Situation/Intelligence Reports

Syria: Russian Airstrikes Launched From Iranian Base

Russian aircraft deployed Aug. 15 from an Iranian air base for the first time to carry out airstrikes in Syria, The Guardian reported Aug. 16. Read more…

U.K.: Large Investment Banks Making Plans To Leave London

Several unnamed large investment banks headquartered in London are making plans to relocate to the European mainland in the wake of the Brexit, Bloomberg reported Aug. 16. Read more…

Thailand: Prime Minister Seeking Malaysian Support In Bombings Investigation

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha will ask his Malaysian counterpart, Prime Minister Najib Razak, for help investigating last week's bomb and arson attacks in southern Thailand during his visit to Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 16, Thai Deputy Premier Prawit Wongsuwan said, The Nation reported. Read more…

South Korea: President Reshuffles Government

South Korean President Park Geun Hye replaced a number of high-level posts in her government on Aug. 16, including three ministers, Yonhap reported. Read more…

China: World’s First Quantum Communication Satellite Launched

China launched the world's first quantum communication satellite into space early on Aug. 16, Xinhua and the South China Morning Post reported. Read more…

Iraq: Kurdish Forces Complete Offensive Toward Mosul

Kurdish peshmerga forces in Iraq finished up a two-day offensive against the Islamic State launched from Arbil in the direction of Gwer, southeast of Mosul, Reuters reported Aug. 15. Read more…

Syria: Russia, U.S. Close To Deal On Joint Military Action

Russia and the United States are in active negotiations for joint military action against Jabhat al-Nusra in Aleppo, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, Reuters reported Aug. 15. Read more…

Turkey: Foreign Minister Says Refugee Deal Will End If Terms Not Met

Turkey will stop helping the European Union manage the refugee crisis if its citizens are not granted visa-free travel in Europe by October, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Reuters reported Aug. 15. Read more…

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