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Foreign Policy Focus is a podcast hosted by me, Kyle! It covers current events overseas and how those events affect you at home. While US military operations in the Middle East seem like they are on the other side of the world, they have real impacts on the everyday lives of Americans. Wars are the most costly of all US government actions and politicians use them to strip away rights of Americans. Knowing what your government is doing around the globe will give you insight into what they are doing at home.
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Foreign Policy Focus is a podcast hosted by me, Kyle! It covers current events overseas and how those events affect you at home. While US military operations in the Middle East seem like they are on the other side of the world, they have real impacts on the everyday lives of Americans. Wars are the most costly of all US government actions and politicians use them to strip away rights of Americans. Knowing what your government is doing around the globe will give you insight into what they are doing at home.

Dec 12, 2017

On FPF #129, I take questions for the first Q and A show. I answer questions on Yemen, Trump, and Israel. I explain Trump's possible reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. I also discuss CNN's fake bombshell report on a connection between Wikileaks and the Trump Campaign. 

Dec 9, 2017

On FPF #128, I discuss the execution of Daniel Shaver by police officer Phillip Brailsford. The shooting occurred in January 2016 and Brailsford has been acquitted by a jury of all charges. A judge finally allowed the body cam footage to the public. I react to the video and give some analysis. I also explain how America's are not holding out military and police to a high enough moral standard. 

Link to video

Dec 7, 2017

On FPF #127, I look at current events from the perspective of people in other countries. I explain how US war games create fear among North Koreas. I describe how the US moving of the US Embassy in Israel impacts the Palestinians. I update Lebanon's Prime Minister Hariri announcing his resending of his resignation and how the could delegitimize him in the eyes of the Lebanese people. I also detail how the current US occupation of Syria could upset the Syrian people. 

Articles

  • The US plans to spend $14.4 million to reopen a Cold War Era base in Iceland. [Link]
  • Trump is expected to announce the US embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerulesum. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE announce new partnership separate from the GCC. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced he will no longer be resigning. [Link]
  • Fighting between ISIS-K and the Taliban breaks out in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The US has increased the number of airstrikes in Afghanistan and killing more Afghani civilians. [Link] 
  • The Pentagon says the US will remain in Syria “as long as we need to.” [Link]
  • Iona Craig details the horrors Yemeni children live under. [Link] 
  • US bombs being used on civilian targets in Yemen. [Link]
  • Honduran President Hernandez is said to be still ahead in the voting after a partial recount of the presidential election. [Link]
  • The US and South Korean air forces are holding massive war games in South Korea. NSA McMaster says war with North Korea more likely. [Link]
  • Former SDF spokesmen speaks out about SDF ties to the PKK.  [Link] 
  • Israel carried out more airstrikes on Assad allied targets near Damascus. [Link] 
  • The US missile defense system likely failed to hit Houthi converted SCUD missile fired at Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
Dec 5, 2017

On FPF #126, I discuss three states were Hillary Clinton played a large role in the direction of the country's future while she was Secretary of State. In Honduras, Hillary Clinton gave legitimacy to a military coup and helped elected a leader against the will of the Honduran people. A recent election stoled by a president supported by Hillary Clinton lead to protests. The protesters are being suppressed by forces trained by the US. In Yemen, a one-man election organized by Hillary Clinton set off a chain of events leading to civil war and famine. Recent fighting has lead to the split of the Houthi/Salah alliance and the death of the former president of Yemen Salah. In Libya, Hillary Clinton pushed for war against the Libyan leader Gaddafi. The death of Gaddafi led to a failed state in Libya. Competing government in Liyba are weaponizing rape and salves are openly sold. 

