Situation/Intelligence Reports

Syria: Islamic State Commander Killed In Aleppo

Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, the terrorist group's second-most powerful commander, was killed as he inspected forces in Aleppo province, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency reported Aug. 30. Read more…

Syria: Turkish, Kurdish Forces Reach Loose Agreement To Halt Fighting

U.S.-supported Kurdish fighters and Turkish forces have come to a loose agreement to stop attacking each other in northern Syria and to concentrate instead on targeting the Islamic State, a high-ranking U.S. defense official said Aug. 30, AFP reported. Read more…

Mexico: Cabinet Shuffle Forthcoming, Reports Say

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto could execute a significant Cabinet reshuffle within the coming days, unconfirmed reports said, UniMexicali reported Aug. 29. Read more…

France: Economy Minister Resigns

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron resigned on Aug. 30 after a two-year stint in his position, Le Monde reported. Read more…

Russia: Rosneft Chief Looks To Take Controlling Stake In Bashneft

Igor Sechin, CEO of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft, has put forward a proposal to let Rosneft buy a controlling stake in the smaller oil company Bashneft for $5 billion, unnamed officials said, Bloomberg reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Russia, U.S.: Presidents To Meet During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, a Kremlin spokesman said Aug. 30, TASS reported. Read more…

Somalia: Car Bomb Kills 5 Soldiers Outside Presidential Palace

A car bomb exploded outside the presidential palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Aug. 30, killing at least five soldiers and seriously damaging two hotels, police officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Obama To Meet With Turkish Counterpart During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, Reuters reported Aug. 30. Read more…

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