News Roundup

News Roundup 9/25/2022

US News

  • Two new polls from Morning Consult and Concerned Veterans for America show at least a plurality of Americans are tired of interventionism. The results show twice as many Americans want to send less aid to Ukraine than those who would support sending more. Meanwhile, only 17% of Americans are concerned about defending democracy around the globe. The Institute 
  • Bulgaria will buy eight Lockheed-made F-16s for $1.3 billion. Def Post

Russia

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a partial mobilization that will call up 300,000 reservists and warned Western countries that Moscow would use nuclear weapons to defend its territory. AWC
  • Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that Russia could use nuclear weapons to protect the territories of Ukraine that it will absorb after referendums are held. AWC
  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday signaled that there will be no change to the US policy of supporting Ukraine despite warnings from Russia that they could use nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory. AWC
  • Russia and Ukraine carried out a major prisoner swap this week involving nearly 300 people that was brokered by Saudi Arabia and Turkey. AWC
  • The European Union’s leadership wants to issue new sanctions against Russia in response to planned referendums on joining Russia that will be held in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine. AWC
  • Two US senators have introduced a new bill that would sanction any company buying Russian oil at a price beyond a cap set by Western leaders. If passed, the legislation would significantly escalate the economic war against Moscow, resulting in the US sanctioning India, Turkey and China. The Institute 
  • Seventeen members of Congress send a letter to the Department of Defense demanding the Pentagon transfer armable drones to Ukraine. Reuters

Europe

  • An EU spokeswoman for the European Commission said Thursday that the bloc should give asylum to Russians fleeing the mobilization order, but the EU’s members are not on the same page. AWC
  • NATO deploys additional troops to Kosovo in anticipation of unrest between the government and the Serbian minority. Reuters

China

  • US and Canadian warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait, which China views as its territorial waters, on Tuesday. The Institute 
  • The US is wrapping up two-week war games with Australia, New Zealand and the UK n Fiji. Def News
  • The top Asia official on the White House’s National Security Council said Monday that President Biden’s recent comments on defending Taiwan “speak for themselves” and rejected the characterization that the White House walked them back. AWC
  • The head of the US Navy’s Japan-based Seventh Fleet said that he believes China is capable of blockading the island of Taiwan. AWC
  • China said it could use the “Anti-Succession Law” to push reunification with Taiwan. South China Morning Post

Korea

  • While in New York for the UN General Assembly, South Korea’sPresident Yoon Suk-yeol was caught on a hot mic insulting President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Yoon referred to members of Congress as “f**kers.” The statement comes after the US pledged $6 billion in humanitarian aid and deployed an American aircraft carrier to South Korea. The Institute

Middle East

  • A joint investigation finds Israeli forces deliberately murdered Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. AJ
  • A US official said the Iran deal cannot be completed unless Tehran reverses demands to close an IAEA probe. Times of Israel
  • Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi held a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. AWC
  • With just hours left in its military mandate on the Iraq/ISIS War, Canada DM Anita Anand announced another 12 month extension on Thursday evening, keeping a long but relatively minor engagement in the Middle East active. AWC
  • At least 39 Syrian have died from a Cholera outbreak. AP 

Africa

  • The US launched an airstrike in Somalia on September 18, US Africa Command said on Wednesday, as the Biden administration continues to escalate its war against al-Shabaab. AWC
  • The US transfers $13 million in military aid for Niger to fight jihadists. AFP

News Roundup 9/20/2022

US News

  • The Pentagon has ordered a sweeping review of how it conducts clandestine information warfare after social media sites removed fake accounts that were suspected of being linked to the US military, The Washington Post reported on Monday. AWC
  • According to the head of the Air Force, US troops report their top concern is inflation, not Russia or China. The concern from the troops led the Pentagon to reverse a decision to cut special pay incentives for more complex jobs. The Institute
  • The State Department announced in August that it will no longer publish World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) reports, which have been released by the US government since the 1960s. AWC
  • President Joe Biden pushed behind the scenes throughout the first year of his administration to close the Guantanamo Bay torture prison, the Wall Street Journal reports. Established in US-occupied Cuba under the George W. Bush presidency, Gitmo has a cruel legacy of America carrying out barbaric interrogation methods on mostly innocent people. The Institute 
  • According to the head of the Air Force, US troops report their top concern is inflation, not Russia or China. The concern from the troops led the Pentagon to reverse a decision to cut special pay incentives for more complex jobs. The Institute 

