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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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“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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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…

Libya: Foreign Powers Weigh In On Conflict

Russia has agreed to supply the government in Tobruk with small warships, Libyan Information Minister Umar al-Qweri said in an interview, Sputnik News reported July 27. Read more…

Syria: Kurdish Party Could Join Syrian Army

The co-chairman of the Kurdish group the Democratic Union Party, Salih Muslim, said that under the right conditions the armed wing of the group, the People's Protection Units, could join the Syrian army, World Bulletin reported July 27. Read more…

Iraq: Militias Prepare To Storm Fallujah

The senior leadership of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units has ordered the government-backed militias to target Islamic State sites in Fallujah, before storming the city, Shafaq News reported July 27. Read more…

Turkey: Military Denies Targeting Syrian Kurds

The Turkish military says it has not been targeting the Syrian Kurdish forces in northern Syria who say they were hit by cross-border shelling earlier on July 27, an unnamed Turkish official said, AFP reported. Read more…

Libya: All Oil Fields Controlled By Eastern Government, Minister Says

All of Libya’s oil fields are under the full control and protection of forces loyal to the internationally recognized government based in eastern Libya, the government's information minister, Omar Qweri, said July 27, Sputnik Arabic reported. Read more…

France: Farmers Block German, Spanish Import Routes

French farmers have been using their trucks to try to block six routes from Germany and another from Spain to stop imports of agricultural products, EU Observer reported July 27. Read more…

Yemen: Saudi Forces Respond To Rebel Shelling

Saudi forces retaliated against Houthi rebel shelling of a border region in Yemen on July 27, Al Arabiya reported. Read more…

Syria: Kurdish Forces Take Town From Islamic State

The Syrian Kurdish militia known as People’s Protection Units, or YPG, captured the town of Sarrin from the Islamic State on July 27, activists with the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Army Shelling Hits Syrian Kurdish Forces, Group Says

Syrian Kurdish forces known as the YPG, or People’s Protection Unites, say their positions were hit in cross-border shelling by the Turkish army on July 27, Hurriyet and Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Stocks Fall In Worst Day Since 2007

Chinese stocks had their worst day since 2007 on July 27, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal reported. Read more…

Turkey: Ankara, Washington Agree On Outlines Of Syrian ‘Safe Zone,’ Sources Say

Turkey and the United States have agreed to the shared goal of establishing an “Islamic State-free zone” along Turkey’s border with Syria, an unnamed White House and Turkish sources said July 26, CBS and the Washington Post reported July 27. Read more…

Turkey: Strikes On Kurdish Militant Camps Continue

The Turkish military attacked Kurdish insurgent camps for the second consecutive night July 27, Hurriyet and Reuters reported. Read more…

India: Militants Launch Multiple Attacks In Punjab

At least six people have been killed and seven more have been injured in a series of attacks July 27 near the Pakistani border in Gurdaspur district, Punjab state, including the storming of a local police station, Times of India, First Post and NDTV reported. Read more…

Iran: Foreign Minister Visits Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visited Kuwait to meet with Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah on July 26, IRNA news agency reported. Read more…

Algeria: Government Removes Head Of Directorate Of Internal Security

Algerian Gen. Ali Bendaoud has been removed from his position as head of the Directorate of Internal Security, El Watan reported July 26. Read more…

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