World Current Affairs - 2019

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US Secret Service head resigns

US Secret Service director Julia Pierson, has submitted her resignation in lieu of the latest events which pointed many fingers at the security organisation. The resignation however came after the incident of an intruder who jumped the fence to gain access to White House could do it successfully. Also, the inquiry into the same incident highlighted many such security lapses with the secret service, the one which has been entrusted the task of security of the President.

The growing threats of terrorists and such news stories could spell doom for America. The voices against Pierson were gaining strength and momentum. The agency is given the highest task on US soils and is thus supposed to be flawless and be able to maintain its previous position and operational standards. The security of the US President cannot be compromised on any grounds and thus Pierson had to submit to the criticism against her and the security lapses which have become a routine with the secret service.

Resonating the views of the Democrats, the republicans too had asked Pierson to step down. The lawmakers toned down her terming of the recent lapses as mere mistakes but stated that they were major security failures. The news of her resignation was seen as a welcome gesture and the lawmakers praised her decision to step down.

Julia Pierson offered her resignation to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday. A day earlier, she had faced angry questions in Congress about a major breach of White House security. Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson wrote in a statement.
“I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.”

Turkey considering war on ISIS

Britain has finally made its entry against ISIS and has done its first round of shelling of some key targets of ISIS. The coalition against the group has grown day by day. The airstrikes have claimed to hit the strategic targets of the group. There were reports of casualties in the ISIS cadres as the coalition forces upped their ante against the group. The next entrant to the coalition could be Turkey whose border is now only 100 kms away from the latest occupied territory of ISIS. The terror outfit has stood firm against the airstrikes and doesn’t seem to be moved much. There was no grave assault on the ISIS basic structures as they have advanced fearlessly in Syria to acquire newer areas and have now reached places in close proximity to the Turkish border.

The ISIS whose strategy is to move in huge numbers, terrorise the local populations with large-scale massacres and then take over the control of the administrative machinery is quite chilling and has sent shock waves around the world. The airstrikes which function on the basis of information sent from radars have no hit them hard as they were prepared for the same much before and had already set their camps and positions from among the civilian populations and areas.

Turkish forces have said to take positions along side the Syrian border with a huge deployment of tanks and soldiers. The lawmakers at Turkey are seeking a formal authorisation from the Parliament to take broad-based military action against the ISIS. The government in Turkey will hold special sessions and are expected to debate the possibility of joining the coalition.

“It’s actually an important moment where so many countries from so many different backgrounds share that view (that ISIS poses a threat to the region), that this is an opportunity to create partnership across those lines of effort that would achieve real effect. The countries who have joined are struggling to define their roles in the offensive,” said John R. Allen, the retired US Marine cop while talking to media.