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Iraqi soldier involved in operation to retake Mosul from IS finds mother among civilians being bused out of the city. Soldier’s tearful reunion with his mother after 2 years.

Such stories will never appear in headlines of American newspapers. American citizens should not see the other side of the war and the impact on Muslim children their families. The government displays all Muslims as bloody beasts, however it’s far form being true.

I wish someday people would understand the necessity of peace.

#StopIslamophobia #StopWar

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Rand Paul threatens to block Bolton nomination
By BURGESS EVERETT

Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to block President-elect Donald Trump’s likely pick of John Bolton as the No. 2 in the State Department.

The Kentucky Republican, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, could stop the hawkish former ambassador to the United Nations from getting out of committee if there is unanimous Democratic resistance. The committee is narrowly divided among 10 Republicans and nine Democrats, and Paul said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he’s an “automatic no on Bolton.”

“John Bolton doesn’t get it. He still believes in regime change. He’s still a big cheerleader for the Iraq War,” Paul said. “John Bolton is so far out of it and has such a naive understanding of the world.”

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Kellogg replaces Flynn as Trump seeks national security successor
Keith Kellogg will guide Trump through his first White House crisis, but Robert Harward could calm things down. By BRYAN BENDER and ELI STOKOLS

Keith Kellogg, who was named late Monday to be President Donald Trump’s interim National Security Adviser, was the first of the retired generals to flock to Trump’s long-shot campaign for the presidency, advising him behind the scenes on foreign policy issues from early on.

Now the 72-year-old decorated Vietnam veteran who served as a top civilian official in post-war in Iraq, is guiding President Trump through his first White House crisis – the resignation of National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

But Kellogg is seen by many, including one his fellow retired generals, as only a placeholder for the NSC job.

Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who has known Kellogg for decades, said early Tuesday that he is a “good man” but doubted he will be a permanent replacement for Flynn.

“He won’t be the selection,” McCaffrey predicted.

He said he believes Flynn’s permanent replacement will have to “someone with the chops needed to deal with Bannon and Miller,” references to two of the president’s top political advisers, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller.

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