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27 August 2017

 

 

 

 

Middle East

 

 

 

Iraqi Forces ‘completing mission’ to drive ISIL out of north Iraq

 

Author/Source: Osama Bin Javaid, Al Jazeera

 

“Some Iraqi army commanders say they are completing their mission to drive ISIL fighters out of northern Iraq…”

 

 

 

Ceasefire halts battle against Isil on Syria and Lebanon border

 

Author/Source: The Telegraph

 

“A ceasefire took effect Sunday in the border area between Syria and Lebanon, halting separate but simultaneous week-long offensives against the Isil group by the Lebanese army on one side and Hezbollah and Syrian troops on the other…”

 

 

 

Fighters withdraw after clashes in Yemen capital – officials

 

Author/Source: Noah Browning, Reuters

 

“Gunmen from both groups in a strained civil war alliance withdrew from streets in the Yemeni capital on Sunday after trading fire in unprecedented violence, officials from the two groups said…”

 

 

 

8-year-old Palestinian girl dies after being hit by settler car in Nablus

 

Author/Source: Middle East Monitor

 

“An 8-year-old Palestinian girl was killed on Saturday after being struck by an Israeli vehicle in the Nablus district of the nerthern occupied West Bank, according to Israeli sources…”

 

 

 

Central Asia

 

 

 

Azerbaijan ammunition dump catches fire, 6 injured

 

Author/Source: Associated Press

 

“Azerbaijani villagers who were evacuated from their homes after a military ammunition dump caught fire are returning as authorities say they have brought the blaze under control…”

 

 

 

South Asia

 

 

 

After deadly protests, Indian states in lockdown for 'godman's' rape sentencing

 

Author/Source: Sankalp Phartiyal and Nidhi Verma, Reuters

 

“India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday of a self-styled ’godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday…”

 

 

 

Gunfire heard near Bangladesh border as thousands flee Myanmar violence

 

Author/Source: Ruma Paul, Reuters

 

“Myanmar’s government said it had evacuated at least 4,000 non-Muslim villagers amid ongoing clashes in northwestern Rakhine state, as thousands more Rohingya Muslims sought to flee across the border to Bangladesh on Sunday…”

 

 

 

Suicide Bomber Kills 13 in Southern Afghanistan

 

Author/Source: Ayaz Gul, VOA

 

“A suicide car bomber attacked a market in southern Afghanistan Sunday, killing at least 13 people and wounding many more…”

 

 

 

Southeast Asia

 

 

 

Thailand’s Ex-Leader Leaves Supporters in Limbo After Disappearing During Trial

 

Author/Source: Richard C. Paddock, New York Times

 

“For two years, Yingluck Shinawatra, the former prime minister of Thailand, battled criminal charges of negligence and claims that she had cost the country billions of dollars…”

 

 

 

Father of Philippine Islamist militant leaders dies in government custody

 

Author/Source: Karen Lema and Alison Williams, Reuters

 

“The father of the leaders of the pro-Islamic State Maute group that seized control of a southern Philippine town in May died while in government custody, authorities said on Sunday…”

 

 

 

East Asia

 

 

 

Samsung scion Lee appeals against five-year jail term for bribery

 

Author/Source: Joyce Lee, Reuters

 

“Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee has filed an appeal against the five-year jail term he was given for bribery and other charges through his lawyer, according to the Seoul Central District Court’s website on Monday…”

 

 

 

3 missing after MSDF helicopter crashes in Sea of Japan

 

Author/Source: Song Lifang, Xinhua

 

“A helicopter belonging to Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) crashed during a drill Saturday night, leaving three crew members missing…”

 

 

 

Africa

 

 

 

US journalist killed in South Sudan, State Department confirms

 

Author/Source: Susannah Cullinane, CNN

 

“A US journalist has been killed in South Sudan…”

 

 

 

Al Qaeda says senior commander in Somalia al Shabaab affiliate killed

 

Author/Source: Stephen Kalin, Reuters

 

“A senior commander in al Shabaab, Somalia’s al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist rebels, was killed last month in a U.S. airstrike, the group said on Saturday in an online statement…”

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

Pope’s Aids Respond to Threats from ISIS

 

Author/Source: Jacob Goff Klein, Jerusalem Post

 

“The Pope’s top aids responded on Saturday to threats to the Vatican made in a new ISIS propaganda video…”

 

 

 

Identity of Turku stabber established

 

