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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FILE PHOTO: A woman displaced from the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah pulls empty canisters outside her family shelter in Sanaa, Yemen November 2, 2018. Picture taken November 2, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi/File Photo

REU: EU arms fuelling Yemen conflict, tougher checks needed: parliament

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Tougher checks on European Union arms exports are needed and sanctions should be imposed on those countries that flout the bloc’s rules, the European Parliament said on Wednesday.

A view of tents sheltering displaced people from the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah near Aden, Yemen November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman

EU lawmakers said European arms were stoking the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi Arabia-led coalition is battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia by EU states undermined the European arms control effort, they said.

“In Yemen, European weapons are fundamentally responsible for the war taking place,” said German EU lawmaker Sabine Losing, who is leading efforts to hold EU governments to account.

The European Parliament’s call to strengthen checks is non-binding but it the second time in less than a month that EU lawmakers have passed a resolution urging limits on arms sales following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The EU is the second largest arms supplier in the world — exporting more than a quarter of all global arms — after the United States, according to the EU’s annual report on weapons exports.

That has pitted its values of peace and support for human rights against business interests.

The European Union’s so-called Common Position on arms exports lists eight criteria governments must apply when taking a decision on an arms export license. Sales to Saudi Arabia violated six out of the eight, lawmakers said.

“The Common Position on arms exports must be implemented effectively. That includes, among others, a sanctions mechanism,” Losing said.

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GUARD: Yemen: Saudi-led coalition orders halt to Hodeidah offensive

Militias ordered to stop assault in Red Sea port city, raising hopes of lasting ceasefire.

The Saudi-led coalition has ordered a halt to its offensive against Houthi rebels occupying Yemen’s main port city, Hodeidah, several officials have said, raising hopes a more lasting ceasefire can be reached to end the fighting.

Saudi and UAE-backed militias have been told to stop the 12-day-old assault until further notice, several Yemeni military officials said on Wednesday night, adding that operations would resume if the Houthis attacked coalition positions.

The decision appears to have been a response to calls from aid agencies and intense shuttle diplomacy efforts by the UN and the UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, ahead of a briefing on the urgent humanitarian situation by UN special envoy Martin Griffiths on Friday.

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REU: Fight against Islamic State in last Syria stronghold may end soon: U.S. envoy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration hopes that the U.S.-backed fight against Islamic State in its last foothold in northeastern Syria will end within months but American forces will remain to ensure the “enduring defeat” of the militant group, a top U.S. diplomat said on Wednesday.

Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement, said the United States believes the way forward in Syria includes defeating Islamic State, reinvigorating the political process and winding down the long-running civil war.

Toward that end, he said, the United States hopes to see the formation of a committee before the end of the year to work on a new constitution for Syria as agreed by the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey during their meeting in Istanbul in October.

He said U.S. forces would remain in place after the coalition forces prevail over Islamic State military units to ensure the group does not “regenerate itself.”

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NYT: Remains of Mayor Killed in Afghanistan Returned to Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds of soldiers saluted the flag-covered casket of a Utah mayor who was killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan and whose remains were returned to his home state Wednesday.

A couple hundred motorcycle riders carrying American flags waited in salute outside the gates of the National Guard base in Salt Lake City until the hearse emerged. They revved up their engines and followed the hearse north to Brent Taylor’s hometown of North Ogden in a procession.

Taylor, 39, had taken a yearlong leave of absence as mayor for his deployment to Afghanistan, where he was training commandos as part of an effort to train and build the capacity of the Afghan national army. He was killed in a Nov. 3 attack from small arms fire by an Afghan commando he was training, military officials said.

Taylor, a military intelligence officer with Joint Force Headquarters, served two tours in Iraq and was on his second tour in Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie, and their seven children, ranging from 11 months to 13 years old. His family has said there is “heartache but no regret” because Taylor was trying to bring freedom to others.

His wife, Jennie Taylor, said in a statement that she wore yellow to welcome home her “hero” and “sweetheart” as women have done since World War II. She said her husband was escorted home by his brother, a fellow National Guard member.

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NYT: Taliban Attacks in Western Afghanistan Kill at Least 30 Security Forces

KABUL — Major assaults by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah bordering Iran, mounted with the aim of weakening the government’s grip on the region, have killed at least 30 Afghan security forces, officials said on Thursday.

The Taliban have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law.

The latest attack comes four days after the Taliban killed 50 police and soldiers at checkpoints in Farah city and nearby districts.

“Unfortunately, many of our men have lost their lives in Farah,” said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry in Kabul, the capital.

Danish said more than 30 policemen had been killed since Wednesday and additional forces were being deployed.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the clashes in Farah, which are widely seen as forming part of their strategy to step up battlefield pressure while seeking a political settlement with the United States.

Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the hardline militant group, said its fighters killed 35 security personnel, arrested two security officials, destroyed government vehicles and seized a large cache of weapons in Farah.

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Heavy clashes reported among Afghan forces and Taliban in Kunduz

Heavy clashes erupted among the Afghan security forces and the Taliban militants in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan late on Wednesday night, inflicting casualties both on the militants and the security forces.

The 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan Military in the North in a statement said the Taliban militants launched coordinated attacks on security posts in Qala Zal district at around 3am local time on Thursday.

The statement further added that the attacks were launched in Gansh, Afghan Tapa, Tapi Afghan, and Mazar areas of the district.

The Afghan forces responded to the attacks leaving at least 13 militants and 16 others wounded, the 209th Shaheen Corps said.

At least four commanders of the group identified as Mawlavi Khaksar, Qari Zabiullah, Ahmad Zia Waqari and Taliban’s Red Unit Commander Khalid were among those killed.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, the local residents did not suffer any casalty during the clash but three armed forces embraced martyrdom and two others sustained injuries.

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U.S. airstrikes kill 5 militants in Ghazni, 40 BM-1 warheads seized in Logar

At least five militants were killed in an airstrike carried out by the U.S. forces in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, the Afghan Military said Wednesday.

According to a statement released by 203rd Thunder Corps, the coalition forces carried out airstrike in Kobi area of Qarabagh district in Ghazni, leaving at least five militants dead and three others wounded.

The statement further added that the 203rd Thunder Corps forces also conducted operations with the Afghan intelligence forces in Surkhab area of Mohammad Agha district in Logar and seized 40 warheads of BM-1 rockets, a motorcycle packed with explosives, and a remote control.

The Afghan forces also discovered and defused an improvised explosive device during an operation in Orgun district of Paktika province, the 203rd Thunder Corps added in its statement.

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