GEOPOLITICAL

U.S. Treasury sanctioned 271 individuals linked to the chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Tariff changes proposed that would impact lumber imports from Canada should be watched for any possible follow through on other natural resources, particularly energy related. U.S. and South Korea continue to conduct joint drills in the region which has angered North Korea. The situation in tenuous at best, but most military analysts do not see this as a conflict on the brink of war. Turkey carried out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq yesterday and detained what President Erdogan deemed “opposition figures” that were against U.S. allies and now place the nation in conflict with the U.S. led coalition mission against ISIS.