Russia

  • The Biden administration is hesitant to give Ukraine the longer-range missiles it is asking for as Russia has warned providing such arms would make the US a party to the conflict. AWC
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned that Russia could escalate its war in Ukraine in response to “terrorist” attacks against civilian infrastructure inside Russian territory. AWC
  • US troops stationed at an airbase in Poland are helping Ukrainians maintain their US-provided weapons remotely via encrypted digital chats, Defense One reported on Sunday. AWC

Kosovo

  • NATO is prepared to send more troops into Kosovo in case of unrest amount the country’s Serbian minority. Reuters 

China

  • In an interview with 60 Minutes that aired Sunday, President Biden said the US would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack, marking the fourth time of his presidency that he’s made the pledge despite the long-standing US policy of strategic ambiguity. AWC
  • China said Monday that it lodged “stern representations” to the US in response to President Biden saying that the US would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. AWC
  • The Treasury plans to criticize China for not offering enough debt relief to low and middle-income countries fast enough. Reuters 

Korea

  • The US will deploy an aircraft carrier to South Korea for the first time since 2018. AJ

Armenia

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) led a congressional delegation to Armenia, from where she slammed on Sunday Azerbaijan’s “illegal” attacks on the country. AWC

Tajikistan

  • Tajikistan reports fighting with Kyrgyzstan has killed 81, including 35 civilians. AJ

Middle East

  • Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday that it is ready to implement a prisoner exchange deal with the US and that it’s up to Washington to make the swap happen. AWC
  • Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that it doesn’t rule out the possibility of holding nuclear deal talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York as Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator will be in attendance. AWC
  • Turkey killed five Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. AWC
  • Fresh off reports of Israeli attacks cutting off humanitarian aid in Damascus, Israel attacked the airport once again. There is no word if the airport is operational. AWC
  • Russia claimed a series of airstrikes in Syria’s Idlib killed at least 45 Islamists from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an al-Qaeda affiliate. AWC

News Roundup 9/18/2022

US News

  • The White House offers state and local governments $1 billion in grants directed toward improving cybersecurity. Nextgov
  • Veterans may be committing suicide at over double the Pentagon’s estimated rate. Military Times
  • The Pentagon awarded Lockheed Martin and Raytheon a contract to produce 1,800 Javelin Missiles. Defense Post

Europe

  • Switzerland will buy 36 F-35s from Lockheed Martin for $5.5 billion. Reuters
  • Germany and Spain conducted NATO’s first enhanced air policing mission. Defense Post

Russia

  • After Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February, Western leaders led by President Joe Biden vowed the Kremlin would face historic isolation that would bring its war machine to a halt and cripple Moscow’s economy. However, nearly seven months into the war, Russia has maintained its economic strength as Moscow has found several partners worldwide. AWC
  • Conservative groups, including Heritage Action and Concerned Veterans for America, are calling on Congress to reject calls for additional aid. Defense One
  • The US Ambassador to the UN says she has no plans to meet with Russian officials at a conference of world leaders next week. Reuters
  • The US issued a new round of sanctions against Russia. AJ
  • Washington and Brussels will pressure Ankara to step up the economic war on Moscow, the Financial Times reported Thursday. Western officials say the Russian economy has been able to weather the Washington-led sanctions blitz partly because the Turkish economy is offering backdoors to Moscow. According to the diplomats, Turkish banks will now be forced to abandon the Russian Mir payment system. The Institute 
  • Erdogan says Turkey will push for a diplomatic end to the war as soon as possible. Hurriyet Daily
  • On Saturday, Russia pulled back its forces from areas in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region as Kyiv made its first significant territorial gains in its counteroffensives. AWC
  • The Kremlin said on Tuesday that despite Ukraine’s gains in the northeastern Kharkiv region, there are no plans for a mobilization, which would involve a nationwide draft. AWC
  • Ukraine had stepped up intelligence sharing with the US ahead of its northeast counteroffensive in the Kharkiv region that has seen significant success, The New York Times reported on Saturday. AWC
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Saturday made a fresh pitch for more Western arms after Ukraine made territorial gains in its counteroffensive in the northeast Kharkiv region. AWC
  • Russia says it has little hope for the new US ambassador to Moscow. Reuters
  • The US and 11 NATO members started large-scale military drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The war games dubbed “Dynamic Mariner” will put several NATO ships in a region with a major Russian military presence, at a time of soaring tensions between the West and Moscow. The Institute
  • Germany will give Ukraine two additional multiple rocket launcher systems. Reuters
  • Germany declined to provide Ukraine with the tanks that were requested by Kiev. Defense Post 
  • The White House will announce a new weapons package for Kiev in the coming days. US News
  • The Russian Foreign Ministry warned the US against providing Ukraine with longer-range missiles, saying that doing so would cross a “red line” and make Washington a “party to the conflict.” AWC
  • The Treasury Department on Friday issued a “preliminary guidance” for a G7 plan to implement a price cap on Russian oil that is shipped by sea. AWC
  • The European Union is backing off its sharply divisive plan to implement a price cap on Russian gas, according to Reuters. There were major concerns leading up to an emergency meeting of EU energy ministers in Brussels on Friday, but the overriding fear was Moscow would respond by cutting all gas exports to the continent. AWC
  • The United Nations is pushing to include a key product in fertilizer within the deal that allows Moscow and Kiev to export grain through Ukrainian ports. A Western diplomat said expanding the grain agreement to include Ammonia from Russia could stabilize the grain deal. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently criticized the export deal because the food products were going to wealthy countries that have sanctioned Moscow, rather than low-income countries. The Institute 
  • 3.7 billion tonnes of agricultural products left Ukrainian ports through the grain export agreement. Reuters

