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10/28/2019

Al Baghdadi’s death, Canadian elections, Results in Syria

Al Baghdadi’s death, Canadian elections, Results in Syria

Al Baghdadi’s death

US President Donald Trump announced the death of the head of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in Syria. Al-Baghdadi was identified ahead of a Saturday mission by the US armed forces. Trump thanked Turkey, Russia, Syria and Iraq for their help in eliminating the terrorist leader.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was identified by one of his main associates, Reuters reported citing Iraqi security officials

Canadian elections

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will remain in his position following the parliamentary elections, although his Liberal Party lost the majority in the lower house to the Conservatives.

A total of 37.5% of the electorate voted for Liberals while 31.1% voted for the Conservatives.

The Liberals needed 170 mandates to form a majority government, but came up short by 14 constituencies.

The leader of the Liberal Party will have to form an alliance with a former opponent in order to create a government. In order to do so, Trudeau will have to negotiate with the Quebec bloc and the New Democratic Party, which will not be easy.

Results in Syria

On Sunday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the final withdrawal of their fighters from the Syrian-Turkish border, to be replaced by Syrian border guards.

The SDF says they are adhering to all ceasefire commitments and call on Russia to help establish a “constructive dialogue” between the Kurdish autonomous administration and the authorities in Damascus.

On October 22, Russia and Turkey signed a memorandum which includes the introduction of the Russian military police and the Syrian border service to the border with Turkey on the Syrian side during Turkish operation Peace Spring.

 
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