Situation/Intelligence Reports

Syria: Mortars Explode At Russian Embassy

Two mortar rounds landed on the premises of the Russian embassy in Damascus on May 19, causing damage but no injuries, an embassy spokeswoman said, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

Burundi: Government Cracks Down On Protests Against President's Third Term

Police forces beat demonstrators and fired tear gas into the crowds gathered to protest President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial run for a third term, Reuters reported May 19. Read more…

Russia: NATO Urges Moscow To Stop Snap Exercises

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Brussels on May 19 to end Russian support for eastern Ukrainian militants and to stop carrying out military exercises on short notice, Deutsche Welle reported. Read more…

Iraq: Islamic State Claims It Will Continue Its Offensive

A new Islamic State propaganda video confirms the group's control over Ramadi and claims militants will next target the cities of Baghdad and Karbala, Rudaw reported May 19. Read more…

South Sudan: Rebels Capture Oil Refinery

Anti-government forces have captured a refinery near an oil field in Upper Nile state with the intention of cutting off government revenue, a rebel spokesman said, World Bulletin reported May 19. Read more…

EU: Commission Plan To Prevent Greek Default Is Leaked

A leaked document from the European Commission outlines plans to avoid a Greek default, EU Observer reported May 19. Read more…

Thailand: Trial Against Ousted Prime Minister Begins

The trial of former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of corruption related to her government's rice pledging scheme began May 19, AFP reported. Read more…

Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Restart In Sanaa

Saudi-led airstrikes targeted Houthi rebels in Sanaa on May 19 for the first time since a five-day humanitarian cease-fire ended, witnesses said, AFP reported. Read more…

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