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The Daily Brief: U.S. to Continue Kabul Evacuations Despite Continued Threats of Attacks

Credible Sources Provide Threats of Imminent Attacks as U.S. Continues Evacuations Following August 31 Deadline.

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  • The White House has said the next few days will be among the most dangerous as the U.S. continues Afghan evacuations after a deadly suicide bombing attack at Kabul airport on Thursday.
  • The U.S. has evacuated approximately 110,000 Afghan refugees so far and is expected to continue operations until the August 31 deadline.
  • American forces are facing increased security threats of a second devastating attack, with the death toll from Thursday’s suicide bombing reaching 169 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members.
  • The U.S. stated that 4,200 people were evacuated from Afghanistan within a 12-hour period Friday. 
  • France has ended its evacuation operations Friday, citing worsening security conditions at the airport – it has evacuated 3,000 people from the country.
  • Crowds of Afghans desperate to flee the Taliban appeared larger than ever Friday, despite harrowing scenes of victims bodies lined up close together following the aftermath of Thursday’s bombing.
  • Families looked for loved ones among the dead bodies lined up on a hospital sidewalk for identification – the victims were desperately seeking a seat on U.S. run airlifts.
  • Thursday’s attack was carried out by a suicide bomber affiliated with Afghanistan’s Islamic State (IS) group, an enemy to both the West and the Taliban.

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Biden Vows to Hunt Down Jihadists for Retaliation, Launches Airstrike Against IS

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  • President Biden has said the U.S. cannot “forgive” the perpetrators of the deadly attack on Kabul airport Thursday, leading to the deaths of 169 Afghans and 13 American troops.
  • The U.S. military has launched an airstrike against the Islamic State, bombing an IS member.
  • Hours after the devastating attack, Mr. Biden vowed to continue the evacuation efforts stating the U.S. would remain undeterred in its mission.
  • President Biden has stated the U.S. military has been ordered to attack the leadership and facilities of Islamic State Khorasan (IS-K), held responsible for the attack.
  • The jihadist group has stated that the attack targeted interpreters and collaborators with the American army.
  • A U.S. representative has expressed concerns that the failed foreign policy events in Afghanistan could increase terror threats against the U.S. in the future.

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Lawmakers Flooded with Desperate Pleas to Help Evacuate

  •  Both Democrats and Republicans have received desperate, emotional pleas to help evacuate loved ones and friends from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.
  • Tissues are kept on the conference table for crying breaks as lawmakers receive innumerable, frantic calls for help with the evacuation process.
  • Many describe a sense of helplessness and not being able to do enough, as requests for evacuation are ever increasing following the deadly Kabul attack Thursday.
  • Among repeated stories of death, despair, and tragedy, lawmakers say they are working 18 hours a day and find joy in the seemingly small success stories they encounter.

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Hurricane Ida Expected to Devastate U.S. Gulf Coast

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  • An unyielding hurricane is making its way towards the Gulf Coast of the United States.
  • Hurricane Ida is projected to be a category 4 storm when it hits, with winds of around 140 mph.
  • Portions of the Gulf Coast have been ordered to evacuate.
  • Climate change is a contributing factor to such storms, as higher sea temperatures warms the air above, producing more energy to power storms such as hurricanes and typhoons.

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Kidnapped School Children Returned In Nigeria

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  • Kidnappers in Nigeria have returned over 100 children, after holding them in captivity for three months.
  • Of the 136 captured, six died in captivity and 15 escaped. 
  • Kidnapping is seen as a lucrative venture in Nigeria, with over 1000 kidnappings since last December.
  • There are unconfirmed reports of hefty ransoms having been paid. 

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Former Malian Leader Released From House Arrest

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  • Bah Ndaw, former interim president of Mali, has been freed from house arrest
  • Ndaw was removed from office in May following a military junta led coup.
  • Ndaw had been put in office following a military coup in August 2020.
  • The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has urged the fair treatment of Ndaw, along with former prime minister, Moctar Ouane. 

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Alarm Over Rising COVID-19 Hospitalizations In The United States

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  • Over 100,000 people in the United States have been hospitalized due to Covid-19.
  • This is the highest number since January 2020.
  • Hospitals in some parts of the country are operating under constraints and have requested resources from state and federal agencies.
  • The highly transmissible Delta variant is the driving force behind the significant increase.

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Biden Aims For Diplomacy With Iran To Revive 2015 Nuclear Deal 

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  • In their first face-to-face meeting, Biden and the newly appointed Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, discussed the future of Iran and the US’s interest in re-entering the previously brokered 2015 Nuclear deal.
  • Biden made it clear that the US will first approach Iran with diplomacy but will pursue other avenues if necessary, to ensure Iran never develops a nuclear weapon. 
  • This meeting comes just weeks after Iran swore in their new president, Ebrahim Raisi. 
  • Iran has made considerable advancements in the field of Nuclear science since Trump withdrew the US from the deal in 2018. Iranian officials stress that Iran’s intentions are peaceful and are not seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. 

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Kenyan Gridlock Leaves Drivers Stranded Overnight 

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  • Kenyans are frustrated after spending hours in a traffic jam in Nairobi. Some spend up to 11 hours in the gridlock. 
  • Traffic is common in Nairobi but became exponentially worse with massive construction on the expressway and a reported accident. 
  • Kenyans have asked officials to provide alternative routes to ease the traffic while construction is underway.  
  • The construction is a part of a $550 million project to create a 17 mile expressway that aims to ease traffic woes in and out of the Kenyan capital.  

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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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