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A Taliban delegation led by acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi on Sunday started three days of talks in Oslo with Western government officials and Afghan civil society representatives amid a deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. The closed-door meetings are taking place at a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital. The first day will see Taliban representatives meeting with women’s rights activists and human rights defenders from Afghanistan and from the Afghan diaspora. During the talks, Muttaqi is certain to press the Taliban’s demand that nearly $10 billion frozen by the United States and other Western countries be released as Afghanistan faces a precarious humanitarian situation. On Friday, Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt stressed that the visit was “not a legitimation or recognition of the Taliban.
Persons: Amir Khan Muttaqi, , Muttaqi, Afghanistan Tom West, Anniken Huitfeldt, , ” Huitfeldt Organizations: Taliban, Sunday, United Nations, Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Foreign Ministry, Special Representative, U.S . State Department, Norwegian Locations: Oslo, Afghanistan, Norway, Europe, Russia, Iran, Qatar, Pakistan, China, Turkmenistan, United States, Norwegian, , U.S, Mozambique, Venezuela, Colombia, Philippines, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Myanmar, Somalia, Sri Lanka, South Sudan
The broad review of counterterrorism policy actually wrapped up several weeks ago, someone familiar with the deliberations told me. For now, it seems, the promised root-and-branch reformation of America's counterterrorism policy is shaping up to be something more like a seasonal pruning. 'Over the horizon capabilities'The drone program, which is still under review, presents a particularly thorny set of issues for Biden. To hear them tell it, the issue of drone strikes is primarily a matter of degree. The new reporting is a stunning refutation of the core justifications given for the drone program during Obama's presidency.
Persons: Joe Biden, — Biden, Biden, Jake Sullivan, Donald Trump's, Barack Obama, Liz Sherwood, Randall, Sherwood, , Karen Greenberg, Obama, Trump, Sullivan, Avril Haines, John Brennan, Haines, Brennan, isn't, It's, Priyanka Motaparthy, Brian Finucane, what's, Nathan Sales, that's, Mark Milley, Zemari Ahmadi, Ahmadi's, Milley, Luke Hartig, Larry Lewis, Kenneth McKenzie, Ahmadi, McKenzie, Zemari, Bernat, Gene Tate, Finucane, carte, Tom Cotton, Mike Pompeo, Hina Shamsi, Shamsi Organizations: Pentagon, CIA, National Security Council, Military Force, Biden's, Center, National Security, Fordham University, Biden, Obama, Columbia, Human Rights, State Department, International Crisis, Trump, Chiefs of Staff, New York Times, The Times, Toyota Corolla, Department of Defense, US Special Operations Command, US Central Command, AP, Human Rights Watch, United Nations Locations: Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, Cameroon, Mali, Iraq, Syria, Washington, China, Guantánamo, institutionalize, Kabul, Kunduz, America
(CNN) A Somali government spokesman was injured on Sunday in an "odious terrorist attack," the country's Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble said. The Prime Minister "strongly condemns the odious terrorist attack targeting Government Spokesman, Mr Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu who sustained injuries today but is in [a] stable condition," the Somali Prime Minister said Sunday on Twitter. He also wished Moalimu a "quick recovery." State media outlet SNTV News reported on Sunday that Moalimu was injured "in a cowardly terrorist suicide attack [that] targeted his car," in Waaberi, a district of the Banaadir region of Somalia. Waaberi district is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of the capital city MogadishuWhile the state media report did not name a suspect or organization responsible for the attack , Somalia has been racked by terrorism from militant group Al-Shabaab -- an affiliate of al Qaeda -- in recent years.
Persons: Mohamed Hussein Roble, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu, Moalimu, Read Organizations: CNN, country's, Somali, Twitter, SNTV Locations: State, Waaberi, Banaadir, Somalia, Mogadishu, Shabaab, al Qaeda
Car Bomb Kills 8 in Somalia’s Capital
  + stars: | 2022-01-12 | by ( Abdi Latif Dahir | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
NAIROBI, Kenya — A large explosion killed at least eight people and injured nine others in Mogadishu on Wednesday, according to the head of an ambulance service, the latest attack to hit Somalia’s capital as the country grapples with political infighting and a growing humanitarian crisis. The car explosion occurred just before noon on a road leading to Mogadishu’s international airport, according to Abdulkadir Adan, the founder of the ambulance service, Aamin Ambulance, Mogadishu’s only free ambulance service. The road also services a major police academy and a compound where United Nations and foreign government staff members and officials live. Somali Memo, a news website affiliated with Al Shabab, said the militants claimed responsibility for the attack on Wednesday. It said the group had targeted “a convoy of vehicles carrying white security officers.”
