The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Saudi airstrike on hospital kills 11:  An Arab-led coalition airstrike has hit a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders or MSF) hospital in north west Yemen killed 11 and injured 18 others.

One MSF hospital personnel was killed in the bombing.

Following persistent violations to an April truce brokered by the UN and scheduled talks in early August falling apart, coalition airstrikes have intensified with attacks on civilian targets, killing over 40 non-combatants.

Lungu re-elected in Zambia; opposition protests:  President Edgar Lungu was re-elected in Zambian elections Monday, an election which was declared corrupted by United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate, Hakainde Hichilema.

Lunga won with 50.35 percent of the vote; Hichilema earned 47.63 percent.

Hichilema claimed Lunga won because of a corrupt bargain with the Electoral Commission of Zambia, which conspired with Lunga to tip the field in Lunga’s favor.

An attorney for the UPND said a complaint will be filed with Zambia’s constitutional court.

Taliban militants seize quarter of Baghlan province:  Following days of bitter fighting, Taliban militants have captured the critical district of Dahan-e-Ghori in Baghlan province.

Dahan-e-Ghori in approximately 70 miles north of Kabul.

The seizure of this key district comes in concert with a Taliban offensive over the provinces of Helmand and Nuristan.  In Helmand, Taliban insurgents were thwarted by Afghan security forces.

Russia attacks ISIS from base in Iran:  For the first time since 1979, the Iranian government has allowed a foreign power to conduct military operations from Iran against a neighbor.

On Tuesday, Russian Tu-22 strategic bombers from Hamadan air base in Iran supported by Su-34 fighters from Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria attacked Islamic State targets in and around Aleppo.

Beijing to aid Syria:  Military officials with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will begin distributing humanitarian aid to Syria and the possibility of military training of the Syrian army by Chinese military advisers is under consideration.

Chinese military officials are currently in Damascus to finalize the agreement to begin the aid package to Syria.

Although no military aid to Syria is being weighed, Chinese officials emphasized its long-standing commitment to find a political solution to the five-year civil war.


[The Guardian] [Reuters] [The Telegraph] [RT News]