Situation/Intelligence Reports

Peru: Southern Copper Drops Mining Project

Southern Copper Corp. said it is cancelling the $1.4 billion project it had planned in southern Peru because of protests and a lack of government support, The Wall Street Journal reported March 27.

Iran: Lawmaker Calls For Delay In Turkish Leader's Visit

Conservative Iranian lawmaker Ahmad Tavakkoli requested March 27 that Iran's foreign ministry delay the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan because of his public criticism of Iranian moves in Yemen and Iraq, Tasnim reported.

Somalia: Gunmen Storm Hotel, 2 Killed In Blast

Islamist gunmen forced their way into a hotel in Mogadishu, trapping government officials inside, Reuters reported March 27.

Yemen: Al-Houthis Release Captured Yemeni Defense Minister

The defense minister for the government of internationally recognized Yemeni President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi has been released by his al-Houthi captors, along with Brigadier Faisal Rajab, Sputnik News reported March 27.

Turkey: Ankara Could Provide Logistical Support In Yemen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara could provide logistical support to the Saudi-led operation in Yemen, AP reported March 27.

Nigeria: Troops Capture Boko Haram Headquarters

The Nigerian army reclaimed control of Gwoza, the town that Boko Haram claimed as its headquarters, World Bulletin reported March 27.

Iraq: Militia Fighting In Tikrit Is Subject To Orders Of Prime Minister

The Popular Crowd, a militia fighting the Islamic State in Tikrit alongside Iraqi security forces, is a state institution and is subject to the orders of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, a spokesman for the group said March 27, Alsumaria reported.

Turkey: President Speaks Out Against Iran

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on March 26 of trying to dominate the Middle East and of causing resentment in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries, Hurriyet Daily News reported March 27.

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