Situation/Intelligence Reports

Syria: U.S. Airstrikes Without Consent Would Be "Attack," Minister Says

U.S. airstrikes on Syrian territory against the Islamic State would be considered an attack on the country if not first cleared with the government, a Syrian minister said Sept. 11, AFP reported.

Syria: Dozens Of U.N. Peacekeepers Released By Militant Group

Dozens of Fijian U.N. peacekeepers arrived at a Golan Heights border crossing after being released by Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda-backed militant group, Al Jazeera television said Sept. 11, Reuters reported.

Yemen: Appointment Of New Prime Minister Expected

Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi is expected to appoint a new prime minister within 48 hours, AFP reported Sept. 11.

Syria: Opposition Group Backs U.S. Airstrikes

The opposition Syrian National Coalition said it backs a U.S. plan for airstrikes in Syria and the training of rebel forces, but added that ultimately the regime of President Bashar al Assad must be degraded and removed, AFP reported Sept. 11.

Philippines: Autonomous Zone for Muslims

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines is set to form a political party to run the planned Bangsamoro autonomous region, South China Morning Post reported Sept. 11.

Syria: Interior Security Head Replaced

Syrian President Bashar al Assad removed Hafez Makhlouf, his cousin, from his position as head of interior security, BBC reported Sept. 10.

Palestinian Territories: Truce Talks To Resume Mid-September, Hamas Says

Hamas will resume Egyptian-hosted truce negotiations with Israel in mid-September, the group's deputy leader said Sept. 10, AFP reported.

Iran: Pakistani Rebels Attack Border Checkpoint

Members of Sunni rebel group Jaish al-Adl attacked an Iranian border checkpoint near the boundary with Pakistan, killing one soldier and wounding two pro-government militiamen Sept. 10, a military commander said, IRNA reported.

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