News Roundup 12/29/16

  • The CIA sends a letter admitting that it has not looked at a FOIA request that was sent to the CIA over six years ago. [Link]
  • This article details how al-Qaeda has grown while the world is focused on ISIS and how al-Qaeda can grow larger as ISIS loses more battles. [Link] Terrorism Fyle
  • John Kerry gives a speech criticizing Israeli settlements. Kerry explains that settlements threaten the possibility of a two-state solution. [Link] Israeli’s Prime Minister Netanyahu condemns Kerry’s speech saying it is biased against Israel. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Saad al-Hariri is the new Prime Minister of Lebanon. He won a vote of confidence after several of the voting deputies did not show for the vote. [Link]
  • Two mortar rounds were fired at the Russian embassy in Damascus. Russia believes the attacks were meant to interfere with the peace deal that is being worked out for Syria. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • An airstrike in Syria kills 22 civilians near Deir Ezzor. It is unknown who conducted the airstrikes but the US coalition is the most active in the area. [Link] Syria Fyle

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