What Happened This Week?: February 12th, 2022

The Russian-Ukraine Conflict

Photograph: Tanks and armored vehicles moving in Belarus (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

On Friday, Biden has announced that a full-scale invasion of Ukraine is imminent. A full-on invasion to seize Ukraine would cause extreme humanitarian consequences with an estimated death toll of over 50,000 and 1-5 million refugees. The Biden administration and its European allies consider possible punishments for Russia if they choose to invade.

The "Freedom Convoy" Protestors Block Significant U.S. Canadian Borders and Inspire Protests Around The Globe

Photograph: Protestor walks by "Freedom Convoy" blockade (Dave Chan/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-vaccine truckers protest in Ottawa, Canada against new vaccine mandates and disrupt U.S.-Canadian borders. Despite the presence of far-right extremists, swastikas, confederate banners, and vandalism of Canadian monuments, the "Freedom Convoy" movement has gained support and inspired protests across the globe.

ISIS Leader's Death By Suicide Bomb as American Special

Forces Closed In

The aftermath of the suicide bomb, which killed Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. (Yahya Nemah/ EPA)

ISIS leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, died from a suicide bomb as U.S. troops surrounded his residential building. The bomb, placed on the third floor, left at least 13 dead. Many of them were women and children. U.S. President Biden declared that al-Qurayshi's death is a warning to all terrorists.