Situation/Intelligence Reports

Turkey: Ankara And Washington To Train Syrian Rebels

The United States and Turkey will begin training and equipping moderate Syrian rebels in March, Turkish Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, Reuters reported Feb. 20. Read more…

Japan: Tokyo Looks To Send Troops Abroad Without U.N.

Japan's government seeks to dispatch its Self-Defense Forces overseas to logistically support foreign militaries engaged in fighting without the backing of the U.N. Security Council, Nikkei News reported Feb. 20, citing a government source. Read more…

Russia: Moscow And Washington May Cooperate On Anti-Terrorism

Russia and the United States may cooperate and exchange intelligence in the campaign against the Islamic State, director of Russia’s Federal Security Services Alexander Bortnikov said, Sputnik News reported Feb. 20. Read more…

Venezuela: Mayoral Arrest Follows Claims of Coup Plots

The arrest of prominent opposition figure and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma could trigger disruptive demonstrations. Read more…

Venezuela: Intelligence Service Arrests Caracas Mayor

Members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, known by its acronym Sebin, arrested opposition figure and Mayor of Caracas Antonio Ledezma on Feb. 19, El Universal reported. Read more…

France: Government Survives No-Confidence Vote

The French parliament failed to pass a motion of no-confidence against the current government Feb. 19, with only 234 in favor, Reuters reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Military Bombs Boko Haram Camps

Nigerian military aircraft bombed Boko Haram training camps and equipment Feb. 19 in Sambisa Forest, defense spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Kurdish Forces Advance Into Raqqa

Supported by U.S.-led airstrikes, Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units moved into Raqqa province, the Islamic State's de facto capital, on Feb. 19, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, AFP reported. Read more…

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