Stratfor has declared a Red Alert over Ukraine as we watch for signs of a new offensive. We do not yet know Russia’s strategic intentions. Reports of rocket fire and potential moves on the city of Mariupol could simply be an attempt to signal the danger Russia could pose to their negotiating partners in the West. It could be an attempt to extend the pocket separatists supported by Russia currently hold in eastern Ukraine. It could, finally, be the opening of an offensive toward Crimea.
"... effectively the Houthis are kingmakers. While they do not dominate Yemen, they control the largest piece of real estate and they are the single-largest group," said Kamran Bokhari, an adviser on Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs for Stratfor.
The important thing to remember about soft targets -- and amorphous, leaderless terror groups -- is that the threat is wide, but not deep, Stewart said. Many locations are vulnerable to attacks, but the attacks are small and few and far between.
Live interview with Stratfor's vice president of intelligence on "Shepard Smith Reporting" to provide commentary on the terrorist threat facing Europe in the wake of the recent Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris.
Russia is ready to push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a Jan. 25 phone call, a statement from Russia's foreign ministry said, Reuters reported.
Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim brotherhood, accused security forces of shooting 17-year-old Sondos Rida Abu Bakr during a demonstration in Alexandria on Jan. 23, World Bulletin reported.