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The Daily Brief: Panjshir Valley Heavily Debated After Taliban and Opposition Forces Both Claim Upper Hand in Recent Battle

Bloodshed and chaos continue to take hold of Afghanistan as Taliban nears complete control over the country forcing many to seek refuge in neighboring countries.

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  • Panjshir Valley north of Kabul is the last province in Afghanistan resisting the Taliban.
  • The Taliban battled for control in the region Saturday, however both sides claim victory without any conclusive evidence leaving the area distraught.
  • 17 people are said to have been killed by celebratory gunfire in Kabul following the Battle in Panjshir, with an additional 41 wounded by the aerial shooting.
  • Similarly, 14 individuals were harmed by celebratory shooting in the Nangarhar province east of the capital.
  • The Kabul airport has now reopened lines to receive financial aid according to Qatar’s ambassador to Afghanistan.
  • Civilian flights are also said to resume as authorities have cooperated to repair Kabul airport’s runway.
  • Dozens of women began to protest on the streets of Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province, demanding protection of their rights, on the same day that 50 women took to the streets of Kabul to protest.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/least-17-killed-celebratory-gunfire-kabul-reports-2021-09-04/

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-opposition-vie-control-panjshir-pakistan-spy-chief-flies-kabul-2021-09-04/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/4/us-seen-funding-afghan-humanitarian-aid-but-not-the-taliban

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College Football Week 1 Begins With Rare Top 5 Matchup 

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  • Georgia ranked No. 5 is set to take on No. 3 Clemson in Charlotte which many are calling the game of the day.
  • Games between the AP Top 25 are bound to affect college football ranking come Tuesday as four other games will pit top ranked teams against one another.
  • However, the excitement of beginning college football season following a year of Covid-19 is dimmed as fear of the Delta variant and low vaccination in many states settles into the hearts of viewers.

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https://theathletic.com/live-blogs/week-1-college-football-saturday-scores-tv-schedule-news-analysis-and-more/ZjRPOcU1VtHg?amp=1

https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/college-football-picks-schedule-predictions-against-the-spread-odds-for-top-25-games-today-in-week-1/amp/

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Law Passes in El Salvador Allowing Presidents To Serve Two Terms

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  • El Salvador’s top court ruled this Saturday that Presidents going forward can now serve up to two terms in office. 
  • The law was introduced on Friday, being met with backlash by different world powers after being deemed a coup. 
  • Current controversial El Salvadorian President Nayib Bukele who has been serving the nation for five years now has the potential to be reelected in the upcoming election scheduled for 2024. 

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/el-salvador-top-court-rules-presidents-can-serve-two-consecutive-terms-2021-09-04/

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Tanzania Police Arrest Over 90 Members from Opposition Group

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  • The Chadema party in Tanzania, a well known opposition group, has stated that over 90 of its members have been arrested after attempts to lower dissent against President Samia Suluhu Hassan. 
  • Local law enforcement also plundered the group’s offices and halted an upcoming gathering. 
  • The arrests come after the recent detention of the party’s leader, Freeman Mbowe, who claims he was tortured in jail after being charged with terrorism and conspiricy. 
  • The group stated they “strongly condemn this blatant violation of the constitution and rule of law, sowing the seeds of hatred, discrimination and discord within communities,” in a recent protest, adding the President’s actions were a “suppression of democratic rights.”

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/4/tanzania-in-new-crackdown-on-opposition-party

Brazil Beef Industry Stops All Exports Following Two Cases of “Mad Cow Disease” 

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  • Brazil Beef Industry has stopped all outgoing transports of it’s meat after there were two cases of mad cow disease as stated by the agricultural ministry. 
  • The cases are the first couple found in over 20 years. Although as “atypical,” the ministry stated there wasn’t a risk to human or animal health. 
  • Brazil’s Beef industry makes up for a large portion of the nation’s economy, with China and Hong Kong encompassing over half of overall purchases. The country hopes the postponement of exports as soon as Brazilian farmers are left to deal with the aftermath. 

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/beef-giant-brazil-halts-china-exports-after-confirming-two-mad-cow-disease-cases-2021-09-04/

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New Zealand To Pass Stricter Counter Terrorism Bills Following Stabbing

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  • Following the recent mall stabbing by an alleged Islamic State militant group member in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to pass legislation combating terrorims “no later then the end of this month.” 
  • The Counter Terror Legislation Bill makes it illegal to plan and prepare for events that may lead to a terror attempt. 
  • Arden noted, however, that the current proposed bill may not have prevented the recent attack, stating, “This was a highly motivated individual who used a supermarket visit as a shield for an attack.”

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/new-zealand-supermarkets-take-knives-off-shelves-after-extremist-stabbing-2021-09-04/

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/new-zealand-criminalize-attack-planning-after-isis-inspired-extremist-s-n1278508

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Tuna Populations Increase, While Shark Populations Decrease 

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  • Many species of tuna were on the verge of extinction in 2011, leading to strict fishing which allowed populations to recover.
  • The most commercially valuable fish consist of skipjack, yellowfin, bigeye and albacore tuna, which are favored by many people around the world. 
  • Similarly the populations of sharks and rays are rapidly decreasing as well. 
  • In 2014 ⅓ of shark and ray populations had been categorized as endangered however this number has increased to 37%.

