News Roundup 7/23/17

  • President Trump’spersonal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, will no longer lead the legal team responding to the ongoing Russian investigations. Trump’s legal team spokesman, Mark Corallo, also resigned [Link] Trump Fyle


  • Sean Spicer has resigned. [Link] Trump Fyle 
  • A GAO sting was able to buy $1.2 million in military weapons. The GAO was acting as a fake police force. [Link]
  • Kansas Department of Commerce was hacked, and the social security numbers of 5.5 million Americans was exposed. The Kansas Department of Commerce will have to pay for credit monitoring for many of the Americans who had their information exposed. [Link]
  • Nine people were found dead in the back of a tractor trailer in a Walmart parking lot. The victims were being trafficked from Mexico to the US. Survivors say there were up to 100 people in the tractor trailer. A Flordia man has been arrested in connection with this case. [Link] Immigration/Refugee Fyle
  • North Korea is facing a drought. The people of North Korea are facing starvation and sanctions preventing more food aid. [Link] North Korea Fyle
  • In January, Nigeria’s air force bombed a refugee camp and killed up to 170 civilians. The refugee camp was not marked on the map, and the gathering of people was thought to be Boko Haram. [Link] Africa Fyle
  • In Afghanistan, a US airstrike killed about 15 members of the Afghan police force. This was a friendly fire incident, and the official number of dead has not been announced. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • The Taliban seized two district headquarters in two days. Afghani forces are preparing for counter offensives. [Link] Afghanistan Fyle
  • Protests in Israel has left six people dead. [Link] A video from the protest shows an Israeli police officer kicking a praying man. [Link] Israel Fyle
  • Patrick Cockburn writes on the main stream medias lack of coverage of the destruction of Mosul. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • Morgues in Mosul are struggling to keep up with the number of dead bodies. [Link] ISIS War Fyle
  • The al-Qaeda linked Syrian Rebel group HTS has taken control over most of Idlib City. [Link] Syria Fyle

On Foreign Policy Focus #69, I update the Syrian Civil War. The war has over ten different armies fighting for control. Unpredictable men lead many of these armies. Several of these armies frequently change alliances and turn allies to enemies. Seemingly sensible alliances are often avoided for political reasons. Two world superpowers make it possible for war to continue to escalate in Syria. I also update Trump, Russia, and Turkey. LISTEN HERE!!

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