ONS: 26 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 26, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AFRICOM commander stated that extremist groups Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb might be cooperating.
  • AMERICAS: At Mexico City’s international airport, Gunmen wearing police uniforms opened fire on federal policemen, killing three.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani government alleged that 13 soldiers were killed by militants in a cross-border attack from Afghanistan, seven of which had been beheaded.
  • EUROPE: Cyprus requested financial assistance from eurozone partners.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, two bombings south of Baghdad killed at least 12.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Microsoft confirmed it had acquired business social networking service Yammer.

TOP STORY

  • Syria:  NATO representatives meet Tuesday on the downing of a Turkish aircraft by Syrian air defense.** Turkish PM Erdogan warned Syria against military movements near the border, stating that his country was on a heightened state of military alertness in response to the incident.
    • NATO officials were expected to issue a statement of support for Turkey.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen stated the shooting down of the Turkish jet was unacceptable.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT, Al-Jazeera, BBC,Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

AFRICA

  • Region: AFRICOM commander stated that extremist groups Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb might be cooperating. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: EU officials expressed concern that the country’s military might interfere with civilian rule. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The foreign ministry denied allegations that the country was supporting an army mutiny in the DRC. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Military officials reported that AU and government forces had driven Al-Shabab militants out of the town of Balad, north of Mogadishu. (AP)
  • South Sudan: The UN reported that at least 900 were killed in tribal clashes from late 2011 to early 2012 and criticized the government for failing to protect civilians. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The finance minister stated the government would not change plans to reduce fuel subsidies despite protests. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Authorities detained five Pakistani men on suspected militant links. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s national police accused the FARC of using teenagers to detonate explosives. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Gunmen wearing police uniforms opened fire on federal policemen at the Mexico City international airport, killing three. (WSJ)
  • Paraguay: Ousted President Lugo vowed to form a popular movement to return him to power. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: The Pakistani government alleged that 13 soldiers were killed by militants in a cross-border attack from Afghanistan, seven of which had been beheaded. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The interior ministry reported 33 insurgents were killed in operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: Officials stated the country’s navy will build an advance base on the disputed border island Baengnyeong. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: HRW accused China of forcing displaced Kachin refugees back into the country. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A Taliban commander banned the polio vaccine in South Waziristan in protest against drone strikes, the third such ban to take place this year. (Guardian)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country requested financial assistance from its eurozone partners. (Al Jazeera)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Rapanos resigned unexpectedly for health reasons. (NYT)
  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s twitter and e-mail accounts were hacked. (AP)
  • Russia: Authorities reported that a senior militant leader was killed in a police operation in the North Caucasus. (ITAR-TASS)
  • United Kingdom: Head of MI5 Jonathan Evans warned that Al Qaeda was attempting to use new Arab Spring regimes as terrorist training bases. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The EU confirmed that a full embargo of Iranian oil will begin on Sunday. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Two bombings south of Baghdad killed at least 12. (AFP)
  • Oman: Authorities reportedly investigated reports that Al Qaeda-linked militants fleeing a US-backed offensive in Yemen entered the country. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Activists reported heavy fighting between government and rebel forces in suburbs around Damascus. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: European security officials reported a Norwegian man had received terrorist training from Al Qaeda in Yemen. (AP)
  • Yemen: Officials reported that landmines planted by Al Qaeda-linked militants in the country’s south had killed at least 73 people in the past week. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Microsoft confirmed it had acquired business social networking service Yammer with rumored plans to incorporate it into future versions of Microsoft Office. (TG Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Debby** Location: Over the NE Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: E at 4 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JUN)

  • Colombia: FARC commander ‘Juan Carlos’ killed – 2006.
  • Djibouti: Celebration of Independence Day – 1977.
  • Pakistan: NATO Commander General Allen visits to review border coordination with General Kayani.

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