Situation/Intelligence Reports

Syria: U.S. Airstrikes Against The Islamic State Slow

The U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State conducted 16 airstrikes, 14 in Iraq and two in Syria, Reuters reported Feb. 18, citing the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force. Read more…

Iran: Supreme Leader Accuses U.S. Of Arming The Islamic State

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States of giving the Islamic State weapons and ammunition, Shafaq News reported Feb. 18. Read more…

Ukraine: U.S. Weapons Aid Would Breach Minsk Agreement, Russian Official Says

The speaker of Russia's lower house said that the delivery of lethal weapons from the United States to Ukraine would be a violation of the Minsk agreements, Sputnik news reported Feb. 18. Read more…

Libya: Italy Calls For Political Solution

Italy is urging the United Nations to arrive at a diplomatic solution to the security situation in Libya, AP reported Feb. 18, citing Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni's comments ahead of an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting. Read more…

Turkey: Kurdish Leader Meeting With President, Prime Minister Over Energy

Kurdistan Regional Government President Nechirvan Barzani will travel to Turkey on Feb. 18 to talk about energy cooperation, an unnamed Kurdish source said, Shafaq News reported. Read more…

Colombia: Industrial Production Up In 2014

Colombia’s industrial production rose 1.3 percent in 2014, W Radio Colombia reported Feb. 18, citing Colombia's national statistics department. Read more…

Ukraine: President Denies Troops Were Encircled

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko denied that Ukrainian troops in Debaltseve were encircled by rebels and said the troops were leaving the town in an orderly manner with all of their weapons, Interfax reported Feb. 18. Read more…

Lebanon: Parliament Postpones Presidential Election, Again

Lebanese speaker Nabih Berri postponed a parliamentary session to elect a new president after the deadlocked parliament failed to agree on a candidate for the 19th time, The Daily Star reported Feb. 18. Read more…

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