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The Daily Brief: President Joe Biden To Withdraw Troops from 11 Year War

The Biden Administration announced its plans this Wednesday to remove all U.S. troops from Kabul starting on May 1st

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President Joe Biden To Withdraw Troops from 11 Year War

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  • After months of deliberation, the Biden Administration announced its plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the September terrorist attacks.
  • The U.S. has been in Afghanistan for 11 years after the 2001 coordinated terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
  • A senior administration official declared that the decision to end the war was in the best interest of America to better focus on global situations, as al-Qaeda doesn’t pose as big of a threat to national security as before. 
  • In his statement, President Joe Biden stated that America  “cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan,” and continued, stating “We were attacked. We went to war with clear goals. We achieved those objectives. Bin Laden is dead and al Qaeda is degraded in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it’s time to end the forever war.”
  • The removal will start on May 1st with the goal of 3,500 troops, and continue until September 11th in coordination with NATO allies also situated there. 
  • After backing out of a peace conference in Istanbul, the Taliban have threatened to target troops that stay past May 1st. A U.S. official reported that any interference during the withdrawal of these troops by the Taliban will “be met with a forceful response.”
  • Abdullah Abdullah, and Afghani chief peace envoy, remains hopeful that the decision will achieve “a lasting and dignified peace.” Although the decision hasn’t fully been met with the same hopes, as the troops were the Kabul government’s main force against the Taliban, and the unconditional action seems like Biden has “given up hope” for what happens.  

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https://www.wsj.com/articles/president-biden-to-say-it-is-time-for-u-s-troops-to-leave-afghanistan-11618409428?mod=article_inline

https://www.npr.org/2021/04/13/986811256/biden-administration-says-it-will-withdraw-u-s-troops-from-afghanistan-by-sept-1

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-plan-to-withdraw-troops-from-afghanistan-hampers-peace-talks-with-taliban-11618417275

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/biden-afghanistan-troops-withdrawal/

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Niger Pre-School Catches Fire Taking the Lives 20 Children

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  • A fire broke out in the improvised neighborhood of “Pays-Bas” near the outskirts of capital city Niamey, the fire caught onto the wood and straw buildings of the local school and quickly destroyed classrooms.
  • Most children were able to run out of the school, however 20 children five and younger were unable to free themselves from the ablazed temporary hut rooms.
  • A statement from the National Union of Teachers of Niger stated “It is important that from here the authorities stop the classes in straw huts.”
  • Currently straw huts are in use all around Niger as an attempt to combat overcrowding in schools.
  • Local resident, Amadou Seyni, said in response to the incident “This is the worst thing that has ever happened at a Nigerien school – 20 children burned alive in no time. It’s a huge loss for Niger.”
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Southeast  Asian Company ‘Grab’ Goes Public in Worlds Largest SPAC Merger

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  • Grab, a Singapore based ride-hailing and food delivery service, is set to go public in the U.S. after a SPAC merger with Altimeter Growth.
  • The deal is valued at nearly $40 B and is said to be the largest SPAC merger ever seen.
  • Grab will be listed on Nasdaq under the ticker GRAB and will be provided $4.5 billion in cash proceeds from the Grab IPO.
  • Asad Hussain, a senior analyst of mobility technology at PitchBook, said “With this listing, Grab cements its formidable positioning as the leading mobility and financial services provider in Southeast Asia.”
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Far Right Group Banned in Pakistan Over Violence

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  • Pakistan’s Interior Minister announced a ban on Tehreek-e-Labbaik, a far right political party opposing blasphemy, specifically remarks of French President Emannuel Macron. They have repeatedly called for Pakistan’s government to remove the French ambassador, and ban French goods.
  • The far right group has held many disruptive protests, most recently earlier this week when their leader, Saad Rizvi, was arrested. Two police officers were killed and many injured this week from the demonstrations.
  • The group was formed in October 2020 after cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad were defended by President Macron, who said they were allowed under freedom of speech.

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Ramadan Begins for Muslims All Over the World

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  • The holy month of Ramadan has begun, where Muslims will abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and focus on acts of worship.
  • This is the second Ramadan affected by pandemic restrictions, with many Muslims not able to visit their mosque or open their fast with family and friends.
  • Ramadan has been observed by Muslims dating back centuries and is considered a very holy month. 

