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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…

The Cost of Intervention

North Korea will use everything at its disposal to exact a heavy price for an attack, but will it be enough to dissuade the United States? Read more…

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Reva Goujon on the Future of Texas Oil

Speaking with D Magazine, Stratfor VP of Global Analysis Reva Goujon explains what contributed to the global oil glut and what the road back will look like.

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Omar Lamrani on the Fight for Fallujah

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Iran: Citizens Will Not Attend Annual Pilgrimage To Mecca, Officials Say

Iranian pilgrims will not attend the annual Muslim hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, Iranian officials said May 29, blaming regional rival Saudi Arabia for failing to guarantee the safety of pilgrims, Reuters reported. Read more…

France, Germany: Leaders Mark World War I Battle Of Verdun Anniversary

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun in World War I during ceremonies on May 29, BBC reported. Read more…

France: Labor Reform Will Continue Despite Protests, Premier Says

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls will not let protesters defeat labor reform, he said to Journal du Dimanche newspaper May 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

Uganda: Government To Halt Security Cooperation With North Korea

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said his country would halt security and military cooperation with North Korea, a South Korean official said May 29 following a summit in Kampala between Museveni and South Korean President Park Geun Hye, Reuters reported. Read more…

Libya: Misrata Forces Plan To Encircle Islamic State-Held Sirte

Forces loyal to Libya's U.N.-backed unity government say they aim to encircle Sirte, the Islamic State's stronghold in Libya, having moved within 15 kilometers (10 miles) of the city center, Reuters reported. Read more…

Jordan: King Appoints New Prime Minister, Dissolves Parliament

Jordanian King Abdullah II appointed Hani Mulqi as prime minister after dissolving parliament by royal decree May 29, following the end of its four-year term, Reuters reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Separatist Attacks Kill 5 Soldiers, Spokesman Says

Five Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and four wounded in the past 24 hours as a result of attacks by pro-Russia rebels in separatist eastern regions, a Ukrainian military spokesman said May 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Forces Begin Offensive Around Mosul

Kurdish peshmerga forces launched a new offensive in northern Iraq on May 29 that aims to retake villages from the Islamic State east of Mosul, Reuters reported. Read more…

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…

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