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Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media mostly shrug.

The numbers are shocking — or at least they should be.<p>2017 was the deadliest year for civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, with as many as 6,000 people killed in strikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition, according to the watchdog group Airwars.<p>That is an increase of more than 200 percent over …

Middle East

Is There a ‘Secret US Hand’ Supporting Daesh in Afghanistan?

<b>© AP Photo/ David Goldman</b>Is There a ‘Secret US Hand’ Supporting Daesh in Afghanistan?Commenting on the claim made by the Iranian military that the US …

Afghanistan

Taliban calls for peace talks in open letter to the American people

The Taliban released an open letter Wednesday calling on the American people, independent NGOs and "peace-loving Congressmen" to help end the …

Donald Trump

More than 10,000 Afghan civilians killed or wounded in 2017: UN

The number of civilians killed and wounded in the war in Afghanistan declined last year, but the number of deaths from airstrikes was on the rise, according to a new United Nations report released on Thursday.<p>The total number of civilian casualties decreased by 9 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016, …

ISIS resurgent in Afghanistan despite being hit by largest non-nuclear bomb

The ability of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan to return to an area they had been driven from less than a year ago when U.S. forces dropped the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat, commonly referred to as the Mother of All Bombs (MOAB) has spurred Afghan and NATO forces to beef up …

Pentagon Maintained Aid for Afghans Accused of Rights Abuses, Watchdog Says

A government watchdog has found that the United States military provided assistance to Afghan security force units implicated in human rights abuses, …

Eight dead as US strike hits Iraq forces : provincial official

Eight Iraqis were killed on Saturday, most of them security personnel, in a US air strike that apparently targeted them by mistake, a provincial …

Oxford University extended exam times to improve women's grades: report

Prestigious Oxford University in Britain extended exam times in a bid to improve women's scores, reports on Monday said.<p>Students taking math and computer science tests in the summer of 2017 were given an additional 15 minutes to finish, according to the documents obtained by the London Times.<p>No …

A ‘Hideous Milestone’ in Yemen: One Million Cases of Cholera

The Red Cross reports that there are now more than a million cases of cholera in Yemen:It has been roughly eight months since cholera first took hold …

Red Cross

Save the Children says 130 children die every day in Yemen

CAIRO (AP) — An international aid group says an estimated 130 children or more die every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease.<p>Save the Children said late on Wednesday that a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels is likely to further increase …

2.5 million Yemenis now lack access to clean water: Red Cross - Region - World

Sanaa and al-Bayda have joined the list of Yemen cities without clean water due to lack of fuel for pumping stations, following a blockade imposed …

WHO: Nearly 1m cases of cholera in Yemen

There are currently one million people infected with cholera in wartorn Yemen, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Wednesday<p>Some 2,225 …

US airstrike against Islamic State kills 23 civilians, including eight children, in Syria: Monitor

<b>Beirut:</b> Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor …

Middle East

ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the "quantity and quality" of the group's armaments, a new report alleges.<p>The number of weapons goes "far beyond those that would have been available through …

Iraq hangs 38 ISIS, Al Qaeda militants in mass execution

More than three dozen ISIS and Al Qaeda militants were hanged by Iraq on Thursday after being on death row for terrorism charges.<p>The 38 executions, which took place at a prison in the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya, were the most in a single day since Sept. 24, when Iraq killed 42 militants due …

ISIS fighters smuggled out of Raqqa as part of US, UK deal: Report

Hundreds of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists were smuggled out of Raqqa in Syria last month as part of a deal struck by the US and UK armed forces, a …

Report: the US-led war against ISIS is killing 31 times more civilians than claimed

“This may be the least transparent war in recent American history,” the reporters write.<p>The Pentagon claims that its air war against ISIS is one of the most accurate in history and that it is so careful in who it targets that the 14,000 US airstrikes in Iraq have killed just 89 civilians.<p>It turns …

Did President Trump approve a deal that allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters to escape Raqqa?

Morukc Umnaber/DPA via ZUMA<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>President Trump has insisted for a long time that his …

Middle East

Raqqa’s dirty secret

By Quentin Sommerville and Riam Dalati<p>The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.<p>A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious …

Middle East

Qatar 'maybe' supported al-Qaeda in Syria, says former PM

The former prime minister of Qatar has admitted there were "maybe" links between his government and al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria.<p>In a wide-ranging …

Middle East

Raqqa liberated from ISIS: 'My city is now ruined and burned down'

Mohammad Othman watched through a hole in the wall as the last ISIS fighters filed out of the Syrian city of Raqqa in a convoy of trucks and cars.<p>Exhausted, beaten and bedraggled, like the city itself, their departure marked a symbolic end to the self-declared caliphate — the fall of ISIS’ de facto …

'Your brother has been killed,' the Burmese soldier said. 'You can come out of hiding and take him.'

<i>Tirana Hassan is Amnesty International’s crisis response director.</i><p>COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — As you approach the fishing village of Shamlapur, near the long, sloping sand beach of Cox’s Bazar, the sense that something is wrong grows. Tens of thousands of exhausted people step out of ramshackle boats …

A Rohingya Refugee Recalls Her Escape from Myanmar

With their mass exodus into Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees are bringing with them stories of murder, rape, and torture at the hands of Myanmar’s security forces and ultranationalist Buddhists.<p>COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh—"They beat me and slit my throat," said Rashida, 25. She was sitting on a plastic …

Israel refuses to end arms sales Burma military amid ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims

Israel is under fire from human rights groups for refusing to embargo sales of weaponry to the Burmese junta after intensified violence against the …