Situation/Intelligence Reports

Iraq: Islamic State Attacks Police Checkpoint, Kills 60

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on an Iraqi police checkpoint south of Baghdad, killing at least 60 people and wounding more than 70, medical and security officials said March 6, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Beijing Announces Annual Targets At National People's Congress

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presented his annual report March 5 at the start of the 10-day National People's Congress, South China Morning Post reported. Read more…

Syria: Next Round Of Peace Talks Delayed

The next round of negotiations on the conflict in Syria, originally set to begin in Geneva on March 7, will instead begin March 10 after delegates arrive March 9, U.N. special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said March 5, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Government Takes Over Major Newspaper, Disperses Protesters

Turkish authorities have fully taken over the nation's largest newspaper, Zaman, and fired the editor-in-chief in accordance with a March 4 court ruling that allowed the government to seize the media outlets of Feza Publications, BBC reported March 5. Read more…

Spain: Acting Prime Minister Will Try Again For Coalition

Acting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will make another attempt to form a coalition between his Popular Party and the Socialist Party, he said March 5, Reuters reported. Read more…

Sudan: Main Opposition Leader Hassan al-Turabi Dies

Sudanese opposition politician Hassan al-Turabi died March 5 after being hospitalized for a heart attack earlier in the day, al-Arabiya reported. Read more…

Syria: Turkish Forces Clash With Kurdish Militants

A Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) representative said that Turkish forces fired on Kurdish militants March 5 near Qamishli, Syria, and that a firefight ensued, Reuters reported. Read more…

North Korea: Philippines Holds Vessel For Sanctions-Related Inspection

The Philippine navy seized the North Korean freighter Jin Teng on March 5 and will hold the vessel in Subic, Zambales province until U.N. officials arrive to inspect its cargo, a Foreign Ministry representative said, Reuters reported. Read more…

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