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The Daily Brief: Taliban Extend Violence to Major Cities, Attempting to Take Control.

Violence in Afghanistan is spreading as the Taliban take advantage of the lack of US troops and attempt to capture major cities

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Summary: 

  • The US and UK both accused the Taliban of killing “dozens of civilians in revenge killings” and committing possible war crimes. Thousands of civilians have fled due to recent fighting in the cities of Lashkar Gah and others.
  • Houses are being bombed, gunfire fills the air, and air strikes hit unexpectedly, pushing civilians out of the country for fear of death. Lashkar Gah in particular is a major Afghan city, and it could be the first provincial capital to be taken by the Taliban.
  • The Taliban have taken over the Helmand TV Station, which is a government run radio and television station located in the city of Lashkar Gah.
  • The United States’ has been increasing airstrikes against the Taliban, as the majority of US troops are now out of the region. Afghan security forces have been deployed on the ground to fight the militants.
  • Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani blames the US for the recent violence, stating that the US withdrew troops abruptly, and that the situation will be “under control within six months”. Ghani also warned of consequences due to the withdrawal.
  • The US is working to assist more and more Afghanis, especially those who have worked as employees with American organisations in the past, and giving them refugee status.
  • Afghanistan’s second and third largest city, Kandahar and Herat, have also been under attack by the Taliban, with government forces fighting fiercely to keep the cities from being taken.

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  • Belarus team claims that she is being sent home because she is not emotionally fit to compete.
  • The country has a history of mistreating its athletes who do not comply with coaches ‘ orders. 
  • Ms. Timanovskaya was last seen at the Poland embassy and is said to have sought asylum there. 

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UK and Iran Summon Diplomats After Oil Tanker Incident

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  • As the UK summoned Iran’s ambassador, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that Iran should “face up to the consequences of what they’ve done”. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken announced that there would be consequences coordinated with the UK, Israel, and Romania.
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  • Israeli courts have offered a compromise to the question of eviction of Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah, an issue escalating tensions and conflict in recent months leading to an 11-day war.
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  • The U.S. Senate is moving forward in completing work this week on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that would invest in fixing the nation’s roads, bridges, and mass-transit systems.
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  • Myanmar’s military leader, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing declared himself prime minister of the nation six months after seizing power from the elected government.
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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.
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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.
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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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