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The Daily Brief: Bagram Airfield Vacated By U.S. Forces

Afghani Command Caught Off Guard By Departure Under Darkness

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  • United States forces have completely withdrawn from Bagram Airfield.
  • The Afghan Base Commander was not informed and discovered the vacant airfield some hours later.
  • Looters had entered the complex after the US left, stealing inventory and burning property.
  • The airfield was once the epicenter of the War on Terror.
  • Bagram includes a prison complex, housing about 5000 inmates, some of whom are reported to be members of the Taliban.
  • Afghani leaders have indicated that an attack on Bagram by the Taliban is fully expected, as they advance in other parts of Afghanistan. 
  • The Taliban continue to present their ideology and governance as beneficial for Afghanistan’s future.
  • September 11th is the official deadline by when all troops must have withdrawn from the country. 
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Trudeau Appoints Inuit Leader, Mary Simon in a Historic First Nomination

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  • Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau has appointed Mary Simon, an Inuit leader as governor general in a historic nomination, making her the first Indigenous leader to receive the post.
  • Simon, a diplomat and advocate of Inuit culture, heritage, and rights will represent Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II and be in charge of several state duties.
  • Simon expressed her excitement at the appointment, stating she hopes it would open new avenues to reach reconciliation between Canada and the First Nations – her appointment comes as the nation reckons with the grim reality of hundreds of human graves outside Canada’s residential boarding schools.
  • As governor general, Ms. Simon will have the power to swear in officials and prime ministers, deliver throne speeches, and suspend parliament among other duties.
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Tensions Rise Between Ethiopia and Egypt Over Filling of Dams on the Nile River

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  • Ethiopia has begun unilateral work on the Nile River by filling a large dam on a main tributary, heightening tensions with Egypt whose irrigation ministry expressed its “firm rejection of the unilateral measure” and claimed the measure violates international law.
  • Known as the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam or GERD, the project is expected to be Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam when completed, but has also been the source of a decade-long diplomatic conflict between Ethiopia, Egypt, and Sudan whose governments fear the dam will hinder their citizens’ access to water.
  • The Nile is the oldest and longest of Earth’s rivers and an essential source of water and electricity for East African countries – the dam is viewed as a threat in Egypt, a country that relies heavily on the Nile for irrigation and drinking water.
  • The U.N. Security Council will hold a meeting on the issue in the upcoming days as requested by Arab states – the U.S. State Department stated countries should avoid al unilateral actions due to their potential to escalate tensions and called for all parties to come to acceptable, negotiated terms on the issue.
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Plane Crash in Eastern Russia Leaves No Survivors

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  • A Russian passenger plane travelling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana, a village north of the mountainous peninsula of Kamchatka, crashed en route.
  • The plane carried 22 passengers and 6 flight crew members, however none are believed to have survived the unexpected collision.
  • The plane lost contact with air traffic control about 10 minutes before their expected landing time and made no contact with them after that. Search crews found some of the plane’s fuselage washed up on shore a few hours later. 
  • The pilot appears to have been attempting a second landing however poor visibility conditions due to fog caused the plane to crash into a nearby cliff. 
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Parisians File Lawsuit Against French Authorities for “Negligence” in Wake of Notre-Dame Fire

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  • Two Parisian families are leading a charge against French authorities for “endangering life” due to their “grave negligence” which allowed for high levels of toxic lead dust to settle in the area surrounding Notre-Dame after the Cathedral went up in flames in 2019.
  • The fire released an estimated 460 tonnes of lead from the cathedral’s roof and spine which exposed city residents to lead pollution.
  • Parisians have accused local authorities of failing to address the dangerous lead levels and exposing residents to lead poisoning.

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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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