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Rockets slammed into an Iraqi airbase north of Baghdad on Sunday where US troops have been based, wounding at least four Iraqi troops. No immediate information about American casualties was reported.

At least six rockets struck the Al Balad base, which hosts American trainers, advisers and a company that provides maintenance services for F-16 aircraft. Some projectiles fell on a restaurant inside the airbase, officials said.

The attack came just days after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that house US forces, causing no casualties.

A majority of US airmen stationed at the Al Balad airbase, 80km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, had already left, AFP news agency quoted military sources as saying.

Some shells hit the runway of the airbase while another shell struck the gate, said Colonel Mohammed Khalil, a police officer in the northern province of Saladin.

“Three Iraqi soldiers, who were on guard at the airbase gate, were injured as a result of the shelling,” he said.

‘Keep your war away’: Iraqis revive protests amid US-Iran tension

The Associated Press quoted one unidentified defence official as saying: “There are American experts, trainers and advisers at the base.”

So far there was no claim of responsibility for the attack, which comes amid hightened tensions between the United States and Iran over the last two weeks.

Retaliation strike

Last week Iran launched missile attacks on two Iraqi airbases hosting US troops in retaliation for the killing of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad.

The US and Iran recently stepped back from the brink of war following the killing of Soleimani. A senior Iraqi leader of an Iran-backed militia was also killed.

Iran’s retaliatory attack for Soleimani’s death hit two Iraqi bases, Ain al-Asad and Erbil, where American troops are based.

The limited Iranian strikes appeared to be mainly a show of force, and de-escalated tensions that had threatened to turn Iraq into a proxy battlefield.

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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See The Most Hated States In America. Number 1 Is Not A Surprise

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Can you guess what #1 is? Oh yes you can.
If your state ranks high on the list you have to move away immediately… just kidding this list doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s fun to look at.
How much do you love your home state?

How much do you hate other states? For majority of us, it’s something we probably don’t think about that often, but the folks at BestLife?

Well, they are on top of it, and they have crunched the numbers to come up with a ranking of the 50 U.S. states based on how much they are hated.

The “Hatred Index” that BestLife came up with is based on a number of factors, including surveys where residents expressed how much (or little) pride they had in their state, how many people are moving into or out of the state, and a poll where people picked which state they hate the most, whether it was their own home state or a different one.

Okay, so it is not the most scientific collection of metrics in the world, but it is something, and using all that data the website ranked all the states to determine which are the most hated and which are the least hated.

Let is begin with the positive side, because it’s been a rough year and we could all use a bit more positivity these days. Here are the least hated states, according to the data:

Idaho
Utah
Washington
Nevada
Arizona
Colorado
Oregon
South Dakota
Montana
Wyoming

Okay, so a lot of the states with lower population figures seem to be ranked pretty highly in terms of likeability.

That makes sense, more especially when you see that a lot of these states did not rank on the poll of which states other people hate the most.

I mean, what is there to hate about Wyoming? Big open spaces?

On the other hand, the most hated states tend to have higher populations, and people seem to have stronger opinions about them.

We have no other way of knowing why people seem to hate the following states so much, but sports teams, politics, and other factors likely play large factors.

Listed below are the most-hated states, according to the data:

New Jersey
Texas
California
Oklahoma
Florida
Michigan
Kentucky
Indiana
Alabama
Kansas

Okay so to the top spot being taken by New Jersey isn’t surprising in the least. I don’t say that because New Jersey is a state that I hate — I don’t really have an opinion of it one way or another if I’m being honest — but New Jersey tends to be the butt of many jokes, and it’s probably a fallback for a lot of people who couldn’t think of an answer that meant anything to them personally.

You can check out the rest of the list to see where your state ranks if you don’t see it on either of these lists, but wherever your state ranks, don’t take it too rough.

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Iraq Court Orders Trump’s Arrest Over Drone Strike On Iran General

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A Baghdad court has issued a warrant for the arrest of US President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the killing of a top Iraqi paramilitary commander.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s largely pro-Iran Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary network, died in the same US drone strike that killed storied Iranian general Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad airport on January 3 last year.

The strike on their motorcade was ordered by Trump, who later crowed that it had taken out “two (men) for the price of one”.

The UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, has described the twin killings as “arbitrary” and “illegal”.

Iran already issued a warrant for Trump’s arrest in June, and asked Interpol to relay it as a so-called red notice to other police forces around the world, a request that has so far gone unmet.

The court for east Baghdad issued the warrant for Trump’s arrest under Article 406 of the penal code, which provides for the death penalty in all cases of premeditated murder, the judiciary said.

The court said the preliminary inquiry had been completed but “investigations are continuing in order to unmask the other culprits in this crime, be they Iraqis or foreigners.”

In the run-up to Sunday’s anniversary of the twin killings, pro-Iran factions stepped up their rhetoric against Washington and Iraqi officials deemed to have colluded with it.

 

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Boy chained and treated like an animal for two years by his stepmothers

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A 10-year old boy identified as Jibril Aliyu, who was subjected to inhumane conditions by his family has been rescued by some human right activists in the Badariya area of Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state.

Jibril lost his mother two years ago. After her death, Jibril was chained with animals and denied the basic living amenities – food, clothing and shelter by his two stepmothers. The mark of the chain can be easily seen on his ankle.

He was treated cruelly and had to eat animal feeds and his faeces for survival. This heartbreaking situation has affected his mental capability and makes him behave like an animal.

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A Twitter user @manirjegah, confirmed that the evil perpetrators, Jibril’s two stepmothers and father are currently in police custody and He is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation in the Federal Medical Centre, Birnin Kebbi.

 

 

HIS 2 EVIL STEP MOTHERS, TOGETHER WITH HIS FATHER ARE CURRENTLY IN POLICE CUSTODY. WHILE THE 10 YEAR OLD JIBRIL IS UNDERGOING TREATMENT AND REHABILITATION AT THE FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER BIRNIN KEBBI. WHAT HAPPENED TO JIBRIL IS THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF BARBARITY AND EXTREME CRUELTY.

Source: yabaleftonline.com

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