Dec 1, 2017

On FPF #125, I explain the recurring failure of US foreign policy through the lens of the massacre in Bariire. In the missions that lead to the massacre, the SEALs allied themselves with former al-Shabaab fighters and used a translator know for giving false information. The SEALs failed to understand the local politics and warring tribes complicated the situation on the ground. In the end, the mission ended in a massacre, and a terror attack in October is possible blowback. These are just a few of the several reasons this mission, like all COIN operations, failed. Daily Beast Article

Nov 29, 2017

On FPF #124, I discuss North Korea's recent missile test and events around Africa. I give the details and some analysis of Nort Korea's missile test. I also discuss the reaction from world leaders. I examine the situation In Zimbabwe, a new president has been sworn in after the coup. I look at a new Kenyan president being sworn in. I also update Egypt's Saini massacreMarcon's trip to West Africa and Nigeria. 

Nov 27, 2017

On FPF #123, I smackdown two articles published in the New York Times. The first article I take on is Thomas Freidman's love letter to MBS. I explain how Freidman is so enchanted by MBS he ignores MBS's crimes. The second article examines if anyone is committing war crimes in Yemen. In this article, the NYT hides Saudi and US war crimes in Yemen. 

Nov 24, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to cover the fall of ISIS. This episode is the second in a two-part series on the rise and fall of ISIS, the first show can be found here. In this part of the series, Will details how the US and Russia became involved in Syria. Will covers the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa. Will explains how the War against ISIS has impacted the Syrian Civil War. Will also gives analysis on what to expect now that the caliphate is dead. 

Articles 

  • Starvation in Mosul [Link]
  • 40,000 Casualties in Mosul [Link] 
  • New York Times - The Uncounted [Link]
  • Kurdish withdraw from Kirkuk [Link] 
  • AirWars' Casualty Figures for Raqqa [Link] 
Nov 22, 2017

On FPF #121, I guide you through foreign policy discussions at Thanksgiving dinner. I identify the important players in ongoing wars. I debunk common myths people believe about US wars. I also give talking points to help you simply explain complex geopolitics issues. 

Nov 20, 2017

On FPF #120, I look at the 60 Minutes segment on Yemen. The segment was one of the first times the crisis and war in Yemen has gained MSM attention. The 60 Minutes crew was denied access to Yemen by Saudi Arabia. The segment has several problems that I address. I also update Lebanon, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

Articles 

  • Trump threatens to close the PLO. [Link]
  • More US troops are dying in war zones for the first time in six years. [Link]
  • A Marine killed a Japanese citizen in a car crash. [Link]
  • US warship collides with Japanese tugboat. [Link]
  • Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe refuses to step down as president. [Link] 
  • Turkey’s president pulls Turkish troops from NATO exercises in Norway. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri made it to France on Saturday. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Kurdish government announce their support for a united Iraq. [Link]
  • 130 children die every day in Yemen. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia blocks ’60 Minutes’ from entering Yemen [Link]
Nov 17, 2017

On FPF #119, I discuss the coup to remove Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. The military commander behind the coup has insisted that this is not a coup. The former Vice President is poised to take power as the 93-year-old Mugabe is ousted. The AU and UN have said they are looking for a peaceful transition of power. I also update the imprisonment of Lebanon's Prime Minister, the Afghan opium market, and North Korea. 

Articles 

  • China will send a high-level envoy to North Korea. [Link] 
  • South Korea says the US needs their consent before attacking North Korea. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia may be planning to replace Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri with his brother Bahaa. Bahaa made statement condemning Iran and Hezbollah. [Link]
  • Islamic State snipers are using US weapons and equipment. [Link]
  • Dan McAdams explains how the US plans to influence Hungarian elections. [Link]
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies has been pushing the idea of putting THAAD missiles in South Korea. THAAS missiles are made by a top donor of CSIS, Lockheed Martian. [Link]
  • African countries are attempting to peacefully transition President Mugabe from power. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri plans to leave Saudi Arabia Saturday for France. [Link]
  • Afghanistan 2017 opium crop sets records of land use and weight produced. The anti-opium effort destroyed a record amount of opium. [Link]
  • Inspector general report finds US troops were informally told to ignore child sex abuse. [Link]
Nov 15, 2017

FPF#118, I look at the future of the Syrian Civil War. Al-Qaeda continues to control territory in Idlib Syria. Israel is threatening to attack Iranian or Hezbollah targets in Syria. Turkey is threatening to attack the Syrian Kurds. Assad restated his goal to control all of Syria. The US plans to stay to prevent any future ISIS 2.0 from popping up. I also update North Korea, Yemen, Libya, and Zimbabwe. 

