Situation/Intelligence Reports

Malaysia: U.S. Moves To Seize 1MDB-Linked Assets

The U.S. government filed a lawsuit July 20 to seize more than $1 billion in assets bought with money believed to have been stolen from Malaysian state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) by people close to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, The New York Times and the Straits Times reported. Read more…

Armenia: Protesters Clash With Police As Hostage Situation Continues

Protesters clashed with police in the Armenian capital of Yerevan outside a police station where armed assailants have now held several police officers hostage for four days, Sputnik reported July 20. Read more…

Turkey: State Of Emergency Declared

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a state of emergency July 20 that will last for three months, following a meeting of Turkey's National Security Council, BBC reported. Read more…

Pakistan: Government Looks To Pass Law Against Honor Killings Within Weeks

The ruling party of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hopes to pass a law against honor killings within weeks, following the high-profile murder of a female social media personality, Reuters reported July 20. Read more…

Iraq: Mosul Operation Could Affect 1.5 Million Civilians, U.N. Says

The long-awaited offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State could affect up to 1.5 million civilians, U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq Lise Grande said July 20, AP reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Government Organizes Protest Against Possible Military Intervention

Hundreds of people turned out for a protest organized by South Sudan's government on July 20 against a possible military intervention by a coalition of troops from several African Union member states, AP reported. Read more…

Tunisia: Authorities Break Up Extremist Cell

Tunisian authorities broke up an extremist cell linked to the Islamic State that was plotting attacks in the coastal town of Sousse, a statement from the country's interior ministry said July 20, Reuters reported. Read more…

Israel, Guinea: Diplomatic Ties Renewed

Israel and Guinea renewed diplomatic relations July 20, nearly 50 years after Guinea cut them off after the 1967 Six-Day War, Reuters reported. Read more…

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