ISIS leader has been arrested; US Navy not allowed in Hong Kong; Nuclear talks with Russia and China

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ISIS leader Baghdadi’s deputy arrested by Iraqi forces

Iraqi security forces have arrested a man said to have been former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s deputy chief during an operation in the Kirkuk Governorate north of Baghdad, according to Al-Arabiya.

Pictures of the captured leader were published on the Iraqi “Security Media Cell’s” Twitter which added that the ISIS deputy leader was found with a false identification card.

“A unit from the Hawija police in the province of Kirkuk has arrested the terrorist known as ‘Abu Khaldoun’ inside one of the apartments in the March 1 area,” said the Iraqi statement. “He was carrying a false identity card under the name of Shaalan Obeid. This criminal worked as a deputy under al-Baghdadi and was previously the so-called military prince of the province of Salah al-Din.”

Baghdadi, an Iraqi jihadist who rose from obscurity to declare himself “caliph” of all Muslims as the leader of Islamic State, died by detonating a suicide vest as he fled into a dead-end tunnel as elite US special forces closed in.

US Navy not allowed in Hong Kong

Shortly after the protests began to shake Hong Kong, the Chinese government refused to launch American ships at the port located here. On Monday, Beijing officially suspended the possibility of the entry of US Navy pennants into a troubled city.

As explained by the Navy, American ships have been using Hong Kong since 1842, so they hope to lift the ban. The reason for its introduction, voiced by the authorities, was a law passed last week in the United States that provides for the sanctioning of the PRC for non-observance of human rights and democracy.

“The United States has seriously violated international law and the basic rules governing international relations, and intervened in China’s internal affairs” explained in Beijing, demanding to immediately correct this “mistake”

Trump upbeat on nuclear talks with Russia and China, but lawmakers warn of ‘blow up’

U.S. President Donald Trump was optimistic on Tuesday about negotiations with Russia and China on a new nuclear weapons treaty, but State Department officials painted a murkier picture in testimony to skeptical lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

The conflicting accounts came as arms control advocates and some lawmakers worry that the Trump administration could let the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) expire in 2021, leaving no limits on the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals.

With time is running out for Trump to achieve its ambitious goals of a new three-way agreement with both Russia and China with new limits on Russia’s shorter-range “tactical” nukes, lawmakers told administration officials that lack of progress is no reason to let New START expire.

“I think what we don’t want to see is China used as an excuse to blow up the existing or potential extension of an agreement with Russia, that contributes to international security and, of course, in the nuclear realm, that’s important to our survival,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., told State Department officials Tuesday during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Russia.

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