Articles 

  • A Green Beret was killed in Mali by two Navy SEALs after the Green Beret uncovered the SEALs stealing money. [Link]
  • A breakaway region of Somalia, Somaliland, held presidential elections Monday. [Link]
  • A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea. The soldier was hit by gunfire from North Koreans as he fled. [Link] 
  • North Korea sends a letter to the UN about US aggression. [Link] 
  • Israel will destroy a Palestinian village and displace 300 people. [Link]
  • BBC documents the deal cut between the US/SDF and ISIS. The deal allowed IS fighters, including foreign fighters, to escape the city of Raqqa. EHSANI22 claims IS allowed the SDF to take the Omar oil fields in exchange. [Link] [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia continues to block ports and airports in Northern Yemen. [Link] 
  • House passes a non-binding resolution that declares the US role in Saudi’s war against Yemen is unauthorized. [Link]
  • House votes 366-30 on a nonbinding resolution against supporting Saudi’s war in Yemen. [Link]
  • The ‘groundbreaking’ Atlantic article showing a conversation between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. was unethically edited. [Link]
  • 23 European countries sign an agreement to spend more on military and promote European military integration. [Link]
  • CNN exposes the slave trade in Libya. [Link] 
  • In Libya, militants are cutting water to cities to negotiate with the governments. [Link] 
  • Tanks of entered the capital city of Zimbabwe. Reports suggest that the military may attempt to remove the 93-year-old President Mugabe from power. [Link] The military declared they had control of the capital city but were not carrying out a coup. [Link]
  • In Syria, 53 people were killed in a market by airstrikes. Russia likely carried out the strikes. [Link] 
  • Turkish President Erdogan suggests Turkey may attack the Syrian Kurds. [Link] 
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister said Russia has not ensured Iranian backed forces will leave Syria. [Link] 
  • Iraq/Iran earthquake death toll now at 530. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia bombed the airport in Yemen. The destruction of the airport will make it more difficult to get starving people food. [Link]
Nov 13, 2017

On FPF #117, I discuss Trump's trip to Asia. In South Korea, Trump pushed missile defense and weapon sales. In the Philippines, Trump met with Putin and pushed for more weapon sales. Trump rounded out the trip in the Philippines. I also update Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Africa. 

Articles 

  • A Marine drill instructor was given ten years in prison for abusing recruits. The drill instructor targeted three Muslim recruits. [Link]
  • The debt from US wars after 9/11 will cost taxpayers $8 trillion in interest. [Link]
  • Trump tells the Vietnam leader his country should buy more weapons from the US. Trump also said he would mediate the South China Sea dispute. [Link]
  • Trump suggests the US may remove some sanctions on Russia. Trump also said he might become friends with Kim Jung Un. [Link]
  • The State Department will give $750,000 to Hungarian media. [Link]
  • The US has spent $5.6 trillion on conflict since 2001. [Link]
  • The US carried out three drone strikes against IS and al-Shabaab targets over the weekend. [Link]
  • The ISIS group in Somalia has grown to over 200 fighters. [Link]
  • West African jihad is starting with a desire to protect cattle. [Link]
  • Lebanese sources say Lebanon’s Prime Minister is being held under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. [Link]
  • The Afghan Maj. Gen. in charge of operations in the Helmond Province said “It’s with the Marines’ support and cooperation that we’ve reached this level…If they leave again, things will 100% be reversed.” [Link]
  • The US claims the missile fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia is Iranian made. [Link]
  • The UN warns the Saudi blockade of Yemen will kill millions of people. [Link]
Nov 10, 2017

On FPF #116, I update the geopolitical mess in Arabia and the Levant. In Yemen, the US now blames Iran for supplying the Houthi with the missile that targeted Saudi Arabia. The Lebanon Prime Minister remains under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. In Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince bin Salman continues to arrest officials and princes on corruption charges. I also update Catalonia, Russiagate, and ISIS. 

