News Roundup 10/15/19

by | Oct 15, 2019

News Roundup 10/15/19

by | Oct 15, 2019

US News

  • Dallas police shot and killed a woman who was playing video games inside of her home with her nephew. [Link]
  • FBI data shows 30,500 children under the age of ten have been arrested over six years. [Link]
  • Trump sparked outrage when he tweeted about a US Green Beret who killed an unarmed Afghan in 2010 and talked about it on Fox News. The soldier is now on trial. In Trump’s tweet, he said US soldiers are trained to be ‘killing machines.’ [Link]
  • The FBI and CIA changed Wikipedia entries for the Iraq War, Gitmo, and a former CIA Director. [Link]
  • The US is deploying an additional 1,800 troops to Saudi Arabia. The troops’ deployments include air defense and fighter jets. [Link]

South America

  • Ecuadorian indigenous groups protesting the government have agreed to talks with the president. Five people have died in the protests. [Link] The negotiations resulted in a deal between President Moreno and protest leaders. Moreno will go ahead with fuel subsidy cuts that sparked the protests. However, a new law will be passed to assist the poor. [Link]
  • Senators Rubio and Cruz push Trump to give Citgo control to Guaido. [Link]


  • Twelve leaders of the Catalan independence movement have been sentenced to nine to 13 years in prison for holding an independence vote in October 2017. [Link]

Turkey Invades Syria 

  • Since starting the invasion of Syria, Turkey has arrested the mayors of four Kurdish villages near the Syrian border. Turkey’s Kurdish political party says over 150 of its members have been arrested in the past week. [Link]
  • US special forces were nearly hit with Turkish mortar fire in northeast Syria. [Link]
  • Secretary of Defense Esper says the US is preparing to withdraw about 1,000 troops from eastern Syria. Esper said Turkey plans to extend their invasion of Syrian Kurdistan further south. [Link] Erdogan now says Turkish forces will create a 30-35 km safe zone. [Link]
  • The 1,000 US troops in northeast Syria could withdraw in a matter of days. [Link]
  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports Turkish backed forces are executing captured Kurdish fighters and civilians. [Link]
  • The Syrian Kurds made a deal with Assad to deploy Syrian troops along the Syrian/Turkish border. [Link] Assad’s forces are deploying to towns south of the border as well. [Link] Kurdish sources report Russia brokered the deal with Assad. [Link]
  • Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will not back down from the Syrian mission. [Link]
  • Trump said the Syrian Kurds might be intentionally releasing ISIS fighters to draw the US back in. [Link]
  • France suspends weapon sales to Turkey. [Link]
  • Trump announced a 50% tariff on Turkish steel because of the invasion of Syria. Trump also said a trade deal with Turkey is dead, and he may impose additional sanctions. [Link]
  • Sec Def Esper says he will meet with other NATO countries and push them to adopt measures against Turkey. [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.

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