In Diwaniyah and the oil-rich port city of Basra, no security forces could be seen as demonstrators hit the squares and streets. The security response was especially forceful near Umm Qasr because protesters were attempting to cut off the roads leading to the port through which the majority of Iraq's oil exports flow.
Former Navy commander Kirk Lippold, who commanded the USS Cole, told Fox News on Tuesday that former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer's firing was justified by the way he handled the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. "Secretary Spencer had said to me that ... he was likely, probably going to resign if he was forced to work to try to retain the Trident [pin for Gallagher]", Esper said.
In a statement he said he had personally experienced "anti-Muslim hatred within the party" on two occasions as a candidate, but felt the best way to make a difference was from within. The Tory peer said that while she didn't believe that the Prime Minister is an islamophobe, "there is a space of privilege within which he exists where he feels sadly that there are no consequences to the words that he uses even when those words are crass, offensive and racist".
Looking ahead, the next big weather system looks to impact our region on Sunday night into Monday . Chilly temperatures are coming back. Increasingly strong winds could disrupt travel on Thanksgiving Day Eve. Otherwise, often sunny, although isolated wintry showers possible. Temperatures continue to warm through the evening, climbing into the middle 40s. Snow is more likely in the northwest half of the viewing area, with rain and a few thunderstorms likely in the southeast.
In a picture-perfect moment, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule on Wednesday welcomed her cousin and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar with a warm hug at Maharashtra Assembly before the oath-taking ceremony of 288 newly-elected MLAs.
The TSB said it expects to have more information at about 8 a.m. Constable Ash Gutheinz says the aircraft went down around the supper hour Wednesday and residents of the area were not at risk. Environment Canada was warning of gusts up to 50mph. Gutheinz says the area was under a wind advisory at the time, and while winds may not have been as bad as predicted, it was certainly "blustery".