Situation/Intelligence Reports

Ukraine: U.S. Military Training To Begin April 20

U.S.-Ukrainian joint military exercises, dubbed Fearless Guardian, are set to begin in western Ukraine on April 20, Sputnik News reported April 17, citing the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Read more…

Syria: Turkey Helps Insurgents Capture Idlib, Leader Says

Turkish military and logistic support played a key role in helping insurgents seize the Syrian city of Idlib in March, Syrian President Bashar al Assad said, Reuters reported April 17, citing an interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen. Read more…

Tajikistan: Currency Exchange Suspended At Private Entities

Tajikistan’s central bank suspended operations of private currency exchange points in the country April 17, Asia-Plus reported. Read more…

Finland: Euroskeptic Party Makes Gains Before Elections, Poll Says

Finland’s Finns Party ranks third with 16.7 percent of voter support, compared to 14.6 percent support rating one month ago, Finnish broadcasting company Yle reported April 17, citing the latest monthly tracking poll. Read more…

Yemen: Former President Offers Cooperation To Secure Exit From Crisis

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has sought help from Russia and several Arab states to secure a safe exit from Yemen for him and his family, Al Jazeera reported April 16. Read more…

U.S.: Fast-Track For Trans-Pacific Partnership Bill Finalized

The tax-writing committees of the U.S. Congress on April 16 finalized a trade promotion authority bill that would grant President Barack Obama the authority to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, The New York Times reported. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Hamas Mulls Kidnapping Israelis For Prisoner Exchange

A senior member of Hamas, Khalil al-Hayya, said during an April 16 rally that the group was considering kidnapping Israeli nationals to exchange for Palestinian prisoners, Sputnik News reported. Read more…

Turkey: Foreign Minister To Visit U.S.

At the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu will visit Washington from April 18-21 to meet with administration officials and lawmakers, according to a statement posted by Turkey's ministry of foreign affairs website April 16. Read more…

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