Persons: Abdulkadir Adan, Al Shabab, Organizations: Aamin, Nations, Al Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, Mogadishu, Shabab, Somalia
WASHINGTON — A Somali man who has been held at Guantánamo Bay as a high-value prisoner was approved for transfer with security assurances, according to a document obtained Monday, making him the first detainee who was brought there from a C.I.A. He became the 14th or 15th of the 39 detainees still at Guantánamo with approval for transfer once U.S. diplomats find countries to accept them with security guarantees that satisfy the defense secretary, Lloyd J. Austin III. Mr. Duran was captured in Djibouti in 2004, spent about 900 days in C.I.A. custody and has been held in classified detention facilities at Guantánamo Bay without charge since September 2006. He cannot return to his homeland under a congressional prohibition on the transfer of Guantánamo detainees to Somalia, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Guled Hassan Duran, Lloyd J, Austin III, Duran, John F, Kirby Organizations: U.S, Pentagon Locations: Guantánamo, Cuba, Djibouti, C.I.A, Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen
When the 2001 AUMF passed, the US State Department counted 32 foreign terrorist groups around the world. After 20 years of war, $6 trillion spent, and nearly a million killed, the number of terrorist groups is 69. To buy an endless war on terror in 2001, however, less than 1% was all you needed. They might, however, be surprised by the dates cited, as it was only invoked to cover military operations in 2013, and then from 2015 to 2019. The State Department had counted 32 foreign terrorist organizations scattered around the world when the 2001 AUMF was passed.
Persons: AUMF, George W, Bush, Mario Laporta, Trent Lott, Stephanie Savell, Brown, Abraham Lincoln, Scott Applewhite, Biden, Savell, TomDispatch, William Chockey, David Obey, Obey, Christopher Klutts, Doundoun Cheffou, Nomad, Trump, Don Bolduc, Camp, Lexie West, Bolduc, al Shabaab, Muammar Gaddafi, Gary Peppers, Obama, Al, Osama bin Laden, Jerrold Nadler, Barbara Lee, Tanf Garrison, William Howard, Jordan, Chris Hibben, Antony Blinken, congressionally, Sgt, Adrian Cadiz, it's, Representative Barbara Lee, , Nick Turse, Count Organizations: US State Department, Service, REUTERS, Military Force, AP, Biden, Africa US Marines, US Africa Command, US Army Special Forces, US Army, State, Africa Command, Nigerien, Islamic, Special Operations, Special Operations Command, Army's Delta Force, Operations Command, US Air Force, Camp Simba, Staff, Army, Pentagon, NATO, Unified, Predators, 324th Expeditionary Reconnaissance, Operation Unified, CNN, Getty, Congress, ISIS, Tech, The State Department, Forward, US Air Forces Central Command, Representative, Type Media Locations: Afghanistan, Middle East, Africa, America, Bagram, Iraq, Syria, Georgia, Kosovo, California, Cuba, Djibouti, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Niger, Philippines, Somalia, Yemen, Timbuktu, Mali, Guantánamo Bay, African, Libya, Pakistan, Diffa, Cameroon, Manda Bay, Libyan, Italy, Al Qaeda, United States, al Qaeda, Turkey, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Shabaab, Qaeda, Lake Chad Basin, Sahel, Mozambique, Maputo, West Africa, East, Afghanistan's Paktika province, U.S, South Sudan
Indeed, Petraeus was merely echoing the views of politicians, pundits, and countless other senior officers. Praising the awesomeness of that military has become 21st-century America's can't miss applause line. Much like tenured faculty at a college or university, senior officers are intent on preserving the prerogatives they already enjoy. Commander-in-chief Biden should remove certain active-duty senior officers from their posts without further ado. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, who oversaw the embarrassing conclusion of the Afghanistan War as head of Central Command, is another.
