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DEBKAFile: Perpetrator of suburban DC assault on congressmen shot dead
June 14, 2017, 7:01 PM (IDT)
The gunman who carried out Wednesday’s mass shooting outside Washington has been identified by multiple law enforcement souces as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, a resident of Illinois. He allegedly used an M4 rifle in the attack on Republican congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game. Hodgkinson, who was shot and subdued by the congressmen’s security detail, later died at a hospital. There has not been confirmation of any motive for the assault. Hodgkinson’s Facebook page, which shows a banner image of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, contains strong criticism of Republican congressmen and President Donald Trump. A message posted by Hodgkinson on March 22 says “Trump is a Traitor. Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.”

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On June 12, anti-corruption proteststhe largest anti-government rallies in five yearstook place in 224 cities across Russia. Most striking is how … It is also, according to polls, a generation which is the strongest supporter of Putin. They like
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Voice of America: Two Top Michigan Officials Charged in Flint Water Crisis
Two more top Michigan officials have been charged in connection with the Flint water crisis that left the citys municipal water supply contaminated with lead. Nick Lyon, the head of Michigans health department was charged with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the events leading up to the crisis, while Dr. Eden Wells, the state’s chief medical officer was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to police. Lyon is the highest-ranking official yet to be prosecuted for the water crisis. He is accused of failing to alert the public of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Flint area, which was linked to the citys water supply. Flint’s water was tainted for at least 18 months after the city switched its water supply from the Detroit water system to the Flint River as a cost-cutting measure. The city switched its water supply in 2014 without ensuring that water from the Flint River had been treated with anti-corrosive agents, as required by law. It corroded the city’s old water mains, turning drinking water brown due to iron contamination, and leached lead from smaller pipes that carried water into homes. In all, nearly 100,000 people were affected by the contaminated water and U.S. federal health officials found that young children in Flint had significantly higher levels of dangerous lead in their blood. Lead in water supplies can cause profound and permanent health problems, particularly in children whose brains and nervous systems are still developing. The city returned to its original water source in October 2015.

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Voice of America: Cuba Starts Election Cycle, Likely Last of Castro Presidency
Cuba is starting an electoral process that is expected to end with President Raul Castro stepping down in February. The Council of State says in Wednesday’s state media that voting for municipal assemblies will take place on Oct. 22. It doesn’t set the date of voting for the country’s parliament, which selects the Council of State and the president. Elections are held every five years.   Castro has said he’ll step down as president in February, although he is expected to remain head of the ruling Communist Party.   Above the municipal level, Cuban elections are choices between candidates preselected by the Cuban Communist Party and related organizations. That guarantees that the country’s nominally representative bodies in practice answer to the president and a small group of high-ranking officials.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual live televised question-and-answer session on June 15. Ahead of the event, RFE/RL’s Current Time TV spoke to people across Russia to find out what questions they want answered by their country’s president. (RFE/RL’s Current Time TV)

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Despite Putins Claim, Ethnic Russians Continue to Decline in Number

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Staunton, June 14 Vladimir Putin told Oliver Stone that Russia has overcome the contraction in the numbers of ethnic Russians (nazaccent.ru/content/24374-putin-rossiya-preodolela-sokrashenie-etnicheskih-russkih.html).  But that statement isnt true, and officials are debating whether Moscow can boost birthrates and cut mortality rates among Russians.

The Kremlin leader said that for the third year in a row, there has been a natural growth of the population, including in regions with primarily ethnic Russian population, a statement that Russian demographers have called into question. (For recent reports on this, see windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2017/02/non-russian-republics-have-best.html).

(In the same interview, Putin made two other statements, problematic if not in fact false. On the one hand, he said Russia, unlike Western countries, doesnt have a problem with immigrants of a different religion, despite all the problems it does have with Central Asian gastarbeiters. And on the other, he said that Christians and Muslims in Russia identify as Russians and therefore we will be able to overcome all sensitive religious and ethnic issues, again despite all the evidence of problems in both areas.)

