Situation/Intelligence Reports

Belgium: Airstrikes Against Islamic State Extended To Syria

Belgian F-16 fighter jets will begin carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria July 1, a spokesman for Prime Minister Charles Michel said May 13, AFP reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Explosion Targets Chevron Facility in Delta Region

Militants targeted another Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) oil facility in the Niger Delta on May 13, detonating explosives on an oil well on the Makaraba line in Warri, Daily Post reported. Read more…

Morocco: Chadian Linked To Islamic State Arrested In Terrorism Investigation

Morocco's Interior Ministry said it has arrested a Chadian national sent by the Islamic State to organize a terrorist cell to attack tourist sites and Western diplomatic buildings in Morocco, AP reported May 13. Read more…

Guinea-Bissau: President Dissolves Government

Bissau-Guinean President Jose Mario Vaz dissolved the country's government May 12 and called on the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) to appoint a new Cabinet, AFP reported May 13. Read more…

Germany: Lower House Approves Bill To Ease Deportation To North African Countries

Germany's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a draft law May 13 declaring Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia to be safe, paving the way for deportations of large numbers of failed asylum seekers from those countries, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Top Hezbollah Commander Killed Near Damascus

Hezbollah's top commander in Syria, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, was killed in an explosion near Damascus airport, the Lebanese militant group said, BBC reported May 13. Read more…

Turkey: Clashes, Helicopter Crash Kill 10 Soldiers, 6 Militants

Clashes between Turkish soldiers and members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) killed eight soldiers and six Kurdish militants early May 13 at Cigli Air Base in southeastern Hakkari province, a Turkish military statement said, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Iraq: Guard Shot Dead At Australian Embassy

A security contractor working at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad was shot dead, a statement from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, the Guardian reported May 12. Read more…

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