15th anniversary of Iraq war

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15th anniversary of Iraq war

It’s the fifteenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. Back in March 2003, former US President George W Bush ordered the military campaign. He described the devastating onslaught as the central front in his so-called War on Terror.  The United States claimed it wanted to destroy former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s stockpile of weapons of mass Destruction. But such weapons were never found in Iraq. The war destroyed a large part of Iraq’s infrastructure and left a trail of death and destruction there. The security vacuum and lack of planning after the invasion and ouster of Saddam triggered years of deadly violence. The chaotic situation also gave rise to monster terror groups which Iraq is still struggling to wipe out. The main victim of the U-S-led invasion in 2003 and the insecurity in the following years have been Iraqi civilians. 

Suu Kiy in hot seat

Artillery firing in honor of Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia. Suu Kyi received a ceremonial military welcome in Canberra on Monday. The apparently warm welcome belies harsh criticism of Suu Kiy by Australian lawyers who have filed a private case against the Myanmar leader over the country’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. The lawyers have said Suu Kiy and her government must be tried for alleged crimes against humanity. After officially receiving her, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would raise human rights issues during Suu Kiy’s visit. Turnbull later said she spoke "at considerable length" during their talks about Myanmar’s Rakhine State, which has been the focal point of a deadly crackdown on the rohingya for the past few years. 

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