But perhaps the best evidence of Putins dishonesty on demographic issues is provided by an article in Vedomosti today which calls attention to a major policy fight over how best to stimulate the birthrate in Russia (vedomosti.ru/economics/articles/2017/06/14/694222-stimulirovat-rozhdaemost).

With regard to the fall of births, journalists Margarita Panchenkova and Tatyana Domskaya report, the social block of the government is proposing a package of measures to stimulate it. All existing measures would be maintained and extended further into the future, and new ones would be added.

Such things would be very expensive and the finance ministry is resisting, calling for shortening the planned extension of maternal capital payments and not taking other steps. In addition to its arguments based on the availability of money, the finance ministry people stress that Russia is now in a demographic hole much like the one it was in during the 1990s.

After the baby boom of the 2000s, the journalists continue, the number of births began to fall, with 10.1 percent fewer Russian citizens born in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period of a year earlier.  It is the waves of the number of women in prime childbearing cohorts that is most important, some experts say, not any government program.

The finance ministry is prepared to extend some existing programs in maternal capital on two conditions: it will be paid only in regions where births are lower than the average for Russia and in regions with natural outmigration, and setting a maximum income for those receiving benefits. The article doesnt say but these steps would mean significant shift of resources away from predominantly Russian ones to predominantly Muslim ones.

The social block of the government also wants to promote programs that will lower the age of first births, but experts say that there is a risk that a woman who before 25 is not able to receive an education and acquire a profession, will leave the labor market, something that would hurt the economy by sharpening the problem of the deficit of workers.

Another factor pushing down birthrates is the worldwide trend toward smaller families, but a more immediate one for Russia is the dramatic decline in the economy and the increase in poverty and fears about the future.  If Moscow really wants to address the birthrate, it must focus on these issues, something the Kremlin shows no interest in doing.

Appended to the article is a chart showing projected declines in the birthrate and overall population of Russia and increases in the death rate over the next several decades, all figures that most Russian experts accept as true even if Putin says something else to an American interviewer and expects to be believed.

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Voice of America: US Aims for Stronger Partnership With Central America
Senior American officials say the United States will signal strong commitment to Central America when top leaders from the region gather in Miami this week, despite a 2018 budget that proposes a significant cut in aid to those countries. The Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, opening Thursday, will focus on economic, governance and security challenges in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The two-day meeting will draw government and business leaders from the United States, Mexico, Central America and other countries. The American delegation will include Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. They will join the presidents of the Northern Triangle countries El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Guatemala’s Jimmy Morales and Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández plus Mexico’s foreign secretary, Luis Videgaray. The goal is to build “a broader partnership” while seeking “stronger and better integration of security, economic and social development issues,” said William Brownfield, assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs. Drugs, migration Leaders will discuss how to combat transnational crime and drug trafficking, foster economic growth and promote the rule of law, U.S. officials said. Central America “has become a major transit corridor for illegal drugs and a significant source of irregular migration to the United States,” the Congressional Research Service (CRS) acknowledged in a report released last week. “We want to mobilize the international community to demonstrate its commitment to confronting the shared challenges we face in the region,” said John Creamer, a deputy assistant secretary of state who oversees Cuba, Mexico, Central America and Western Hemisphere issues. Representatives of Belize, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the European Union, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain also are invited to the Miami gathering. Budget questioned The Trump administration has requested $460 million in assistance for the Northern Triangle in fiscal 2018, down more than 30 percent from its current $655 million allocation but “still a substantial amount of money,” Creamer said. Since fiscal 2016, Congress has appropriated $1.4 billion to implement U.S. strategy in Central America, the CRS reported. Advocates worry the proposed cut would negatively affect Northern Triangle economies, security and migration. The U.S. is “sending a mixed message to the region in U.S. involvement in addressing the challenges” facing Central America, said Adriana Beltran, a senior associate for advocacy group Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). Senior U.S. officials say the proposed budget cut does not reflect reduced commitment to the region but instead a desire to get “maximum value for the dollars” allocated. Cuba policy President Donald Trump is to unveil a revised policy on Cuba in the coming days that would roll back parts of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to normalize relations. The changes may include restrictions on those who travel to and do business with the island nation, whose leaders were not invited to the regional conference. “It is even a bigger mixed message if the presidents of Central America and the vice president of the United States are in Miami to hold a meeting emphasizing the U.S. support for the region and the president shows up to deliver a controversial statement about a completely different Latin America issue,” said Geoff Thale, WOLA’s program director. U.S. media reports have predicted Trump will announce the Cuba policy changes Friday in Miami, but White House officials have declined to confirm such a trip. The Trump administration has stressed the need to work with Central America on curbing illegal immigration, drug trafficking and transnational crime. Last month in Washington, Tillerson and Kelly met with their Mexican counterparts. Tillerson said the U.S. would “continue to partner with Mexico to disrupt and destroy” transnational criminal organizations that enable drug trafficking. “Almost 20,000 Americans died from overdoses of heroin or synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, in 2015,” Tillerson said at a joint press briefing. “An estimated 100,000 Mexicans have died in drug-related violence since 2006.” On Friday, the conference moves to the U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida, where Kelly, who previously served as SOUTHCOM commander, will host talks on regional security. “While the United States is indeed the magnet that feeds drug smuggling through Central and South America, it is mostly our friends in Mexico and to the south that feel the brunt of the violence and the crime,” Kelly said last month. Pence also will participate in bilateral meetings with the Northern Triangle leaders.