Articles

  • The US has spent $5.6 trillion on conflict since 2001. [Link]
  • Philip Giraldi explains how the US can be trapped into more interventions in the Middle East. [Link]
  • Reports from North Korea claim soldiers are looting food form the civilians. [Link] 
  • The US carried out a drone strike against an al-Shabaab target in Somalia. [Link]
  • Lebanese sources say Lebanon's Prime Minister is being held under house arrest in Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia orders its citizens out of Lebanon. [Link]
  • The US is carrying out more airstrikes in Afghanistan. [Link]
  • The US claims the missile fired from Yemen at Saudi Arabia is Iranian made. [Link]
  • The USA LIBERTY ACT passes its House committee. The bill will renew the FISA 702 program and expand the government’s ability to spy on Americans. [Link] 
  • Trump was unable to visit the DMZ due to weather. [Link]
  • The US could have almost 16,000 troops in Afghanistan next year. [Link] 
  • Spain claims to have annulled the Catalan independence. Catalans continue to strike and protest against the Catalan government. [Link]
  • ISIS lost control of their last stronghold in Syria. ISIS only controls a few villages in Syria. [Link] 
  • The UN says Saudi Arabia must lift the blockade of Yemen to avoid a massive famine. [Link]
  • William Binney met with CIA Direct Mike Pompeo to discuss the DNC Leaks. Trump requested Pompeo take this meeting. [Link]
  • Israel tells diplomats to follow Saudi Arabia’s narrative on Lebanon’s prime minister resigning. [Link] 
  • Nikki Haley said the UN needs to take actions against Iran because of the Yemeni missile fired at Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia kills 30 people in Yemen. Children, women, and paramedics were among the dead. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia has not blocked humanitarian aid from reaching Yemen. [Link]
  • Trump will ask Congress for another $5.9 billion in defense spending. The money is for more THAAD missiles in South Korea and for 3,500 troops to be sent to Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • Iran will allow India to use a port in southern Iran. The access to the port will give India a trade route to central Asia and Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Trump voices support for the Saudi purge. [Link]
Nov 8, 2017

Will Porter returns to FPF for ep. 115. Will discuss the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Will starts with the origins and founders of the group that would one day declare a caliphate. Will analyzes the US role in Iraq, Libya, and Syria led to the rise of IS. Will then explains the narrative of IS as it reaches its peak and anti-ISIS coalitions start to build. 

This is part one of a two-part series of the rise and fall of ISIS. 

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs.

His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and Antiwar.com.

Articles 

The Redline and the Rat Line [Link] 

2012 DIA memo [Link] 

Press report of U.S. weapons in militant hands [Link] [Link]

Nov 6, 2017

On FPF #114, I discuss all the news from a significant foreign policy weekend. Yemen shoot a ballistic missile at Saudi's capital. Lebanon's Prime Minister resigned. Saudi's Crown Prince arrested several members of Saudi's royal family. Shortly after, several high ranking Saudi officials were killed in a helicopter crash. The Catalan President has also turned himself into Belgian authorities. 

Further reading 

Rand Paul

Paradise Papers

Catalan Independence

Syria Terror Attack

Yemen Ballistic Missile

Lebanon Prime Minister Resigns

Saudi Shake-Up

 

Nov 3, 2017

On FPF #113, I look at some recent wins for the empire. The empire makes a significant gain by getting Nigerien government permission to carry out drone strikes in Niger. A new lie linking Iran to al-Qaeda will help the empire win US support for war with Iran. The House also killed H.Con.Res 81, preventing an end to the war in Yemen. 

