Situation/Intelligence Reports

Argentina: Congress Approves Intelligence Bill

Argentina’s Congress has approved a law to scrap its intelligence agency, replacing it with a federal agency under the control of Congress, BBC reported Feb. 26. Read more…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Attacks Presidential Palace

Somalia’s al Shabaab militants have attacked the presidential palace in Mogadishu with mortar shells, News 24 reported Feb. 26. Read more…

France: Paris Prepares Anti-Radicalization Plans

The French government aims to train Muslim preachers and establish dialogue with groups and notable figures in the Muslim community as part of plans to tackle radicalization, France 24 reported Feb. 26, citing an unnamed official. Read more…

France: Brussels Grants Paris Another Reprieve

The European Commission decided Feb. 25 to give France until 2017 to bring its budget deficit below the EU requirement of 3 percent of gross domestic product, EurActiv reported. Read more…

Greece: Most Syriza Lawmakers Support Bailout Deal

At a 12-hour internal meeting, a majority of Syriza lawmakers signaled their support for Greece’s agreement with the Eurogroup for a four-month extension of its bailout program, To Vima reported Feb. 26. Read more…

Japan: India Pushes For Amphibious Aircraft Purchase

India's Defense Acquisition Council will take up a proposal Feb. 28 for the $1.3 billion purchase of 12 ShinMaywa US-2 amphibious aircraft from Japan, The Times of India reported Feb. 26. Read more…

Lebanon: Army Pushes Militants Out Of Northeast

Lebanon’s army ousted Islamic State militants along the country’s northeastern border on the night of Feb. 25, The Daily Star reported Feb. 26. Read more…

Russia: Bad Loans In Banks To Rise

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s said Russia may see bad loans in its banking system rise to 17 to 23 percent of its loan portfolio in 2015, up from 8 percent in 2014, Reuters reported Feb. 26. Read more…

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