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‘What is Aleppo?’ Asks US Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson

Johnson has pledged to cut spending, stick to conservative fiscal policies and legalize marijuana

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks at a campaign rally in Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 27, 2016. VOA
  • In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson set a record for most votes won by a Libertarian candidate
  • By framing an ignominious lapse presidential candidate from Libertarian Party Garry Johnson attracted people’s attention
  • The Libertarian agenda promotes civil liberties and a small-government agenda

Sept 11, 2016: On Thursday during an interview with MSNBC Garry Johnson Libertarian Party presidential candidate when being asked that, ‘if you were elected, what would you do regarding “Aleppo” condition’?

Then there it came an astonishing answer, – Aleppo???

Surprisingly MSNBC interviewer said, are you kidding?

‘’No’’ Johnson replied.

‘’Aleppo is in Syria…. It’s the epic center of the refugee crisis, the MSNBC interviewer said.

Ok got it got it, Jonson said.

The incident also followed its course to the public meeting on Wednesday night in which Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican rival Donald trump sought to showcase their national security and defense credentials. Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, has been trying to turn the two major candidates’ low approval ratings to his advantage in the race to win the November 8 election in 2016.

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However, he has just 8.6 support in the current average of opinion polls by website RealClearPolitics in a matchup with Clinton, Trump, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

While the Libertarian Party has long rejected U.S. military intervention abroad, the candidate’s failure to recognize one of the most troubled spots in the Middle East drew ridicule and prompted speculation that his campaign was essentially over.

Clinton asked at a news conference about Johnson’s remarks, laughed and quipped, “You can look on the map and find Aleppo.”

In a statement after the MSNBC interview, Johnson said the mistake showed he was human and explained that, when asked about Aleppo, he was thinking of an acronym and not the Syrian war.

War-torn Aleppo in Syria. Wikimedia Commons
War-torn Aleppo in Syria. Wikimedia Commons

“Can I name every city in Syria? No. Should I have identified Aleppo? Yes. Do I understand its significance? Yes,” he said.

In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson set a record for most votes won by a Libertarian candidate- about 1 percent of the popular vote – and was aiming to attract disaffected Republicans and Democrats to sustain steady growth in the party.

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The Libertarian agenda promotes civil liberties and a small-government agenda. Johnson has pledged to cut spending, stick to conservative fiscal policies and legalize marijuana.

Appearing on ABC’s talk show “The View” later, Johnson reacted mildly to suggestions the gaffe would kill his campaign. “I guess people will have to make that judgment,” he said.

– by Aakash Mandyal with inputs from VOA

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Syrian Army captures key town from Islamic State (ISIS) in northern countryside of Aleppo province

The Syrian Army unleashed a wide-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, after succeeding to wrest control over the city of Aleppo last December

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Rebel fighters walk near damaged buildings in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo countryside, Syria, Dec. 30, 2016

Damascus, Feb 26, 2017: The Syrian Army captured a key town in the northern countryside of Aleppo province on Sunday, following battles with the Islamic State.

Capturing the town of Tadef enables the Syrian army to secure transportation routes in eastern Aleppo, and constitute a base for launching attacks and undermining the presence of the IS militants in that part of the province, the Syrian army said in a statement, according to state news agency SANA.

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The town is also located southeast of city al-Bab, which was recently captured by Turkish forces and allied rebel fighters.

The Syrian Army unleashed a wide-scale offensive in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, after succeeding to wrest control over the city of Aleppo last December.

The offensive enabled the military forces to assume control of territory 600 km east of Aleppo.

Also, the army has laid a siege along the southern rim of al-Bab city, to secure the eastern part of Aleppo city from IS attacks, or the possible advance of the Turkish-backed rebels.

Observers believe that there was a Russian-Turkish understanding for splitting the battles in al-Bab.

For the Turks, capturing al-Bab cuts the way in the face of the growing Kurdish influence in northern Syria, a red line drawn by Turkey.

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For the Syrian army, laying a siege to al-Bab from its southern edge prevents the IS fighters to withdraw toward other stronghold in eastern province of Deir al-Zour, or northern city of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of the terror-designated group.

The Syrian government has always looked to the Turkish moves in northern Syria as an encroachment upon the sovereignty of the country, claiming that Ankara was capturing areas in northern Syria to build a wall, which could be a prelude to setting Ankara’s long-demanded safe zones in northern Syria, near the Turkish borders. (IANS)

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Author JK Rowling sends Harry Potter books to a Syrian girl in Aleppo

JK Rowling, the "Harry Potter" author has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books

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London, November 26, 2016: JK Rowling, the “Harry Potter” author has gifted a young girl living in war-torn Syria with copies of her famous boy wizard books.

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Seven-year-old Bana has been watching the films of “Harry Potter” in order to distract herself from the bombings and fighting in her hometown of Aleppo.

“After watching the film earlier this week, Bana’s mother Fatemah reached out to Rowling via Twitter, revealing her daughter and other local children were interested in reading the books the movies are based on,” reported CNN.

The author, Rowling was so moved by the message that she replied, saying, “Bana, I hope you do read the book, because I think you’d like it. Sending you lots and lots of love xxx.”

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The 51-year-old writer subsequently sent her electronic copies of all the books in the franchise.

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Bana’s mother shared her gratitude with the author on Twitter, and said, “Thank you my friend Jk Rowling for the books”, to which Rowling responded, “Thinking of you, keep safe #Aleppo.

prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Donald Trump to be reaching out to the Hindus of the United States

Donald Trump organizes a charity event to address the Hindus of US

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New Delhi, October 10, 2016:  United States Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump scheduled to address a rally of Hindu-Americans in New Jersey, on October 15.

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For the first time, Trump will be addressing an ethnic community in an event, announced Shalabh ‘Shalli’ Kumar, the founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition and is the Chairman of Indian American Advisory Council to the Republican Party.

Kumar described Trump as a pro-Indian leader. He further added, if he is elected, he will transform the ties of India and U.S by removing legal bottlenecks that prevent the flow of the high-tech weapons from U.S. to India and will be making immigration easy for the Indians.

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The event, ‘Humanity United Against Terror’, is aimed at the Hindu voters which will be taking place in New Jersey as a part of the strategy to mobilise necessary votes in the last few weeks so as to defeat the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“U.S. laws continue to view India as a Soviet-ally as a continuation of the Cold War policies. This attitude prevents India from accessing high end weapons. As the President of the United States, Donald Trump will bring in the changes to help India access arms,” said Kumar.

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Half of the proceedings from the event will be donated towards the cause of Kashmiri Pandits. According to PTI, “This is a charity concert organised for the benefit of terror victims in various countries…The 50 percent of the proceeds from this concert will go for the benefit of Kashmiri Pandits in India,” said Mr. Kumar

-by NewsGram team with PTI inputs