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False charges and innuendo directly assist the Kremlin in its efforts to undermine confidence in our democratic institutions.

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WSJ.com: World News: Party Members Grill U.K.’s Theresa May After Election Setback
Prime Minister Theresa May faced a grilling from Conservative lawmakers, marking an early test of her ability to effectively govern after a disappointing election outcome weakened her power.

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WSJ.com: World News: U.K.’s May Faces Pressure to Soften Brexit Approach
Pressure is mounting on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to seek closer ties to the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019, following her election setback last Thursday.

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WSJ.com: World News: North Korean Drone Spied on Missile-Defense Site, Seoul Says
A drone believed to be from North Korea flew to the site of a controversial U.S. missile-defense battery in South Korea to take photos but crashed on the return flight, South Koreas defense ministry said.

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WSJ.com: World News: EU Raises Stakes Over Refusal to Take Asylum Seekers
The European Unions executive on Tuesday launched legal proceedings against Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic for refusing to take in asylum seekers, reigniting a fight that is likely to widen as the bloc seeks unity in negotiations with the U.K. over Brexit.

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The decision averts a looming presidential troop decision, officials say, and clear the way for the military to intensify its fight against the Taliban and Islamic State extremists in the region.

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The Trump administration likely will scale back policy changes it believes have benefited the Cuban government while preserving some of the increased commercial activity that has begun after former President Barack Obama moved to normalize U.S.-Cuban ties, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

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DEBKAFile: Gunman shoots US Rep Scalise, Republican group

June 14, 2017, 4:11 PM (IDT)A group of Republican lawmakers were holding their last baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. early Wednesday when a gunman fired 50-60 shots in ten minutes, injuring Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Majority Whip. Two members of his security agents were also hit, but they pulled their pistols and shot the gunman, who was taken into custody and speeded to hospital. The gunman was described “as firing all over the place.”

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Speaking to US filmmaker Oliver Stone as part of a tell-all documentary on the Russian president, Mr Putin revealed his true feelings about the US, claiming it “got a false sense that it is able to do everything without any consequences,” in particular after the Soviet Union’s collapse.

He said: “In such a situation, a man or a country begins to make mistakes… The state begins to function ineffectively. One mistake follows another.

“That is the trap in which, as I believe, the United States got caught into.”

