan and Jaghori but the people are also cooperating and have stood up against the insurgents,” Army General Chief of Staff, Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, told reporters.

Some commandos had been killed or wounded, he added, but gave no details. However security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the commandos had been rushed in to unfamiliar territory and ambushed by Taliban fighters, many of whom now regularly use night vision equipment.

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NYT: Dozens Killed in Afghanistan Fighting as Sectarian Threat Grows

KABUL — Fifteen Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shi’ite militia forces fighting Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued.

The fighting in Jaghori district, an area inhabited mainly by Shi’ite ethnic Hazaras, has been going on since Wednesday, when Taliban fighters attacked the district and the government sent special forces units to back up local militia forces.

Police spokesman Ahmad Khan Sirat said six members of the security forces were wounded in addition to the 25 civilians and commandos who were killed.

The fighting took place as U.S. special envoy Zakmay Khalilzad prepared for a fresh round of meetings aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to try to find a political settlement to the decades-long war in Afghanistan.

Although Afghanistan has traditionally not suffered from the sectarian violence that has scarred Iraq or Syria, suicide attacks on Shi’ite targets in recent years have caused deepening anger among Hazaras, a mainly Shi’ite minority.

The Taliban, a movement dominated by Sunni Muslim ethnic Pashtuns, does not have any openly sectarian agenda and deny targeting Shi’ites but many Hazaras have blamed Pashtuns for the attacks on mosques and cultural centers.

Angered by what many see as official indifference, Hazaras have formed militia groups of their own, fuelling concern among some officials and Western diplomats at the potential for an upsurge in ethnic, sectarian violence.

Disputes over the balance of representation between Hazaras and Pashtuns, the two largest groups in Ghazni, led to the postponement of last month’s parliamentary election in the province.

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NYT: Suicide Bomber in Kabul Targets Anti-Taliban Rally, Kills 4

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber struck near an anti-Taliban rally in Kabul on Monday, killing at least four people, officials said, as a lawmaker reported that insurgents killed at least 20 Afghan policemen over the past 24 hours in eastern Ghazni province.

According to Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the bomber was on foot and detonated his vest full of explosive after he was spotted by police.

Hours later, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place about 500 meters (yards) from where hundreds of minority Shiites had gathered to denounce the latest Taliban attacks in Ghazni districts of Jaghuri and Malistan.

Wahid Mujroh, spokesman for the Health Ministry, said so far at least four were confirmed dead while 22 people were wounded. The casualties were taken to hospitals, he added.

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Ghani condemns Kabul bombing that left at least 26 dead, wounded

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the deadly suicide attack in capital Kabul which left at least twenty six people dead or wounded.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said the criminal terrorists once again carried out a suicide attack close to Malik Asghar Roundabout this afternoon, leaving a number of people dead or wounded.

President Ghani, quoted in the statement, said the terrorists will not only reach to their goals by carrying out such criminal acts but will further increase the hatrted of people towards them.m

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.

The Ministry of Interior says at least six people have been killed and at least twenty others have sustained injuries in today’s attack.

Today’s incident took place amid ongoing protests against the Taliban attacks in Ghazni and Uruzgan provinces.

Hundreds of protesters marched towards Presidential Palace in Kabul late last night demanding President Ghani’s immediate actions regarding the recent wave of violence which struck two districts in Ghazni and another district in Uruzan province, mainly inhabited by Hazaras of Afghanistan.

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Explosion in Kabul leaves at least 26 dead, wounded

At least twenty six people were killed or wounded in an explosion triggered by a suicide attack in Kabul city earlier this afternoon.

Deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Nusrat Rahimi said the blast left six dead and at least twenty others wounded.

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish had earlier confirmed a suicide attack has taken place close to Estiqlal High School and preliminary reports indicate at least ten people were killed or wounded in the attack.

The Ministry of Public Health had also said earlier at least three people have been killed and at least eight others have sustained injuries in the attack.

This comes as protests are underway not far from the area where the explosion took place this afternoon.

Hundreds of protesters marched towards Presidential Palace in Kabul late last night demanding President Ghani’s immediate actions regarding the recent wave of violence which struck two districts in Ghazni and another district in Uruzan province, mainly inhabited by Hazaras of Afghanistan.

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56 militants killed, wounded in Kunduz clash: 209th Shaheen Corps

The Afghan Military in the North claims at least fifty six militants have been killed or wounded during a clash with the security forces in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said Sunday that a clash broke out between the Taliban militants and the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in Dasht Archi district of Kunduz on Saturday.

The statement further added that 25 militants were killed during the clash and artillery and airstrikes which were carried out in response to the attack.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, two key commanders of the group identified as Sakhi Ur Rehman and Qari Hejran were among those killed.

At least 31 militants including some commanders of the group were also wounded, the 209th Shaheen Corps said, adding that Mullah Basir who is also famous as Siya was among those wounded and the identities of the remaining yet to be ascertained.

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Protesters gather near Presidential Palace in Kabul over recent wave of violence

Hundreds of protesters marched towards Presidential Palace in Kabul late last night demanding President Ghani’s immediate actions regarding the recent wave of violence which struck two districts in Ghazni and another district in Uruzan province, mainly inhabited by Hazaras of Afghanistan.

The protesters have gathered near the road leading towards Presidential Palace and demand President Ghani to issue a decree to suppress the Taliban militants.

According to reports, the Taliban militants have launched coordinated attacks on Jaghoori and Malistan districts of Ghazni and Khas Uruzgan district of Uruzgan province.

The attacks were launched few days earlier and have claimed the lives of several civilians so far.

In the meantime, the Kabul Garrison Command Commander Gen. Murad Ali Murad told protesters that President Ghani was ready to hold talks with them over the phone but the protesters have refused to hold talks with President and demand the release of a decree by the President to allow the security forces to suppress the militants.

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