News Roundup 6/10/21

by | Jun 10, 2021

News Roundup 6/10/21

by | Jun 10, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • Police departments are not turning over data on use of force. [Link]
  • The US government will buy 1.7 million doses of the five-day antiviral treatment drug molnupiravir. The drug is made by Merck and does not have FDA emergency approval for Covid-19. [Link]
  • The US sanctioned four Nicaraguans, including the daughter of the president. [Link]

War Powers Report

  • Biden has submitted his first War Powers Report to Congress. [Link]
    • The US will continue counter-terror operations in Afghanistan after the withdrawal is completed. 
    • The report claims the US has significantly degraded ISIS in Syrian and Iraq and continues to maintain troops in both countries. 
    • 2,700 troops in Saudi Arabia supporting War in Yemen. 
    • Nearly 3,000 troops deployed to Jordan for anti-ISIS operations. 
    • 80 soldiers in Lebanon assisting with counter-terror operations. 
    • An undisclosed number of troops deployed to Turkey for anti-ISIS operations.
    • Forces deployed outside of Somalia carry out operations against al-Shabaab and ISIS in Somalia. Airstrikes are also used against the groups.
    • Troops based in Kenya and Djibouti carry out counter-terror operations in East Africa. 
    • Surveillance in the African Sahel for counter-terror operations. The information is shared with African and European partners. 
    • Over 800 troops are deployed to Niger for counter-terror operations. 
    • The US maintains the torture prison in Cuba with 40 detainees. 
    • An undisclosed number of troops in the Philippines for counter-terror operations.
    • 379 troops are deployed to Egypt on a mission from 1981. 
    • Over 700 American troops are deployed to Kosovo as a part of the NATO mission. 

China

  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin orders the Pentagon to stop talking about China and act like China is a “threat.” The statement comes after Ely Ratner completed his review of US china policy and found a “say-do gap.” [Link]

Afghanistan  

  • The US is considering carrying out airstrikes to prevent the fall of major Afghan cities. [Link]
  • An unknown group of gunmen killed ten men working on a demining project. [Link]
  • Qatar hosts the Taliban and Afghan government for direct talks. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel carried out several airstrikes in Syria killing 11. [Link]
  • Israeli special forces carried out a raid in the West Bank killing one man – who Israel claims was a militant – and two PA security officers. [Link]
  • The US carried out military drills with Saudi Arabia this week. [Link]
  • The US says indirect talks with Iran will resume this week in Vienna. [Link]
  • The US warns Cuba and Venezuela to refuse any Iranian ships. The US believes that Iranian ships off Africa’s coast may attempt to cross the Atlantic. [Link]
  • Rockets hit two Iraqi bases that house US troops or contractors. [Link]

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