Situation/Intelligence Reports

Myanmar: 6.8 Earthquake Strikes Central Region

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Aug. 24, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more…

Italy: Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 38

At least 38 people were killed in a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck central Italy on Aug. 24, Bloomberg, BBC and Reuters reported. Read more…

Thailand: 1 Killed, 29 Injured In Deep South Bombing

At least one person was killed and 29 others were injured when two bombs exploded outside a hotel in Pattani, a town in one of Thailand’s insurgency-ridden southernmost provinces, Khao Sod reported. Read more…

Australia: Backpacker Stabbed To Death In Suspected Islamist Attack

A 29-year-old Frenchman stabbed and killed British woman and wounded two people at a backpackers' hostel in Home Hill, a town in Queensland state, Australia, on Aug. 24, Australian Broadcasting Corp reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish Tanks Prepping Ground For Jarabulus Operation

The Turkish army launched an operation Aug. 24 involving fighter jets and tanks to drive Islamic State jihadists out of the Syrian border town of Jarabulus, which lies directly opposite the Turkish town of Karkamis, according to the office of the Turkish prime minister, Hurriyet and AFP reported. Read more…

Japan: Training For New Peacekeeping Roles Approved

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces have been cleared to train soldiers for rescue and military escort aspects of U.N. peacekeeping operations, paving way for Japanese forces to take part in overseas military operations for the first time since World War II, Defence Minister Tomomi Inada said Aug. 24, Kyodo reported. Read more…

Colombia: Peace Agreement With FARC Signed

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement Aug. 23 in Cuba, government sources and a FARC spokesman said, El Tiempo reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish-Backed Rebels Launch Jarabulus Offensive

The Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army launched a large-scale offensive Aug. 24 in the Islamic State stronghold of Jarabulus near the Syria-Turkey border, Al-Masdar News reported. Read more…

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