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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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Israel: Mortar Shells Hit Golan Heights

Two mortar shells hit the northern Golan Heights on Aug. 3, causing no injuries, the Israel Defense Forces said, Times of Israel reported. Read more…

Yemen: Pro-Hadi Forces Recapture Al-Anad Air Base

Forces loyal to embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi recaptured al-Anad air base Aug. 3, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Military Rescues 178 Hostages From Militant Group

The Nigerian military said in an Aug. 3 statement that it had rescued 178 people, including 101 children and 67 women, from Wilayat al Sudan al Gharbi, formerly known as Boko Haram, BBC reported. Read more…

Mali: 10 Soldiers Killed In Attack On Base

Unidentified gunmen attacked Mali's Gourma Rharous base Aug. 3 killing at least 10 army personnel, Reuters reported. Read more…

Yemen: Loyalist Troops Launch Operation To Regain Air Base

Forces loyal to Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi, equipped with tanks and armored vehicles, surrounded Yemen's al Anad air base Aug. 2 in preparation for an offensive to retake it from Houthi rebels, AFP reported Aug. 3. Read more…

Syria: U.S. To Provide Air Support For Rebels, Potentially Against Government Troops

The United States will allow airstrikes to back the rebel groups it is supporting against any attackers, including those loyal to Syrian President Bashar al Assad, Reuters reported Aug. 3. Read more…

Yemen: Political Settlement Still Possible, Rebel Leader Says

Yemeni rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in an Aug. 2 speech that a political settlement with the country’s exiled government was still possible, despite the ouster of the Iran-backed rebels by their Saudi-backed counterparts from the port city of Aden, AFP reported Aug. 3. Read more…

Spain: Catalonia Expected To Call Early Elections

Catalan President Artur Mas is expected to sign a decree scheduling early regional elections for Sept. 27, reported Aug. 3. Read more…

Syria: Russia May Give Up On Al Assad, Turkish President Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin may give up on Syrian President Bashar al Assad and withdraw the Kremlin’s wholehearted support for him in the future, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Aug. 3, AFP reported, citing Daily Sabah. Read more…

Ukraine: $1.7 Billion IMF Installment Forthcoming, Ministry Says

Ukraine expects to receive the second tranche, worth around $1.7 billion, of International Monetary Fund funding in the coming days, according to a Ukrainian Finance Ministry statement posted Aug. 3, UNIAN reported. Read more…

Thailand: Elections May Be Delayed Until Mid-2017, Minister Says

Thailand’s return to elections may be delayed until April 2017 if the country’s draft constitution is voted down by the National Reform Council, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Aug. 3, Bangkok Post reported. Read more…

Greece: Stock Market Reopens, Plunges

The Greek stock market reopened Aug. 3 after a five-week suspension and promptly suffered its worst-ever losses, Marketwatch and The Guardian reported. Read more…

Turkey: PKK Kills 2 In Police Station Attack, Army Says

A Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) suicide attack in eastern Turkey killed two Turkish troops and wounded 31, the army said Aug. 2, BBC reported. Read more…

Yemen: Prime Minister Returns To Aden

Yemen's Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and six of his ministers returned to Aden on Aug. 1 from exile in Saudi Arabia under the protection of Saudi troops to meet with loyalist forces in Lahj and Abyan provinces, Xinhua reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Troops Suppress Riots in San Felix

One man was killed and 15 people were arrested when a group of people looted grocery stores and attacked state-owned vehicles in San Felix, Bolivar state, Ultimas Noticias reported July 31. Read more…

Syria: Airstrikes Target Group Suspected Of Abducting U.S.-Trained Rebels

Fighter jets, thought to be part of the U.S.-led alliance, targeted the al Qaeda-linked group Jabhat al-Nusra near the town of Azaz, north of Aleppo, on July 31, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: 2022 Olympics Awarded To Beijing

Beijing was awarded the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on July 31, becoming the first-ever city to host both the summer and the winter games, the New York Times reported Read more…

Turkey: Enlistment Increases Following Attacks

According to the Turkish army, applications to fight terrorism have increased with the recent attacks in the country, Hurriyet Daily News reported July 31. Read more…