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The Taliban overtook the capital of Nimruz on Friday, the first since the pullout of United States and NATO troops

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  • The Taliban overtook the Afgani province capital of Nimruz on Friday, marking a pivotal step in the Taliban’s continued quest for expansion. 
  • A parliament member from Nimruz claimed he had “pleaded for air support and deployment of commandos to Zanraj” after the Taliban had put pressure on overtaking the capital. 
  • He also narrated that “People and the security forces lost their morale,” and the Taliban were easily able to take over the capital after “Afghan forces simply took off their uniforms and crossed into Iran.”
  • Although the Taliban have taken over capitals before, the United States Air Support was able to withdraw them in the past. Zaranj is the first capital seized by the insurgency group since the withdrawal of United States and NATO troops this year
  • A Taliban spokesperson claimed after the takeover that their “fighters have cleared the military bases, and intelligence offices from the enemy.”
  • However, the government reinstated the Zaranaj hadn’t fallen into the hands of the Taliban as fighting still occurred “around key infrastructure in the city.”
  • The Taliban continue to incite fear and violence across Afghanistan, more recently focusing on securing larger cities, stressing more so over the borders of the country. 
  • The United Nations reported this Friday that over 1,000 civilians were “injured or killed” in August, stating their fear as Afghanistan reaches a “dangerous tipping point” with the continued threat of war zones forming in large cities. 
  • Just recently the group attempted to assassinate the country’s defense minister, and was successful in killing an Afghani media chief in charge of local and foreign media.

Sources

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-06/afghan-taliban-kill-head-of-government-media-department

https://www.wsj.com/articles/taliban-seize-capital-of-afghanistans-nimroz-province-11628259499

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/08/06/afghanistan-taliban-nimruz/

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Hezbollah FIrst 19 Rockets into Israel

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  • The Hezbollah in Lebanon released video footage firing 19 rockets towards Israel, stating that “The Resistance has been and will stay keen to ensure  the safety of its people.” 
  • The rockets didn’t cause any injuries or casualties and 10 were intercepted before making contact with the target. 
  • Four Hezbollah members were contained following the attack. The United Nations peacekeeping stated that “ This is a very serious situation and we urge all parties to cease fire.”

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Iran Warns “Foolish” Acts By Israel Will Be Met With A “Decisive” Response

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  • This Friday, Iranian foreign minister Saeed Khatibzadeh warned Israel against any military action following remarks made by Israel stating they were prepared to attack Iran. 
  • Khatibzadeh stated on Twitter, “We state this clearly: ANY foolish act against Iran will be met with a DECISIVE response. Don’t test us.”
  • The tensions continue to rise between Israel and Iran, along with the Hezbollah and Israel, a group which is backed by Iran and recently fired rockets into Israel. 

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Fires Spread Through Greece

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  • A firefighter lost his life battling one of the 154 fires spread throughout the country due to a massive heatwave.
  • Konstantinos Michalos, president of Athens Chamber of Commerce was also found dead in a factory near an area engulfed in fires.
  • Foreign planes and firefighters are being sent to Greece and its neighboring country, Turkey, which is already suffering from the country’s worst fires. 

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Three Employees Bid Farewell to Their Jobs at CNN Over Vaccination 

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  • Jeff Zucker, CEO of CNN, made it clear of its no tolerance policy when it comes to vaccination by firing 3 of its unvaccinated employees who came to the offices. 
  • The date of return to the offices has also been pushed back to mid October rather than September. 
  • This has sparked an uproar regarding Chris Cuomo not getting fired from CNN for his role in helping his brother fight allegations of sexual abuse while working at CNN. 
  • The world has been suffering from the delta variant as most unvaccinated patients are losing their lives due to Covid.

President Biden Extends Student Loans Relief

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  • Federal Student Loan payments for Americans were paused in March 2020 as part of the Covid relief efforts.
  • This pause was to come to an end in September of 2021, however, President Biden and his administration has extended this pause until the end of January 2022.
  • This pause keeps the interest rate at zero present while the pause is in progress benefitting around 41 million people. 

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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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