Situation/Intelligence Reports

Egypt: Cairo Blast May Be Part Of Assassination Attempt

An explosion occurred in a neighborhood in east Cairo on Sept. 29, causing at least three injuries, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported. Read more…

Colombia: Second-Biggest Rebel Group Ready For Formal Peace Talks

Colombia's second-biggest militant group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), said it is prepared to begin formal peace negotiations with the government, BBC reported Sept. 29. Read more…

Jordan: After Gas Deal With Israel Finalized, More Protests Expected

Protests are planned in several Jordanian cities for Sept. 30 after the country recently finalized a $10 billion deal with the energy firms Noble and Delek for the delivery of Israeli natural gas, according to reporting by Al Ghad and news circulating on Twitter. Read more…

Sudan: Rights Group Accuses Government Of Using Chemical Weapons

Amnesty International accused Sudan's government of using chemical weapons dozens of times since the beginning of 2016, in attacks that killed hundreds of civilians in the country's Darfur region, BBC reported. Read more…

China: Defense Ministry Warns Japan Against Joint Patrols With U.S.

A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman said Sept. 29 that Japan is "playing with fire" in planning to conduct joint patrols with the United States in the South China Sea, Sina and VOA reported. Read more…

India: Military Says It Conducted Cross-Border Raids In Pakistan

Information continues to emerge after an apparent escalation along the India-Pakistan border early Sept. 29. India announced it conducted cross-border "surgical strikes" on Pakistan-based militants, The Hindustan Times reported. Read more…

India, Pakistan: Two Pakistani Soldiers Killed In Kashmir Clash

Two Pakistani soldiers were killed during an exchange of fire with Indian troops across the line of control in the disputed region of Kashmir on Sept. 29, the Pakistani army said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Philippines: Joint Drills With U.S. To Go Ahead, But Future In Doubt

Joint military drills with the United States will go ahead in 2017, but war games between the two countries from 2018 onward will be reviewed, Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said Sept. 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

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