Articles

  • Trump says NYC attacker should get the death penalty. [Link]
  • Twitter hid 48% of tweets that included #DNCLeaks. [Link]
  • Facebook and YouTube deleting user-uploaded content is destroying the only copies of evidence of war crimes. [Link]
  • Boris Johnson will travel to the US to try to convince the Senate to say in the nuclear agreement with Iran. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama debunks new claims that Iraq is allied with al-Qaeda. [Link]
  • Catalonia’s president says he will not go to Spain to stand trial. [Link] 
  • A Spanish court has imprisoned Catalonia’s Vice President and cabinet members. [Link] 
  • The US continues to have diplomatic connections with North Korea. [Link] 
  • South Korea’s president said his country will not develop or host nuclear weapons. [Link]
  • Niger’s Defense Minister announced the US can use armed drones in Niger. [Link] 
  • Nigerien officials claim the US forces killed in Niger were on a raid hunting ISIS-linked groups. [Link] 
  • The Turkish army clashed with the PKK along the Iraqi border killing 25. [Link]
  • The Syrian Army has liberated Deir Ezzor city from the Islamic State. [Link]
  • A Pakistani woman was arrested for killing 17 people with poisoned milk. The woman was attempting to only kill her husband. [Link]
  • Turkish forces are surrounding the Kurdish Afrin enclave. [Link] 
  • Israel attacked a Syrian weapons depot in the Homs Province. Syria fired surface to air missiles in response. Israel reported none of its aircraft were hit. [Link]
  • In Yemen, 29 civilians were killed when Saudi Arabia bombed a market. [Link]
Nov 1, 2017

On FPF #112, I give my initial thoughts on the terror attack in NYC. I also cover the other important news of the day. Iran has self-limited their ballistic missile range to 2000 km. Mattis and Tillerson tell Congress that the 2001 AUMF allows for war in Africa. In Iraq, the central government looks to end Kurdish autonomy. I also update H.Con.Res 81, Syria, and Lebanon. 

Articles

  • Joe Lauria looks at the Democratic money behind the Russiagate conspiracy. [Link]
  • Eight people were killed by a terrorist in New York City. [Link]
  • The House Minority Whip is pushing Democrats to not sign onto H.Con.Res 81. [Link] 
  • The US gave two A-29 light attack aircraft to Lebanon. [Link] 
  • US Maj. Gen. James Jarrard said the US has 4,000 troops in Syria. [Link] 
  • The Catalan President gave a press conference in Belgium. He said he was not seeking asylum in Belgium and will return to Catalonia when conditions allow him to. The Spanish court ordered the president and his cabinet to appear in court in Madrid. [Link] 
  • Cave-ins at North Korea’s nuclear testing site may have killed up to 200 people. [Link] 
  • Five Malian soldiers and one civilian was killed by militants. Jihadist groups like IS and al-Qaeda operate in the area. [Link] 
  • Israel’s Public Defense Minister announces the creation of a new police force to guard the Temple Mount. The new police force will have 200 members. [Link]
  • Iran has self-imposed a range of 2000 km for their ballistic missiles. [Link] 
  • The US has spent over $1.5 billion to arm and train Lebanese troops. [Link]
  • James Mattis testified before Congress that the US will remain in Iraq with or without the permission of the Iraqi government. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi government has taken a border crossing with Turkey from the Kurds. [Link]
  • Paul Manafort and his former deputy Rick Gates have surrendered to the FBI. The Muller investigation filed 12 changes against Manafort/Gates. [Link] Manafort/Gates were placed under house arrest. [Link]
  • Special forces captured a militant who was in part behind the 2012 Benghazi attack. He will be tried in federal court. [Link] 
  • Mattis and Tillerson testify before Congress that they do not need a new war authorization for the US expansive interventions in Africa. [Link] Mattis testified that the US troops killed in Niger were not in Niger under authority from the 2001 AUMF. [Link] 
  • The State Department issues a travel warning for Americans traveling to Niger. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Afghanistan killed two civilians at an engagement party. [Link] 
  • Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, says Iraqi militias will ignore the order from Rex Tillerson to disband. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi government will look to end Kurdish autonomy. [Link]
Oct 30, 2017

On FPF #111, I discuss House Concurrent Resolution 81. H.Con. Res 81 is a bill invoking the War Powers Act to end US support for Saudi Arabia's war against the people of Yemen. The US is currently providing vital support to Saudi Arabia's war effort. The US is selling Saudi Arabia billions of dollars worth of weapons, providing ships to support the blockade, and providing mid-air refueling to Saudi warplanes. Ending the US support will help the people of Yemen and weaken al-Qaeda in Yemen. 

