Situation/Intelligence Reports

Russia: Foreign Minister Defends Missile Deal With Iran

Russia's decision to supply Iran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems was made to help Iran defend itself against illegitimate force, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said April 22, Ekho Moskvy radio reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Army Kills 28 Militants In Upper Nile State

A Sudan People's Liberation Army spokesman said April 21 that the army had killed 28 rebels loyal to Riek Machar in a confrontation in Upper Nile State, Xinhua reported April 22. Read more…

Afghanistan: Taliban Announce Beginning Of Spring Offensive

Taliban leaders said April 22 that they would start their annual offensive against the Afghan government on April 24, AP reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Protests Force Closure Of South African Consulate

South Africa temporarily closed its consulate in Lagos on April 21 in response to anti-xenophobia protests taking place outside, News24 reported. Read more…

Yemen: Coalition Announces End Of Operation Decisive Storm

Saudi Arabia announced the end of Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen on April 21 and the start of Operation Restoring Hope, Al-Arabiya reported. Read more…

Greece: Using Delay Tactics in the Debt Saga

With a decree to take funds from state entities, Athens has gained time to avoid a debt default and pay public sector employees, but it needs an agreement soon. Read more…

Libya: Islamic State Attacks Spanish Embassy

Islamic State militants set off a bomb outside the Spanish embassy in Tripoli late April 20, Al Arabiya reported. Read more…

Iraq: Prime Minister Sends Shiite Militia To Ramadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered 14 brigades from the Shiite Popular Mobilization Force to help Iraqi forces recapture Ramadi from the Islamic State, Rudaw reported April 21. Read more…

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