Geopolitical News, 07 Jan 2019

Welcome to the Monday edition of “Hawaii Intelligence Digest”–a Hawaii Island-based blog focusing on geopolitical news, terrorism, international affairs, world news, politics, cyber war, and cyber security.  Views expressed in this intelligence news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.  Topics cited in this post come from the current issue of the “GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter.”

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Here are the latest geopolitical news headlines from the “GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter.”

Accessed on 07 January 2019, 1512 UTC, Post 877.

Source:  https://www.globalsecurity.org

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LATEST NEWS Jan 7, 2019
US Official: No Abrupt Pullout of Troops From Syria

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Sunday that U.S. withdrawal of its 2,000 troops in Syria will not be abrupt and also will be conditioned on Turkish assurances that it will not target Kurdish fighters allied with American forces. …

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US: Airstrike Killed Alleged USS Cole Attack Mastermind

U.S. military officials have confirmed that a U.S. airstrike last week killed one of the alleged masterminds of the USS Cole bombing which killed 17 sailors in 2000. …

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China’s Xi Commands Armed Forces to be Battle-Ready – Report

An armed conflict between Beijing and Washington could possibly ignite over Taiwan or the South China Sea, while some have suggested that US may use these sensitive spots as a bargaining chip in a trade standoff. …

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Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with US to Qatar

Taliban militants say they will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month and want a shift of venue to Qatar, the political headquarters of the group. …

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2019 ‘a critical year’ for Somali politics and development says Security Council

In the wake of the Somali Government’s decision last week to expel the head of the UN’s assistance mission, UNSOM, the Security Council on Saturday cautioned that 2019 would be “a critical year” for the east African nation that is reconsituting itself after decades of conflict. …

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Sudan police break up anti-govt. protesters, Bashir backers plan to rally

With supporters of President Omar al-Bashir planning a counter-rally next week, police in Sudan have once again fired tear gas canisters at protesters to break up their crowds, more than two weeks after anti-government protests began in the African country. …

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DRC Delays Announcing Results of December Election

Democratic Republic of Congo officials say they are delaying the announcement of the results of its presidential election until some time later this week. …

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Malaysia’s King Muhammad V Abdicates the Throne

The Malaysian National Palace has said in a statement that Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan has resigned as the 15th Agong or Supreme Ruler of the federation. …

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