Todays News 9/5/16

  • Boeing was paid $2 Billion in bonuses for a missile defense system that failed a performance test. The Ground based Midcourse Defence system has cost American taxpayers a total of $40 Billion. A Government Accountability Office found the system was, “insufficient to demonstrate that an operationally useful defense capability exists.” [Link] Wasteful Spending Fyle
  • The Kurds vow to defend their territory in Syria against Turkey. The US has pushed the Kurds to withdraw their forces back to east of the Euphrates River. The Kurds recently took cities west of the river from ISIS. Turkey has invaded Syria, in part, to push the Kurds out of the territory they just won from ISIS. A possible alliance could form between Syria and Turkey to fight against an autonomous Kurdish state. [Link] Syria Fyle
  • The Saudi war against Yemen has driven two enemies to form an alliance. The Houthi and Yemen’s ex-President Saleh. Some worry that alliance will break apart if the Saudi war against Yemen ends. [Link] US/Saudi War Against Yemen Fyle
  • The UN-Supported Libyan Unity Government is firing at Doctors Without Borders aid boats. The boat was in the area in an attempt to rescue migrants who try to flee across the Mediterranean Sea and end up at risk of drowning. The Libyan government admits to firing warning shots at the DWB boat, but DWB reports that rounds hit their aid boat. [Link] Libya War 2016 Fyle
  • ISIS has been driven from the Turkey/Syria border. In the early days of ISIS, ISIS was able to ship oil from Syria to Turkey to sell. ISIS oil sales in Turkey ended a few months ago, but this should help to separate ISIS with its backers within Turkey. [Link] ISIS War Fyle

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