Articles 

  • Kuwait's Prime Minister announces his resignation. [Link] 
  • The Taliban kill 15 Afghan police in two attacks. [Link]
  • The US coalition in Afghanistan killed two civilians at an engagement party. [Link]
  • The Syrian army continues to liberate areas around Deir Ezzor from the Islamic State. Around 1,500 civilians remain in IS-held areas of the city. The Syrian army and allied forces continue to kill civilians with bombs. [Link]
  • A man, who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State then was captured, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. [Link]
  • Harvard-Harris polling that showed 70% of Americans support renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal was based on a biased question. [Link]
  • Raytheon won a $1.5 billion contract from the Pentagon. [Link] 
  • The IAEA Cheif confirms Iran is living up to the nuclear agreement. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government has dismissed the Catalan Parliment, president, the president’s cabinet, and chief of police. [Link] 
  • A US service member was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The US gave the Afghanistan military 6 additional A-29 attack planes. [Link] 
  • The leader of the Kurdish Regional Government, Barzani, will resign from office. [Link] 
  • Moon of Alabama highlights inconsistencies in the UN report on the April 4th chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun. [Link] 
  • The Syrian government killed 11 civilians and destroyed a school outside of Damascus. [Link]
Oct 27, 2017

On FPF #110, I discuss the Catalan Parliment declaring independence from Spain. The Catalan Parliment voted in the face of several threats from the Spanish government. The Spanish President is hoping to invade Catalonia in response. I also call on my audience to contact their Representative and ask them to support H.Con.Res 81. 

Articles 

  • The Trump administration is imposing new screening and interviews on travelers coming into the US. American citizens are subject to the searches and interviews. [Link]
  • Twitter banned Russia Today and Spudnik News from running ads. [Link]
  • Vice President Pence said the US will provide more aid and protection to Christians living in the Middle East. [Link] 
  • Senator Chris Murphy will introduce a bill to prevent Trump from attacking North Korea without Congressional approval. [Link] 
  • Peter Van Buren argues mutually assured destruction will prevent war between the US and North Korea. [Link] 
  • Nick Turse lays out the history of US interventionism in Niger. [Link] 
  • Trump says China is helping the US in North Korea and Russia is hurting American efforts. [Link] 
  • The Catalan Parliment will vote on declaring independence. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi army has announced they are attacking Islamic State targets on the border with Syria. Peshmerga forces are reporting they are being attacked by the Iraqi army as well. [Link] 
  • Turkey and Iraq say the Kurds freezing their independence referendum isn’t good enough. [Link] 
  • Tillerson says Assad is on his way out in Syria. [Link]
  • The FEC has filed a complaint against Hillary Clinton for failing to disclose payments related to the Trump dossier. [Link]
  • In March 2013, a Saudi price provided arms to the Free Syrian Army and ordered them to attack Damascus. The attack included shelling of the Assad palace and Damascus airport. [Link]
  • US F-35s will be deployed overseas for the first time. 12 F-35s will be stationed in Japan. [Link]
  • The House passed a bill with the harshest sanctions ever against North Korea. The sanctions prevent anyone with ties to the US from doing business with North Korea. [Link] 
  • The US has been pushing the Niger government to be able to carry out drone strikes in Niger. The deaths of the four US soldiers could be enough to talk the Niger government into allowing drone strikes. [Link]
Oct 25, 2017

On FPF #109, I discuss the expanding US war in Africa. US operations in Africa have greatly expanded since AFRICOM was created in 2008. The US now has 6,000 troops in Africa and the troops are involved in 3,500 military operations every year. Now Sen Lindsey Graham says the US will expand the war to Africa. 

