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Stratfor's Fred Burton on Egypt's Security Situation and Intelligence Challenges

In a panel interview on Fox News' DEFCON 3 program, Burton, who is also a former U.S. State Department counterterrorism agent, says he can recall "working cases in Egypt years ago and you would have a tremendous amount of cooperation ... and one thing that frightens me today is I’m not so sure that same kind of liaison exists."

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Brazil: Deal Reached To Finance Swedish Fighters

Brazil's Defense Ministry announced July 29 that it had reached a financial deal with the Swedish government to purchase 36 Gripen fighter planes from Saab for $5.4 billion, Reuters reported. Read more…

Mexico: Government Postpones Deep-Water Auction

The Mexican government decided July 29 to delay the planned auctions of deep-water oil exploration and production contracts to September, Pemex Chairman and Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Yemen: Bomb Kills 3 Outside Mosque In Sanaa

A car rigged with explosives detonated outside the al-Fayd al-Hatimi mosque in eastern Sanaa on July 29 killing three people, according to a security source, The Daily Star reported. Read more…

Colombia, Venezuela: Border Closed After Merchant Death

The border between Colombia and Venezuela closed July 29 after national guard personnel from Venezuela killed a Colombian merchant in a confrontation, Caracol reported. Read more…

Mexico: Survey Shows Widespread Skepticism On Drug Lord's Prison Escape

Eighty percent of Mexicans do not believe the government's account of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape from a high-security prison, El Universal reported July 28, citing a survey it conducted. Read more…

Yemen: Loyalist Militias To Merge With Army

The internationally recognized Yemeni government will incorporate the anti-Houthi Popular Resistance militiamen into the army, AFP reported July 29. Read more…

Egypt: Preserve Syria’s Territorial Integrity, Cairo Says

Syria’s territorial integrity must be preserved, the Egyptian foreign ministry said July 29 in an apparent expression of disapproval of Turkey’s ongoing military operations in the country, Daily Star reported. Read more…

Iran: French Foreign Minister Invites President To France

On the first visit to Iran by a French foreign minister in 12 years, Laurent Fabius, at the request of French President Francois Hollande, invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to France in November, Reuters reported July 29. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Policeman Dead, 2 Hurt In Attack

Gunmen killed a Saudi policeman and wounded two others in the Qatif area of Eastern Province, AFP reported July 29, citing the Saudi Interior Ministry. Read more…

Turkey: Air Base Deal Signed With U.S.

Ankara formally signed a deal July 29 with the United States over the use of Turkey’s Incirlik air base in the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against the Islamic State, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Official Calls For Protests At Turkish Bases

An Iraqi Kurdish official condemned on July 29 Turkey’s recent attacks against militant Kurdish targets in Iraq, Syria and inside Turkey itself, and he called for Kurdish locals in Dohuk province to protest against Turkish military bases in the region, BasNews reported. Read more…

China: Stocks Bounce Back

Chinese stocks recovered somewhat July 29 after several days of steep declines, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Iraqi Prime Minister Denounces Turkish Airstrikes

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said July 29 that his council of ministers views the ongoing Turkish campaign of airstrikes in northern Iraq as a dangerous escalation that violates Iraqi sovereignty, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Syria: 3 Killed In Israeli Airstrikes

Israeli aircraft struck a car in a rural part of Quneitra in the Syrian Golan Heights on July 29, killing three people, Jerusalem Post reported, citing Al-Mayadeen. Read more…

Iraq, Turkey: Kirkuk-Ceyhan Pipeline Attacked

Saboteurs attacked on July 29 a pipeline transporting crude oil between the Iraqi city of Kirkuk and the Turkish Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, halting the flow of oil, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said, Anadolu Agency and Reuters reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Mullah Omar Dead, Sources Say

Longtime Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has died, unnamed Afghan and Pakistani sources said July 29, Khaama Press, BBC and Afghanistan 1 TV reported. Read more…

Greece: Syriza To Hold Emergency Meeting On Internal Rift

The central committee of Greece’s ruling Coalition of the Radical Left, or Syriza, will hold an emergency meeting July 30 to address the growing internal rift over whether to agree to a third Greek bailout, Kathimerini reported July 29. Read more…

Turkey: Airstrikes On PKK Targets Continue In Iraq, Inside Turkey

Turkish fighter jets continued to attack militant targets both inside Turkey and across the border in northern Iraq late on July 28, according to a July 29 military statement, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

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