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The Daily Brief: Pentagon Rebukes Iranian Claims That US Seized Iranian Oil Tanker

A recent claim made by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in which “the U.S. terrorist Navy’s operation [attempted] to steal Iranian oil in the Sea of Oman failed,” was rebuked by the Pentagon.

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The Daily Brief Pentagon Rebukes Iranian Claims That US Seized Iranian Oil Tanker

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A Pentagon spokesperson called Iran’s claims “totally false,” instead blaming the country for seizing a Vietnamese oil tanker. 
Summary 

  • A recent claim made by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in which “the U.S. terrorist Navy’s operation [attempted] to steal Iranian oil in the Sea of Oman failed,” was rebuked by the Pentagon. 
  • The report which aired on Iran State media blamed the United States for seizing an Iranian oil tanker. 
  • Press secretary for the US Department of Defense John Kirby called the accusations a “totally false” and “bogus claim.”
  • Kirby says that “the only seizing done was by Iran,” after stating the reason the U.S. occupied the waters was to monitor Iranian capture of a Vietnamese oil tanker. 
  • Although Iran has released footage of the ship being surrounded by speedboats, it has not listed the name of the ship or U.S. motivations. 
  • The claim comes after the country’s repeated warnings issued towards the US military occupying Gulf Waters, as Iran states they’ve extra measures to reduce combat fuel smuggling. 
  • It also comes during failed attempts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, in which talks between world powers are scheduled to resume this November. 
  • Officials representing the Vietnamese Embassy have yet to comment. 

Sources

https://news.yahoo.com/officials-tell-ap-iran-seized-150127701.html

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iranian-state-tv-says-iran-thwarts-us-attempt-steal-oil-sea-oman-2021-11-03/

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/11/3/iran-says-halted-us-navy-seizing-oil-tanker-in-sea-of-oman

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Nigeria Building Collapse Kills Over 20
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  • This Wednesday, a high rise building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria killed 22 people and injured 9. 
  • Rescue operations have been launched to find bodies and survivors, as crowds gather outside the Ikoyi building in distress. 
  • The governor stated there was still oxygen and water being brought to the site in the event of more survivors. 
  • Investigations into the collapse of the building have begun, and the chief architect of the state has been suspended.  

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-59149228

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/africa/lagos-building-collapse-nigeria-death-toll-intl/index.html

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The Pentagon: Beware China’s Nuclear Arsenal

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  • The Pentagon issued a report Wednesday stating that China’s arsenal of nuclear weapons is on the rise.
  • Sources believe the nuclear stockpile may reach 1,000 warheads by 2030.
  • The previous estimation was that the People’s Republic of China would double their existing nuclear warheads count.  At the time of the estimate, there were 200 warheads.
  • The report was released in the wake of escalating tensions regarding Taiwan and General Milley’s warning regarding the country’s military advancement. 
  • The United States, on the other hand, has 3,750 nuclear warheads.
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/03/politics/pentagon-china-report/index.html

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Pfizer Jabs Approved for Children Ages 5 to 11

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  • Dr. Walensky, CDC Director, announced her endorsement of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old on Tuesday.
  • This recommendation covers 28 million children across the country who fall within this age group.
  • During the summer months, the rapidly-infectious Delta variant resulted in large numbers of child and adolescent hospitalizations related to COVID-19. 
  • Vaccination efficacy against the virus in children ages 5 to 11 years old was 91%, comparable to the vaccine success rate in adults.
  • Pediatric vaccinations will be administered at full capacity starting the week of November 8th.
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https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1102-PediatricCOVID-19Vaccine.html

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US Blacklists Israel’s Spyware Company 

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  • NSO Group and Candiru were the latest additions to the United States’s trade blacklist.
  • The spyware companies were added to the U.S. Commerce Department’s list on Wednesday.
  • The grounds for adding the Israeli spyware companies to the blacklist were that the companies used spyware sold to other countries to target government members.
  • The companies’ actions were not in accordance with U.S. security policies.
  • The Israeli defence ministry did not comment on the news.
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https://www.reuters.com/technology/us-blacklists-four-companies-israel-russia-singapore-citing-spyware-2021-11-03/

