Kurds, Iraqis Dispute after Victories

GOOD NEWS: ISIS has lost 95% of its gains in Iraq.

POWER VACUUM: The multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk produces a large amount of oil, which the U.S. trained Kurdish army wants to control.

UPDATE: Iraqi forces seized the oil fields and air base in Kirkuk on Monday, Oct. 16. The Kurds withdrew. (Circa News story)

The U.S. is not currently supporting either side’s claims. Read more at Stars & Stripes

Trump Echoes Socialism’s Failures

President Trump’s speech to the United Nations today highlighted the world organization’s bloated bureaucracy and the failure of Communism and Socialism.

Earlier this year NATO got the same message from Trump and started taking more responsibility for their defense.

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By History Infographics — Sources . . .

https://ourworldindata.org/data/war-peace/military-spending/

Socialism in Sweden: http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/sweden.htm

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Defending South Korea with THAAD

TIMELINE

1. The U.S. rushed deployment of two THAADs to the SE of South Korea before their Presidential elections.

2. China balked at THAAD deployment.

3. New South Korean President suspended deployment of additional THAAD, citing environmental concerns (ridiculous).

4. JUNE 7, 2017: North Korea just launched new missile salvos, (fourth since new President Moon took over.)

5. Will the U.S. reconsider its defense of South Korea?

UPDATE: South Korea has agreed to accept more THAAD missile defense from the U.S. after another launch by North Korea on June 9. Read more at Stripes.com

Why the U.S. cares about Somalia

April 15, 2017: Over 20 101st Airborne troops sent to Somalia to train forces fighting radical Islamist group al-Shabab

May 5: Death of U.S. Navy Seal announced outside Mogadishu.

Loss of Somalia to radical Islamists could force maritime trade to travel around the African continent. Read more at Geopoliticalfutures.com

Obama created Somali enclave in Amarillo, Texas. They elected their own mayors. (Watchdog.org)