ONS: 15 August 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 15, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

15 August 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan opposition captured strategic towns and threatens Tripoli’s supply lines
  • AMERICAS: Gunmen killed 11 in Acapulco, Mexico over the weekend
  • ASIA: Pakistan allowed China access to downed US helicopter after OBL raid
  • EUROPE: Russian security agency arrested suspected plotters of a train bombing
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian security forces intensified crackdowns in Homs and Latakia  
  • TECHNOLOGY: Anonymous launched cyberattack on San Francisco police and transit agencies

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Series of attacks across the country kill at least 70
    • Two bombs exploded in the city of Kut, killing at least 32 and wounding 71.
    • Car and suicide bombings at police stations in Karbala and Najaf killed at least 19.
    • Two car bombings in Baghdad killed at least one and injured 12.
    • Car bombings and gunmen killed at least 14 in Diyala province.
    • A car bomb in Tikrit killed at least four.
    • A bombing at a church in Kirkuk killed one.
    • Coverage: NYT, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The trial of Hosni Mubarak resumed in Cairo. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Opposition forces captured Zawiyah, and claimed to have captured Surman, threatening a supply line for Gaddafi loyalists in Tripoli. (NYT, WSJ)
  • Libya: Gaddafi called for his supporters amongst the general population to rise up against the opposition and NATO in a televised address. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: 11 people were killed by gunmen in Acapulco over the weekend. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez is increasingly reliant on his vice president as he continues chemotherapy treatments in Cuba. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Insurgents attacked a government center in Ghazni, killing one police officer and leaving four insurgents dead. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Reports revealed that Pakistan allowed Chinese engineers access to a US helicopter downed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. (FT, NYT)
  • Pakistan: A bomb attack in Charsadda injured six. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: US officials revealed that they would be placing conditions on aid for Pakistan, linking assistance to a set of security benchmarks. (WSJ)
  • Philippines: The convoy of the governor of Maguindanao province was targeted by a car bomb that killed one and wounded seven. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Security forces arrested four suspected Islamists for plotting to bomb a train. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: 29 military officers, including General Bilgin Balanli, appeared in court facing charges of plotting a coup in 2003. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Security forces launched raids and stormed several towns in the province of Homs. (AFP)
  • Syria: Security forces intensified shelling and tank attack on Latakia as the crackdown there went into its 3rd day. (Reuters, WSJ)
  • Yemen: A suspected Al Qaeda car bomb killed 14 Shiite rebels at a government building they had seized in Al-Jouf province. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Anonymous launched hacking attacks on the Fullerton Police Department and Bay Area Regional Transit in San Francisco. (LA Times)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Gert
    • Location: 130 miles SE of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 12 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 550 miles NNE of the Northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: NNW at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1500 miles SSW of the southern point of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 600 miles SW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W or WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles south of Guatemala
    • Movement: WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16AUG)

  • Cyprus: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Indonesia: ASEAN Political and Security Community Council Meeting.
  • Nigeria: Security summit on border issues between Liberia and the Ivory Coast.

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