News Roundup 6/18/21

by | Jun 18, 2021

News Roundup 6/18/21

by | Jun 18, 2021

News Roundup from The Libertarian Institute by Kyle Anzalone

US News

  • A DEA agent and police officer pushed a man from a window and tased him after he fell. Initially, a court granted the cops qualified immunity. The 3rd Circuit Court overturned the qualified immunity. [Link]

Great Power

  • China calls on the US and Russia to cut the number of nuclear weapons each country maintains. [Link]
  • Joint Chief head Gen. Mark Milley says China has little intent or motivation to seize Taiwan. [Link]
  • National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says the White House is considering setting up a summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi. [Link]
  • The Pratas atoll – occupied by Taiwanese soldiers – could be a flashpoint for conflict between the US and China. [Link]

Afghanistan

  • NSA Sullivan says the US and Turkey reached an agreement for Turkish forces to continue to secure the Kabul Airport after international forces withdrew. [Link]
  • Twenty-three members of the Afghan special forces were killed during a battle with the Taliban. [Link]
  • The Senate introduced a bill that will make it easier for Afghan interpreters who assisted the US to seek asylum. [Link]

Iran

  • Iran says it is closer than ever to reaching a deal with the US to return to the JCPOA. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said there’s no timetable for negotiations. [Link]
  • Israel says it is working with the US on oversight of Iran’s nuclear program. Israel also threatened Iran by saying all options are on the table. [Link]

Middle East

  • Israel bombed Gaza for the second time since the ceasefire was reached. [Link]
  • Israel destroyed a Syrian outpost. [Link]
  • The House voted to repeal the 2002 AUMF that authorized the Iraq War. [Link]
  • US officials found 4,000 fraudulent claims made by Iraqis seeking asylum in the US. [Link]

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