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The Daily Brief: IS Claims Suicide Bombings in Uganda

Two suicide bombings took place in Uganda’s capital on Tuesday, both of which were claimed Islamic State.

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  • Suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda on Tuesday killed at least four people and injured dozens. Three suicide bombers also died.
  • There were two explosions that occurred within five minutes of each other. At least two people died from the first blast and one from the second, including the attackers themselves.
  • Both attacks were claimed by Islamic State (IS), and Ugandan officials have placed blame on Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), a rebel group that pledged allegiance to IS in 2019.
  • Police prevented a possible third attack by following a suspected bomber and detonating the two bombs he had with him.
  • More than eighty people have been arrested since the attack. Police have said some were caught while trying to cross into DR Congo.
  • ADF carried out two other bombings last month, but this has been their largest attack since working with IS.

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Migrants at Belarus-Poland Border Removed

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  • Belarusian officials have removed thousands of migrants that had gathered at the border, de-escalating the situation. Many have been moved to a warehouse nearby.
  • Hundreds of Iraqi migrants that were at the border have returned to Iraq, no longer wanting to face the violent and harsh conditions at the border.
  • The border had an outbreak of violence in the past few days, with guards using tear gas and water cannons against the migrants. About a dozen people have died from the harsh conditions.

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Humanitarian Workers Face Trial in Lesbos, Greece for Rescuing Refugees

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  • Two dozen humanitarian workers, members of an NGO, the Emergency Response Center International (ERCI), go on trial in Greece for felony charges and may face decades in prison.
  • Greek court has accused the activists of of human trafficking, money laundering, fraud and espionage. They are supposedly accused of espionage because it has been alleged that they monitored coastguard radio channels and vessels in order to find the smugglers boats’ location in advance. 
  • Amnesty International’s European director Nils Muiznieks has called these accusations “farcical” and said that criminalizing the humanitarian groups’ activities is counterproductive. 
  • Amongst the activists is Syrian olympic swimmer Sarah Mardini, who arrived to Lesbos in 2015 as a refugee. Mardini returned to Lesbos after 3 years to volunteer for search and rescue missions and was arrested on a series of charges and spent more than 100 days in pre-trial detention before being released in December 2018 on bail.

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Amid China Threat, Taiwan Deploys Advanced F-16V Fighter Jets

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  • After facing continuing threats from China, the self-ruled island of Taiwan increases its defense capabilities and deploys an advanced version of the F-16V fighter jet from Chiayi Air Base.
  • At a time when the island’s status becomes a leading point of tension in the relationship between China and US, Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen has authorized 64 upgraded F-16V fighter jets into service.
  • These jets are completely retrofitted from the F-16A/B jets and have been upgraded with new radar and computer systems. Taiwan is also expecting a new batch of F-16 jets to arrive in 2023.  
  • China has been increasing its threat by sending its own fighter jets on a regular basis into Taiwan’s buffer zone located southwest of the island.

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Canada Declares a State of Emergency in the Province of British Columbia

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  • A state of emergency was declared by the premier of Canada after disastrous landslides and flooding caused food supply lines to be cut and evacuations to be called. 
  • This state of emergency allows military forces to be sent to protect residents from further flooding and landslides, supporting supply shortages, limiting non-essential travel, and helping in cleanup and rebuilding. 
  • Torrential rains triggered mudslides, destroying several major roads and killing at least one person, and the death toll is expected to rise. The enormous damage to the bridges and roads caused 300 people to be trapped in their cars overnight on a highway, east of Vancouver. On Monday, military helicopters had the chance to come in and help evacuate them.
  • Following the record-breaking rainfall across the province, and continuing floods and landslides, British Columbia’s cabinet ministers are considering whether to extend the state of emergency province-wide. 

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Philippine Boats Attacked by China Coast Guard’s Water Cannons

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  • Philippine boats were carrying supplies to troops within the exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea, when China’s coast guard ships blocked and fired a powerful stream of water at them.  
  • The ships had to abandon their mission to provide food to the Filipino forces residing in the Second Thomas Shoal, which lies in the country’s western Palawan province. 
  • This territory has been a part of a long simmering dispute in the tactical waterway where Philippines, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan  have overlapping claims. Yet, China still continues to claim that it controls nearly the entire South China Sea, according to its “nine-dash line”, even though the international court has ruled this entitlement to be without merit. 

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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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