News Roundup 12/4/2023

by | Dec 4, 2023

News Roundup 12/4/2023

by | Dec 4, 2023

US News

  • Sen. Wyden Threatens to Block Vote on NSA, US Cyber Command Nominee. The Hill

Ukraine

  • Secretary of State Antony Blinken dismissed reports that the US was pushing Ukraine towards negotiating an end to the war with Russia during a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. At the summit, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Ukraine had a “de facto” NATO military. The Institute 
  • Ukraine Military Eye Proposal to Expand Conscript 100,000 New Soldiers. Boston Globe
  • US Official Says Washington Aims to Cut Russian Energy Exports By 50% By 2030. FT
  • Russia to Add 170,000 Soldiers to Armed Forces. TASS
  • Zelensky: Counteroffensive “Did Not Achieve the Desired Results.” Kyiv Indpendent 
  • NATO Chief Stoltenberg: We Should Be Prepared for Bad News About Ukraine. Politico AWC
  • Ukrainian officials speaking to media outlets on Friday claimed that the CIA-backed Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) blew up trains on railways deep inside eastern Russia. AWC

China

  • Washington Will Expand AUKUS Accord to Include  AI, Electronic Warfare and Quantum Technology. The Hill
  • China Says US War Ship Illegally Entered Chinese Waters. Yahoo

OPEC

  • Brazil Plans to Join OPEC+ Next Year. Yahoo

Korea

  • South Korea Scraps F-35 Damaged By Bird Strike. Yonhap
  • North Korea: Interference with Satellite Is a Declaration of War. The Hill The Institute

Israel

  • Washington Is Profoundly Concerned About Turkish Ties to Hamas. FT
  • IDF Chief Tells Blinken Military Operations in Gaza Will Take More Than a Few Weeks. Axios AWC
  • Gallup Poll Finds Only 32% of Americans Support Biden’s Handling of Israeli War in Gaza. UPI
  • A report from +972 Magazine published on Thursday detailed how Israel is intentionally targeting civilians in Gaza as part of its war strategy even when Israeli forces know strikes will kill young children. AWC
  • NYT: Israel Knew About Hamas Attack a Year Before October 7. NYT
  • Israel Has Arrested More Than 270 Palestinians in Crackdown on Free Speech. Chicago Tribune
  • Tel Aviv has been relying on an AI Program dubbed the Gospel to select targets in Gaza at a rapid pace. In past operations in Gaza, the IDF ran out of targets to strike in the besieged enclave. AWC
  • The Financial Times reported speaking with sources who said that Israel plans to wage war on Gaza for over a year. In a little less than two months, Israel has killed at least 15,000 people, damaged 100,000 buildings, displaced 1.7 million Palestinians, and destroyed most of Gaza’s medical facilities. AWC
  • Israel Abuses Justice System to Target Minors and Break Up Families. LA Times
  • The Wall Street Journal published details about the White House’s secretive arms transfers to Israel since October 7. The US has provided Israel with 57,000 artillery shells and 15,000 bombs, including over 5,000 with 2,000-pound warheads. AWC
  • Doctors Without Borders Says Israel Responsible for Attack on Medical Convoy that Killed 2. DWB
  • Babies at Gaza Children’s Hospital Left to Die and Decompose After Israel Froced Hospital Staff to Evacuate. NBC News
  • Blinken Told Netanyahu the White House Will Begin Banning Violent Israeli Settlers from Entering US. Reuters 
  • Israel Withdraws Negotiators From Hostage Release Talks. AJ
  • Limited Number of Aid Trucks Reach Gaza After Israel Resumes Bombing. AJ
  • Sec Def Austin Says Israel Risks “Strategic Defeat” By Mass Civlian Killing in Gaza. VOA
  • Israeli Forces Operating Throughout Gaza: IDF. The Guardian 

Iran

  • The House on Thursday passed a bill that would force the president to permanently freeze $6 billion in Iranian funds that were briefly made available to Tehran as part of a prisoner swap deal. AWC

Syria

  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said two of its members stationed in Syria as advisors were killed by Israeli airstrikes, The Associated Press reported Saturday, citing the IRGC’s website. AWC
  • US Official Says Single Rocket Fired at Base in Syria. VOA AWC
  • US Strike in Syria Kills Five Iraqi Fighters. MEE AWC

Yemen

  • Houthis Launch Missiles and Drones at US War Ship and Commerical Vessels in Red Sea. Politico AWC

About Kyle Anzalone

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

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