Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince – ABC News

The Senate voted Thursday to withdraw U.S. military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen in a 56-41 vote, a sharp rebuke to President Donald Trump for his steadfast defense of the kingdom despite bipartisan outrage over the alleged Saudi role in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It’s the first time the Senate has voted to withdraw forces from a war Congress didn’t approve.

Source: Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war, condemns Saudi crown prince – ABC News

Afghanistan war: US strike in Helmand killed 23 civilians, UN says – BBC News

A US airstrike in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed as many as 23 civilians, with most victims women and children, the UN says.

The strike on a compound in Helmand province was called in during a joint operation between Afghan and US forces.

Investigators said up to 10 children and eight women may have been killed. US forces say they are investigating.

Civilian casualties from aerial attacks have surged since the US announced a new Afghan strategy last year.

President Trump committed more troops to America’s longest war and significantly boosted the number of strikes targeting Taliban and Islamic State group positions in August 2017. The rules of engagement were also loosened, allowing more bombings.

Source: Afghanistan war: US strike in Helmand killed 23 civilians, UN says – BBC News

G4S: Kabul compound attacked with bomb and gunfire – BBC News

At least 10 people have died and 19 were injured after a compound for British security firm G4S was attacked, authorities said.

Gunmen stormed the compound after a car bomb was detonated outside, according to an Afghan interior ministry spokesman.

A security source has told the BBC that foreigners were among the casualties.

There was reportedly a heavy exchange of gunfire. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack.

While the interior ministry confirmed the death toll, it also warned the number could well rise.

Source: G4S: Kabul compound attacked with bomb and gunfire – BBC News

More Than 100 People Wounded In Aleppo Chemical Attack: Syrian Officials | HuffPost

BEIRUT (Reuters) ― Syria accused insurgents of wounding more than 100 people in a suspected toxic gas attack in Aleppo, which a health official described as the first such assault in the city.

The shells spread a strong stench and caused dozens of people breathing problems on Saturday night in Aleppo, which is under state rule, a monitoring group said.

Government officials claim insurgents were behind the gas attack, but rebel groups have called the allegations “purely a lie.”

Source: More Than 100 People Wounded In Aleppo Chemical Attack: Syrian Officials | HuffPost

US service member killed in Afghanistan | TheHill

A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a statement from the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Eight U.S. service members have died in combat this year in Afghanistan, the statement notes.

The name of the service member will be released at a later time, Debra Richardson, a spokesperson for Resolute Support in Afghanistan, told Reuters.

More than 2,400 U.S. forces have died in the 17-year-old war, Reuters notes. The war is America’s longest conflict.

Source: US service member killed in Afghanistan | TheHill

Kabul wedding hall blast kills 40, Afghan officials say – CNN

Kabul (CNN)A suspected suicide bombing at a wedding hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed 40 people and injured dozens more, officials say.

The blast ripped through a venue near the city’s international airport, where a gathering of religious scholars was taking place, the Afghan interior ministry said. The blast occurred around 6:15 p.m. local time, police said.
It was likely caused by a suicide attack, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of the Interior. The gathering was being held to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, he said.
At least 60 people were injured, the health ministry reported.

Source: Kabul wedding hall blast kills 40, Afghan officials say – CNN

US unleashes “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran – BBC News

Protesters demonstrated outside the former US embassy in Tehran on Sunday

The US will unleash its “toughest ever” sanctions against Iran on Monday following a wave of protests across the oil-rich country.

The Trump administration is reinstating all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it.

It will hit oil exports, shipping and banks, all core parts of the economy.

Thousands of Iranians chanting “Death to America” rallied on Sunday, rejecting calls for talks.

Iran’s military was also quoted as saying it would hold air drills on Monday and Tuesday to prove the country’s defensive capabilities.

Source: US unleashes “toughest ever” sanctions on Iran – BBC News