China

  • The US is pushing China not to back Russia in Ukraine. Reuters
  • Taiwan’s Defense Ministry has confirmed for the first time that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) had sent drones over the median line, the unofficial barrier that separates the two sides of the Taiwan Strait that was drawn by the US in 1955, The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday. AWC
  • China sanctions heads of weapons makers in response to arms sales to Taiwan. AP
  • Turkey will seek membership in the China-led Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Bloomberg

Nagorno Karabakh

  • Russia and Armenia agree to joint steps to stabilize the Armenian-Azeri border. AJ
  • Fighting near Nagorno Karabakh kills nearly 200 people. Reuters

Kyrgyzstan 

  • Kyrgyzstan reported fighting Tajikistan resulting in 24 deaths. Reuters

Afghanistan

  • The Taliban say travel restrictions are ineffective and create distance between Kabul and Washington. Tolo
  • The Taliban claim to kill 40 rebels. Reuters
  • A border clash broke out between Afghanistan and Pakistan resulting in multiple fatalities. The Taliban say Pakistan was attempting to build a new outpost on the border. Pakistan blamed the attack on terrorists. AJ

Iran

  • A senior Israeli official speaking to reporters on Sunday said that Israel believes the Biden administration will not rejoin the Iran nuclear deal until at least after the November midterm elections in the US. AWC
  • A senior Israeli official said Monday that the negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, are over and that the US and Europe should start discussing a stronger agreement. AWC
  • The State Department disputes the Israeli claim that talks to revive the deal are effectively dead. Times of Israel
  • The US says Iran is not a willing negotiating partner on the nuclear agreement. Reuters
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Monday that he doesn’t expect an agreement with Iran to revive the nuclear deal will be reached anytime soon. AWC
  • France, Germany, and the UK released a joint statement on Saturday accusing Iran of not taking the negotiations to revive the nuclear deal seriously. AWC
  • David Barnea, the head of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, said Monday that Israeli covert attacks inside Iran will continue regardless of whether or not the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, is restored. AWC
  • The US is considering another round of sanctions on Iran over the attack on Salman Rushdie. Times of Israel 

Syria

  • At Russia’s urging, Syria’s and Turkey’s top intelligence officials held several meetings. MEE
  • ISIS killed seven US-backed Kurdish SDF fighters on Monday as part of an ongoing operation at the camp housing tens of thousands of former ISIS fighters. AWC
  • The Kurds announce an end to their three-week-long operation inside the al-Hol prison camp in US-occupied Syria. Dozens of women were arrested with alleged links to ISIS. The New Arab
  • A report says Israel bombed Syria 25 times in 2022, killing 27 soldiers and injuring 23 civilians. Xinhua

Middle East

  • Israel seized or destroyed 44 Palestinian structures in the West Bank. The New Arab
  • The Joe Biden administration rolled out a new assistance agreement with Jordan. Washington will send Amman $10.15 billion over the next seven years. The new deal will make Jordan the third largest recipient of American aid, following only Ukraine and Israel. AWC
  • Al-Qaeda’s Yemen wing has been hitting the Southern Transitional Council (STC) separatists in southern Yemen in recent weeks. Indications are that deals taking pressure off the STC elsewhere may allow them to refocus. AWC

