Afghan Army Killed 35 Civilians at a Wedding; Two Children Dead in Saudi Strike; Iran Resists Sanctions

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At least 35 people at wedding party killed during nearby Afghan army raid

At least 35 civilians attending a wedding party were killed and 13 people wounded by explosions and gunfire during a raid by Afghan government forces on a nearby militant hideout, two officials in southern Helmand province said on Monday.

The officials said the house being used by the Taliban to train suicide bombers was located adjacent to the bride’s home that came under fire during Sunday night’s attack.

A senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said the raid was against “a foreign terrorist group actively engaged in organising terrorist attacks”.

“During the operation, a large warehouse of the terrorists’ supplies and equipment was also demolished,” the official said.

A second Afghan Defence Ministry official said a foreign militant detonated a suicide vest that killed him and others around him, including a woman.

“The compound was being used to train men and women who were willing to become suicide bombers, we raided it. We are aware that civilians were injured in the attack,” he said.

Attaullah Afghan, a member of the Helmand provincial council member, said 35 civilians people attending the wedding party near to the attack site in the Khaksar area of Musa Qala district were killed and 13 were injured.

A second provincial council member, Abdul Majid Akhundzadah, said 40 people, all civilians.

2 children among dead in Saudi strike on Yemen mosque

Seven civilians including two children were killed today following three Saudi air strikes which hit a mosque in the Yemeni province of Amran, north of the capital Sanaa.

According to the Yemeni Press Agency and based on reports by security officials, the air strikes targeted the nomadic family of Saleh Muqaffah who sought sanctuary in the mosque after they escaped from their tent in Al-Sawad area.

There have been 11 raids carried out in the Al-Sawad area in Amran since midnight on Sunday.

The Saudi-led coalition resumed their raids in spite of a peace initiative announced by Mahdi Al-Mashat, president of the Houthi aligned Supreme Council based in Sanaa on Friday, marking the anniversary of the seizure of the capital. The initiative declared a halt to all attacks in the Saudi territory, unless there were further strikes from Riyadh.

“We are waiting for a Saudi response to halt all attacks on our country…and we reserve all rights to defend ourselves in case Saudi Arabia rejects our peace initiative,” he said.

Rouhani says Iran resists sanctions, drives US ‘desperate’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday new U.S. sanctions, under which Iran’s central bank was blacklisted for a second time, pointed to U.S. “desperation” in face of Iranian resistance.

The United States on Friday imposed another round of sanctions on Iran, including on its central bank which was already blacklisted, following the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi oil facilities that Riyadh and U.S. officials have blamed on Iran.

Tehran denies involvement in the attacks which was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi movement, an Iran-aligned group fighting a Saudi-led alliance in Yemen’s civil war.

“Americans are sanctioning institutions that have already been blacklisted. This signals America’s complete desperation and shows that it’s “maximum pressure” has failed…as the great Iranian nation has resisted successfully,” Rouhani said in remarks carried by state television.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday the United States aimed to avoid war with Iran and the additional troops ordered to be deployed in the Gulf region were for “deterrence and defence”.

But Rouhani said the situation had become “instense” in the region and blamed it on Washington.

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Source: Reuters, MEMO, Yeni Safak