He continued: “I believe that if you think you are the only world power, trying to impose on the whole nation the idea of their exclusiveness, this creates an imperialistic mentality in society, which in turn requires an adequate foreign policy expected by society. And the country’s leaders are forced to follow this logic. And in practice this might go contrary to the interest of the Americans… It demonstrates it’s impossible to control everything.”

He even claimed the US “has nurtured both al-Qaeda and [Osama] bin Laden” in a shocking suggestion that will no doubt anger his US counterpart.

Mr Putin explained: “Al-Qaeda is not the result of our activities. This is the result of activities of our US friends. This all started in the times of the Soviet war in Afghanistan, when the US security services supported different movements of Islamic fundamentalism in their struggle against the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.”

The 64-year-old went on to describe the collapse of the Soviet Union as “one of the greatest catastrophes of the 20th century”, claiming “25 million Russians found themselves abroad in one night”.

Mr Putin also addressed recent allegations that Moscow meddled in the 2016 US election, suggesting that accusers do not consider the consequences these claims have on international relations.

He said: “Unfortunately, the United States developed a fashion to speculate and, I’d say, abuse the Russian issue during election campaigns.

“Then they tell us, ‘Don’t you pay attention to this! You need to understand that this is just election rhetoric, we will come to agreement with you later.’ But sacrificing international relations in the course of current political processes is, I believe, a big mistake.”

Mr Putin added Moscow can no longer accept statements coming out of the Pentagon saying Russia was the main threat to the United States.

He said: “On the contrary, we were always ready for the dialogue pretty much on any track of cooperation.”

The Russian leader also said instead of the US spending large amounts on defence it should focus on building a stronger relationship with Russia.

Putin stated: “In 2016, under various estimations, [the US spent] more than $600billion [on defence]. This, of course, is beyond limits. This is more than all the countries of the world spend for this purpose put together.

“The main thing that Russia has, is its people with its self-consciousness.

“This people cannot exist outside its sovereignty, its statehood, and this understanding, and not the threat of a retaliatory nuclear strike, should set all our Western partners on building long-term equitable relations with Russia.

“And then one will not need to spend such money on defence.”

The first episode of the four-part documentary series aired on Showtime on Monday night.

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

JEFF SESSIONS TESTIFIES

“An appalling and detestable lie.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee he never met with any Russian officials last year to discuss the Trump campaign and that he couldn’t remember whether he had a passing encounter with the Russian ambassador at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington or any other undisclosed Russian officials. Aruna Viswanatha, Paul Sonne and Del Quentin Wilber examine yesterday’s hearing at the Wall Street Journal.

“I guess I’ll just have to let his words speak for himself.” Sessions would not say whether he believed President Trump would have fired former F.B.I. director James Comey without recommendations from top Justice Department officials, as Trump himself said, Nolan D. McCaskill identifying this and other key moments from Session’s testimony yesterday at POLITICO.

Sessions was in a meeting at the Oval Office in February with Comey and Trump when the president said he wanted to talk to the then-F.B.I. director privately, and Comey did come to talk to him the next day about that meeting, Sessions acknowledged, confirming elements of Comey’s own testimony last week, report Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky at the Washington Post.

Comey’s claim that Sessions did not respond when he asked for protection from Trump was inaccurate, Sessions told the committee, countering this and other key assertions made by Comey last week. Betsy Woodruff, Andrew Desiderio and Spencer Ackerman write at The Daily Beast.

Sessions defended his misstatements in January to the Judiciary Committee as being taken out of context and refused to answer questions about his conversations with the president about Comey’s firing on the basis of an unspecified longstanding policy at the Justice Department predicated on “protecting the right of the president to assert [executive privilege] if he chooses,” the New York Times editorial board proposing a few more questions the attorney general should answer, but probably won’t, following his testimony yesterday.

