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2 Israelis sentenced for murder of Palestinian youth

By: Robert Berger Source: VOA News JERUSALEM – A high-profile court case involving events that led to the Gaza war in 2014 has concluded in Israel; but not without controversy. A Jerusalem court sentenced two Israeli teenagers to long prison terms for murdering a Palestinian youth, an incident that Israeli officials described as “Jewish terrorism.” One Israeli got life in prison and the other 21 years, while a third suspect is still awaiting a verdict pending psychological examinations. The assailants burned 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir alive in Jerusalem in July 2014; it was revenge for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens by gunmen from the Palestinian...

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epa04966224 An Israeli soldier takes up position during clashes with Palestinians from the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, 06 October 2015. Clashes broke out following the funeral of 13 years old Palestinians Abdulrahman Mustafa who was killed during clashes next to Rachel tomb, in Bethlehem on 05 October, due the tensions in the West Bank and the security measures imposed by Israel on the Palestinian territories. There have been increasing clashes in recent weeks between Israelis and Palestinians amid a rift over the use of the flashpoint site called the Temple Mount by Jews and the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims, which lies in Jerusalem's Old City.  EPA/ABED AL HASLHAMOUN

Israel: Two Palestinian knife-attack suspects killed

By: MWC News Source: MWC News Israeli troops have killed two Palestinians during an alleged stabbing incident near the central West Bank city of Nablus as a wave of violence continues without pause. Ali Abu Mureem, 26, and Said Abu al-Wafa, 38, were both fatally shot by Israeli forces while allegedly attempting to stab soldiers at the Hamra military checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley area of the occupied West Bank on Saturday morning. Speaking by telephone, an Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that both suspects were killed near the Jewish-only settlement of Bekaot, adding: “Israeli forces thwarted the attack and shot them.” In the West Bank, including East Jerusalem,...

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Operation Mountain Viper put the soldiers of A Company, 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry Division, 10th Mountain in the Afghanistan province of Daychopan to search for Taliban and or weapon caches that could be used against U.S. and allied forces. Soldiers quickly walk to the ramp of the CH-47 Chinook cargo helicopter that will return them to Kandahar Army Air Field.  (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Kyle Davis) (Released)

Afghanistan has seen better days

By: Robert Fisk Source: CounterPunch The news from Afghanistan is very bad. No one says that, of course. President Ghani has a “national unity government” that “supports a strong partnership with the United States”, according to Barack Obama two months ago. Sure, Kunduz was captured by the Taliban – but then the Afghans got it back (though minus one American-bombed hospital, along with most of its patients and doctors). Sure, Sangin was captured by the Taliban – but now the Afghan army is fighting to get it back. But didn’t more than a hundred British soldiers die to hold Sangin? Sure, but American troops in Iraq died to hold and keep Mosul – and Mosul is now the home of the Isis leader,...

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