Situation/Intelligence Reports

Iraq: U.N. Expresses Concern Over Civilians In Fallujah

A U.N. representative said the United Nations is concerned about the lives of the approximately 50,000 civilians still in Fallujah now that Iraqi security forces have begun an offensive to retake the city from the Islamic State, BBC reported. Read more…

Greece: Police Begin Clearing Migrant Camp Along Macedonian Border

Greek police began evacuating migrants May 24 from the Idomeni camp along the Macedonian border where more than 8,000 people have been living since the border was closed in March, The Guardian reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Raqqa Offensive

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched an offensive against the Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa in northern Syria on May 24, SDF representatives said, CBS reported. Read more…

Cuba: More Private Businesses Legalized

Documents published May 24 reveal that the Cuban government will legalize small and medium-size private businesses, AP reported. Read more…

Iran: Hard-Liner Elected Assembly Of Experts Chief

Ahmad Jannati was selected May 24 as the new chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, a body of 88 delegates charged with selecting the country's supreme leader, BBC reported. Read more…

Spain: Protesters Clash With Police Over Barcelona Squatters

Police and protesters clashed in Barcelona late May 23 and into the early hours of May 24 after authorities evicted squatters from a vacant building they had occupied for years, AP reported. Read more…

France: Police Raid Google's Paris Office In Tax Fraud Investigation

French police raided Google's Paris offices on May 24 as part of an aggravated tax fraud investigation directed at the company, French authorities said, AP reported. Read more…

France: Strike Over Labor Reforms Spreads To All Oil Refineries

A strike in France over controversial government labor reforms has spread to all eight of the country's oil refineries, BBC reported. Read more…

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