Africa

  • The White House on Wednesday announced it would send over $1 billion in security assistance to Egypt. The Joe Biden administration approved the aid as several top Democratic lawmakers pushed to reduce security assistance for Egypt by $300 million. While Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government is creditably accused of severe human rights abuses, Cairo is the third-largest recipient of US aid. The Institute

News Roundup 9/8/2022

US News

  • Bill LaPlante, the defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, said the Pentagon should sign longer-term contracts with weapons makers. Defense One
  • The Pentagon temporarily halts deliveries of the F-35 because a part was made in China Existing F-35s using the Chinese part will not be grounded. Politico

Russia

  • Ukraine wants the UN to deploy peacekeepers to a Russian-controlled nuclear power plant. Fox
  • The EU on Wednesday said it will propose a price cap on Russian gas despite explicit warnings from Moscow that such a move would result in Russia cutting off all energy supplies to Europe. AWC
  • The head of the Ukrainian Army says his forces carried out attacks in Crimea. He said Kiev used missies or rockets for the attacks. AJ AWC

China

  • Another US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday as the parade of US officials visiting the island continues despite warnings and unprecedented military exercises from Beijing. AWC

Middle East

  • Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid issued a stern response to a request from the Joe Biden Administration. In response to the murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, on Tuesday the State Department asked Tel Aviv to review its rules of engagement in the occupied West Bank. On Wednesday, Lapid fired back saying, “no one will dictate our rules of engagement to us.” The Institute
  • Continuing to undercut the ongoing nuclear talks, the IAEA issued a statement warning that they can’t assure Iran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful. AWC
  • The Israeli news website Zman Yisrael said it has “learned” that a new nuclear deal between the US and Iran is off the table and will not be signed in the “foreseeable future.” AWC
  • US-backed Syrian Kurds claim to arrested over 100 members of IS at the al-Hol prison camp. WashPo

Mali

  • Mali carried out airstrikes against a group it claims has ties to the Islamic State. AP

News Roundup 9/7/2022

US News

  • The White House is considering recommending annual covid boosters. Reuters
  • Unsealed FBI documents reveal Senator Burr and his family made stock trades worth millions of dollars in the lead-up to the Covid lockdowns. At the time, Burr had non-public information about the government’s assessment of covid. CNBC
  • The Pentagon is planning to test an intercontinental ballistic missile on Wednesday. Defense News
  • Joe Biden called new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss to reaffirm America’s special relationship with the UK. The Hill

Russia

  • The White House said on Tuesday that President Biden has decided not to designate Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” despite pressure from Congress to slap the label on Moscow. AWC
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday issued a report on the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) that called for the establishment of “a nuclear safety and security protection zone” around the Russian-controlled plant. AWC
  • Estonian Defense Minister Hanno Pevkur told Business Insider that Russia’s neighbors are close to turning the Baltic Sea into a “NATO sea.” If Sweden and Finland join NATO, it would mean every nation on the Baltic Sea except for Russia would be a member of the US-led military alliance. Pevkur said this could turn the waters into an “inner sea of NATO” even though parts of the Baltic Sea are considered international waters. AWC
  • China and India bought $158 billion in oil from Russia from February to August. AP
  • China will begin paying for Russian gas in yuan and roubles. AJ
  • Russia says the US is at fault for Europe’s rising gas prices. Reuters

China

  • Taiwan said three Chinese fighter jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. Reuters

Middle East

  • The State Department says it will press Israel to review its policies in response to the murder of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Israel released a report saying one of its soldiers may have accidentally shot Akleh. The Institute
  • Ben and Jerry’s is making another attempt to prevent its parent company, Unilever from selling its assets to an Israeli firm. Unilevel is selling Ben and Jerry’s Israeli ice cream business because the Ben and Jerry’s board decided not to sell ice cream in West Bank settlements. MEE
  • Standing next to an F-35 fighter jet, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday issued a threat to Iran, warning the Islamic Republic that it could soon feel Israel’s “long arm.” AWC
  • On Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeted the Aleppo International Airport for the second time within a week. Syrian state media reported that the strikes put the airport out of commission. AWC
  • Dozens of people were killed in attacks by al-Qaeda fighters in southern Yemen. AWC

Congo

  • At least one person was killed in anti-US protests in the Congo. Reuters

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