Persons: it's, Andrew Bacevich, Moses, Scott Olson, David Petraeus, Petraeus, military's, John Stauffer, Staving, pliant understudies, Douglas MacArthur's, Joe Biden's, Biden, Defense Lloyd Austin, Mark Milley, Lisa Ferdinando That, Kamala Harris, Milley, Patrick Semansky Biden, Dwight D, Eisenhower, Ike, Gen, Omar Bradley, Kenneth McKenzie, Rod Lamkey, Eisenhower didn't, Lloyd Austin, Austin, he's, , Manuel Balce Ceneta, John Kirby, Lloyd Austin's Organizations: Army, Quincy Institute, Responsible, Service, Armed Forces, US Army, Spc, Air Force, Army and Air Force, Marine Corps, Congress, Defense, Pentagon, US Defense Department, Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Central Command, Austin, Chiefs of Staff, Joint Chiefs, Central Command, Armed Services Committee, Reagan, National Guard, Capitol, Defense Department Locations: Mount Sinai, Afghanistan, Syria, United States, Bataan, Gen, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, West Africa, Kabul, America, Austin, China
NAIROBI, Kenya — Somalia’s president suspended the country’s prime minister and marine forces commander on Monday, a sharp escalation in a political dispute that threatens to further destabilize the troubled nation on the Horn of Africa. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed suspended Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble over allegations of corruption and misuse of public land. Mr. Mohamed’s office had earlier accused Mr. Roble of “posing a serious threat to the electoral process” and carrying out activities that were in violation of his mandate. Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, the prime minister’s spokesman, accused Mr. Mohamed of “attempting to take over the prime minister’s office through armed forces” and called the moves “unconstitutional.”Mr. Roble refused to accept the order, and international observers expressed concern that the dispute could set off yet another cycle of violence in a nation battered by decades of fighting.
Persons: Kenya —, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, Mohamed Hussein Roble, Roble, , Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimuu, Mr, Mohamed of “, Locations: NAIROBI, Kenya, of
(CNN) Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo has suspended the powers of the prime minister amid an ongoing tussle for power, triggering calls for calm from the US and UK, and raising concerns of political violence. Somalia's presidential office said in a statement Monday that Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble was accused "in an ongoing investigation on corruption and abuse of public land." "The duty and powers of the Prime Minister remain suspended pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigations," the statement added. While Farmajo accused Roble of looting public land owned by the Somali National Army (SNA), he also said Roble had been "tampering" with the investigation by pressuring the country's defense minister, who is leading the probe. The Prime Minister's office responded on Twitter, saying the president's actions were a "violation of the constitution and other laws."
Persons: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, Mohamed Hussein Roble, Farmajo, Roble Organizations: CNN, US, Somali National Army, Twitter
The US military carried out 439 aerial attacks in 2021, a 54% drop from 2020 under President Trump. Outside of Afghanistan, the US carried out just 67 airstrikes, according to official military data. The group said the biggest drop came in Yemen, where there were no officially declared strikes in 2021, compared to 18 in 2020. The vast majority of military strikes under Biden happened in Afghanistan before US forces left in August. Excluding those attacks, the US declared just 67 airstrikes, Airwars said, citing official US military data.
Persons: Trump, Joe Biden's, Biden's, Biden, Airwars, Donald Trump, Barack Obama's, Obama Organizations: Service, US, CIA, The New York Times, White Locations: Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Islamic State, Pakistan
Yasuhiro (Hiro) Wakabayashi, the great Japanese American photographer, would do whatever it took to make a surprising image. “Surreal” is an adjective often used to describe Hiro’s work, but searching for meaning in an image by Hiro can sometimes feel a bit like pinpointing the edge of a black hole. In 1957, he gave Hiro, who was in his mid-20s, his first assignment for the magazine: to shoot a shoe. They have merged in me and force me to look into the lens, look again, and for an instant, see myself peering back.”Long before the invention of digital photography, Hiro found ways to create illusions using layers of film. She has written about many aspects of style and images in the last decade, including the way fashion photography needs to be reimagined in light of the #MeToo movement.
Persons: Yasuhiro, Hiro, Wakabayashi, Alberta Tiburzi, , Tiburzi’s, , Alexey Brodovitch, Brodovitch, Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Hiro’s “ Donna Mitchell, Avedon, “ Richard Avedon, ” Long, Andrei Tarkovsky, Stanley Kubrick, Donna Mitchell, ” Mitchell, , Hiro’s, Yasuhiro Wakabayashi, Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, Iman, Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff, Jelena Noura Hadid, Gigi, Mark Holborn, Donna, don’t, ” Stella Bugbee Organizations: Bazaar, The, Modern, Army of, New York Times Locations: Idaho, California, New York City, American, Somalia, German, Palestinian American, America, China, Shanghai, Beijing, Japan, Hiroshima, Asia, Tokyo
The massacre in Solhan , northern Burkina Faso, took place over two nights of extraordinary brutality in June 2021. Yet violence has spiraled instead, particularly in Burkina Faso over recent years. In this file photo taken in February 2020, miners work at a gold mine in Bouda, Burkina Faso. A growing number of small-scale gold miners are out of work in Burkina Faso as jihadists try to seize control of the country's most lucrative industry. A satelite view of the site of the attack on Solhan in Burkina Faso.