An important evolution in Sessions’ account of a critical conversation he had with Comey and a “strange lack of curiosity” about President Trump’s “inappropriate, and possibly illegal” interactions with the former F.B.I. director are revealed by examining Sessions’ comments on the subject during his hearing yesterday, writes Just Security‘s Editor Alex Whiting.

Sessions’ recusal from Trump-Russia investigations was merely a procedural matter precipitated by his position as a prominent Trump campaign surrogate in 2016, not a product of any wrongdoing, Sessions insisted in a testimony that did little to move the White House out of the shadow of the Russia investigations, write Matt Flegenheimer and Rebecca R. Ruiz at the New York Times.

Sessions willingly misled senators during his January confirmation hearing and was trying to brush aside suggestions that he may have lied to lawmakers under oath, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said in a statement following Sessions’ testimony yesterday, Max Greenwood reporting at the Hill.

The attorney general was particularly weak in explaining how his recusal from the Trump-Russia investigations allowed him to take part in Comey’s firing, his reason for doing so seemingly that he felt he still had to perform all his duties so – reasoning backwards – his recusal could not prevent him from involvement in Comey’s firing. Jennifer Rubin examines Sessions’ testimony at the Washington Post.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein refused to answer question about the scope of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from Trump-Russia investigations during a Senate hearing yesterday on the basis that Sessions is recused from Department of Justice investigations and ongoing investigations are not discussed, Katie Bo Williams reports at the Hill.

Legal analysts are divided on whether Sessions was correct to refuse to answer questions on the basis of executive privilege, a long legal and political tradition which allows private deliberations involving the president and his top advisers to be kept private, for which he was lambasted by lawmakers during his hearing yesterday, Matt Zapotosky writes at the Washington Post.

“A master class in bamboozling, blustering and butt-covering.” Sessions reacted with outrage at any suggestions of wrongdoing on his part and relied on supposedly long-standing Department of Justice rules against talking about private communications in public whenever he met with uncomfortable questions, writes Andrew Rosenthal at the New York Times.

A transcript of Sessions’ testimony is provided at POLITICO.

TRUMP-RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

President Trump has “no intention” of firing special counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the Trump-Russia investigation, White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckerbee Sanders confirmed yesterday, Jordan Fabian reporting at the Hill.

Trump’s top aides talked him down from firing Robert Mueller after he was angered by reports that Mueller was close to former F.B.I. director James Comey, Glenn Thrush, Maggie Haberman and Julie Hirschfeld Davis report at the New York Times.

Friend of James Comey Daniel Richman has handed over copies of his memos describing encounters with President Trump to the F.B.I., the same friend who acted as the go-between in disseminating the content of the memos to the press last month, Kyle Cheney reports at POLITICO.

President Trump “keeps trying to delay and disrupt our honest efforts to get to the bottom of what happened.” The president needs to allow Congress and the F.B.I. to get on with their investigations into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said yesterday, John Bowden reporting at the Hill.

Firing Robert Mueller would firm up a case that the President is obstructing justice more than anything else Trump has done in office so far, writes the Washington Post editorial board.

Former president Bill Clinton was impeached for charges less serious than the ones attaching to President Trump now, with the fired former F.B.I. director looking into the possibility of American collusion in the Russian plot to influence the presidential election, a treasonous offense, and while it is not time to start drafting articles of impeachment it is certainly time to pursue the Trump-Russia investigation with energy, writes former Rep. Bob Inglis, who was on the House Judiciary Committee that started the consideration of impeaching Clinton and drafted articles of impeachment, at the Washington Post.

James Comey may have revealed that he gave his memos detailing his conversations with the president to his friend Daniel Richman to the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday in order to put his own character and judgement in issue and so preemptively inoculate himself from future attack if he gets called as a witness in a future criminal trial, suggests Asha Rangappa at POLITICO.

The KOREAN PENINSULA

American student Otto F. Warmbier was medically evacuated from North Korea in a coma yesterday after he was detained there last year, charged with a “hostile act” and sentenced to 15 years hard labor, his released following secret negotiations between U.S. officials and the Pyongyang government, Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Russell Goldman and Adam Goldman report at the New York Times.

