Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

By Hadley Baker, Vishnu Kannan
Monday, August 19, 2019, 4:01 PM

At least 63 people were killed and 180 wounded in a suicide bombing at a wedding hall in Kabul on Saturday, reports the Washington Post. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, and a spokesman for the Taliban condemned it. The attack comes as the United States and the Taliban engage in peace negotiations that could result in most U. S. troops leaving Afghanistan on the condition of a Taliban commitment to safety and security.

The Chinese government deployed troops and armored personnel carriers to Shenzhen, across the border from Hong Kong, sending an apparent warning to the semi-autonomous territory that Beijing has the ability to use force in response to recent anti-government protests, according to the New York Times.

An Iranian oil tanker held for six weeks left Gibraltar on Sunday, after British officials denied a U.S. request the tanker be released to them, writes the Times.

Sudan’s pro-democracy movement and the country’s ruling military council finalized a power sharing agreement over the weekend, paving the way for a transition to civilian-led government after the military overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir in April and the subsequent violent protests, reports the Associated Press.

The U.S. provided Huawei a 90-day extension on its ability to purchase some American made goods, in a move by the Commerce Department to minimize disruption after the U.S. government blacklisted the company for allegedly posing a national security threat to the U.S., Reuters writes. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that the most recent extension was to protect Huawei’s U.S. customers, many of which operate networks in rural parts of the country.

Last week, 23 local Texas governments were infected with ransomware, according to the Texas Department of Information Resources, ZDnet reports. Texas officials have described the series of incidents as a coordinated attack.

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Michael Knights assessed the lessons the United Arab Emirates can learn from its intervention in Yemen.

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