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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Politics, Government



106 Syrian civilians — 47 children — die in U.S. air strikes

In what is likely the deadliest incident in the nearly three-year U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria, 106 civilians — including 47 children — died in multiple strikes on a town in Deir Ezzor province.

Monitor: U.S. bombing killing more Syrians than Assad air strikes

Recent U.S.-led coalition air strikes have killed the highest number of Syrian civilians since the air campaign against Islamic State militants began — and more civilians than dictator Bashar al-Assad's warplanes last month, a leading monitor reports.

NYT: Classified intel Trump gave Russians came from Israel

Current and former U.S. government officials said that Israel was the source of the highly classified intelligence disclosed by President Donald Trump during last week's White House meeting with top Russian officials.

87 Syrian civilians reportedly killed in latest U.S.-led strikes

U.S.-led air strikes targeting Islamic State (IS) militants have killed scores of Syrian civilians in recent days, media and human rights monitor groups report.

Monitor: U.S.-led bombing kills at least 50 more Syrian civilians

U.S.-led coalition air strikes have killed dozens more Syrian civilians in and around the de facto Islamic State (IS) capital of Raqqa in recent days, local media and human rights monitors report.

Iraq, Syria: Hundreds more civilian casualties in coalition war

Hundreds more Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed and injured during the first week of May in U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi air strikes, as well as Iraqi army shelling, targeting Islamic State (IS) militants.

U.S.-led air strikes killing families in Tabaqa, Syria

U.S.-led air strikes targeting Islamic State fighters in Tabaqa, Syria are killing groups of civilians fleeing or sheltering from fierce fighting between IS militants and U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces rebels, media and monitor groups report.

US & coalition attacks kill hundreds more Iraqi, Syrian civilians

Hundreds of Iraqi and Syrian civilians have been killed, and hundreds more wounded, by U.S.-led and Iraqi air and artillery strikes this month, human rights monitors and local officials said.

At least 20 Syrian civilians killed in U.S.-led air strikes

At least 21 Syrian civilians, including a mother and her six children, were killed in two separate U.S.-led air strikes over the weekend, human rights monitor groups said on Saturday.

U.S.-led coalition killed more Syrians than IS, Russia in March

More innocent Syrian civilians were killed last month by bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition then by Russian or Islamic State (IS) forces fighting in the civil war there, figures from a leading human rights monitor reveal.

U.S. strikes Assad airfield in response to chemical attack

U.S. forces launched dozens of cruise missiles against Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a deadly chemical attack attributed to embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad's forces.

278 bodies —many children — pulled from U.S. Mosul strike site

Mosul - Nearly 300 bodies — including many children — have been recovered from the site of a March 17 U.S.-led coalition air strike on a crowded neighborhood in Mosul, Iraq.

Op-Ed: The enduring relevance of MLK's "A Time To Break Silence" speech

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his most important speech that wasn't about civil rights, an address that has been all but forgotten today but which rings as true now as it did when he spoke his words half a century ago.

Congress passes, Trump to sign Internet privacy rollback bill

Washington - The House of Representatives approved — and President Donald Trump signaled he will sign — a bill repealing Obama-era Internet privacy rules restricting Internet service providers' ability to track and sell users' online browsing data.

SF mayor is right — sanctuary cities are safer cities

San Francisco - The Trump administration's policies and actions based on a portrayal of undocumented immigrants as a criminal menace to be rounded up and deported misses a very important fact — sanctuary cities are safer cities.

Video: Israeli troops drag 8-year-old boy through Hebron streets

Hebron - Israeli soldiers dragged a shoeless child through the streets of occupied Hebron in the West Bank in search of other children who allegedly threw stones and a Molotov cocktail at a nearby Jewish settler colony.

Major Trump defeat as Republicans pull Obamacare repeal bill

Washington - The repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, arguably President Donald Trump's most popular promise to his supporters, was indefinitely delayed Friday as House Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the proposed American Health Care Act from consideration.

Mosul parents sedate children with drugs to avoid Islamic State

Mosul - Terrified parents fleeing fierce fighting between U.S.-backed Iraqi forces and Islamic State (IS) in Mosul, Iraq are drugging their children with sedatives or taping their mouths shut in a desperate bid to avoid detection by the Islamist militants.

JFK diary called Hitler 'legend' who would 'emerge from hatred'

John F. Kennedy wrote in his diary in 1945 that the genocidal Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler "had in him the stuff of which legends are made" and would “emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived.”

U.S.-led strike kills 230 Mosul civilians; mostly women, children

Mosul - In what could be the deadliest wholesale American slaughter of innocent civilians in decades, some 230 people, mostly women and children, have been killed in an air strike in a crowded residential neighborhood of besieged Mosul, Iraq.
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