Situation/Intelligence Reports

Mali: Al Qaeda Responsible For UN Attack

Al Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group Al-Mourabitoun claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, AFP reported April 17. Read more…

Lebanon: French Weaponry To Aid In Fighting Militants

Lebanon will receive military equipment from France within days as part of a Saudi-funded arms deal, The Daily Star reported April 17. Read more…

Burundi: Police Forcefully Disperse Protesters

Police officers fired teargas and water cannons at hundreds of protesters demonstrating against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's intent to run for a third consecutive term, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Cameroon: Boko Haram Kills At Least 10

Boko Haram militants killed at least 10 people in an attack on two villages in Kolofata district, News 24 reported April 17. Read more…

Iraq: Details of Arbil Explosion Emerge

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated and gunfire broke out near the gates of the U.S. consulate in Ankawa, a suburb of the Iraqi city of Arbil, according to an unnamed source, Shafaq News reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Rival Leaders Disagree On Defense Appointments

Afghanistan's rival leaders, President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, remain in disagreement on the appointment of a permanent defense minister and army chief as Afghan forces face a mounting Taliban militant threat, Reuters reported April 17. Read more…

Iraq: World Bank Group To Invest In Infrastructure

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said April 17 that the bank would invest in Iraqi infrastructure, All Iraq News reported. Read more…

Iraq: Baathists Deny Death Of Leader

Baathist officials in Iraq have denied reports that Iraqi security forces killed Izzat al-Douri, a former aide to Saddam Hussein, while he fought alongside the Islamic State in Tikrit, Al Arabiya reports. Read more…

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