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The Daily Brief: Guinean Government Rumoured to be Dissolved

Coup Leaders Claiming Success in Government Overthrow.

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The Daily Brief Guinean Government Rumoured to be Dissolved

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  • Rumors are circulating of the overthrow of the current government in Guinea.
  • Current President Alpha Conde is alleged to have been removed from office by militant group, the National Committee for Reconciliation and Development.
  • After violence near the presidential palace, the militants took control of the media and claimed victory.
  • However, the current Defense Ministry claims that the overthrow was thwarted.
  • It is unclear whether Conde is being held by the rebels.
  • The (attempted) coup is rumored to have been led by Lt Col Mamady Doumbouya.
  • Although Guinea is resource rich, the government has been largely mishandled, resulting in periodic military insurgency. 

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Potential for Peace Between Taliban and Resistance Fighters

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  • Ahmad Massoud, leader of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, has indicated willingness to talk via the NRF’s Facebook page.
  • The Taliban has pushed through the surrounding areas of the Panjshir Valley.
  • Panjshir Valley is the final region not under Taliban control.

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  • Several paramilitary personnel were killed or injured when a suicide bomber from the Pakistan Taliban detonated explosives at a checkpoint near Quetta in Balochistan province. 
  • The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has increased its resistance against the Pakistani army after Kabul fell to the Afghan Taliban. 
  • Balochistan has been seeing the rise of separatists groups for the past twenty years who insist on independence.  
  • The Balochistan Liberation Army and Balochistan Liberation Front have been responsible for recent attacks on security forces in the province. 

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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.
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  • 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.”
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Concerns Rise As US Teeters on the Brink of Recession

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  • 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. 
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  • 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. 
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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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