Articles 

  • After meeting with Defense Secretary James Mattis, Senator Lindsey Graham said the global war on terror will be explaining. Graham also said the war is moving to Africa. [Link] 
  • Nick Turse on the expanding role of the US military in Africa. [Link] 
  • The US is using Niger as a hub for military operations in West Africa. [Link] 
  • Afghani warlord Hekmatyar has returned to the capital city of Kabul and is giving a series of political speeches. [Link] 
  • Afghan President Ghani traveled to India to meet with Indian Prime Minister Modi. [Link]
  • The Kurdistan Regional Government issues a statement to the Iraqi government. The Kurdish government will freeze the referendum on independence. [Link]
  • Marcy Wheeler reports on Congress’s attempt to expand spying on Americans. [Link]
  • 70% of Americans believe the nuclear agreement with Iran should be renegotiated. [Link]
  • Some US Senators were stunned to learn US troops were in Niger. [Link] 
  • The UN added 32 items to the list of goods prohibited from being sold to North Korea. [Link]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan. [Link] Tillerson says the US will look to work with moderate members of the Taliban. [Link] 
  • The president of Iraq rejects Tillerson calls to disband Shi’ite militias. [Link] 
  • ISIS kills 70 civilians in a Syria town. [Link] 
  • US airstrikes on Deir Ezzor kill 22 civilians. [Link] 
  • The US returned diplomats to Venezuela that were recalled during unrest in Venezuela. [Link]
Oct 23, 2017

On FPF #108, I discuss several current news events. CIA Director Pompeo said the CIA will become a more vicious agency. The CIA will also begin an operation in Afghanistan against Taliban leadership. The US is preparing to put nuclear bombers on 24-hour alert. The USS John McCain has taken on additional damage. The story of how US soldiers died in Niger is becoming clear. I also update Iran, Syria, Rex Tillerson's trip to the Middle East. 

Articles 

  • The US is preparing to put nuclear armed bombers on 24 hour alert. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said the CIA will become a more vicious agency. [Link] 
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushes European countries to adopt sanctions against the IRGC. [Link] 
  • Iran’s Foreign Minister says Iran will not renegotiate on the nuclear agreement. [Link] 
  • Tillerson took a trip to the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, he called for the kingdom to have closer relations with Iraq. In Qatar, he called for a quick resolution to the split between Qatar and other GCC countries. Tillerson also called for Iranian backed militants in Iraq to go home or integrate with the Iraqi army. [Link] 
  • The USS John McCain has taken on additional damage. [Link] 
  • Spain’s prime minister calls on the government to grant him the power to dissolve the Catalan government. Catalonia’s president called for the Catalan government to have a strong response. [Link] 
  • The US has 8,000 troops deployed to Africa. [Link]
  • Jason Ditz explains how US soldiers were killed in Niger. [Link]
  • The US is expanding the drone war against jihadists in West Africa. [Link] 
  • A senior Congressional aide blames a lack of intelligence for the death of four American soldiers in Niger. The aide said there was no overhead drone during the operation. The Pentagon denies the soldiers died because of a lack of intelligence. [Link] 
  • The CIA is expanding its role in Afghanistan. The CIA will now have a team of agents in Afghanistan hunting terrorists. [Link] 
  • The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks on Shi’ite mosques in Afghanistan. 72 people were killed in the attack. [Link] 
  • 13% of Afghan soldiers brought into the US to train go AWOL. 83 Afghans have never been found. [Link] 
  • Eric Margolis on the rise and fall of ISIS. [Link] 
  • US backed forces in Syria have been ordered to kill foreign Islamic State fighters. [Link]
  • Israel destroyed a Syrian Army outpost in southern Syria after mortar fire landed in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. It is not clear the mortar fire came from the Syrian Army and the mortars landed in empty area. [Link]
Oct 20, 2017

On FPF #107, I look at the Neocons pushing Trump to war with Iran. The push has lead Trump to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. The Neocons are now claiming Iran destabilizes the Middle East by making up a fake narrative about the Iraqi Kurds. The Neocon push will be based on lies and half-truths. In this show, I expose some of the lies. 

