The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

American in service of ISIS captured in Syria:  U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured an American citizen fighting with the Islamic State on or around Tuesday, Sept. 12, the Pentagon has confirmed.

Few details, including the man’s name and the location of his capture, were provided.  A Pentagon spokesperson only revealed an “enemy combatant” had been taken into captivity and had been turned over to American officials by SDF.

The Pentagon did disclose the “U.S. citizen is being legally detained by Department of Defense personnel” and all prisoners are being “safeguarded and treated humanely.”

Congolese troops murder Burundian migrants:  The United Nations is investigating the shooting of dozens of Burundian migrants by police on Friday in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to sources familiar with the incident, Burundian refugees inquiring over the fate of four Burundian detainees hurled stones at a security headquarters and Congolese police opened fire.

Thirty-seven were killed, including 15 women, and another 117 wounded.  The death toll is expected to rise.

The Congo’s U.N. representative, Maman Sidikou, said he was “deeply shocked” by the incident, as the Central African country is currently housing approximately 44,000 Burundian refugees.

Egypt’s Mursi receives 25-year sentence:  Four years after he was overthrown and jailed, former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for his role in the “Qatar espionage” case.

Morsi and six others stood accused of leaking national security documents and other sensitive information to Qatari officials.  Morsi was originally sentenced in 2016 to life imprisonment; six others received the death penalty.

The former North African leader had previously received a death sentence for allegedly conspiring with Hamas and for participating in a 2011 break from prison along with members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi still faces charges for insulting the Egyptian judiciary.

Germany reverses stance on transfer of arms to Turkey:  One day after German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced Berlin would stop the transfer of arms to Turkey over Turkey’s dismal human rights record, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told German public radio NDR German planned on a partial ban of weapons to Ankara.

Merkel said her decision to reverse the total freeze was made after concerns arose over the fight against ISIS.

German has dramatically reduced arms transfers to Turkey by €44 million over the past year.

Iraqi parliament votes down Kurdish independence referendum:  In an unsurprising development Tuesday, the Iraqi parliament voted against a proposed referendum for Kurdish independence advanced by the Iraqi Kurdistan Parliament (IKP).

The IKP had planned to hold the non-binding referendum on Sept. 25.

In addition to the Iraqi Members of Parliament rejecting the vote, the Iraqi government, the U.S., Turkey and the Arab League stood in opposition over fears Kurdish independence would create conflict with Baghdad.

Kurdish lawmakers planned to convene for the first time in two years and announced they would reject the Iraqi parliament’s vote.


[Stars and Stripes] [AP] [Daily News Egypt] [Stockholm Center for Freedom] [Daily Mail] [Gulf News]