We are talking about the pre-dawn raid to kill an ISIS leader and Russia’s response to the US troop deployment.
Biden calls ISIS leader’s death a warning to terrorists
President Biden said on Thursday that The leader of the Islamic State dies in a raid of US Special Operations commandos during a pre-detected attack in northwestern Syria.
About two dozen US commandos carried out a helicopter attack on Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, which began around midnight at a residential building in Atmeh, in Syria’s Idlib province. Rescue workers said women and children were among at least 13 people killed in the raid.
Biden said al-Qurayshi died when a bomb exploded killing him and his family members. Biden added in a statement, “All Americans have returned safely from the campaign.”
Al-Qurayshi: Little known about the leader of ISIS, 45 years old and born in Iraq. He lives off-grid, and only occasionally leaves the building in Atmeh to shower on the roof.
Text definition: The strike came days after a battle on a Syrian prison that holds IS fighters, the largest US fight with the Islamic State since the end of the war three years ago.
Russia denounces the US deployment
The Kremlin on Thursday said the US plan to send troops to Eastern Europe because of concerns about Ukraine. intended to “stir up tension.”
The United States announced its decision to send 3,000 more troops on Wednesday, saying doing so would help protect NATO allies against the threat of Russian aggression.
US officials and satellite image pointed out that Russia has not slowed down its army build-up, adding troops and military hardware in the past 24 hours near the border of Ukraine and neighboring Belarus.
However, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov accused the Americans of “causing tension on the European continent”, and described the US deployment of troops to Poland and Romania as an act of intimidation “in the region”. our border neighborhood”.
React: “These are not long-term moves – they are a response to the current security environment in the face of increasing threatening behavior by the Russian Federation,” said Ned Price, a State Department spokesman. . Price emphasize that it will not send troops into Ukraine.
Related: American officials on Thursday accused Moscow of fabricated conspiracy a ready-made camera “assault” on Russian interests, and said the plot went far enough that the body for the footage was found.
Australia and New Zealand are reopening. Are residents ready?
The Australian government says it is ready to “live with the virus” after nearly 95% of adults there have been vaccinated. But many people don’t feel ready.
When the state of South Australia announced the end of intensive contact tracing, a Facebook group was set up so people could do it themselves. The Prime Minister has declared lockdowns a thing of the past, but then so many residents of Australia’s two largest cities stayed inside during the Omicron spike to the point where it became known as a “shadow lockdown”. “. Even when borders were opened for the first time since March 2020, the country remained mostly the same.
The country has experienced a dizzying turn in its approach to the pandemic. For 18 months, it managed to quell every outbreak. Then, late last year, the government announced Australia would be “staring at” Omicron and “not going back.” This week, however, Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted that authorities had raised expectations of a rebirth too high.
Asia-Pacific nations are not eager to imitate what Australia has done, with Japan, South Korea and Thailand pausing or delaying reopening. New Zealand is taking a more cautious approach, gradually reopening to tourists from abroad over the next nine months.
The numbers: The Omicron tide peaked at 150,000 new daily cases on January 13. Prior to this wave, the country had never reached 3,000 in a single day. And last Friday, Australia had its deadliest day of the pandemic, reporting 98 deaths.
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Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Year
70 years ago this Sunday, a front page story in The Times marked the end of one era and the beginning of another: 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth became queen on February 6, 1952, after her father, King George VI, died aged 56. “For the first time in 115 years, a woman is crowned the most noble and stable in the world,” The Times reported.
At 95, Elizabeth is the world’s longest-reigning monarch and the only British monarch to ever celebrate platinum. Her 70-year reign has included profound changes, including the shrinking of the country’s empire, with many historians seeing the handover of Hong Kong in 1997 as its final step.
Throughout it all, Elizabeth has never given up on the formality and solemnity of the role. However, the actions of her descendants opened the Royal Family to a new chapter, often characterized by a time of greater attention – and a sometimes difficult relationship with the media.
Many will remember the queen grieving alone last year at a physically separated funeral for Prince Philip, her 73-year-old husband. But in her Christmas speech, Elizabeth expressed hope that her Platinum Jubilee will “be an opportunity for people everywhere to enjoy a sense of togetherness.” Celebrations are planned around the world.
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