News Roundup 1/31/17

  • Trump has added the CIA director and Steve Bannon to be regular attendees at the National Security Council meetings. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Washington State’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit to block Trump’s executive order on immigration. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she would not enforce Trump’s executive order on immigration. Trump decided to fire Yates and appoint Dana Boente to be the acting Attorney General. Jeff Sessions was appointed by Trump to be Attorney General, but he is still waiting for Senate confirmation. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Due to confusion about how Trump’s executive order on immigration is being applied, several travelers from the banned countries are being detained at airports without access to lawyers. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump signed an executive order to remove two regulations for every new regulation. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Canadian authorities report there was only one gunman who attacked a mosque killing six people. The second person who was arrested and identified as a gunman was released by police because he was only a witness to the shooting. [Link]
  • A resolution has been introduced in the House that will allow the president to start a preemptive war against Iran to keep them from getting nuclear weapons. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • 12 people have been killed by fighting in East Ukraine in the past 48 hours. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Parliment has passed a resolution banning Americans from Iraq. There is currently no ban in effect, and there is no indication to how the ban would apply to US soldiers or contractors working in Iraq. [Link] Iraq Fyle
  • Russian bombers hit targets in Syria near Deir al-Zor on Monday. The bombers were targeting ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US is sending armored vehicles to the Syrian Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • A Syrian rebel group, Jaish al-Ezza, has withdrawn from the Syrian ceasefire citing violations of the ceasefire by Russia. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • A rocket hit a building in Saudi Arabia that was being used by members of the UN working on a ceasefire for Yemen. The UN did not say who was behind the attack, but Saudi media blamed the Houthi. No deaths or injuries were reported from the rocket strike. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • A US drone strike hit a vehicle traveling in Southwest Yemen. It is being reported that two al-Qaeda members were traveling in the vehicle and were killed by the strike. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • Houthi’s use ballistic missiles to target Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea. One missile hit a Saudi ship killing two crewmen. The other missile targeted an island in the Red Sea that has a Saudi military base. No casualties were reported from the second strike attack. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle

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