Babylon Reports – US leaks Manchester Arena Photos, US loses track of $1B arms in Iraq, Ariana Grande cancels tours
Written by Gabrielle Renaud on 2017-05-25
Theresa May is to raise concerns with Donald Trump after evidence from the Manchester Arena bombing was apparently leaked to US media. UK officials were “furious” when photos appearing to show debris from the attack appeared in American media. The prime minister is expected to raise the issue with the US president when they meet at a Nato summit today. Monday night’s attack at Manchester Arena killed 22 people – including children – and injured 64.
Over in the Middle East, a recently declassified Department of Defense (DoD) audit revealed that the US Army lost track of over $1 billion in military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait. The audit, from September 2016, revealed that the DoD “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of a vast amount of equipment being sent to arm the Iraqi army. The recently declassified audit was obtained by Amnesty International. The equipment included tens of thousands of assault rifles and hundreds of Humvee armored vehicles among other things.
Lastly, Ariana Grande has officially put her “Dangerous Woman” tour on hold in the wake of the terrorist attack that took place after her concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night. The singer was scheduled to perform in two shows at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday and Friday, but in a statement announced she’s canceled all shows through June 5. According to the statement, Ariana Grande’s tour has been suspended until they can further assess the situation and pay proper respects to those lost.