Articles 

  • CIA Director Pompeo said the connection between Iran and al-Qaeda is an open secret. [Link]
  • CIA Director Pompeo said North Korea is rapidly moving towards having the ability to hit the US with a nuclear weapon. [Link] 
  • 64% of Americans favor diplomacy with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Spain announced it will revoke Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule over Catalonia. [Link]
  • A Saudi airstrike killed six Yemeni civilians. Four of the dead are children. Only one member of the family survived the attack. [Link]
  • Patrick Cockburn explains how the US could lose by Trump decertifying the Iran nuclear agreement. [Link] 
  • Catalonia’s president said Catalonia will secede from Spain if Spain removes Catalan autonomy. [Link]
  • Moon of Alabama explains how internal Kurdish politics played in role in the Kurdish withdraw from Kirkuk. [Link]
Oct 18, 2017

On FPF #106, I discuss the terror attack in Somalia that killed over 300 people. I look at blowback and how US policy possibly motivated the bomber. I explain that while Americans may not care about dead Somalis, people in the Muslim world do. I update Marawi, Kurdistan, Syria, and Israel. 

Articles

  • The US shipped Saudi Arabia $70 million more in weapons during the first eight months of 2017 than during the first eight months of 2016. [Link]
  • Two leaders of the Catalan independence movement have been jailed while they are investigated for sedition. [Link] 
  • The two leaders of the Islamic State-linked jihadist group controlling the city Marawi have been killed. [Link]
  • The US has spent $3.9 billion per month for 16 years in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • Taliban suicide bombers targeted a police training building killing at least 33. [Link]
  • The Iraqi government forces have taken several positions in and around the city of Kirkuk. The Kurdish forces previously held Kirkuk. Some fighting has been reported, but Kurdish forces have mostly withdrawn. [Link] 
  • Kurdish families fled Kirkuk as the Iraqi army advanced on and took control of the city. [Link]
  • The leader of Iraqi Kurdish forces said the Iraqi government’s offensive against Kirkuk amounts to a declaration of war. [Link]
  • The Syrian Arab Army is quickly advancing against the Islamic State in the Deir Ezzor Province. [Link] 
  • Israeli warplanes hitting Syrian targets were fired on by Syrian anti-aircraft weapons. Israeli responded by bombing Syrian anti-aircraft weapon. [Link]
  • Iran’s foreign minister said Iran would remain in the nuclear deal so long as European countries remain in the deal. [Link]
  • Spain plans to seize Catalonia if Catalan leadership does not end the attempt at independence. [Link]
  • At least 300 people have been killed by a truck explosion in Somalia’s capital city Mogadishu. [Link]
  • The former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is warning the US the Trump’s new Afghanistan policy will not work. [Link] 
  • US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces allowed 275 Islamic State fighters and their family members leave Raqqa. The SDF now plan their final assault on the remaining Islamic State fighters in Raqqa. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi government says the Iraqi Kurds has declared war against them by allowing PKK fighters into Kirkuk. Iraqi Kurdish officials deny these claims. [Link] 
  • The Iraqi army is advancing on Kirkuk. [Link] 
  • The Syrian government is demanding that Turkish troops withdraw from Syria. Additional Turkish troops entered the Idlib Province of Syria as part of a deal to establish deconfliction zones. Turkish troops are thought to be working with the al-Qaeda backed Syrian rebel groups. [Link] 
  • Recent Saudi airstrikes kill 29 children in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been criticized several times for killing Yemeni children. [Link]
Oct 16, 2017

On FPF #105, I discuss Trump's Iran policy speech. Trump's speech was filled with lies and half-truths meant to make Americans scared of Iran. Trump then uses the lies to justify decertifying the P5+1 Nuclear Agreement. I debunk the lies and explore why Trump's policy will fail. 

Trump's Speech

Gareth Porter's Book

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