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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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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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