Former N.B.A. star Dennis Rodman’s fifth visit to North Korea got off to a low-key start yesterday, with no clear sign yet that he will meet with leader Kim Jong-un, reports Eric Talmadge at the AP.

Technical details about the methods behind North Korea’s cyberattacks were released by the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security yesterday, the Hill’s Harber Neidig reports.

The release of Otto F. Warmbier raises the prospect of broader U.S.-North Korea talks, though this may depend on the student’s condition, while White House officials have declined to comment on the geopolitical implications of his case, write David Nakamura and Karen DeYoung at the Washington Post.

Otto F. Warmbier’s treatment at the hands of North Korea is outrageous even by the standards of one of the world’s “most vicious and isolated regimes” and should not go unpunished, writes the Washington Post editorial board.

Three Americans remain imprisoned in North Korea after Warmbier’s release, the striking similarities in their circumstances as “pawns in a complex geopolitical game” examined by Russell Goldman at the New York Times.

The “enduring strangeness” of North Korea as a world stage actor is demonstrated by the confluence of Warmbier’s release and the arrival in North Korea of former N.B.A. start Dennis Rodman in North Korea, observes Ishaan Tharoor at the Washington Post.

GULF-ARAB DISPUTE

The Gulf crisis is “trending in a positive direction,” the State Department said following a discussion between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on the need to work together in relation to the decision by four Arab nations to diplomatically isolate Qatar, Al Jazeera reports.

Russia is “trying to break any kind of multilateral alliance,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday, speculating that if the stories about Russia hacking a Qatari news agency are true, the motivation could be Russia’s desire to subvert the international order. Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

There is no military component to the steps taken by Arab nations against Qatar, the U.A.E. ambassador to the U.S. said today, Al Jazeera reports in rolling coverage.

Several high-ranking Iranian officials repeated accusations that Saudi Arabia was behind the twin terror attacks in Tehran last week yesterday, despite the fact that the Islamic State group claimed responsibility, Thomas Erdbrink reports at the New York Times.

Qatar has pulled all its troops from the Djibouti-Eritrea border, it said yesterday, offering no explanation for the move, which comes at a time of Qatar’s diplomatic isolation by other Arab nations. Malak Harb and Elias Meseret report at the AP.

Calls to reopen airspace to flights from Qatar were rejected by Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority yesterday, arguing that the measure is necessary to protect Saudi citizens, U.A.E. and Bahrain also issued similar statements, Al Jazeera reports.

Russia cannot officially take sides in the Gulf crisis but it has an interest in maintaining good relations with Saudi Arabia and keeping Qatar on side due to regional politics and access to natural gas reserves, Leonid Issaev writes at Al Jazeera.

AFGHANISTAN

President Trump has delegated control over the number of troops to be deployed to Afghanistan to the Pentagon, the Afghanistan strategy now expected to be completed by next month, according to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Dion Nissenbaum and Gordon Lubold report at the Wall Street Journal.

“We are not winning in Afghanistan right now,” Mattis conceded yesterday in response to questioning by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) over the lack of a strategy, adding that “we will correct this as soon as possible.” Connor O’Brien reports at POLITICO.

Nine insurgents were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a checkpoint in Helmand province today, no group yet claiming responsibility, the AP reports.

SYRIA

The ongoing confrontation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia may deepen divisions within the opposition to the Assad Regime in Syria, Qatar and Saudi Arabia two of the rebels’ biggest state backers along with Turkey and the U.S., Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi reporting at Reuters.

The Gulf crisis “does not help consolidate joint efforts in resolving the conflict in Syria and fighting the terrorist threat,” President Putin said in a conversation with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud yesterday, according to a statement issued by the Kremlin, Al Jazeera reporting.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (S.D.F.) made significant progress in the battle for Raqqa yesterday, human rights organizations urging U.S.-backed forces to prioritize protecting the thousands of civilians still trapped in the city, Louisa Loveluck and Zakaria Zakaria report at the Washington Post.

