Terror Continues in U.K. with Second Attack in Two Weeks

Around 10:00 p.m. Saturday night in London, witnesses saw a van plowing down pedestrians on London Bridge. Three men then jumped out of the van at nearby Borough Market and began stabbing passers-by. Police responded and had killed the attackers, who were wearing fake bomb vests, within eight minutes.

As of Sunday morning, seven victims had perished and almost 50 were injured.

The attack comes shortly after a bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. In March, a man drove a van over Manchester Bridge. Prime Minister Teresa May has vowed to take a tougher stance on extremists.

Kabul Reels From Two Attacks in One Week, Over 100 Dead

On Wednesday in Kabul, Afghanistan, a truck exploded near the presidential palace and several embassies. The blast is believed to have killed more than 90 people and injured almost 500. No group has yet taken responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban insists they were not behind it.

Then, during a funeral procession on Saturday, another explosion occurred, killing a dozen individuals and injuring another 20.

The Afghan public is mounting increased pressure against the government to curb these types of attacks and regain control of the country.

In late May, on the first day of Ramadan, the Taliban executed an attack in eastern Afghanistan. An explosive-packed vehicle was driven into a military convoy, killing 18.

 

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Blast Kills 19 at Ariana Grande Concert

An explosion ripped through the crowd of concert-goers after the end of Grande’s concert in Manchester Arena (Manchester, England) Monday night. At least 19 people have died and more than 50 were injured in the blast. British officials are treating the incident as a terror attack, alluding to a male suicide bomber as the culprit. Many of the victims were children and teenagers.

This attack is the latest in a string of terrorist incidents throughout Europe.

 

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FBI Director James Comey Fired

Citing letters from his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, President Trump sent a formal termination notice to (former) FBI Director James Comey Tuesday afternoon. President Trump’s decision was officially  response to the advice from the two department of Justice superiors. The letter from Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein noted Comey’s poor handling of information throughout the investigation of Hillary Clinton, including his releasing of too much information to the media (along with his unnecessary opinions). This letter also cited quotes from various former Attorneys General and Deputy Attorneys General which agreed with this conclusion. Because Comey refused to admit any errors in the way the investigation was handled, both letters urged the President to remove him from the office of FBI Director.  See all of the letters here.

Navy SEAL Killed in Somalia

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Last week, on May 4th, one U.S. Navy SEAL was killed and two others injured in Somalia. The troops were executing a raid on al-Shabab militants in Barii, about 40 miles outside of Mogadishu. This support mission is reflective of an increasing American presence throughout Africa, and Somalia in particular, as an extension of the continued war on terror.

The deceased Navy SEAL was Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken. He was 38 years old, hailing from Falmouth, Maine.

Terrorist Attacks Hit Egypt, Sweden

ISIS claimed responsibility for two bombings that killed 49 people on Palm Sunday in Egypt as Coptic Christians celebrated the holiday. The attacks took place in Tanta, where a bomb was set off inside of a church, and Alexandria, where the attack occurred just outside of a church.

In Stockholm on Friday, a man utilized a delivery truck to kill four people and wound fifteen more. The attacker is believed to a Uzbekistan man who unsuccessfully sought asylum in Sweden. The suspect was not killed in the aftermath and is in custody waiting trial.


This two attacks come shortly after terrorists hit a Russian transit system, killing 11 and injuring more than 40 in St. Petersburg.

Bombing of Airbase Reflects New U.S. Strategy in Syria

On Thursday of last week President Trump ordered an airstrike in Syria in response to the brutal chemical attack on civilians that took place just two days before. The target of the attack was mainly aircraft and ammunition; Syria reported that six individuals were killed. The move by President Trump reflected an obvious change in strategy from the Obama administration, which had declined to act at all over the last six years of the Syrian civil war. Secretary of State Tillerson insists that the Trump administration has no interest in getting involved in the Syrian war. However, the strike does show that the new administration is willing to act when lines are crossed.