News Roundup 8/28/17

by | Aug 28, 2017

  • Trump is looking to roll back an Obama ban on selling surplus military equipment to police departments. [Link]
  • Trump will pardon former Shariff Joe Arpaio. [Link]
  • Sebastian Gorka has resigned his position in the Trump Administration. [Link]
  • Trump threatens to withdraw from NAFTA and restates that he wants Mexico to pay for the border wall. [Link]
  • After the CIA program to arm Syrian rebels ended, the US started a new operation on arm rebel groups. The US used civilians planes to smuggle weapons to groups in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Some of the weapons that went to Syria ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda linked groups. It is unknown who received the US weapons in Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The US encouraged Saudi Arabia and the UAE to carry out the same operation. [Link]
  • North Korea carried out three missiles tests. All three tests failed. [Link]
  • Civilians have accused the US and Somalian troops of killing ten civilians in Somalia. [Link] The Somali Army had admitted the dead are civilians. [Link]
  • 1,000 people were killed in a mudslide in Sierra Leone. The mudslide occurred two weeks ago. [Link]
  • Apple has removed Iranian apps from the app store. Apple cited US sanctions as the reason for removing the apps. [Link]
  • US military presence in Afghanistan prevents China from extending into the region and increasing its role in the lithium market. [Link]
  • At least 30 people were killed when three Islamic State gunman attacked a Shi’ite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Pakistan claims that Afghan soldiers are selling their US made weapons to the Taliban. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Army and allied forces now control most of Tel Afar. [Link]
  • The US says it will not change its bombing policy in the battle for Raqqa. Last week, the UN issued a statement because the US was killing too many civilians in Raqqa. [Link]
  • ISIS took the city of Maadan and several villages from the Syrian government. [Link]
  • Disabled Syrian veterans of the Syrian Civil War are not receiving support from the Syrian government. [Link]
  • A Saudi airstrike killed 16 civilians in Yemen. Seven of the dead were children. [Link]
  • The Venezuelan government is using US sanctions against Venezuela as propaganda to gain more support. [Link]

On Foreign Policy Focus #84, I discuss the Establishment’s victory in Afghanistan policy. I explain how they can use their victory to start more war in Ukraine and Yemen. In Ukraine, the Establishment’s plan of arming the government will lead to Nazi militias owning powerful US weapons. In Yemen, an increase in support for Saudi Arabia’s war will lead to more death and starvation. I also update Russia, Iran, Qatar, and ISIS. LISTEN HERE!!

 

About Kyle Anzalone

Kyle Anzalone is news editor of the Libertarian Institute, assistant editor of Antiwar.com and co-host of Conflicts of Interest with Will Porter.
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