U.S.-backed airstrikes on Raqqa are causing a “staggering loss of civilian life,” U.N. war crimes investigators said today, Stephanie Nebehay reporting at Reuters.

Reports that white phosphorous was used in the Syrian city of Raqqa have been condemned by human rights organizations who claim that, whether used legally or not, its use can cause horrific and long-lasting harm to civilians, the AP reports.

IRAQ

Islamic State fighters in the dozens wearing suicide vests attacked police lines in Mosul today, successfully retaking ground in a large-scale attack starting around 3 a.m. this morning. Loveday Morris and Mustafa Salim report at the Washington Post.

The U.S.-led coalition admitted to using white phosphorous during operations in the city of Mosul to try and get civilians out safely, but human rights organizations have warned of the effects of white phosphorous and warned that its use could amount to a war crime, Alison Meuse reports at NPR.

US-led airstrikes continue. US and coalition forces carried out 29 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on June 12. Separately, partner forces conducted eight strikes against targets in Iraq. [Central Command]

THE PHILIPPINES

U.S. troops are on the ground near the Philippine city of Marawi but are not involved in fighting the Islamic State-linked militants holding parts of the city after four weeks of fighting, a Philippines military spokesperson said today. Neil Jerome Morales and Simon Lewis report at Reuters.

A strategy of destroying Marawi to save it seems to have been adopted by the Philippine military, bombing it at least twice a day in an attempt to remove the militants holed up there, observe Richard C. Paddock and Felipe Villamor at the New York Times.

The U.S. presence near Marawi providing “technical assistance” is an embarrassment for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who ordered American forces to leave Mindanao last year and announced that the Philippines would establish closer ties with China and who now says he did not request U.S. help with Marawi, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

RUSSIA

Democrats and Republicans are backing an Russia-Iran sanctions bill that includes an agreement for further penalties against the Russian government, setting hurdles for President Trump should he seek to lift them, Elana Schor reports at POLITICO.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pushed back against the bipartisan sanctions bill, arguing that the measures included could close channels with Russia which would be detrimental to anti-terrorism efforts and for seeking a resolution to the Syrian civil war, Elana Schor reports at POLITICO.

The decision to veto sanctions against Russia poses a dilemma for President Trump, who has to walk the line between his desire to engage more with Russia and pressure not to appear too friendly to Moscow, David E. Sanger and Matt Flegenheimer write at the New York Times.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FOREIGN POLICY

Donald Trump’s proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia was narrowly backed by the Senate yesterday, Helene Cooper report at the New York Times.

“Our budget will never determine our ability to be effective.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended the Trump administration’s plans to cut the State Department’s budget by around 30 percent before senators yesterday, Gardiner Harris reports at the New York Times.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

A federal lawsuit alleging that President Trump violated the Constitution by profiting from business dealings with foreign governments is expected to be filed by almost 200 Democratic members of Congress today, the third suit on the issue against President Trump since he took office, and involving what is believed to be the most members of Congress to ever sue a sitting president, reports Sharon LaFraniere at the New York Times.

The Trump administration was given more time to explain why the high court should consider its revised travel ban by the Supreme Court yesterday, a move that risks delaying the Supreme Court’s consideration of the case until October, Ted Hesson reports at POLITICO.

A Jordanian soldier entered a not guilty plea today to murder charges in the killing of three U.S. military trainers whose convoy came under fire near an air base in U.S.-allied nation last year, the APreports.

F.A.R.C. rebels in Colombia handed over another 30 percent of their weapons to U.N. inspectors today, the BBC reports.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: UN Investigators Decry ‘Staggering’ Loss Of Civilian Lives In Raqqa Air Strikes

UN war crimes investigators have expressed alarm over what one called the “staggering” number of civilian deaths caused by U.S.-led coalition air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

 

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