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The Weekly Global Roundup: Trump Cuts Pakistani Security Aid; Taliban Escalates Attacks In Kabul, Afghanistan (January 29 to February 2, 2018)

This roundup covers news summaries across six regions: Africa, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America. Wherever possible I draw links to Singapore, but I think it is more important to understand geopolitical developments around the world, to draw attention to meaningful news stories, and to highlight both positive and negative events.

Around the world, I rely primarily on the email newsletters from “The Economist“, “Foreign Policy“, “Muck Rack“, “The New York Times“, “The Wall Street Journal“, and “The World Post“. In Singapore, the weekly digests from the European Union Centre and the Middle East Institute are handy. Do send me recommendations of news outlets or articles too, to jinyao.guan.yin.miao[a]gmail.com!

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Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

January 29 to February 3, 2018

In the past two weeks, there has been three terror attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan – a hotel siege, an attacker driving an ambulance packed with explosives, and an attack on a military academy – killing more than a hundred people. Taliban claimed responsibility for the first two violent attacks, while the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the third. A “BBC” study found that Taliban threaten 70 per cent of Afghanistan, with “more than 8,500 civilians were killed or injured in the first three-quarters of 2017”. The Afghan government has accused Pakistan of supporting the Islamist militants behind these attacks, and the escalation of violence has also been traced to President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend almost a billion dollars in security assistance to Pakistan in early-January. Pakistan has been criticised for not doing enough against the Taliban and ISIS, which “use sanctuaries … to launch attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan”.

Mr. Trump, however, made no specific mention of Pakistan at his inaugural State of the Union address, but did say that in the future foreign assistance from the United States “will only go to America’s friends”.

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