News Roundup 1/17/20

by | Jan 17, 2020

News Roundup 1/17/20

by | Jan 17, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has issued two memos this year reorienting the Pentagon towards great power competition with China and Russia. [Link]
  • The Air Force is looking to improve the Jan Mayen Airbase. The base is located in the Norwegian Sea between Norway and Greenland. The US will improve the runway so it capable of handling B-2 bombers. [Link]
  • A US official says Saudi Arabia has paid the US $500 million for US troops deployed in Saudi. Trump claims Saudi has already paid the US at least $1 billion. [Link]


  • In a move supported by the US, Colombia’s President Ivan Duque plans to expand coca eradication projects. [Link]


  • Putin delivers a speech laying out his proposition to change the Russian constitution in a national referendum. The changes include shifting more power to the Russian parliament. The Russian prime minister resigned to give Putin space to complete his proposed change. [Link]


  • A South Korean official says the country does not have to wait for the US to engage in inter-Korean talks. [Link]

Middle East

  • Iran is now enriching more uranium than before the Nuclear Deal was signed. [Link]
  • The US will allow a 90-day wind-down period before sanctions on Iran mining, textile, manufacturing, and construction industries take effect. [Link]
  • The Pentagon says 11 US soldiers were treated for concussions after Iran’s January 8th missiles strike on Iraqi bases hosting US soldiers [Link]
  • The Syrian government says Israel bombed its T4 base in Homs causing significant damage. Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks in Syria throughout the war. [Link]
  • The UN says about 350,000 have left the Idlib province of Syria since Russia and Syria restarted an offensive against the al-Qaeda affiliate group that controls the area. [Link]
  • The outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister says he will not push US troops to leave and will let the next government handle those questions. [Link]


  • The German Foreign Minister says the leader of the Libyan National Army, Haftar, has agreed to a ceasefire. [Link]
  • Germany will host a summit between the warring parties in Libya. Pompeo will attend the conference. [Link]
  • Egypt has released five employees of a Turkish news organization that operated in Cairo. Earlier in the week the offices were raided and the five employees were detained. [Link]
  • Islamist militants in Niger released three aid workers and other civilian hostages. [Link]

About 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.

Our Books


Related Articles


News Roundup 2/6/2023

News Roundup 2/6/2023

Russia President Joe Biden dispatched his CIA Director to Kiev with a proposal to end the war in Ukraine last month, according to the Swiss outlet Neue Zürcher Zeitung. The peace plan was offered at the same time the White House was preparing significant escalations...

read more
News Roundup 2/6/2023

News Roundup 2/2/2023

Russia British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Wednesday that sending fighter jets to Ukraine isn’t the right approach “for now,” but stressed that nothing should be ruled out. AWC A former British MP that held a position in Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on...

read more
News Roundup 2/6/2023

News Roundup 2/1/2023

Russia Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday said Ukraine needs to secure the supply of new weapons from its Western backers and that arms deliveries need to speed up. AWC Adm. Rob Bauer, the head of NATO’s Military Committee, said that NATO is “ready” for...

read more
News Roundup 2/6/2023

News Roundup 1/27/2023

US News Released this week as part of an effort to kickstart his presidential campaign, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo caused considerable controversy in addressing, and ultimately dismissing, Saudi Arabia’s 2018 assassination and dismemberment of Washington...

read more
News Roundup 2/6/2023

News Roundup 1/25/2023

Russia The Biden administration is now leaning toward sending its M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine despite recent comments from Pentagon officials about how they would be difficult for Ukrainian forces to maintain, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. AWC The risk of...

read more
News Roundup 2/6/2023

News Roundup 1/23/2023

Russia The German foreign intelligence service assesses that Kiev is losing a "three-digit number" of soldiers daily, according to a report in Der Spiegel. Berlin informed politicians of the assessment during a secret meeting this week. AWC The Pentagon has decided to...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This