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Daily Brief: December 21, 2021

Daily Brief: December 21, 2021

Over the past day, we've mapped 45 events.  If you'd like access to all of our event summaries, please subscribe to the Geopolitical Report Newsletter or Geopolitical Report Pro.

Libyan militias have shut down an important pipeline ahead of the upcoming election.

Libyan militias shut down oil field ahead of the elections
The Libyan Petroleum Facilities Guard militia forces shut down the pipeline taking crude oil from Sharara to the port of Zawiya days before the 24 December presidential election. It is unclear how long the pipeline will be shut down. Sharara pumps 300,000 barrels a day at full operational capacity.…

Tigray rebels are withdrawing from Amhara and Afar as they ask for UN assistance.

Tigray rebels announce withdrawal from Amhara and Afar
A Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) spokesman announced in a letter to the UN that their forces would be withdrawing from the Amhara and Afar regions and returning to the Tigray region of Ethiopia. The statement said that the withdrawal would be a decisive opening for peace in the region. The…

Protests in Goma against the ongoing violence turned deadly when a police officer and civilians were killed.

Police officer, two civilians killed in Goma protests
A police officer and two civilians were killed during clashes with protestors in the city of Goma on Monday. The demonstrators were protesting regional violence and what they believe is the imminent arrival of security forces from Rwanda to quell ongoing unrest.

Protesters burned effigies of PM Narendra Modi across Telangana.

Anti-Modi protests across Telangana
Anti-Modi protests drew activists from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party to the streets on Monday. The demonstrators are angry over the Center’s refusal to buy rice from the state and some demonstrators burned effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A rare protest broke out in Iran over the execution of a man convicted of the murders of IRGC-linked officials.

Anti-government protest in Kamyaran
An anti-government protest drew crowds outside of the home of Heidar Ghorbani after he was executed by the government on Sunday. The protesters shouted anti-government slogans after the Iranian government had been warned by the UN and others not to execute the man that was convicted of killing thre…

Nearly two dozen suspected terrorists were arrested in Turkey.  

13 Daesh/ISIS terrorists arrested in Ankara
Police arrested 13 suspected Daesh/ISIS terrorists during operations in Ankara. The suspects were reportedly in contact with Daesh/ISIS members in Iraq and Syria.
Nine Daesh/ISIS terrorists arrested in Istanbul
Police arrested nine foreign nationals with suspected links to the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group during operations in eight districts of Istanbul.
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