Naturalized U.S. citizen indicted for providing material support to ISIS
Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kazakhstan, residing in Brooklyn, was indicted on September 3rd with “conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS; providing material support to ISIS in the form of personnel, training, expert advice and assistance and weapons; receipt of military-type training from ISIS; and obstruction of justice.”
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), it is alleged that on December 2013, Asainov took a one-way ticket to Istanbul, Turkey while making his way to Syria to join ISIS. He made it to Syria and received training from ISIS to become a sniper.
One of Canada’s largest oil companies, Encana Corp., has announced its plans to move its headquarters to the U.S. and drop links to Canada from its name, rebranding as Ovintiv Inc.
According to the Financial Post, this latest announcement will surely intensify uncertainty surrounding Canada’s energy sector, which has been “choked off [of] prospects for growth, prompting foreign companies to ditch more than US$30 billion of assets in the past three years.”
In a conference call, CEO Doug Suttles said that he does not believe that the move to the U.S. will impact the Canadian workforce, as the company will continue to do business in Canada.
Following the announcement, shares of the company fell as low as 9.2 percent in Toronto.
Sonya Savage, the Minster of Energy for Alberta, says she’s “troubled” by Encana’s decision to relocate to the U.S., but “cannot say [she’s] surprised” by the move or that they waited until after the federal election to make the announcement.
Savage says that the company has been progressively shifting its efforts towards the U.S. in large part due to harmful climate policies which make it more difficult for oil companies to operate in Canada. She says that she hopes that this company’s decision to leave the country for greener pastures in the U.S. serves as a wake-up call for politicians in Ottawa.
Indeed, few are shocked by the decision, and many have justified it as entirely logical after Texan Doug Suttles took over as Chief Executive Officer for the company in 2013. Upon acquiring the position, Suttles aggressively began selling Canadian assets and building up the company’s position in the U.S. by purchasing Permian driller Athlon Energy and Freeport-McMoRan Inc.’s Eagle Ford shale assets.
Last December, Suttles relocated to Denver and announced that the company would be “headquarterless”, a move indicative of his determination to distance himself from the toxic Canadian climate besieging the energy sector in the country.
“A domicile in the United States will expose our company to increasingly larger pools of investment in U.S. index funds and passively managed accounts, as well as better align us with our U.S. peers,” Suttles said in a statement Thursday.
A Trump reelection ad aired during the World Series game 7 on Wednesday night, promoting U.S. President Trump’s record in office the past three years.
“President Trump is changing Washington. Creating 6 million new jobs. 500,000 new manufacturing jobs. Cutting illegal immigration in half. Obliterating ISIS. They’re caliphate destroyed. They’re terrorist leader dead,” the narrator of the ad starts, referencing the latest raid on ISIS that killed its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Despite it being a little over a year before the U.S. 2020 general election, the election campaigning is in full force.
The premium ad buy for major sporting event means millions of Americans saw the ad on TV and social media. The Washington Post noted this is a more aggressive early reelection campaign blitz than previous incumbent administration’s have waged.
The ad then goes on to bash the Democrats for focusing on impeachment.
“But the Democrats would rather focus on impeachment and phoney investigations, ignoring the real investigations. But that’s not stopping Donald Trump. He’s no Mr. Nice Guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington.”
American President Donald Trump is attempting to capitalize on the raid that killed ISIS leader, Al-Bagdahdi in Syria on Oct. 26. Since the raid, Trump and his administration have been vocal on social media, even sharing a classified video of the raid with the American public.
The first of a series of controversial incidents came on Wednesday when the President tweeted a photoshopped picture of the dog that helped kill the ISIS leader receiving a medal of honour. Despite the photograph being an obvious fake, some hard-hitting journalists made sure to inform the public that this image was not real, much to the ridicule of their right-leaning counterparts.
After the journalists realized the blatant obviousness of all this, they then criticized the Trump administration for sharing the photoshopped picture that removed a Vietnam veteran out of the photograph and replaced him with the dog. This came despite the veteran who was photoshopped out telling the New York Times that he interpreted the tweet as Trump recognizing the dog’s heroism.
After the noise from this died down, to milk the story, or to distract us from the on-going impeachment issues, Trump then decided to disclose the name of the dog, Conan, who chased the ISIS leader into a corner where he then committed murder-suicide. The dog’s name was still classified before when Trump first released a picture of the dog.
“…Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week!” Trump tweeted late Wednesday night. The dog was named after late night comedian Conan O’Brien, according to Newsweek.
Thank you Daily Wire. Very cute recreation, but the “live” version of Conan will be leaving the Middle East for the White House sometime next week! https://t.co/Z1UfhxsSpT— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2019
The American Presidential election is famous for its long campaign, and this raid will serve as an effective tool for convincing the American public that this administration is competent in foreign affairs. This is evident through Trump’s inclusion of the footage of the raid in a reelection ad released Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Americans across the country are concerned primarily for the welfare of Conan the dog. This brave dog survived a raid on ISIS where he cornered and killed Al-Bagdahdi. But will he survive the mainstream media?
The United States Pentagon has just released air footage of the United States’ raid on an ISIS compound where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was found and later died.
In a press conference, Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, gave an overview of the special operations forces raid on the compound that took place October 26, 2019.
Baghdadi was confirmed dead during the raid, along with five ISIS members. It was originally believed that Baghdadi dragged three children with him down one of the compound’s tunnels, as he fled from U.S. forces. This was found to be incorrect, with only two children being found dead along with the ISIS leader.
“He crawled into a hole with two small children and blew himself up while his people stayed on the ground,” McKenzie Jr. said.
Another eleven children were found in the compound, all of whom were safely rescued and transferred following the raid.