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Offensives Launched in Iraq and Syria

Iraq's Ministry of Defense announced the start of the second phase of the operation to retake Fallujah, while, in Syria, the Islamic State launched an offensive on rebel forces in the Azaz area. Read more…

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Japan: U.S. Forces Start 30-Day Mourning Period On Okinawa

U.S. forces stationed on Okinawa will observe a 30-day mourning period following the murder of a Japanese woman by an American base employee, a military representative said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Militants Attack Nembe Pipeline

Niger Delta Avengers militants attacked a trunk of the Nembe oil pipeline May 28, according to a claim by the group confirmed by a Bayelsa state official, Reuters reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Government Met Opposition In Dominican Republic

A government delegation headed by Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has been holding talks with Venezuelan opposition parties, including Primero Justicia and Voluntad Popular, in the Dominican Republic for the last three days, opposition-linked El Nacional reported. Read more…

Syria, Iraq: Airstrikes Hit Numerous Islamic State Positions

Turkish and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes hit Islamic State targets in Syria's Aleppo province on May 28, killing 104 militants, Turkish military sources said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Colombia: National Liberation Army Rebels Release 3 Journalists

The three reporters being held by National Liberation Army (ELN) militants in Norte de Santander province were set free May 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Coalition Airstrike Kills Islamic State's Fallujah Commander

An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq killed the militant group's commander for the city of Fallujah, a U.S. military spokesman said May 27, Sky News reported. Read more…

France: German Intelligence Chief Warns Of Islamic State Threat During Soccer Tournament

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned May 27 that there are indications the Islamic State may be planning to target spectators at the 2016 UEFA European Championship games, a soccer tournament that will begin in France on June 10, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: No New EgyptAir Signals Despite Earlier Reports

No new signals have been received from EgyptAir Flight 804 since it crashed early on May 19, despite media reports, sources close to the investigation said May 27, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: U.N. Says 50,000 People Could Flee Mosul For Syria

The United Nations is warning that more than 50,000 people could flee the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in the lead-up to a highly anticipated offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Protesters, Security Forces Clash Again In Baghdad

Security forces used tear gas to try to disperse hundreds of protesters gathered in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on May 27, Alsumaria TV reported. Read more…

Russia: Government Plans To Extend Food Imports Embargo

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev plans to extend until the end of 2017 the embargo on food imports from the European Union, the United States and other countries, LETA reported May 27. Read more…

Libya: U.K. Wants To Send Warship To Fight Islamic State Smuggling

British Prime Minister David Cameron said his government would seek U.N. approval to send a warship to the Mediterranean Sea to combat arms smuggling to the Islamic State in Libya, BBC reported May 27. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Special Operations Forces Assisting In Raqqa Offensive

U.S. special operations forces are playing a key role in the offensive by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to retake the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa, SDF commanders said, Naharnet and AFP reported May 27. Read more…

Nigeria: Militant Group Claims 2 More Pipeline Attacks

The Niger Delta Avengers claimed two more attacks in the Niger Delta on May 26, targeting pipelines operated by the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Premium Times reported. Read more…

Japan: President Obama Visits Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima on May 27, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to do so, CNN reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S.-Led Strikes Pound Islamic State Targets Around Raqqa

The U.S.-led coalition in Syria has carried out at least 150 airstrikes on Islamic State targets on May 27 around Raqqa, the jihadist group’s de facto headquarters, according to activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, AFP reported. Read more…

South Korea: Warning Shots Fired At North Korean Vessels

The South Korean navy fired warning shots at two North Korean vessels that crossed the de facto western maritime border on May 27, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Egypt: Experts Detect Emergency Signal From Downed Plane

Experts searching for EgyptAir Flight 804 have detected an emergency signal emanating from a transmitter on the airplane's body that could help them discover more substantial wreckage from the flight, the lead Egyptian investigator in the search said, The Wall Street Journal and Al Ahram reported May 26. Read more…