Here is CurrentHow’s Daily Briefing™ for the 21st of October, 2016 :-
1. Donald Trump says he will accept the results of the US Presedential Elections – If he wins :-
Donald Trump declared in a rally in Las Vegas that “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election — if I win”.
Donald Trump’s threat to shatter American political tradition by refusing to accept the election result left Republican leaders shell-shocked, angry, and fearful Thursday that he was setting a dangerous precedent.
But Trump, with apparent delight, reiterated at a rally in Ohio on Thursday the astonishing assertion he first made at the debate on Wednesday night: that he would not necessarily abide by the outcome on Nov. 8. “Of course, I would accept a clear election result,” Trump said. “But I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result.”
The defiant comments further dismayed Republican leaders who have been struggling for more than a year with how to respond to Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric. Now, instead of responding to his remarks about women or immigrants, Republicans are left with this: For the first time in modern history a presidential candidate was casting doubt on the integrity of the American election process as it was unfolding.
2. ISIS using “human shields” in the key Iraqi city of Mosul :-
The United Nations said Friday it is “gravely worried” that ISIS has taken 550 families from villages around Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and is using them as “human shields” as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle the terror group for control of the city.
Citing corroborated information, UN spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said the office is also investigating reports that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants had killed 40 civilians in one village. The battle for Mosul, which was held by Islamic State since 2014, began on Sunday, and has since intensified. The Iraqi military and US-led coalition said that the operation to retake Mosul may last weeks or even months.
The UN says Mosul could require the “largest and most complex” humanitarian relief operation in the world, with up to 1 million people forced from their homes as a result of the operation against Islamic State militants.
Islamic State seized Mosul in June of 2014, when it was Iraq’s second-largest city. The terrorist group’s leader then turned it into a major military stronghold, and it is believed that between 4,000 and 8,000 IS militants are entrenched there.
3. Russia carries out major war drills amidst the Syrian crisis :-
More than 45,000 Russian troops as well as war planes and submarines started military exercises across much of the country on Monday in one of the Kremlin’s biggest shows of force since its ties with the West plunged to Cold War-lows.
President Vladimir Putin called the Navy’s Northern Fleet to full combat readiness in exercises in Russia’s Arctic North apparently aimed at dwarfing military drills in neighbouring Norway, a NATO member. Norway is currently holding its “Joint Viking” drills involving 5,000 troops in Finnmark county, which borders Russia in the resource-rich Arctic circle where both countries are vying for influence.
“New challenges and threats to military security require the armed forces to further boost their military capabilities. Special attention must be paid to newly created strategic formations in the north,” Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said. Shoigu said the order came from Putin, who has promised to spend more than 21 trillion roubles (£229 billion) by the end of the decade to overhaul Russia’s fighting forces. Russia’s drills would include nearly 40,000 servicemen, 41 warships and 15 submarines, according to RT.
Tensions between Russia and Europe worsened last year, leading eight northern European nations to promise to boost cooperation to counter an increase in Moscow’s military activity. NATO says it counted more than 100 intercepts of Russian planes into members’ airspace last year, three times more than in 2013. The intercepts have forced civilian planes to change their courses and Britain scrambled Typhoon interceptor planes after two long-range bombers flew over the English Channel.
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