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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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Michael Nayebi-Oskoui on ISIS' Caliphate One Year Later

“There’s nothing about ISIS that makes them uniquely suited to endure as an informal state. They’re not better equipped to hold their territorial holdings than either al-Qaida in the past, or militant groups we’ve seen spring up in the Middle East or North Africa over the last decade,” says Michael Nayebi-Oskoui, a senior Middle East analyst with Stratfor.

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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…

Cuba, U.S.: Lawmaker Will Propose Embargo Repeal

Republican lawmaker Tom Emmer of the U.S. House of Representatives will file the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 on July 28, which would fully repeal the embargo on Cuba, USA Today reported. Read more…

Yemen: Truce Broken With Fighting, Airstrikes

A humanitarian truce in Yemen failed to take hold as Saudi-led airstrikes resumed July 28 against Houthi rebels who continued to fight with loyalists, AFP reported. Read more…

Cameroon: Authorities Crackdown On Muslims In North

Cameroonian officials have ordered all mosques and Islamic centers to close in northern Cameroon, Premium Times reported July 28. Read more…

Ethiopia: Obama Addresses African Union

U.S. President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president July 28 to address the African Union. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Target Government In Northwest

Syrian rebels launched an offensive on government-held northwestern Syria in a bid to eventually take over the coastal mountains that are the heart of Syrian President Bashar al Assad's power base, Reuters reported July 28. Read more…

Turkey: NATO Expresses Support For Ankara

NATO stands in strong solidarity with Turkey in the face of the acts of terror and instability the country is facing along its southern border with Syria and Iraq, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said July 28, AFP reported. Read more…

Bahrain: Two Policemen Killed In Bomb Attack

Two Bahraini policemen were killed and a six others were wounded, one seriously, in a bomb attack in the mainly Shiite town of Sitra on July 28, the Bahraini Interior Ministry said, Bahrain News Agency and AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Pipeline Attack Halts Natural Gas Flow From Iran

A Turkish pipeline transporting natural gas from Iran was attacked by saboteurs late on July 27, stopping the flow, Turkey’s energy minister said, Anadolu Agency reported July 28. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: King Backs Turkish Military Action

Saudi King Salman on July 27 expressed support for Turkey’s newly launched campaign against Islamic State and Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq, the Saudi Press Agency and AFP reported July 28. Read more…

Greece: Creditors Seeking Third Wave Of Reforms

Greece’s creditors want to make a third bailout contingent upon Athens enacting a third tranche of politically contentious reforms, a European Commission spokeswoman said July 28, Kathimerini reported. Read more…

China: Stocks Remain Volatile And Weak

Chinese stocks ended down after a volatile trading session July 28, a day after seeing their worst drop since 2007, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported. Read more…

Chad: Army Launches Operation Against Boko Haram

The Chadian army launched a major operation to flush out jihadists with the Nigeria-based Boko Haram, which now calls itself Wilayat al Sudan al Gharbi, from islands in Lake Chad, an unnamed Chadian security source said July 27, AFP reported. Read more…

Kyrgyzstan: President Accuses U.S. Of Engendering Chaos

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said July 27 that the U.S. State Department’s decision to give a Human Rights Defenders award to Kyrgyz national Azimzhan Askarov amounts to an attempt to create "controlled chaos" in the country, Tass reported. Read more…

Cuba: U.S. Upgrades Country In Report On Human Trafficking

In yet another sign of warming relations between the two countries, the U.S. State Department said July 27 that Cuba is no longer among the worst offenders globally when it comes to human trafficking, Politico reported. Read more…

Yemen: Saudi-Led Coalition Jets Hit Pro-Government Forces

Saudi-led coalition jets mistakenly hit positions held by pro-government forces in Lahj province in southern Yemen on July 27, killing 12 people, Yemeni military sources said, AFP reported. Read more…

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