News Roundup 6/15/17

  • A Trump-hating gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress as they practiced for a charity baseball game. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured in the attack. The gunman was killed. [Link]
  • The US signs an agreement to sell Qatar $12 billion worth of F-15s. The deal was announced by Obama in November of 2016 and approved by the Senate. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • The Senate passed a sanctions bill against Russia for meddling in the election. The vote was 97-2, with Senators Lee and Paul voting against the bill. The sanctions bill will now move to the house. [Link] Foreign Policy Fyle
  • Aid agencies will try to deliver vaccines in Vanuatu with drones. [Link]
  • 14 people were killed by soldiers because people started to fight over food aid in Somalia. Most of those killed were civilians. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • 19 people have been killed in a terror attack in Somalia’s capital. One terrorist attacked a car bomb to attack a hotel. Other terrorists took hostages at a restaurant. All the gunmen were killed in a shootout with police. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • Turkey claims to have killed 20 members of the PKK with airstrikes in Turkey and Iraq. [Link] Turkey Fyle
  • James Mattis claims the Obama policy of reducing troop levels in Afghanistan resulted in the Taliban making significant progress in Afghanistan. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • ISIS fighters in Afghanistan seized the base at Tora Bora from the Taliban. The base was used by Osama bin Laden after 9/11. The Taliban have disputed that they lost the base to ISIS. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • A UN war crimes investigator says there is a “staggering amount of civilian deaths” being caused by a US-supported invasion of Raqqa. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • ISIS drones are targeting US special forces on advise and assist missions in Raqqa. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The US policy in Syria has changed from no boots on the ground policy to having a forward operating base within Syria. Congress has not given the president the authority to makes these changes. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The US moves long range artillery into Southern Syria. The artillery has a range of 300 km. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Philippines military confirms that US special forces are within the city of Marawi. [Link]

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