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Stratfor's Rodger Baker on South Korea's Political Storm

"It's hard for this crisis not to have at least some impact [on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye]. Her administration has already faced a lot of criticism on reforms as well as international junkets," Baker said. This week's events interfere with her ability to focus on policy issues and help push them through the parliament, he added.

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Stratfor's Scott Stewart on the Latest Threats by ISIS

The nature of ISIS's recent threats actually speaks to the group's limitations, says Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at Stratfor. He says that if a militant group has the ability to conduct a strike, it's not going to foreshadow it online, "they're just going to do it. It's when they can't do it themselves that they need to ask others for help."

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Mali: Al Qaeda Responsible For UN Attack

Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, AFP reported April 17. Read more…

Lebanon: French Weaponry To Aid In Fighting Militants

Lebanon will receive military equipment from France within days as part of a Saudi-funded arms deal, The Daily Star reported April 17. Read more…

Burundi: Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters

Police officers fired teargas and water cannons at hundreds of protesters demonstrating against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's intent to run for a third consecutive term, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Cameroon: Boko Haram Kills At Least 10

Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 people in an attack on two villages in Kolofata district, News 24 reported April 17. Read more…

Iraq: Details of Arbil Explosion Emerge

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated and gunfire broke out near the gates of the U.S. consulate in Ankawa, a suburb of the Iraqi city of Arbil, according to an unnamed source, Shafaq News reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Rival Leaders Disagree On Defense Appointments

Afghanistan's rival leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, remain in disagreement on the appointment of a permanent defense minister and army chief as Afghan forces face a mounting Taliban militant threat, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Iraq: World Bank Group To Invest In Infrastructure

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said April 17 that the bank would invest in Iraqi infrastructure, All Iraq News reported. Read more…

Iraq: Baathists Deny Death Of Leader

Baathist officials in Iraq have denied reports that Iraqi security forces killed Izzat al-Douri, a former aide to Saddam Hussein, while he fought alongside the Islamic State in Tikrit, Al Arabiya reports. Read more…

Iraq: Blast And Gunfire Reported In Arbil

Witnesses have reported a car explosion and gunfire near the U.S. consulate in the city of Arbil in the Iraqi Kurdistan region April 17, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Torches Beiji Oil Tanks

Islamic State militants torched oil tanks April 17 at the Beiji oil refinery as Iraqi forces approached from three directions, BBC reported. Read more…

Yemen: Protection Of Oil Field Entrusted To Tribes

Military units protecting Yemen’s Masila oil fields withdrew April 17, handing security responsibilities over to local tribes, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Military Recaptures 2 Towns Near Beiji Refinery

Iraqi forces recaptured on April 17 two towns south of Iraq's largest oil refinery, AP reported. Read more…

Iraq: Militant Leader Allegedly Killed

Iraqi forces have allegedly killed Izzat al-Douri, former aide to Saddam Hussein and leader of the Naqshbandi Order, a group allied with the Islamic State, the governor of Salahuddin province said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Yemen: Airstrikes Intensify As Drone Strikes Kill Al Qaeda Militants

Two suspected al Qaeda members were killed in Yemen by a drone strike thought to have been carried out by the United States, AFP reported April 17, citing a tribal source. Read more…

U.S.: Obama To Host Gulf Leaders

President Barack Obama will host leaders from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at the White House and Camp David from May 13-14, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Yemen: Former President Will Not Leave Country

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said April 17 he would not leave the country, Reuters reported. Read more…

Belarus: Leader Talks Closer Ties With The West

Belarus is interested in closer relations with the West in areas of technology, economy, security and transborder crime, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said during a meeting with European commissioner Johannes Hahn, BelTA news agency reported April 17. Read more…

Germany: Volkswagen CEO Prevails In Standoff

Martin Winterkorn will remain chief executive of Volkswagen despite being publicly attacked by Ferdinand Piech, chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board and patriarch of the founding family, WSWS reported April 17. Read more…