If you’ve been watching the major news sources lately then you’ve probably had more than your fair share of bad news. So here is some good news.
On October 31st the fine, young gentlemen of SEAL Team 6 successfully rescued Philip Nathan Walton from a group of armed militants near the Niger-Nigeria border. Several days earlier Walton was taken at gunpoint from his farm by a group of armed locals looking to score some easy ransom money. While the group was not affiliated with Al Qaeda or the Islamic State those groups are active in the region and will buy hostages like Mister Walton. Knowing that the risk of conducting a rescue would go up dramatically if Walton fell into the hands of either group the decision was made to go forward with the raid.
No Americans were injured in the operation. Six of the seven captors were killed.
I will file that under good news.
In other news, the Justice Department shared some good news of their own (link). Earlier in the year several ships carrying sanctioned cargo were confiscated by the US government. Two of them were carrying over a hundred missiles bound for Houthi insurgents in Yemen. These missiles included type 358 surface-to-air missiles (made with indigenous Iranian components) and Dhelaveih anti-tank missiles (also made in Iran). Needless to say these weapons could cause a lot of harm in the wrong hands.
In addition to the above weapons, the US government also confiscated oil from four ships totaling 1.1 million barrels. Everything confiscated belonged to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a sort of military within the military of Iran. They carry out special missions, one of which is supporting terror groups across the Middle East that have goals in line with their own. Having been designated a terrorist organization by the United States (and other countries) they are sanctioned from trading oil and so rely on foreign allies to mask their transactions. This is what happened with 1.1 million barrels of oil bound for Venezuela (who was also under sanctions). At current prices that oil would be worth upwards of 50 million dollars. That’s $50 million that would have gone to funding terrorism. You can buy a lot of Kalashnikovs and RPG-7s with that much cash.
The US government has successfully sold and delivered that oil. Funds from that sale will go to the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.
I will also file this under good news.
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