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    The bomb used by the Saudi-led coalition in a devastating attack on a school bus in Yemen was sold as part of a US State Department-sanctioned arms deal with Saudi Arabia, munitions experts told CNN.
    Working with local Yemeni journalists and munitions experts, CNN has established that the weapon that left dozens of children dead on August 9 was a 500-pound (227 kilogram) laser-guided MK 82 bomb made by Lockheed Martin, one of the top US defense contractors.

    The bomb is very similar to the one that wreaked devastation in an attack on a funeral hall in Yemen in October 2016 in which 155 people were killed and hundreds more wounded. The Saudi coalition blamed "incorrect information" for that strike, admitted it was a mistake and took responsibility.

    In March of that year, a strike on a Yemeni market -- this time reportedly by a US-supplied precision-guided MK 84 bomb -- killed 97 people.

    In the aftermath of the funeral hall attack, former US President Barack Obama banned the sale of precision-guided military technology to Saudi Arabia over "human rights concerns."
    The ban was overturned by the Trump administration's then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March 2017.

    As the US-backed Saudi-led coalition scrambles to investigate the strike on the school bus, questions are growing from observers and rights groups about whether the US bears any moral culpability. The US says it does not make targeting decisions for the coalition, which is fighting a Houthi rebel insurgency in Yemen. But it does support its operations through billions of dollars in arms sales, the refueling of Saudi combat aircraft and some sharing of intelligence.

    "I will tell you that we do help them plan what we call, kind of targeting," said US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. "We do not do dynamic targeting for them."

    The bomb's impact as it landed on the bus full of excited schoolchildren on a day trip was devastating.

    Of the 51 people who died in the airstrike, 40 were children, Houthi Health Minister Taha al-Mutawakil said last week. He added that of the 79 people wounded, 56 were children.
    Eyewitnesses told CNN it was a direct hit in the middle of a busy market.

    "I saw the bomb hit the bus," one witness said. "It blew it into those shops and threw the bodies clear to the other side of those buildings. We found bodies scattered everywhere, there was a severed head inside the bomb crater. When we found that, that was when I started running. I was so afraid."

    Some of the bodies were so mutilated that identification became impossible. Left behind were scraps of schoolbooks, warped metal and a single backpack.



    Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

  • #2
    "I will tell you that we do help them plan what we call, kind of targeting," said US Secretary of Defense James Mattis. "We do not do dynamic targeting for them."

    Plausible deniability.

    Trump's administration bears moral culpability. Not that that means anything anymore.

    Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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    • #3
      Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
      ...
      Trump's administration bears moral culpability.



      so go act outraged

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ok doser View Post

        So long as it happens to someone else's kids, you're not interested. Not surprising.

        Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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        • #5

          Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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          • #6
            Two children died in the emergency room with me. The brutal truth is that you cannot save everyone. In total, 51 people died, including 40 children. Dozens more were injured, the majority of whom were children.

            --Marta Rivas Blanco is part of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mobile surgical team at Al-Talh hospital[I] in Yemen.


            Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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            • #7
              To summarize: The Saudi-led coalition is using American-made weapons dropped from planes refueled by Americans to kill civilians — including children — and the Pentagon won’t look into it.

              The war has claimed more than 13,500 lives, with more than 900,000 suffering from cholera. Roughly 20 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs — including food and water — out of a prewar population of 28 million. These are all just estimates, though, as conditions on the ground are so bad that no one can do an official count. What’s worse, the US is helping make those conditions as bad as they are.

              The Sa’ada attack, and the images of dead and bloodied children that came out of it, has led to an upswell in calls for America to end its involvement in the conflict.

              On Saturday, the Washington Post’s editorial board said the US is perhaps “complicit in a probable war crime.”

              The US-assisted blockade of key Yemen ports through which Yemen imports 90% of its food supply has created an intentional humanitarian nightmare of starvation, malnutrition, and cholera.


              In this Tuesday, March 22, 2016 photo, infant Udai Faisal, who is suffering from acute malnutrition, is hospitalized at Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sanaa, Yemen. Udai died on March 24th. Hunger has been the most horrific consequence of Yemen’s conflict and has spiraled since Saudi Arabia and its allies, backed by the U.S., launched a campaign of airstrikes and a naval blockade two years ago. (AP/Maad al-Zikry)

              Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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              • #8
                So, so many conservative 'Christians' don't care about children once they're born. If the children are seeking asylum, if they're not American, or if they are, but they're not WASPy enough, or if they're poor and and in need of a safety net, or if they're not potential missionary trophies that you forget about once your 10-day mission trip vacation is over - then they bore you.

                Because the way you live your religion isn't about love of neighbor, it's about cultural superiority and political power - and Trump's your ticket to hold onto both no matter the cost.

                You're all about spouting bible verses and arguing the minutiae of doctrine, but you're morally dead inside.

                Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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                • #9


                  you done yet?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ok doser View Post


                    you done yet?
                    You're so bored by the senseless deaths of a bus-full of kids because of US weapons sales that you just can't help yourself from posting about how bored you are with it?
                    Global warming denialists are like gravity denialists piloting a helicopter, determined to prove a point. We may not have time to actually persuade them of their mistake.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rexlunae View Post
                      You're so bored by the senseless deaths of a bus-full of kids...

                      nope

                      that's not what i'm bored with


                      i'm bored with annabananahead's predictable response to the story


                      why, it's almost as if she doesn't care anymore about all those poor fragile damaged-for-life mexican/salvadoran kids who were violently ripped from their parents hands by the evil donald trump and tortured


                      remember them?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ok doser View Post
                        nope

                        that's not what i'm bored with
                        Yes it is. You don't care. Just like you didn't care about the children taken from their parents at the border, and why you ridicule them now.

                        why, it's almost as if she doesn't care anymore about all those poor fragile damaged-for-life mexican/salvadoran kids who were violently ripped from their parents hands by the evil donald trump and tortured


                        remember them?
                        Since I actually mentioned them in my post - yes.

                        Originally posted by annabenedetti View Post
                        So, so many conservative 'Christians' don't care about children once they're born. If the children are seeking asylum, if they're not American, or if they are, but they're not WASPy enough, or if they're poor and and in need of a safety net, or if they're not potential missionary trophies that you forget about once your 10-day mission trip vacation is over - then they bore you.
                        You Trumpers are a lost cause. You allowed yourself to be brainwashed, you sold your soul and you're dead in the heart.

                        Tried and waited then got tired, that's about it

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                        • #13


                          let all out, little emo, let it all out

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ok doser View Post
                            nope

                            that's not what i'm bored with


                            i'm bored with annabananahead's predictable response to the story


                            why, it's almost as if she doesn't care anymore about all those poor fragile damaged-for-life mexican/salvadoran kids who were violently ripped from their parents hands by the evil donald trump and tortured


                            remember them?
                            With luck and a good reminder about the dangers of a bully, ignorant President, the country will remember in November.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jonahdog View Post
                              With luck and a good reminder about the dangers of a bully, ignorant President, the country will remember in November.
                              rather, they'll show their support for his wise leadership by packing the house and the senate with republicans


                              and the disappointed left will go into full meltdown mode

                              again

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