News Roundup 12/8/2023

by | Dec 8, 2023

News Roundup 12/8/2023

by | Dec 8, 2023

Venezuela

  • The US military said Thursday that it would conduct flight operations in Guyana amid tensions between the Caribbean nation and its neighbor Venezuela over the disputed Guayana Esequiba region. AWC

Russia

  • Ukrainian and Eastern European Officials Travel to Lobby Congress for More Military. The Hill AWC
  • White House Announces New $175 Million Weapons Package for Ukraine. Press Release AWC
  • The US and Sweden have signed a Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA) that will grant the US military access to bases across the Nordic country as Stockholm has abandoned its centuries-old policy of neutrality. AWC
  • Senate Republicans blocked a motion to advance a massive $111 billion spending package that includes military aid for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan over a partisan dispute on border issues. AWC

Israel

  • Top UN Chief Says Gaza Situation “Apocalyptic.” Guardian
  • US Officials Say Israel Will Continue Major Military Operations in Gaza into 2024. CNN
  • White House Interns Pen Letter Demanding Gaza Ceasefire and Call Israeli Actions Against Palestinians a “Genocide.” MEE
  • Despite the soaring civilian deaths in Gaza, the Biden administration is not considering using any of the leverage it has over Israel to get the Israeli military to change its tactics, Reuters reported on Tuesday. AWC
  • The UN Security Council is expected to meet on Friday to discuss the Israeli onslaught in Gaza after UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter for the first time during his tenure, which started in 2017. AWC
  • Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Wednesday that Hezbollah must be pushed back from the Israeli border, and if it’s not achieved through diplomatic means, Israel will take military action. AWC
  • Joint Investigation Finds Israeli Tank Shell Killed Journalist in Lebanon. WashPo The Institute 
  • Egypt Warns Israel Driving Palestinians Into Sinai Will “Rupture” Ties. Axios
  • US Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer said Thursday that the Biden administration has not set a deadline on Israel’s war in Gaza and reiterated US opposition to a ceasefire. AWC

Yemen

  • US Navy Claims to Shoot Down Another Houthi Drone. VOA
  • Saudi Arabia Is Requesting the US Show Restraint Responding to Houthi Attacks in Red Sea. Jerusalem Post 
  • US Places Sanctions on Houthis in Response to Attacks in Red Sea. VOA
  • Israel Claims to Shoot Down Yemeni Ballistic Missile. Haaretz
  • The Biden administration has asked Israel not to respond to recent attacks by Yemen’s Houthis, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. 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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