Situation/Intelligence Reports

Syria: Kurdish-Arab Political Alliance Drops Out Of Negotiations

A political coalition of Syrian Arabs and Kurds will not participate in Geneva talks over the conflict in Syria, according to the co-president for the Syrian Democratic Council, AFP reported Feb. 1. Read more…

Nigeria: Bomb Attacks Cause Massive Oil Spill

Multiple bombings of Agip oil pipelines have caused thousands of barrels of oil to pollute waterways, farms and fishing grounds in Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa state, AP reported Feb. 1. Read more…

Syria: U.N.-Syrian Government Talks Rescheduled

Talks between the Syrian government and U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura set for Feb. 1 have been rescheduled so that U.N. representatives can first meet with opposition leaders, Naharnet and AFP reported. Read more…

Yemen: Al Qaeda Fighters Take Strategic Southern Town

Al Qaeda fighters took control of Azzan, a strategically valuable town in southern Yemen on Feb. 1 along a major highway linking the capitals of Hadramawt and Shabwa provinces, unnamed local officials and tribal chiefs said, AFP reported. Read more…

Myanmar: Suu Kyi-Led Parliament Convenes

Myanmar convened its first democratically elected parliament in more than half a century on Feb. 1, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, Myanmar Now and the Irrawaddy reported. Read more…

U.K.: Prime Minister Fails To Reach Reform Deal With EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Council President Donald Tusk failed on Jan. 31 to reach a deal on the United Kingdom's EU renegotiation after talks in London, the leaders said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Burundi: African Union Drops Peacekeeper Plan

The African Union has abandoned its plan to send 5,000 peacekeepers to help restore stability to Burundi, officials said Jan. 31, BBC reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Militants Strike Maiduguri, Kill 65

Islamist militant group Boko Haram attacked Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri on Jan. 30, killing at least 65 people, security and medical officials said, Reuters reported Jan. 31. Read more…

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