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Islamic State bomber kills 63 at Afghan wedding in worst attack in months

Islamic State bomber kills 63 at Afghan wedding in worst attack in monthsAn Islamic State group suicide bomber killed at least 63 and wounded scores when he detonated in crowds at a Kabul wedding feast, in the most deadly attack in Afghanistan this year. The scale of the carnage in a western Shia district of the Afghan capital was met with shock in a city frequently hit by suicide attacks. It underlined fears that a peace deal between America and the Taliban will not halt violence. America called the bombing “an act of extreme depravity”, while the Taliban, who have themselves regularly killed civilians in indiscriminate bombings, said it was barbaric. A bomber called Abu Assim al Pakistani blew himself up after infiltrating a gathering of “infidels”, according to the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group. Afghan Shia Muslims have repeatedly been hit by the group before. The blast tore through crowds of well wishers and relatives, the groom told local television.  He had welcomed guests to the venue called the Dubai City wedding hall, only to see their bodies being carried back out hours later. An Afghan man mourns near the body of his brother after he was killed in an explosion at wedding hall in Kabul Credit: AP The attack "changed my happiness to sorrow", said the young man, who gave   his name as Mirwais. "My family, my bride are in shock, they cannot even speak. My bride   keeps fainting," he said.   "I lost my brother, I lost my friends, I lost my relatives. I will   never see happiness in my life again.” Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan president, condemned “the inhumane attack on the wedding hall in Kabul last night. My top priority for now is to reach out to the families of victims of this barbaric attack.” He said the Taliban movement fighting his government “cannot absolve themselves of blame, for they provide platform for terrorists”. The blast came as American and Taliban envoys continue to try to reach a deal which will see US troops withdraw and the Taliban give guarantees that Afghanistan will not become a haven for transnational terrorists such as al-Qaeda. A wounded man receives treatment at a hospital after an explosion at wedding hall in Kabul Credit: AP Saturday night's blast underlined how difficult that may be, with the local branch of Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (Isil) still controlling a foothold in eastern Afghanistan. Kabul's gaudy wedding halls hold lavish celebrations as families save for years to show off their hospitality and largesse. Guest lists can often run to more than a thousand. The purpose-built venues also hold other gathering such as political rallies. Several have been bombed in recent years and they have come to be seen as a soft target. Pictures of the aftermath of Saturday night's blast showed bodies strewn among overturned chairs and tables. Witnesses said the bomb detonated near a stage holding musicians.  "The wedding guests were dancing and celebrating the party when the   blast happened," a 23-year-old guest called Munir Ahmad told AFP. "Following the explosion, there was total chaos. Everyone was   screaming and crying for their loved ones.” At least 185 were wounded in the blast, including many women and children. Isil first emerged in Afghanistan in early 2015, as existing militants swarmed to the banner of extremists who had shocked the world by proclaiming a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. The Afghan branch of the movement has endured even as the middle eastern caliphate has been swept away in the Middle East. It has built a stronghold in Nangarhar and parts of Kunar, attracting defections from existing extremist groups already present, including the Pakistan Taliban, and a scattering of foreign fighters. An intense American special operations campaign has failed to dislodge Isil and Taliban attempts to purge the group from eastern Afghanistan have also failed.




POSTED AUGUST 18, 2019 9:16 AM

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Permit Employment Discrimination Against Transgender Workers

Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Permit Employment Discrimination Against Transgender WorkersDOJ argued that Title VII does not protect transgender people




POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 5:12 PM

US murderer executed after choosing electric chair

US murderer executed after choosing electric chairA man put to death in the US state of Tennessee on Thursday for murdering a woman and her daughter chose in his final hours to be electrocuted rather than executed by lethal injection, prison officials said. Stephen West, who was convicted in the two killings more than 30 years ago, waited until Wednesday to choose his method of execution -- one day after Tennessee's Republican Governor Bill Lee refused his request for clemency. "After thorough consideration of Stephen West's request for clemency and a review of the case, the State of Tennessee's sentence will stand, and I will not be intervening," he said in a statement.




POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 10:44 AM

Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressure

Iranian tanker to leave Gibraltar soon despite US pressureThe shipping agent for an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says the vessel is ready to depart Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday, as the U.S. made a last-minute effort to seize it again. The head of the company sorting paperwork and procuring for the Grace 1 oil tanker in the British overseas territory said the vessel could be sailing away in the next "24 to 48 hours," once new crews dispatched to the territory take over command of the ship. "The vessel is ongoing some logistical changes and requirements that have delayed the departure," Astralship managing director Richard De la Rosa told The Associated Press.




POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 11:39 AM

View Photos of the Bentley EXP 100 GT at Pebble Beach

View Photos of the Bentley EXP 100 GT at Pebble Beach




POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 2:54 PM

Epstein died by suicide using his jail bed sheet while his guards slept, according to report

Epstein died by suicide using his jail bed sheet while his guards slept, according to reportWhile in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Jeffrey Epstein used his jail bed sheet to commit suicide.




POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 12:47 PM

New Orleans reporter Nancy Parker killed in plane crash while shooting story

New Orleans reporter Nancy Parker killed in plane crash while shooting storyNew Orleans reporter Nancy Parker was killed in a plane crash Friday after the aircraft she was shooting a story in went down in near an airport.




POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 3:31 AM

A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizard

A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizardA 72-year-old man was seriously injured after attempting to break up a fight between his pet dog and a giant Goanna lizard.




POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 10:45 AM

Mom aims head-on at a tanker to kill herself, sons. When truck dodges, she doubles back

Mom aims head-on at a tanker to kill herself, sons. When truck dodges, she doubles backPolice say a Gainesville, Florida, mom of two young boys told a friend she was going to kill herself and her sons by crashing her car with everyone inside.




POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 5:25 PM

2020 Vision: Trump gets surprise Log Cabin Republicans endorsement

2020 Vision: Trump gets surprise Log Cabin Republicans endorsementDuring the 2016 election the conservative LGBT organization declined to endorse him for president.




POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 2:23 PM

CLAYCORD.com

As Wildfire Season Progresses, Contact Information Needed From About 150,000 Customers – More Than 425,000 PG&E Customers Have Provided Updates Since June 2018
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is reaching out to about 150,000 customers encouraging them to update their home phone number, mobile number, email and other key information so the company can contact them in advance should it become necessary to temporarily turn off power for safety this fire season. PG&E sent emails to about […]

POSTED AUGUST 18, 2019 2:00 AM
Con Fire Announces Increased Staffing On Three Busiest District Fire Trucks
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (Con Fire) this week announced three firetrucks across the District are now staffed with four firefighters. Increased staffing raises the number of firefighters dispatched on Con Fire’s busiest trucks – T6, T83, and T84 — to four, from three. This effectively doubles the number of emergency-response tasks two two-person […]

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 11:00 PM
The Clayton Police Weekly Arrest Report
ACCIDENTS: None. ARRESTS: Marsh Creek Rd./Diablo Pkwy.  Warrant.  A 34-year-old Walnut Creek male was arrested after officers responded to a call for service.  He was transported to Concord Police Department for booking.  (08/10/19 – 2056 hrs.) Camino Estrada/Gonzales Ct.  Warrant.  A 34-year-old transient male was arrested after being stopped for Vehicle Code violations.  He was […]

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 8:00 PM
Congressman DeSaulnier To Host Immigration Town Hall In Concord
Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced that he will host an Immigration Town Hall on Aug.22 at 6:30 p.m. at Meadow Homes Elementary School in Concord. Immigration Town Hall Thursday, August 22 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meadow Homes Elementary School 1371 Detroit Ave. Concord

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 5:00 PM
Claycord – Talk About Whatever
Happy Friday to all the wonderful citizens in the City of Claycord. This is a post with no subject, you can talk about whatever you want. If breaking news happens (such a shooting, earthquake, etc.), or you hear about something newsworthy, feel free to post it here. Please Note: Users who use multiple names will […]

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 2:05 AM
Claycord – Talk About Politics
This post is “Talk About Politics”. Please use this post to talk about politics, and keep politics out of the “whatever” thread. Thank you, and be kind to each other. Please Note: Users who use multiple names will be deleted. Please choose a name so others can easily chat with you. Users must provide a […]

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 2:03 AM
Claycord – Talk About Local Politics
This special post is “Talk About LOCAL Politics”. Please use this post to talk about LOCAL politics, and keep state and national politics out of this thread. Thank you, and be kind to each other. Please Note: Users who use multiple names will be deleted. Please choose a name so others can easily chat with […]

POSTED AUGUST 17, 2019 2:00 AM
Fatal Shooting May Have Been Retaliation For June Fight – Concord Man Remains Jailed
A fatal shooting Saturday night in San Francisco’s Hunters Point neighborhood may have been in retaliation for a physical altercation that occurred earlier this summer, prosecutors said. On Thursday, Concord resident Sauntek Harris, 38, made his first court appearance in connection with the fatal shooting of 34-year-old Dietrich Whitley near the corner of Griffith Street […]

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 11:00 PM
Walnut Creek Man Who Broke Into Apartment Mailboxes Sentenced To Two Years In Prison
A Walnut Creek man who admitted stealing financial mail from 80 residents of a San Francisco apartment building has been sentenced in federal court to two years and three months in prison. Tyler Goforth, 35, pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco in May to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and […]

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 9:00 PM
The Water Cooler – Clear Backpacks At Schools
The “Water Cooler” is a feature on Claycord.com where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it. The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon. Today’s question: Several schools around the Nation are making students use clear backpacks, so administrators can see what’s inside the bag at all […]

POSTED AUGUST 16, 2019 7:00 PM

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