World Ilhan Omar compares US to Hamas and Taliban, says all commit ‘unthinkable atrocities’
UN sounds alarm over emboldened Taliban in Afghanistan, still closely tied to al Qaeda
An emboldened Taliban poses a severe and expanding threat to the government of Afghanistan, remains close to al Qaeda, and believes it can return to power by force if necessary, according to a United Nations Security Council report released on Wednesday. © Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times/Redux Members of a Taliban Red Unit in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, March 13, 2020. With the last remaining US troops due to leave Afghanistan in the coming months, the report compiled by the UN Monitoring Team, which is charged with tracking security threats in Afghanistan, paints a bleak picture of the security outlook.
Rep. Ilhan Omar says the United States, along with Hamas, the Taliban, and others, has committed "unspeakable atrocities," in her latest critique of the U.S.
The Minnesota Democrat, who says the U.S. has yet to achieve social justice, compared the nation to the two groupsas "foreign terrorist organizations" by the U.S. Department of State.
"We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban," she tweeted on Monday. "I askedwhere people are supposed to go for justice."
Omar says she's getting death threats over comparison of US and Israel to Hamas and Taliban
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on Wednesday said she has received death threats over recent comments she made comparing the actions of the U.S. and Israeli militaries to Hamas and the Taliban, blaming news coverage and GOP lawmakers for encouraging the calls for violence. Omar shared audio of a message she said her office had received, tweeting, "Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats."The message includes, "theyOmar shared audio of a message she said her office had received, tweeting, "Every time I speak out on human rights I am inundated with death threats.
We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity.
We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
I asked— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) where people are supposed to go for justice.
In an accompanying video from Secretary of State Antony Blinken's Monday testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Omar questioned Blinken about the possible recourse for victims of crimes amid the conflicts in the Middle East if the U.S. opposes the investigations of the International Criminal Court, an international tribunal based in The Hague, noting that she hasn't "seen any evidence ... that domestic courts both can and will prosecute alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity."
Jewish Democrats confront Ilhan Omar for giving 'cover to terrorist groups'
Ilhan Omar and a group of Jewish Democrats are waging a public battle sparked by her apparent comparison of the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, with those scolding her saying she gave “cover to terrorist groups” and Omar accusing her colleagues of using “islamophobic tropes.” © Provided by Washington Examiner The incident shows that while Republicans offer the most frequent criticism of Omar, she also frustrates those within her own party. A group of 12 Jewish Democrats led by Rep.
Blinken responded that it is "impossible not to be profoundly moved" by the loss of life in the region before arguing the ICC does not have jurisdiction over these cases.
"We continue to believe that absent a [United Nations] Security Council referral or absent the request by the state itself, that that's not appropriate. I continue to believe that whether it is the United States or Israel, both of us have the meetings," he said.
After Omar again pushed about what options alleged victims have for pursuing justice, Blinken said he believed both the U.S. and Israel "have the mechanisms to make sure that there is accountability in any situations where there are concerns about the use of force and human rights."
When the congresswoman pressed Blinken on the options for those in Afghanistan, the secretary reiterated that there are "the means if there are any cases to be brought to adjudicate them and to find justice."
We don't need Ilhan Omar to 'clarify' her typically anti-Semitic, anti-American comments
House Democrats have asked Rep. Ilhan Omar to “clarify” her recent comments comparing Israel and the U.S. to Hamas and the Taliban. What a laugh — they must have missed the last few years of Omar's antics, through which she has made her views abundantly clear. © Provided by Washington Examiner Omar started this debacle by saying that “we must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.
Omar has been highly critical of Israel, calling the nation anamid the conflict with Hamas, accusing the state of "terrorism."
"Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism," shelast month.
After President Joe Biden opened a dialogue with Israel regarding the situation, Omar accused the White House of "siding with an oppressive occupation" and demanded Biden intervene to halt Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
"This is happening on our dime," she. "President Biden needs to step in and deescalate to stop the carnage."
The conflict between Israel and Hamas has been volatile in recent weeks, with more than 4,000 rocketsin the Gaza Strip last month. At least , including 65 children and 39 women, while more than 1,900 sustained injuries, the Palestinian Ministry of Health, and twelve were slain in Israel.
The rocket fire, which started on May 10 and lasted for 11 days, ended in a ceasefire.
In Afghanistan, the U.S. is preparing for a withdrawal of all troops, to be completed by Sept. 11, even as the Talibanunwillingness to negotiate a peace deal with the U.S.-backed central government.
AOC rips into fellow Democrats for taking Ilhan Omar's comments on the US and Israel's potential war crimes out of context
Omar, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, has repeatedly had her comments on foreign affairs taken out of context by other lawmakers."Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus," Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter. "They have no concept for the danger they put her in by skipping private conversations & leaping to fueling targeted news cycles around her.
"The Taliban need to show an equal commitment to talking very honestly in a straightforward way to try to find a political solution as we go forward," Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Monday. "I think the government of Afghanistan is willing to do that. I’m not sure the Taliban is willing to do that. And unfortunately, time is now becoming very short."
U.S. Central Commandon June 1 that 30% to 44% of the withdraw is complete, a range given as a security precaution, though the Defense Department declined to say how many of the 3,000 U.S. troops have been removed from the country.
More than 2,000 U.S. military personnel were killed in the fighting of Afghanistan, and tens of thousands more have suffered injuries in the nearly 20-year conflict.
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AOC Blasts Dems Who 'Mischaracterized' Ilhan Omar's Remarks and Helped Fuel 'Right-Wing Vitriol' .
"Pretty sick & tired of the constant vilification, intentional mischaracterization, and public targeting of @IlhanMN coming from our caucus," the congresswoman said in defense of Ilhan Omar on Twitter."We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked@SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice," Omar, who represents Minnesota, wrote in a June 7 tweet.