Global Recap: Terrorists in Kabul, Israel bombs Hamas, China’s COVID decline


Michael Crimmins, News Reporter

There is no shortage of newsworthy topics here in the United States. At times it is easy to get lost in it all, but equally crucial news happens all over the world. They can shed light on political relationships, on humanitarian issues and can keep you up to date on the other side of the world.

Here is a quick look at some global events that made the news last week.

Terrorist attack in Kabul

According to an article done by Reuters, ISIS attacked the airport in Kabul last Thursday, Aug. 26, as U.S. forces were helping Afghans escape Taliban forces.

The attack killed upwards of 92 people just outside the airport, but this tally is increasing as new information becomes available.

The ISIS suicide bomber targeted “translators and collaborators with the American Army,” killing 79 and wounding 120, according to Reuters.

Taliban officials told Reuters that 28 Taliban fighters were killed in the attack, but a representative for the Taliban later denied that any fighters who were guarding the airport had been killed. 

According to a recently updated CNN article, more than 60 Afghan people were killed and 140 wounded by the suicide bomb. The explosion also injured 18 US service men and killed 13.

According to the article, Biden called these soldiers “heroes” and warned the perpetrators of the United States’ reach and memory of their attack.

ISIS in Khorasan have officially claimed responsibility but have provided no evidence to back their claim, the article states.

Gov. Andy Beshear ordered all flags flown on state buildings to be lowered to half mast until sunset on Monday Aug. 29 in honor of the soldiers lost in the attack.

Israel resumes bombing Hamas

Israel bombers hit Hamas in Gaza in response to the fiery balloons sent to them by Hamas and their supporters, according to a Reuters article.

Two weeks ago Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennet came under fire for his soft response to Hamas’ incendiary balloons.

According to a Reuters article, Israel began bombing Hamas sites in Gaza on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, the site was reportedly a military weapons production and rocket launch site run by Hamas, an Islamic militant organization that largely controls the area.

Palestinians claim the balloons were a sign for Israel to ease restrictions on Gaza and allow aid to reach the area, Reuters reports.

Days before the bombings Gaza, militants launched a rocket towards Israel which was shot done by an Israeli plane. That was the first open attack since the May 21 ceasefire agreed to by both parties.

According to an article in the New York Post, on Saturday, Hamas activists held a violent protest where explosives were thrown at Israeli forces who responded with gunfire. During confrontations, 41 Palestinians were injured and one Israeli was wounded according to the Reuters article.

China accuses the U.S. of playing politics with COVID-19

Chinese officials claimed the U.S. is seeking to blame China in advance of the U.S. releasing their COVID-19 origin research, according to an AP news article.

“If they want to baselessly accuse China, they better be prepared to accept the counterattack from China,” Fu Cong, a Foreign Minister director general, said at a briefing for foreign journalists.

According to the AP, a joint WHO-China report claimed it to be very unlikely that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, where the virus was detected in early 2019. China would like other possibilities to be explored.

China responded by speculating that the virus could have leaked from Fort Derrick in Maryland, AP News reported. An article from CNN states that the U.S. based origins of COVID has been circulated by China since March of last year, and is wholly unfounded.

 According to the WHO Director General there is a “premature push” to sweep the lab leak theory under the rug.

According to the article, the U.S.-China feud on the origins of the virus has hindered research and some WHO scientist warned that the window is “closing fast” and the pursuit of the lab leak theory is delaying the next phase of research.

Mexico sues U.S. gunmakers for trafficking in the country

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called for America to decrease the flow of weapons crossing into Mexico, according to a CNN article.

According to Mexican officials over a half a million weapons enter the country each year, with 70% originating from north of the border.

Earlier this month, a lawyer representing the Mexican government filed a suit against seven gunmakers saying they bear some blame for the violence in Mexico.

According to a Reuters article, several guns that are linked with shootings in Mexico are being used in the trial.

A representative from the gunmaker Glock told CNN that they do not comment on current suits, but that they would defend themselves “vigorously.”  

No new cases in China as Delta variant whines down

According to a CNN news article, China has reported no new COVID-19 cases as COVID-19 guidelines tighten.

The country has been grappling with the new Delta variant since July which has infected more than 1,200 people in 31 provinces CNN reports.

Authorities responded by implementing strict lockdowns and extensive contact tracing, according to CNN, including repeated testing for entire cities as stated by the Boston Globe.

According to the article, the strict protocols seem to be working as China’s COVID-19 cases have steadily dropped into the single digits.News reporter Michael Crimmins can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @michael_crimm