News Roundup 5/1/17

  • Trump signs an executive order reversing Obama’s ban on Artic drilling. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • Trump says the US is losing money providing defense for Saudi Arabia. [Link] Trump Fyle
  • The ten-member Association of South East Asian Nations issues a statement softening its stance on tensions with China related to the South China Sea. [Link] South China Sea Fyle
  • Mali expands the country’s state of emergency for an additional six months. The Mali government continues to fight against Islamist militias. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • A report revealed through FOIA shows the US has 36 outposts in 24 African countries. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • The Taliban announce the start of their spring offensive. For the past several years, the Taliban have increased attacks during the spring season. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Erdogan threatens to attack US-backed Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • Erdogan says he is “seriously saddened” to see US military vehicles operating with YPG forces near the Turkish border. Erdogan views the YPG as a terrorist organization. The US backs the YPG in the fight against ISIS in Syria. [Link] Turkey Fyle 
  • Erdogan dismisses 3,900 people from their jobs. 1,200 of those were military personnel. Erdogan also canceled dating shows on Turkish TV and blocked Wikipedia. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • A US service member has died from wounds caused by an explosive. The service member was a part of the US operation in Mosul. [Link] ISIS Fyle
  • US-backed SDF claims to have made a big gain against ISIS in Tabqa. The mission to take Tabqa is part of the operation to take Raqqa from ISIS. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Pentagon releases a report that claims the US has only killed 350 civilians in its war against ISIS that started in August 2014. International watchdog groups estimate the number to be thousands more. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The Syrian government carried out a double tap attack against a White Helmets building. The second bomb to hit the site killed eight rescue workers. [Link] Syria Fyle

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