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26th of April – 2nd of May

The U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan

This past week, the U.S. military has begun its complete withdrawal from Afghanistan. The New York Times wrote this past week that the Afghan security forces are “unprepared to face the Taliban, or any other threat, on their own. Over the past few years, the U.S. and NATO have spent tens of billions of dollars to build up the the Afghan security forces, but serious shortages of ammunition, the low pay, and abundant corruption are still causing problems.

Other News

  • A fire in an Iraqi hospital caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder killed at least 82 people
  • In the Somali capital of Mogadishu, gunfire erupted when forces loyal to the president confronted groups that sided with his rivals
  • A spacecraft built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company arrived at the International Space Station last weekend
  • This past month, Iranian military vessels are supposed to have “harassed American ships in the Persian Gulf” twice, according to the New York Times
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23rd of November – 29th of November

Update on the situation in Ethiopia

This Thursday, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Aiby Ahmed ordered what he called a “final” military assault on Tigray’s capital. He also announced that the deadline for the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front to surrender had passed. The announcements come after Prime Minister Ahmed released his military forces on the northern region of Tigray. According to the United Nation, hundreds have since then been reported dead and 40,000 refugees have passed into Sudan.

Scottish Parliament takes action against period poverty

This past week. the Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to make sanitary products available to anyone who needs them. This will include making sanitary products available for everyone in public buildings, including schools and universities. This is a first in the world in the fight against period poverty.

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27th of July – 2nd of August

US to withdraw troops from Germany

The United States announced that it will pull out 12,000 troops from Germany. Some of these troops will be relocated to Belgium and Italy, while 6,400 troops will return to the US. As a member of NATO, Germany committed to spend two percent of its GDP on defense. However, Germany has not kept its word. This decision is of significance as American military has been stationed in Germany since the end of World War  II.