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The Daily Brief: Iraq Detains and Arrests Major Al-Qaeda Operative

This Monday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi claimed the country has detained and arrested major Al-Qaeda operative Sami Jasim.

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi took to Twitter this Monday to announce that the country has detained Sami Jasim, a close associate to the ISIS leader. 
Summary 

  • This Monday, Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi claimed the country has detained and arrested major Al-Qaeda operative Sami Jasim.
  • Al-Kadhmi posted the announcement via twitter, describing the arrest “one of the most difficult intelligence operations outside the borders” 
  • Jasim, deemed a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist” by the United States Treasury department, directed the terrorist groups finances and took on the role of deputy leader under the deceased Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. 
  • The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also claimed through their website that Jasim was also responsible for “revenue-generating operations from illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals” in 2014. 
  • Jasim was detained in a foreign country, speculated to be Turkey but unconfirmed by either country, before being brought to Iraq. 
  • Iraq’s Security Media Cell officials stated their belief that Jasim was a close associate to Amir Mohammed Said Abdul Rahman al-Mawla, the “overall leader of ISIS.” 
  • The United States Department Rewards Justice Program issued a $5 million reward for any intelligence which would lead to his capture and arrest, and a $10 million bounty for Al-Mawla. 
  • Jasim’s capture adds onto two other Islamic State leader takedowns by Iraq earlier this year, including Jabbar Ali Fayadh and Jabir Salman Saleh al-Isawi.

Sources

https://www.cnn.com/2021/10/11/middleeast/sami-jasim-isis-top-leader-captured-iraq-intl/index.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58868803

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iraq-arrested-top-leader-islamic-state-group-80513784

https://rewardsforjustice.net/english/amir_al_malwa.html

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Ethiopia Launches “Full Swing” Offensive on Tigray Rebels

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  • Tigray Spokesperson for the Liberation Front Getachew Reda has stated that Ethiopia launched a “staggering” offensive on all fronts against rebel Tigray forces. 
  • The offensive initially launched last week, employing the use of tanks, jets, and more to “reinvade Tigray.” No fighting has been reported. 
  • The Ethiopian-Tigray conflict is a 11 month ongoing humanitarian crisis, being the cause of the rise of famine in Tigray, over two million refugees, and thousands of deaths. 

Sources

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/10/11/ethiopia-tigray-offensive/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-58869970

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Oil Spill Threatening Devastation in Yeman

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  • Recently, an oil spill has happened near Yemen, threatening wildlife and millions of citizens within the country. 
  • Because of this devastation, approximately 9 million people will be without proper clean water for use. This also means shutting down Yemen’s mains ports. 
  • Closing the ports will stop the flow of humanitarian assistance. Half the population depends on this assistance. 

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/looming-disaster-oil-ship-leak-threatens-millions-of-yemenis

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Food Prices Reach New High in Lebanon

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  • A food crisis has hit Lebanon, causing necessities to become sky high, as The World Food Programme reported that food prices have gone up about 628% in two years. 
  • The Lebanese government has also raised gasoline prices 4 times in a month. 
  • Fuel prices also rise as well as blackouts within the city. Lebanon’s economy ministry has said that within this week, the price of bread was raised because of the weakening of local currency. 
  • ¾ of the population has been affected and pushed into poverty due to this crisis. 

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/lebanon-fuel-crisis-hunger-food-prices

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Adhan Heard In Germany 

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  • On Friday’s, the adhan will be heard in Germany. They will be broadcasted over a loudspeaker to call for Friday prayers. The City of Colonge and the Muslim community have decided that 35 of the mosques in Cologne will now be able to call for prayers on Fridays within a two years initiative. 
  • The Muslim community will get more repersentation and that diversity in profound within the city of Cologne. 4.5 million Muslims live within Germany. 
  • The Mosques have limits to the volume of the adhan on the loudspeakers and the neighbors will be able to get a heads up beforehand. 

Sources: 

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/10/11/germanys-largest-mosque-to-broadcast-call-to-prayer-on-fridays

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Ex South Korean Spy Narrates His Life

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  • Former Spy Mr Kim working for the South Korean Intelligence Agency released his personal story to a BBC broadcaster, narrating how he spent 30 years making it to the top tiers of North Korea’s powerful spy agencies, keeping their secrets safe, sent assassins and built illegal drug labs. 
  • He highlighted what his job entailed, such as finding out how North Korean Leadership trying to make some cash, drug deal sales and weapons. 
  • Previously a senior military official, Mr. Kim was forced to flee from his home in Seoul in 2014, 
  • Although the BBC is not able to verify his claims, they were able to confirm his identity. 

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-58838834

Tweets: https://twitter.com/bbclbicker/status/1447352336578342916?s=21 

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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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