Persons: al, Bachir Ismael Ouédraogo, Burkina, Solhan, Boureima Ly, Aly Bokoum, Gold, Mousiga, Abdou Hoeffi, Francois, gestured, Young, jihadists, Ousseni Tamboura, Tamboura Organizations: CNN, ISIS, Union, Volunteers, Defense, Sahel Regional Youth Council, Mines, Local, Burkina Faso Movement, Human, Solhan, Motorcycles, Radio France Internationale, JNIM, Human Rights, Agence France, Reuters Gunmen, Amnesty International, Norwegian Refugee Council Locations: Solhan, Burkina Faso, Sahel, jihadists, al Qaeda, United States, West Africa, Mali, Niger, Bouda, Ouagadougou, Solhan's, Yagha, Sebba, Mousiga, Dori, Qaeda, Iraq, Syria, Africa, ISIS Somalia, Gorgadji, Yirgou, France
WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed more than 30 ambassadors and other Biden administration nominees early Saturday after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agreed to schedule a vote on sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will deliver natural gas from Russia to Germany. Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago, was confirmed to serve as ambassador to Japan by a vote of 48-21. Nominees to be ambassadors to Spain, Vietnam and Somalia were among those confirmed by voice vote soon afterward. The votes came after an agreement was reached to hold a vote concerning Nord Stream 2 sanctions before Jan. 14. There is little to celebrate when it comes to nominations in the Senate," said Sen. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Biden, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, Rahm Emanuel, gridlock, Sen, Ted Cruz, Critics, Cruz, , Bob Menendez, Menendez, Roy Blunt, Donald Trump's, “ Sen, Schumer doesn't, Blunt, Emanuel, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren of, Jeff Merkley Organizations: Senate, Nord, GOP, Biden, Treasury, Central, U.S . Agency for International Development, Senate Foreign Relations, Republicans Locations: Russia, Germany, Chicago, Japan, Spain, Vietnam, Somalia, Texas, State, Ukraine, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Oregon
THE CIVILIAN CASUALTY FILES Hidden Pentagon Records Reveal Patterns of Failure in Deadly Airstrikes BY AZMAT KHANThe promise was a war waged by all-seeing drones and precision bombs. These cases are drawn from a hidden Pentagon archive of the American air war in the Middle East since 2014. And the on-the-ground reporting — involving a sampling of cases dismissed, cases deemed “credible” and, in Afghanistan, cases not included in the trove of Pentagon documents — found hundreds of deaths uncounted. Yet The Times’s analysis of the documents and ground reporting showed that civilians were frequently killed in airstrikes planned well in advance. READ REPORT | SEE ALL DOCUMENTSThe post-strike footage showed no civilians killed or injured.
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After weeks of delays, the Senate on Saturday confirmed more than 30 ambassadorships. Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago, was confirmed as envoy to Japan in a 48-21 vote. Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago, was confirmed to serve as ambassador to Japan by a vote of 48-21. Nominees to be ambassadors to Spain, Vietnam and Somalia were among those confirmed by voice vote soon afterward. The votes came after an agreement was reached to hold a vote concerning Nord Stream 2 sanctions before Jan. 14.
Persons: Rahm Emanuel, Biden, Chuck Schumer, Schumer, gridlock, Sen, Ted Cruz, Critics, Cruz, Bob Menendez, Menendez, Roy Blunt, Donald Trump's, Schumer doesn't, Blunt, Emanuel, Ed Markey, Elizabeth Warren of, Jeff Merkley Organizations: Service, Senate, New, New York Democrat, Nord, GOP, Biden, Treasury, Central, US Agency for International Development, Senate Foreign Relations, New Jersey Democrat, Republicans Locations: Chicago, Japan, Russia, Germany, New York, Spain, Vietnam, Somalia, Texas, State, Ukraine, New Jersey, Missouri, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Oregon
Donald Trump has endorsed controversial Colorado lawmaker Lauren Boebert for re-election. Trump's endorsement comes less than 24 hours after the House passed a bill to combat Islamophobia. The bill was a tacit rebuke of Boebert's Islamophobic comments, where she insinuated that Rep. Ilhan Omar is a terrorist. "Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has done a fantastic job in her first term representing Colorado's Third District. I will ALWAYS stand with the America First agenda & President Trump!
