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Geopolitics

US Embassy Security Official Shot Dead In Yemen

YEMEN OBSERVER (Yemen), REUTERS

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SANA'A - A U.S. Embassy employee was assassinated on his way to work in the Yemeni capital Thursday.

Yemen Observer reports that Qassem Aqlan, a Yemeni senior security officer working at the U.S. Embassy, was shot dead by masked gunmen on a motorcycle around 10 am Thursday.

Gunmen opened fire on Aqlan's car, as he made his way along Sittin Street, a busy thoroughfare in Sana'a.

A security source, remaining anonymous, said, "This operation has the fingerprints of al-Qaeda which carried out similar operations before."

Reuters reports that this assassination is the latest in a series of attacks in the Yemeni capital, as al-Qaeda attempts to strengthen its presence, with U.S. forces responding to the growing threat with a higher concentration of drone strikes in the Arabian peninsula.

A security checkpoint in al-Dalea, southern Yemen, was also attacked late on Wednesday, resulting in two injured police officers.

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Geopolitics

The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Western governments will not be oblivious to the growing right-wing activism among the diaspora and the efforts of the BJP and Narendra Modi's government to harness that energy for political support and stave off criticism of India.

The Trudeau-Modi Row Reveals Growing Right-Wing Bent Of India's Diaspora

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 Summit in New Delhi on Sept. 9

Sushil Aaron

-Analysis-

NEW DELHI — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Narendra Modi’s exuberant post-G20 atmospherics to a halt by alleging in parliament that agents of the Indian government were involved in the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian national, in June this year.

“Any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said. The Canadian foreign ministry subsequently expelled an Indian diplomat, who was identified as the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s foreign intelligence agency, in Canada. [On Thursday, India retaliated through its visa processing center in Canada, which suspended services until further notice over “operational reasons.”]

Trudeau’s announcement was immediately picked up by the international media and generated quite a ripple across social media. This is big because the Canadians have accused the Indian government – not any private vigilante group or organisation – of murder in a foreign land.

Trudeau and Canadian state services seem to have taken this as seriously as the UK did when the Russian émigré Alexander Litvinenko was killed, allegedly on orders of the Kremlin. It is extraordinarily rare for a Western democracy to expel a diplomat from another democracy on these grounds.

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