Author: Alec Zirkelbach

U.S.-Led Coalition Withdraws From Second Iraqi Base

As of late, Iraqi forces have demonstrated a drastic improvement in handling the immense threat of the Islamic State. This has allowed the American-led coalition to be able to consolidate its efforts down to Baghdad as well as an al-Asad Air Base – more specifically, the U.S. is withdrawing from

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Saudi Airport Targeted By Houthi Missiles

Houthi rebels out of Yemen have launched a missile attack on Saudi Arabia, hitting a civilian airport in Southern Saudi Arabia. In this attack, there were a reported 26 people injured. In recent months, Houthi attacks have progressed with the Saudi airport attack being the most detrimental. The rebel group

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Torture, Intimidation, And “Validity”

Due to the recent events regarding Loujain al-Hathloul, a female activist in Saudi Arabia, many of the law enforcement and higher-level government intimidation and torture tactics have been brought into the public eye. Having been detained and imprisoned nearly a year ago, Loujain al-Hathloul, is currently facing trial in a

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Al-Shabab Attack On Somali Military Base

Al-Shabab continues its reign of terror through a move for power. The extremist group recently launched an attack on a Somali military base in Awdheegle, an area slightly Southwest of Mogadishu in the Lower Shabelle region. Al-Shabab used gunfire and a series of car bombs to carry out the attack,

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The Arrest Of Almazbek Atambayev

Now former president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, was removed from office on charges of corruption. In an attempt to arrest Atambayev, the Kyrgyzstani government sent in security and special forces to his compound, armed solely with rubber bullets as to avoid any loss of life. Atambayev’s supporters, armed with guns,

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What Is Not Being Done In Sudan

Sudan is home to some of the worst human rights violations in the world today and, according to freedom house, it is one of the least free countries. Beginning in 2003, the people of the Darfur region were facing mass genocide. For further context, the Darfur region is in Western

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Israeli Policeman Released On Bail After Killing Black Teen

On June 30th, an off-duty police officer shot and killed Solomon Teka. Teka was an 18 years-old, unarmed, and of Ethiopian descent. Ethiopian-Israelis (a community of 140,000) are often faced with daily acts of intolerance and racism. Despite the fact that roughly 36% of the 140,000 were born in Israel

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Migrant Rescue Ship Captain Arrested in Italy

Migrant rescue ship captain, Carola Rackete, was arrested in Italy. Rackete was part of the organization “Sea-Watch” and was the captain of the vessel Sea Watch 3. She was alerted of an inflatable life-raft off the coast of Libya and immediately began searching for the desperate migrants. After safely rescuing

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Ethiopia Security Forces Kill Alleged Coup Leader

Ethiopian forces identified General Asaminew Tsige as the man behind the recent coup attempt. This attempt left five senior government officials dead, including Seare Mekonnen (the now former Chief of Staff for Ethiopian national security) and Migbara Kebede (now former Attorney General). Immediately following the failed coup attempt, Asaminew went

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