Situation/Intelligence Reports

France: Police Were Looking For Second Church Attacker

French police were looking for the second attacker prior to the July 26 assault on a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray that left an elderly priest dead, police sources said July 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Supreme Military Council Meeting In Ankara

Turkey's Supreme Military Council is meeting July 28, the first time the council has been held at the prime minister's residence in Ankara, Daily Sabah reported. Read more…

Libya: Clashes In Benghazi Kill At Least 19

Clashes between rival armed groups in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least 19 fighters and wounded more than 20 others, Al Jazeera reported July 28. Read more…

Syria: Al Qaeda Tells Jabhat Al-Nusra It Can Cut Ties

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released an audio statement July 28 saying the group's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, could cut organizational ties to al Qaeda to preserve its unity and to continue its fight in Syria's civil war, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: 88 Foreign Ministry Employees Dismissed

The Turkish government has dismissed 88 Foreign Ministry employees, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said July 28, AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Post-Coup Crackdown Widens

Turkey's government widened its crackdown on July 27, closing dozens of media organizations and discharging around 1,700 military personnel it accused of involvement in the failed July 15 coup, The Washington Post reported. Read more…

Iraq: Series Of Attacks Kill At Least 18

A number of attacks in and around Baghdad on July 27 killed at least 18 people, police sources said, AP reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Will Try To Target Islamic State From South

The United States will look for opportunities to target Islamic State operations in Syria from the south, putting more pressure on the militant group, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said July 27, Reuters reported. Read more…

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