News Roundup 12/27/19

by | Dec 27, 2019

News Roundup 12/27/19

by | Dec 27, 2019

Latin America

  • Riots in a Honduran prison leave 18 dead. [Link]
  • A military facility in Venezuela was raided. One soldier was killed in the attack. The Venezuelan government claims to have captured the assailants and recovered the weapons. [Link]

Ukraine/Russia

  • Ukraine will make a second bulk purchase of Javelin anti-tank missiles from the US. [Link]
  • Russia extends American Paul Wheelen’s detention another three months. Wheelen is accused of espionage by Russia. [Link]

India

  • The Indian government will conduct a census in 2020. [Link]
  • India revokes the visa of two Europeans for taking part in protests against a new citizenship law that discriminates against Muslims. At least 25 people have died during the protests. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • The Taliban kill 15 Afghan government forces in an attack. [Link]

Middle East

  • Japan will send a warship, surveillance planes, and attack helicopters to the Middle East to defend Japanese ships in the Persian Gulf. [Link]
  • Russian Forces moved into a former US base outside of Raqqa. [Link]
  • Iraq’s parliament passed a new election law. Under the new law, voters can choose individual members of parliament. Previously, Iraqis could only choose off party lists. [Link]
  • Iraq’s parliament agreed to hold a new election but also put forward a new prime minister. Assad al-Edani was selected to be prime minister and he was backed by Hadi al-Amiri’s party. The president of Iraq must now designate the nominated prime minister to the position. However, the Iraqi president is refusing. He believes the selection of Edani does not meet the demands of the protesters. He does now have the power to reject a nominee and is now threatening to resign. [Link]
  • Twelve aid agencies withdrew from a Yemeni town after their offices came under attack by unknown militants. [Link]

Africa

  • A car bomb kills seven civilians in Somalia. [Link]
  • The US will create an Envoy to Combat Terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. The envoy will coordinate with the intelligence community, State Department, and Pentagon to ramp up the fight against Islamist groups in the Sahel. [Link]
  • A high ranking Libyan official says his government will ask for Turkish support if the war in Tripoli escalates. [Link]
  • France says it killed 33 Islamist militants in Mali. [Link]

About Kyle Anzalone

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

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