News Roundup 11/18/20

by | Nov 18, 2020

News Roundup 11/18/20

by | Nov 18, 2020

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • The Pentagon says it does not expect to do a successful audit until 2027. [Link]
  • The State Department argued in court it has the unreviewable right to kill citizens when state secrets are involved. [Link]

China

  • The Pentagon is considering a new fleet for the Indo-Pacific, potentially based in Singapore. The new fleet would be named the “first fleet” and be in addition to the seventh fleet stationed in Japan. [Link]
  • Biden says he will have to work with US allies to combat China’s growing influence. [Link]
  • Two US B1-B bombers flew into China’s Air Defense Identification Zone. [Link]
  • Taiwan grounds its fleet of F-16s after the second accident in a month caused the loss of a plane. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Afghan Defense Minister says his forces conduct 96% of their operations independently. [Link]

Middle East

  • The Palestinian Authority says it will resume civilian and security ties with Israel. The PA cut the ties in May due to Israel’s potential annexation of areas of the West Bank. [Link]
  • Israel carried out several attacks across Syria. Israel was public about the attacks to signal the airstrikes will not stop because Trump was not reelected. [Link]
  • Rockets targeting the US embassy in Iraq killed a child. [Link]
  • Reports on Saudi-Houthi back-channel communications say Saudi is offering a ceasefire in Yemen if the Houthi agree to establish a buffer zone along the Saudi border. [Link]

Africa

  • Trump may withdraw most US troops from Somalia. The US has an estimated 700 troops in the country. [Link]
  • Ethiopia’s Prime Minister says a final and crucial assault will be launched in Tigray in the coming days. [Link]

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