News Roundup 10/16/19

by | Oct 16, 2019

News Roundup 10/16/19

by | Oct 16, 2019


  • Spain is seeking to extradite the former Catalan president from Belgium. The Spanish government made two previous requests that were rejected by Belgium. Spain is looking to extradite the president because he held an independence referendum for Catalonia. [Link]


  • The UN reports 85 civilians were killed in last month’s election. [Link]
  • A truck bomb killed at least three people in Afghanistan. [Link]

Turkey Invades Syria 

  • The US announces it has withdrawn from Manbij. [Link]
  • Italy bans weapons sales to Turkey. [Link]
  • Turkey’s leader Erdogan says he will never declare a ceasefire in northeastern Syria, and he is not concerned about US sanctions on Turkey. [Link]
  • A senior Pentagon says the US soldiers assisted Russia in moving through dangerous areas outside of Manbij as the US soldiers were leaving the area. [Link] The Syrian Army took over several bases that were abandoned during the US withdraw. [Link]
  • Senator Graham said the US must remain in Syria so 200 Israeli troops can stay in Syria to combat Iran. [Link]

Middle East

  • Two US officials say the US carried out a cyberattack against Iran after Saudi oil facilities were attacked on September 14th. [Link]
  • Daniel Larison explains the Yemeni government policy of charging duties at the Port of Aden before ships can dock at the Port of Hodeidah has increased fuel prices by 100%. Larison says this will likely make the cholera outbreak worse. Over 600,000 Yemeni have contracted cholera in 2019. [Link]
  • Saudi forces have taken control over Aden after UAE forces withdrew. [Link]


  • Ten Kenyan police were killed when their vehicle struck a homemade bomb near the Somali border. Al-Shabaab is believed to be behind the attack. [Link]
  • Trash is piling up in the streets of Tripoli as the ongoing battle on the outskirts of the city is preventing trash removal. [Link]
  • Airstrikes by Haftar’s forces in Libya killed three young girls. [Link]
  • The US sanctions two South Sudanese businessmen. [Link]

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

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