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Civilians Flee to Yemen’s Harsh Desert as US-Backed Coalition Step up Attacks on Hodeida

    Civilians Flee to Yemen’s Harsh Desert as US-Backed Coalition Step up Attacks on Hodeida

HODEIDA, YEMEN — At least 30 civilians have been killed or injured in a barrage of ongoing airstrikes that began last Sunday, targeting a restaurant, a flour mill, and a bus station in the area of Kilo 16, in Yemen’s southwestern Hodeida province. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), is thought to be responsible for the…

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Civilian Death Toll from US Strikes in Syria and Iraq: 1,061 (Official); 6,575-26,224 (AirWars)

    Civilian Death Toll from US Strikes in Syria and Iraq: 1,061 (Official); 6,575-26,224 (AirWars)

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the U.S.-led coalition targeting Daesh (ISIS) published a casualty report that has drawn criticism and consternation from independent watchdogs and human-rights groups for severely underestimating the number of civilians killed by coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since operations began in 2014. According to the “official” figures made public by the…

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Israel’s IDF Sets New Annual Record for Killing Children in Palestine

    Israel’s IDF Sets New Annual Record for Killing Children in Palestine

GAZA CITY, PALESTINE — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have killed at least 35 Palestinian children, around 30 in Gaza and five in the occupied West Bank, making 2018 a record-breaking year for child fatalities in Palestine with nearly four months still to go. The NGO Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP) determined the total…

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In Yemen, Selling, Borrowing, Begging To Save Loved-Ones as Cholera Rages

    In Yemen, Selling, Borrowing, Begging To Save Loved-Ones as Cholera Rages

SANA’A, YEMEN — When his wife’s vomiting and diarrhea simply wouldn’t stop, 40-year-old Ali Sherwaid, an English teacher, did a quick accounting in his head, calibrating the catastrophe that had befallen him. With cholera ravaging his wife, 28 years-old and nine-months pregnant with the couple’s first child, Sherwaid needed to get her medical treatment. Problem…

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Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution

  Attacking Syria: Military Brass Thumbs Noses at the Constitution

Opinion — The U.S. Constitution and international law suffered a stinging blow last night at the hands of an odd coalition that might be called Goldilocks and two moral dwarfs posing as Marine generals, together with a “Right Dishonorable” harridan and a young French poodle. As was the case 15 years ago when the U.S.…

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Jaysh Al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale of US Strike on Syria

  Jaysh Al-Islam Leader Criticizes Scale of US Strike on Syria

On April 14, the political leader of Jaysh al-Islam, Mohamad Alloush, expressed his disappointment with the US-UK-France strike that targeted Syria earlier and told Reuters news agency that the strike “was not enough”. Alloush also hinted that the U.S. should have overthrown the Damascus government in response to the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Douma district.…

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“People Are Dancing In The Streets”: Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump’s Airstrikes

  “People Are Dancing In The Streets”: Syria, Russia, Iran Shrug Off Trump’s Airstrikes

Just like that, Trump’s second Syrian attack appears to have come and gone. Sure, over a 100 cruise missiles were fired on Saturday morning local time at three mostly empty military installations, including one research and two storage facilities in airstrikes that last no more than 70 minutes. Syrian air defenses may or may not…

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East Ghouta: Selective Outrage Undermines Human Rights in Syria

  East Ghouta: Selective Outrage Undermines Human Rights in Syria

News stories are full of quotes painting the situation as nearly unprecedented in its horror: “hell on earth,” “never seen anything like this,” “one of the worst attacks in Syrian history,” and “flagrant war crime” on an “epic scale.” A New York Times editorial, calling the battle “one of the most violent episodes of the seven-year war,” demands that Syrian President…

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Moscow Slams “Illegal US Presence in Syria” Following US Airstrikes on Syrian Troops

  Moscow Slams “Illegal US Presence in Syria” Following US Airstrikes on Syrian Troops

Moscow lashed out at the U.S. this morning, after the U.S.-led coalition in Syria carried out several “defensive” airstrikes against Syrian forces allied with President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday in Syria’s Deir al-Zor province – purportedly in retaliation for what the coalition said was an “unprovoked” attack on the U.S.-backed left-wing rebel group. In response, during a…

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