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Salman Rushdie Severely Stabbed due to his Publication of the Book “The Satanic Verses”

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  • Salman Rushdie, an author, was severely stabbed in his neck and abdomen on stage by a suspect named Hadi Matar, causing him to be on a ventilator and potentially losing an eye.
  • An Iranian leader back in the 20th century wanted Rushdie killed because of his novel, Satanic Verses, that many Muslims found disrespectful. This led Salman to go into hiding for almost a decade.
  • Translators from different countries reading this book were harshly stabbed to death when the book came out and Iranian leader, Ayatollah Khomeini called for Salman’s execution for three million dollars.
  • The Iranian government has not yet responded to this issue, but many Iranians in the media claim him to be an apostate who later became an atheist.

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China Threatens Consequences if Pelosi Visits Taiwan

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  • US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has landed inTaiwan. Prior to the visit, China’s Foreign Ministry has voiced their disapproval, stating that “China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
  • US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized in response  that “The speaker will make her own decisions about whether or not to visit Taiwan,” and that the US is looking to Beijing to “act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
  • The US has made it clear that members of Congress routinely visit Taiwan and that this trip is non-threatening and has precedent. Even so, some officials have expressed concern that China may invade Taiwan’s air defense zone or send missiles near Taiwan in retaliation.
  • Pelosi has criticized China’s leadership and vocalized support for Taiwan in the past. She is currently on her tour of Asia, with scheduled visits to Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan.

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First Grain Ship Departs Ukraine After Six Months of Russian Blockade

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  • The first shipment of grain departed the port of Odesa on Monday after Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports for the last six months trapped around 20 million metric tons of wheat and corn.
  • Russia recently made a deal with Ukraine, brokered by the UN and Turkey, allowing grain exports to resume, appeasing fears of a global food supply crisis and rising prices.
  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba celebrated the shipment, calling it a “day of relief for the world, especially for our friends in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.”
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was more hesitant to celebrate the shipment, stating “it is too early to draw any conclusions and make any forecasts” and he wants to “see how the agreement works and whether security will be really guaranteed.”

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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • The US economy declines for the second quarter in a row, causing, what other countries would consider, an economic recession. 
  • The prices for groceries, gas, and other basics are rising at the fastest pace since 1981. The US Central Bank is quickly trying to raise borrowing costs in order to cool the economy and ease the prices on goods, but with the contraction, at the annual rate of 0.9% in the 3 months to July, many are still getting concerned. 
  • President Biden struggles to convince the public that the economy is sound, with the unemployment rate at a low 3.6%. But with inflation in the US hitting 9.1% in June, the fastest price appreciation in 4 months, consumer spending has slowed at an annual rate of 1%. 
  • Many other countries, such as China and the UK, have been hit harder by the surge in energy prices and the War in Ukraine, causing risks from abroad. Other countries are facing much more serious problems and once they’re hit, their problems can spill over and affect the US. 

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North Korea Could Possibly Be Preparing another Nuclear Test

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  • North Korea could be preparing a seventh nuclear test, especially after Mr. Kim announced that the country is fully ready for any military confrontation with the US at a Korean War Anniversary event. 
  • A US special representative in North Korea states that Jong-Un has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year—31 to 25. Jong-Un also stated that threats from the US required North Korea to achieve the urgent historical task of strengthening its self-defense. 
  • Jong-un also stated that South Korea is reviving a plan to counter North Korea’s threat by mounting precautionary strikes; in June alone, South Korea launched 8 missiles of its own.
  • The North Korean regime is especially angry with South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol and his so-called Kill Chain strategy. This strategy allows South Korea to launch ballistic missiles and air strikes on North Korean targets if it ever feels threatened. 
  • North Korea has also not been getting as much engagement with Washington ever since Biden replaced Trump, and could be hinting at some sort of deliberate escalation by the North, and preparations have been underway at the Punggye Ri test site since March.

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Russia Limits Gas Supply to Germany

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  • Gazprom, a major Russian energy provider, has stated it will reduce the supply of gas to Germany by half via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline due to repair work. 
  • Germany has said that they see no technical reason for the decrease in gas supply. The European Union continues to accuse Russia of weaponizing energy, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stating, “This is an open gas war that Russia is waging against a united Europe.”
  • Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement to allow the export of grain via the Black Sea after Russia continued to block millions of tonnes from being exported. The next day, Russia struck missiles at the port, some of which hit the infrastructure of the port.
  • The US and Ukraine are optimistic that the agreement will still be implemented, with the US State Department stating, “Despite these attacks, we do understand that the parties are continuing preparations to open Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for food and fertilizer exports…we also continue to expect that the Black Sea agreement will be implemented.”

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