AMERICAN CITIZEN OTTO WARMBIER HAS FINALLY BEEN FREED FROM NORTH KOREA WHERE A FORCED CONFESSION AND A KANGAROO COURT TRIAL THAT LEFT HIM WITH A 15 YEARS OF HARD LABOR CONVICTION.
He added: "We met everyone in the last administration from [then-Secretary of State] John Kerry to... our senators, our congressmen... Those were our efforts."
ON MSNBC, SPOKESMODEL HANS NICHOLS IMMEDIATELY RUSHED TO REASSURE VISITORS THAT THEY DIDN'T NEED TO LISTEN TO THE FATHER BECAUSE HE WASN'T "POLITICALLY SOPHISTICATED."
MSNBC: THE 'LIBERAL' CHANNEL.
IT'S HOME TO ALL THE WAR HAWKS: RACHEL MADDOW (SUPPORTED THE IRAQ WAR), JOE SCARBOROUGH (DITTO) AND NOW HANSY NICHOLS WHO TOOK TO PRINT IN 2002 TO EXPLAIN HE WAS CONSERVATIVE AND A LOVER OF WAR.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, MSNBC EXPLAINED, "WE'LL HIRE ANYONE. WE'RE ACTUALLY IN NEGOTIATIONS WITH JUDITH MILLER RIGHT NOW."
Jack Moore (NEWSWEEK) notes:
The U.S-led coalition, responding to Newsweek ’s request for comment, said it was “looking into” the accusations. But a general, New Zealand Brigadier Hugh McAslan acknowledged late Tuesday that the forces had used the munition in Mosul, but not to target combatants. “We have utilized white phosphorous to screen areas within west Mosul to get civilians out safely,” he told NPR.
Of that admission, Alison Meuse (NPR) notes, "Coalition spokesmen previously have confirmed the use of the incendiary substance in less-populated areas of northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS. But this is the first confirmation that white phosphorus has been used in Mosul."
In the US, media attention has gone to the efforts to round up and deport Iraqi Christians. Nahal Toosi (POLITICO) explains:
President Donald Trump is facing anger and potential political blowback as his administration ramps up efforts to deport Iraqi Christians, a group he’d pledged to protect from what the U.S. calls a genocide in the Middle East.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend detained dozens of Iraqi Christians and others to send back to Iraq. Many of them were picked up in Michigan, a swing state that Trump barely won in 2016 and the home of a sizable number of Christians from Muslim-majority countries who backed Trump during the presidential campaign.
We noted the Detroit round ups in yesterday's snapshot.
Round ups are taking place elsewhere as well. Ariana Maia Sawyer (USA TODAY) reports:
Bayan Taro thought the 6 a.m. knock was a neighbor asking her or her husband to move their car.
Had she known who was actually at the door, she wouldn't have sent her husband to open it.
Sarkaut Taro, a 53-year-old Nashville filmmaker, padded out in his pajamas, his wife said in an interview on Monday. After a few moments, he called out for his wife.
When she came to the door, she said she saw her husband in handcuffs surrounded by unidentified men and unmarked vehicles.
He was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement — just one of at least 12 Iraqi nationals who've been taken into custody over the past week.
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In Nashville's Kurdish community, Drost Kokoye, of the American Muslim Advisory Council , said officers have been knocking on doors and asking questions without warrants, surrounding people with vehicles and going to their workplaces.
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