Geopolitical News, 12 Jan 2019

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Now that we have an overall view of world events, here’s the news in detail:

Accessed on 12 January 2019, 1625 UTC, Post 887.

Source:  https://www.globalsecurity.org

“GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter”, 12 January 2019.

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LATEST NEWS Jan 12, 2019
US Exit from Syria Starts with Equipment, Not Troops

The United States’ withdrawal from Syria is getting under way but, at least for now, it does not involve some 2,000 U.S. troops on the ground, who are aiding in the fight against the Islamic State terror group. …

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Turkish defense minister vows operation against Kurdish YPG forces when time is right

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar says his country’s military continues to prepare for a military operation against US-backed Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria, which will start “at the right time” for the Ankara government. …

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Thousands risk lives fleeing fighting in Syria’s last ISIL stronghold

North-east Syria is seeing increasing numbers of civilian casualties and large-scale displacement amid intensifying efforts to defeat extremists from ISIL, otherwise known as Da’esh, in Deir-ez-Zor governorate, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday. …

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Report: FBI Probed Whether Trump Was Working Against US Interests

The New York Times is reporting that FBI officials were so alarmed by President Donald Trump’s behavior after he fired former FBI Director James Comey that they started investigating whether he was working against American interests. …

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U.S. Lawmakers Slam Treasury Secretary Over Sanctions Relief For Deripaska

The U.S. Treasury secretary has said he told U.S. lawmakers that President Donald Trump will keep strict sanctions on Oleg Deripaska, as congressional Democrats turned up pressure on the administration’s policy toward the Kremlin-connected oligarch. …

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Russia Condemns British Plans To Build Military Bases

Moscow has condemned Britain’s plans to build new military bases in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, saying Russia is prepared to take retaliatory measures if its own interests or those of its allies are threatened. …

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F-35s Unlikely, Taiwan Upgrades F-16s Fighters to Counter China

Taiwan is upgrading a fleet of American-made fighter jets, but may scrap ambitions to acquire the more advanced F-35 models, showing the limits of U.S.-Taiwan military cooperation despite a common interest of resisting China. …

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DR Congo: days ahead ‘critical’ to ‘historic election process’ Security Council hears

With millions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) demonstrating “their commitment to the political process”, the days ahead are “critical” to what has been an “historic election process”, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Friday. …

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