Author/Source: Song Lifang, Xinhua

 

“Finnish police said on Sunday the main suspect of the Turku stabbings is 23 years old, not 18 years old as he himself has claimed…”

 

 

 

British police issue warning after chemical 'haze' on Sussex coast

 

Author/Source: Parikshit Mishra and Alison Williams, Reuters

 

“Police issued a warning on Sunday after chemical “haze” left up to 50 people on Britain’s south coast suffering irritation to their eyes and throats…”

 

 

 

UK police arrest second suspect after Buckingham Palace attack

 

Author/Source: Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Louise Heavens, Reuters

 

“British police announced on Sunday a second arrest in connection with an assault on three police officers by a man armed with a four-foot sword outside London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday…”

 

 

 

Barcelona attack: German woman dies in hospital

 

Author/Source: BBC

 

“A German woman, 51, has died of injuries sustained in the van attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona on 17 August, officials say…”

 

 

 

US & Canada

 

 

 

Bodies of all 10 sailors missing on USS John S. McCain have been recovered

 

Author/Source: Anna Fifield, Washington Post

 

“The bodies of all 10 sailors missing since a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore have been recovered, the Navy’s 7th Fleet said Monday…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tillerson says U.S. will keep up ‘peaceful pressure’ on North Korea

 

Author/Source: Lindsay Dunsmuir and Mary Milliken, Reuters

 

“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday the firing of three ballistic missiles by North Korea this week was a provocative act but that the United States will continue to seek a peaceful resolution…”

 

 

 

'The president speaks for himself': Rex Tillerson distances himself from Trump

 

Author/Source: Molly Redden, The Guardian

 

“Asked if Charlottesville remarks made it harder to represent the US, secretary of state appears to suggest president does not represent American values…”

 

 

 

FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Luis Macedo Arrested

 

Author/Source: Garrett Croon, FBI

 

“After eight years on the run, a Chicago man who is one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives is now in custody, announced Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Anderson of the FBI Chicago Field Office…"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harvey Brings Catastrophic Floods to Houston; at Least Five Reported Dead

 

Author/Source: Chris Cirillo and Daphne Rustow, New York Times

 

“At least five deaths and more than a dozen injuries have been reported in the aftermath of Harvey, the hurricane that tore across the Gulf Coast of Texas over the weekend…”

 

 

 

South and Central America and the Caribbean

 

 

 

Venezuela MUD Opposition Coalition Supports US Sanctions, Warns of Unapproved Transactions

 

Author/Source: Latin America Herald Tribune

 

“Venezuela's Mesa de Unidad (MUD) Opposition coalition spoke out Sunday in a statement in which it set its sights on the decisions of President Donald Trump's government over Venezuela…”

 

 

 

After decades of war, Colombia's FARC rebels debut political party

 

Author/Source: Nelson Bocanegra and Symmes Cobb, Reuters

 

“Colombia’s leftist FARC rebel group is introducing its political party at a conference that began on Sunday, a major step in its transition into a civilian organization after more than 50 years of war and its first chance to announce policy to skeptical voters…”

 

 

 

Guatemala President Who Championed Honesty Orders Anticorruption Panel Chief Out

 

Author/Source: Elisabeth Malkin, New York Times

 

“Guatemalans elected a former television comic as president in 2015 on promises he would be honest, unlike his reviled predecessor…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IUCTS Highlights

Seminars

 

 

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August 24, 2017

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June 29, 2017

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June 9, 2017

European and U.S. Counter-Terrorism Strategies: Quo Vadis?

 

May 24, 2017

"Is a New Middle East Strategic Order Emerging?"

 

April 20, 2017

"Terrorism and the Media: Dilemmas for Government, Journalists, and the Public"

 

April 13, 2017

"Security Challenges in Africa: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

 

March 23, 2017

"Preventing WMD Terrorism: Past Lessons and Future Outlook" 

 

February 23, 2017

"International Cooperation in Combating Terrorism: Review of 2016 and Outlook for 2017"

 

December 16, 2016

"Latin America's Security Outlook: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post-Castro Era"

 

November 21, 2016

"Middle East Strategic Outlook: Regional and Global Implications"

 

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October 14, 2016

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Additional past events 

Op-ed

 

Jerusalem Post on September 16, 2017: "Stop the 'Iranization' of Syria" by Prof. Yonah Alexander and Dr. Milton Hoenig