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58441142

https://www.yahoo.com/now/tuna-bounce-back-sharks-desperate-132057086.html

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QAnon Shaman Claims His Attractions From the Capitol Hill Protest Were Not an Attack on the Country 

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  • Jacob Chansley, 33 a native of Arizona joined the mob on January 6th, was charged with felony of a prison sentence of 20 years.
  • Chancley was photographed in the senate chamber with a flagpole with a spear, potentially meaning he could be sentenced 40-50 months in prison.
  • During an interview, Chansley claimed “My actions were not an attack on this country. That is incorrect. That is inaccurate, entirely. ” 
  • Prison authorities have diagnosed Chansley with transient schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, as well as anxiety.

Sources:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/qanon-shaman-jacob-chansley-january-6-capitol-riot-guilty-plea/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/3/qanon-shaman-pleads-guilty-to-felony-in-jan-6-capitol-attacks

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Syria Has allowed Lebanon to Import Energy Due to Shortages 

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  • The lack of energy shortages in Lebanon has caused essential services to either shut down or reduce operations due to the financial crisis since 2019. 
  • The agreement consists of using Egyptian gas that will be generated in jordan then further transmitted from Syria to Lebanon 
  • Members of congress who visited Beirut last week stated there were ways being considered to contribute to providing help amongst obstacles.

Sources:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-syria/syria-says-it-welcomes-lebanons-request-to-import-energy-idUSKBN2G0088

https://middleeast.in-24.com/News/204505.html

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Six People Killed in Shooting at Independence Day Parade

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  • Six people were shot dead at an Independence Day parade near Chicago, Illinois. The gunman is still unknown and actively being searched for.
  • The gunman, who is being described as a white man near the age of 20, started shooting at random with a high powered rifle from a rooftop. The parade, which should have included hours of activities and entertainment, quickly ended and crowds were dispersed.
  • Those living in nearby suburbs or areas where the suspect might have gone have been told to shelter in place.
  • July 4th marks the colonies gaining independence in 1776 from Great Britain and the formation of the United States of America.

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Eight Gang Members Arrested and In Possession of Underwater Drones

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  • Spanish police arrested eight gang members that had unmanned underwater drones, six aerial drones, as well as other illegal substances in their possession.
  • The police said the drones could be used for illegal purposes, specifically “to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine.”
  • One of the underwater vehicles was completely built, and two more were still being completed. The drones could potentially be controlled from anywhere in the world.
  • More than a year long investigation was carried out with the help of the French police to investigate the gang and arrest members in Cadiz, Malaga, and Barcelona.

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Three People Killed in Copenhagen Mall Shooting

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  • Three people were killed at a mall in Copenhagen, Denmark after a gunman started randomly shooting with a rifle.
  • The suspect is a 22-year old Danish man with a mental health condition and “known among psychiatric services,” according to Copenhagen police chief Soren Thomassen.
  • Two Danish teenagers were killed, one boy and one girl, and a 47-year old Russian citizen. Four other people are in critical condition from the shooting.
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen spoke about the incident, stating, “Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second.”

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Argentina’s Economy Minister Quits

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  • Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzmán, resigned from his post after a week of economic crisis in a 7 page letter published on Twitter.
  • Guzmán initiated office in 2019 taking lead in restructuring Argentina’s debt.
  • In addition to the global rise of food and energy costs, Argentina is battling with 60% inflation.
  • In his letter of resignation, Guzmán calls for a “political agreement within the governing coalition.”
  • Many speculate his statement was in reference to his deputy – Cristina Fernández de Kirchner – whom he was openly at odds with when approaching the country’s economic problems.
  • Prior to the resignation, Fernández took to criticizing economic policy starting with Guzmán’s inflation strategy.

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3 Hezbollah Drones Shot down by Israel

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  • The Israeli military says one drone was shot down by an F16 fighter jet and the other two by Barak 8 missiles via ship.
  • The drones were unarmed.
  • In an official statement Hezbollah confirms ownership of the drones which were heading for the Karish gas field in disputed territory off the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
  • Israel previously announced plans to extract gas from the offshore rig, eliciting threats from Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah.
  • The disputed territory amplified tensions between Israel and Lebanon.
  • Benny Gantz, Israeli Defense Minister, accuses Hezbollah of barring Lebanon from cooperating with Israel concerning maritime borders.
  • This incident evoked support for Hezbollah, many taking to social media platforms to express gratitude for the militant group’s brazen confrontation against Israel’s platform in the Mediterranean. 

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Russian Forces Finally Abandon Snake Island as a Gesture of Goodwill

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  • Russian forces have officially abandoned Snake or Zmiinyi Island as a gesture of goodwill in order to prove that it was not obstructing grain exports. But this claim was instantly dismissed by Ukraine once Moscow continued to shell its grain stores. 
  • Snake Island was seized by Russians on February 24; the island, which is just 22 miles away from Ukraine, is exposed to attacks from all directions, including air and sea. Once Russia seized it, Ukraine attacked the island itself and any vessels carrying troops or heavy weaponry. 
  • Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov states that controlling this island and stationing troops doesn’t make sense for either side and the island is an easy target. He argued that maintaining “fire control,”.which is having the capability to strike any target approaching the island, is a better advantage for either side. 
  • The key question is whether the Ukrainians will consider  exporting grain to reboot the war economy. However, the Russian warships still gain dominance over the Black Sea, and although they are offering Ukraine to export grains from Odessa, Ukraine rejected it due to it having to remove mines from outside the port. 

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