News Roundup 5/29/17

by | May 29, 2017

  • Half of US armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan are contractors. [Link]
  • Special forces have been half of all American combat deaths since 2015. [Link]
  • Nearly 10% of UK active service members have had an STD in the past five years. [Link]
  • A US surveillance plane had an unsafe encounter with two Chinese fighters about 200 miles Southeast of Hong Kong. [Link]
  • North Korea carried out a third missile test in three weeks. [Link]
  • The Indian Central Reserve Police Force apprehended 130 members of a Maoist insurgency. The Maoists attacked and killed 25 members of the CRPF nearly a month ago. [Link]
  • Members of an elite Iraqi special forces unit were recorded committing war crimes including torture and murder. [Link]
  • US-backed Shi’ite militias in Iraq are nearing the border with Syria. If the militias chase ISIS over the border, they could fight ISIS in Syria and support Assad. [Link]
  • The US-led coalition killed 20 civilians fleeing ISIS-held Raqqa. [Link]
  • On Friday in Syria, a US service member was killed in a vehicle rollover. [Link]
  • The Syrian government made gains in the southern desert in Syria. [Link]
  • During the May 23rd raid in Yemen, a 15-year-old Yemeni civilian was killed fleeing the fighting. [Link]
  • Since April 27th, 471 people in Yemen have died of cholera. [Link]
  • James Mattis claims that Iran is trying to destabilize Yemen. [Link]

On Foreign Policy Focus #45, I respond to a Facebook comment that I hate America. I make the argument that I am critical of an American foreign policy that is harmful to the American people. Blowback, less wealth, a less stable Middle East, and declining morals are all consequences of US foreign policy for the American people. To improve America, you must oppose the awful foreign policy. LISTEN HERE!!

Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, opinion editor of and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter and Connor Freeman.

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