ONS: 05 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed by suspected Islamist militants near the border with Israel.
  • AMERICAS: A clash in Colombia’s northwest left a FARC commander dead.
  • ASIA: NATO reported that a Haqqani network leader, Sher Mohammed Hakimi, was killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s interior minister stated that as many as 115 Kurdish rebels have been killed during an offensive by security forces over the last two weeks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel announced it will upgrade its Arrow II ballistic missile defense system.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers managed to access a user’s iCloud account by breaching Apple security.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Political turmoil as Battle of Aleppo continued
    • State TV reported that PM Hijab was sacked from his post; the opposition claimed he had defected to Jordan with his family.
    • A bombing struck a state television building in Damascus, wounding at least three.
    • Government forces continued a heavy assault on rebels in Aleppo.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, Reuters, AP, NYT

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Suspected Islamist militants killed 16 soldiers near the border with Israel. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: Gunmen attacked a military camp in Abidjan, killing seven, a day after five soldiers were killed in similar attacks. (AP)
  • Libya: Authorities reported that three men suspected of plotting bomb attacks were killed during a sting operation outside the capital. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A suicide bombing struck a police checkpoint in Damaturu, killing eight. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A FARC commander was killed in a clash with soldiers in the country’s northwest. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: Authorities arrested a man suspected of being the “main operator” of a Colombian drug cartel. (EFE)
  • United States: A gunman killed six at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee. (CBS/AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO reported that a Haqqani network leader, Sher Mohammed Hakimi, was killed in an airstrike. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Renewed ethnic violence in Rakhine state left three dead. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed a NATO supply convoy driver near the Afghan border. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Rebels launched attacks on 11 towns across the country’s south, leaving at least three dead. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Romania: Interior Minister Ioan Rus resigned his post amid a scandal over the referendum to recall President Basecu. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: The country’s finance minister stated that the government would wait for further information on ECB assistance before it would consider requesting a bailout. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: The country’s interior minister stated that as many as 115 Kurdish rebels have been killed during an offensive by security forces over the last two weeks. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: State TV aired the confessions of more than a dozen people suspected of involvement in the murder of five nuclear scientists since 2010. (AP)
  • Iraq: A bombing in Baghdad and gunmen in Mosul killed four policemen. (AP)
  • Israel: The country announced it will upgrade its Arrow II ballistic missile defense system. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The death toll from a suicide bombing in the southern part of the country late on Saturday rose to 45. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers managed to access a user’s iCloud account by breaching Apple security via social engineering. (Forbes)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Thirteen
    • Location: 460 miles NNW of Wake Island
    • Movement: NNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Haikui
    • Location: 105 NM WNW of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles SW of Acapulco
    • Movement: WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Ernesto
    • Location: 220 miles E of Cabo Gracias A Dios, Honduras
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Florence
    • Location: 925 miles W of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07AUG)

  • Global: World’s largest international maritime exercise RIMPAC 2012 ends.
  • Africa: Anniversary of US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam – 1998.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of an attack that killed 10 workers from Christian charity – 2010.
  • Algeria: CEAS sends 20 Spanish aid workers to refugee camps, despite terror warnings.
  • Caucasus: Anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war – 2008.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the Battle of Boyacá – 1819.
  • Cote d’Ivoire: Independence Day – 1960.

END

Leave a Comment