The Evening: Iraq, Russia, Petty and More
October 5, 2017
It's Thursday, October 5th.
Iraq Claims Victory
Iraqi forces have driven Islamic State fighters from the northern city of Hawija, the militants’ final urban stronghold in Iraq, three years after they seized control of nearly a third of the country, as David Zucchino and Rod Norland of the New York Times report. Iraq’s prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, said it was a “victory not just for Iraq, but for the whole world.”
Dive Deeper : From Brookings, “After the fall of ISIS, what’s next for counterterrorism?”
Three U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were killed in Niger in northwestern Africa on Wednesday after their joint patrol with Nigerien forces was ambushed, as Alex Horton of the Washington Post reports. The deaths mark the first known hostile-fire casualties in Niger.
Hackers working for the Russian government stole details of how the United States penetrates foreign computer networks and defends against cyberattacks. They were able to access the information after a National Security Agency contractor put the highly classified material on his home computer, as Gordon Lubold and Shane Harris of Wall Street Journal report .
Dive Deeper : CSIS’s James Lewis has a commentary, “How Russia Overtook China as Our Biggest Cyber Enemy.”
President Trump plans to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, as Anne Gearan of the Washington Post reports.
Dive Deeper : Watch Defense Secretary James Mattis testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal.
In That Number
A UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end. Source: AP.
“There’s a clarity of purpose in what Kim Jong Un has done.”
— Yong Suk Lee, deputy assistant director of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center. Source: CNN
Beyond Parallel’s new interactive study analyzes the relationship between North Korean negotiations and provocations.
The Andreas C. Dracopoulos iDeas Lab at CSIS enhances our research with the latest in cutting-edge web technologies, design, and video.
(Photo credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images.) The Space Shuttle Discovery is the backdrop as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council on “Leading the Next Frontier” at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center today in Chantilly, Virginia. Originally established in 1958, this is the first meeting of the newly reestablished council in 20 years.
“Nearly There, but Never Further Away,” by FP’s Peter Tinti. According to this report published in FP today, “Europe has outsourced the dirty work of border control to Libyan militias. In doing so, it has turned African migrants into commodities to be captured, sold, and traded like slaves.”
This Town Tomorrow
Join CSIS at 3:00 p.m. for “Libya: Past and Present,” a discussion with Dr. Federica Fasanotti, one of the world’s leading historians on the country.
At 9:00 a.m., the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host "Demystifying the Chinese Party Congress," a discussion on the likely outcomes and implications of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Join the Heritage Foundation at 12:00 p.m. for "A New Direction for FINRA?," a discussion on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
CSIS’s Rebecca Hersman was featured in a new documentary from Frontline, North Korea’s Deadly Dictator. The piece provides a rare glimpse inside the regime and offers insight into Kim Jung Un’s deadly rule.
In the latest episode of the ChinaPower Podcast, CSIS’s Bonnie Glaser examines the strategic significance and influence of Chinese arms exports.
I’ve been talking with people from all over the world this week about Tom Petty. But I’ve talked with my closest friends about Tom Petty just about every week for most of our teenage and adult lives!
One of my best friends just saw Petty play during his 40th anniversary tour. We’ve been talking all summer about that. And we are always talking about that show some of my best friends saw at Irving Plaza on April 15, 1999, which one of them calls the “greatest rock ‘n’ roll show” he’s ever seen. I’ll never forget seeing Petty two nights before I got married—it was a Thursday night at Cleveland’s Gund Arena on June 16, 1999. Here’s the set list.
That night, Petty closed with “Learning to Fly,” one of his many, many great songs. This version was performed a few years later. I really loved Tom Petty.