Persons: Donald Trump, Lauren Boebert, Boebert's, Ilhan Omar, Boebert, Liz Harrington, Trump, Lauren, Donald J, Omar, Kevin McCarthy, Republican Marina Zimmerman, Zimmerman Organizations: Service, Twitter, Radical Democrats, America, Democratic, Democratic House, Republicans, Boebert, Republican Locations: Colorado, Omar, Somalia
In 2004, the "Night Stalkers" were transporting special-ops forces to counterterrorism missions in Iraq. Those missions, like outside Baghdad in March 2004, put the Night Stalkers in harm's way. A central part of the US-led counterinsurgency was a brutal counterterrorism campaign led by the US's elite Joint Special Operations Command. Iman Broady-ChinThe 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, also known as the "Night Stalkers," is the world's premier rotary-winged special-operations unit. A daylight mission was highly unusual, as Night Stalkers prefer to operate in the dark.
Persons: Saddam Hussein's, Iman Broady, Chin, Greg Coker's, Greg Coker, Coker, Waits, Stalkers, Stavros Atlamazoglou Organizations: US, Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Service, Iraqi Army, Coalition, Special Operations Command, Army Delta Force, Rangers, US Army Rangers, 160th Special Operations Aviation, US Army, Staff, FIM, Air Force, Air Commandos, Pentagon, Department of Defense, Squadron, Hellenic Army, 575th Marine Battalion, Army, Johns Hopkins University Locations: Iraq, Baghdad, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Iran, Mogadishu, Somalia, Amiriyah, Afghanistan, Fallujah, Ramadi, Pakistan
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) attends a news conference addressing the anti-Muslim comments made by Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) towards Omar, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Elizabeth FrantzWASHINGTON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - A Democratic proposal for a U.S. State Department office addressing anti-Muslim bias will get a procedural vote in a House committee on Tuesday, after a Republican congresswoman used an Islamophobic slur against a Democratic colleague. The House Rules committee will discuss and vote on the bill Tuesday, a key step before it can advance to the full House. That comes just a few weeks after video emerged showing first-term Republican Representative Lauren Boebert calling Omar, a Muslim who was born in Somalia, a member of a "jihad squad." That comment led to calls by Democrats for a vote to strip Boebert of her committee assignments, and some criticism by fellow Republican Representative Nancy Mace.
Persons: Ilhan Omar, Lauren Boebert, Omar, Elizabeth Frantz WASHINGTON, Nancy Mace, Moira Warburton, Scott Malone, Bill Berkrot Organizations: Capitol, REUTERS, Democratic, U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Somalia
With no transition from refugee to U.S. resident, he felt like he was starting from scratch. Now, as a state senator helping to facilitate the resettlement of Afghan refugees across Oregon, he wants to make sure that his experiences won’t be repeated in a new generation of immigrants. Courtesy Sen. Kayse JamaFor Jama and state Rep. Khanh Pham, receiving the around 1,200 Afghans settling in Oregon is something that hits close to home. Pham comes from a refugee family herself; her parents met in Oklahoma after fleeing Vietnam after the war. “For me, as the first refugee, first Muslim to serve in the state of Oregon Senate, I don’t want my story to be seen as the exception,” Jama said.
Persons: Kayse Jama, won’t, ” Jama, ” Sen, Sen, Kayse, Khanh Pham, Pham, , viscerally, ” Pham, Jama, Trump, I’ve, , Organizations: NBC Asian, Jama, Ku Klux Klan, Oregon Senate Locations: United States, Portland , Oregon, Somalia, U.S, Oregon, NBC Asian America, Portland, Oklahoma, Vietnam, Kabul
LIMASSOL, Cyprus—The cargo ship laden with 3,000 tons of flammable sulfur was stranded off the coast of Somalia and taking on water. With “SOS” in the subject line, an Oct. 26 email from the crew if the MV Haj Abdullah said the hull of the 260-foot vessel was cracked and seawater was sloshing over the deck and into the diesel fuel. The sailors were almost out of food, and months had passed since the ship’s owner had last paid them. The waters around them were notorious for piracy.