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Election Day 2021 Updates

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  • Republican Glenn Youngkin won Virginia’s gubernatorial race against Terry McAuliffe (Democrat).
  • The highest number of early votes in 45 years were collected in Minneapolis.  This is the first election since the murder of George Floyd.
  • In New Jersey, the race is yet to be called for Democratic incumbent Phil Murphy over Republican Jack Ciattarelli.  
  • New York City and Boston remained blue cities.  
  • Eric Adams won the New York City mayoral candidacy.  Mayor Bill de Blasio, former President Bill Clinton, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand congratulated the Mayor-Elect.
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https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/election-day-results-11-02-21/index.html

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-updates/election-day-results-2021-virginia-governor-youngkin/

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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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France’s Highest Administrative Court Upholds Burkini Ban in Grenoble

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  • The city of Grenoble had recently challenged France’s highest administrative court by allowing full body burkinis to be worn at public pools. Burkinis are typically worn by Muslim women to maintain modesty while they swim. In France, burkinis have often been a point of extreme debate in the country as France’s secular values outlaw anything that violates the country’s belief in the separation of religion and state. 
  • Grenoble challenged the ban on burkini, stating that it violated the principle of neutrality in public services. Shortly after, the policy was suspended and the matter was referred to the Council of State for a decision. The Council of State has officially ruled that Grenoble cannot allow burkinis to be worn in public as that would then allow for “selective exceptions to the rules to satisfy religious demands.”
  • Furthermore, the ban on burkinis was linked back to hygiene concerns. The court stated that burkinis violate “the common rule, enacted for reasons of hygiene and safety, of wearing bathing suits close to the body.” 
  • French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin took to Twitter to label the ruling as a “victory” for “seperatism, for secularism, and beyond, for the whole Republic”. Others have criticized the ruling for not allowing women the right to dress as they please.

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Taiwan Deploys Jets After China Violates Air Defense Zone

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  • On Tuesday, multiple Chinese aircrafts entered Taiwan’s air defence zone, including bombers that flew over the southern region of the country. Taiwan’s air defence ministry stated that 17 fighter jets, 6 H-6 bombers, as well as electronic warfare was involved.
  • Fighter jets and missile systems were deployed by Taiwan as a warning to China. The incident marks the largest air defense zone violation by China since May 30th when multiple Chinese aircraft were reported in Taiwan’s ADIZ (air defense identification zone). Both China and Taiwan have dealt with increasing tension over sovereignty claims with China claiming Taiwan as their own territory. 
  • Taiwan has called out China’s tactic of entering into Taiwan’s air defense zone as “grey zone” warfare. The warfare strategy focuses on exhausting Taiwanese forces while also examining how they respond to such incursions. Since 2019, violations of Taiwan’s air defense zone by China have been increasing with 123 warplanes reported in this year.
  • Recently, Joe Biden had announced that the US military would get involved if China attempted to take Taiwan by force, stating that such a thing would not be “appropriate” for China to do. Shortly after this statement was made, China shared that recent military exercises around Taiwan would serve as a warning to the country for “colluding” with the United States. 

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Ukraine Receives German Delivery of Long Range Weapons as Putin Announces ICBM

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  • Ukraine has announced that they’ve recently deployed a number of long-range weapons sent from Germany. Ukrainian Defence Minister Okeysii Reznikov recently thanked Germany’s Federal Minister of Defence for the howitzers they received. The delivery comes after Germany announced plans last month to step up their delivery of weapons to Ukraine. 
  • President Vladimir Putin has also disclosed plans for Russia to deploy Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles around the end of 2022. The deployment of ICBMs is part of Russia’s larger plan to strengthen their military through improved weapons such as the S-500 air defense and missile defense systems.
  • As both Russia and Ukraine expand their military arsenal, more settlements have been captured by Russian forces in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Governor Serhiy Haidai has shared that Russian forces have captured the settlement of Toshkivka and several other settlements nearby. President Zelensky states in a video address that the current situation in Luhansk has been tough as Russian forces push into key areas of the region.
  • Meanwhile, massive amounts of wheat and grains remain stuck at the Black Sea ports of Ukraine. Turkey plans to initiate dialogue with Russian, Ukrainian, and United Nations officials about opening up corridors that would allow for safe grain export. The White House has stated that President Joe Biden has also been examining options for the safe exportation of grain with White House national security spokesperson, John Kirby, calling the grain blockage a weaponization of food.

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