Persons: Haj Abdullah Locations: LIMASSOL, Cyprus, Somalia
LIMASSOL, Cyprus—The cargo ship laden with 3,000 tons of flammable sulfur was stranded off the coast of Somalia and taking on water. With “SOS” in the subject line, an Oct. 26 email from the crew of the MV Haj Abdullah said the hull of the 260-foot vessel was cracked and seawater was sloshing over the deck and into the diesel fuel. The sailors were almost out of food, and months had passed since the ship’s owner had last paid them. The waters around them were notorious for piracy.
Persons: Haj Abdullah Locations: LIMASSOL, Cyprus, Somalia
NAIROBI—A Somali commando unit trained by Central Intelligence Agency operatives and U.S. Navy SEALs has become so entangled in local political power struggles that it has ceased operations against the Islamist militants it was created to fight. Until last year, the 600-strong Puntland Security Force had reported directly to U.S. forces and was largely independent of Somali government control. But now the unit, the main force combating Islamic State’s Somali affiliate, ISIS-Somalia, has abandoned the front lines and returned to its headquarters in the northeastern port of Bosaso, overlooking the Gulf of Aden, according to U.S. officials and Somalis familiar with the situation.
Organizations: Central Intelligence Agency, U.S . Navy, Puntland Security Force, Islamic, ISIS Locations: NAIROBI, Somali, U.S, Somalia, Bosaso, Aden
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new fault line opened between Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, as lawmakers squabbled publicly over accusations of religious bigotry and racism among party conservatives. But their new rift could complicate matters for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, as he seeks political unity to reclaim the majority in the House in the 2022 congressional midterm elections. Threatening rhetoric and political division have plagued House Republicans since Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an effort to stop the certification of Biden’s 2020 election victory. Greene called for the party to expel Cheney and Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger after they joined the committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot. Thirteen House Republicans were also criticized for supporting a $1 trillion infrastructure bill opposed by Trump and House party leaders.
Persons: squabbled, Lauren Boebert, Joe Skipper, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Nancy Mace, Mace, ” Greene, RINO, Greene, Boebert’s, Ilhan Omar, ’ ” Greene, Boebert, Omar, Donald Trump, Kevin McCarthy, McCarthy, Paul Gosar, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, Joe Biden, , Steny Hoyer, Hoyer, Liz Cheney, Trump, Cheney, Adam Kinzinger Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . House, ., Conservative Political, REUTERS, firebrand, Twitter, Democrat, GOP Conference, Republican, CNN, Democratic, Republicans, Trump, Capitol, Thirteen, Trump and House Locations: U.S, Colorado, Orlando , Florida, Greene, Somalia
A survivor of the boat which capsized in the Channel last week said people held hands to avoid drowning. Survivor Mohammed Shekha Ahmad said victims treaded water for hours, but gave up after the sun rose. Mohammed Shekha Ahmad, who is 21, was on the boat traveling to England last week when it deflated then capsized. He said that people aboard the boat attempted to re-inflate the boat while others pumped water out of it, but their efforts were futile and the boat soon capsized, throwing its passengers into the water. "No one came," he told Rudaw via Sky News.
Persons: Mohammed Shekha Ahmad, , Ahmad, Rudaw, Muhammad Isa Omar, Omar Organizations: Service, Washington Post, Sky News Locations: United Kingdom, England, France, Somalia
Trump released a lie-filled statement about Omar in the wake of Boebert's Islamophobic comments. "Congresswoman Ilhan Omar should apologize... for essentially abandoning her former country," he wrote. Omar, along with her father and her siblings, secured asylum in the United States in 1995, when she was as young girl. Omar has called the rumors "absurd and offensive," and released a lengthy statement and timeline of her marriage history in 2016. Boebert issued a statement on Friday apologizing "to anyone in the Muslim community I offended with my comment about Rep.
Persons: Trump, Omar, Ilhan Omar, Boebert, Donald Trump, Minnesota, Democratic congresswomen, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, Ahmed Hirsi, Elmi, Lauren Boebert, The Colorado congresswmoman, Nancy Pelosi, Kevin McCarthy Organizations: Service, Democratic, Minneapolis Star, Tribune, Washington Examiner, US, Trump, Capitol Police, CNN Locations: Israel, United States, Minnesota, Somali, Somalia, British, England, The Colorado, New York
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