July 23, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Despite ongoing peace efforts and growing international criticism of Israel’s invasion of Gaza, Israeli officials seem in no hurry to end their Gaza operation in light of the large number of tunnels and weapons uncovered over the past five days. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday emphasized the need for Hamas to end the conflict, a shift from controversial comments made over the past few days that were critical of Israel for the Gaza invasion.

Israel Presses Gaza Offensive, Undeterred by Negative Press
Israeli soldiers evacuate their wounded at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on July 23, 2014. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Exclusive: British Intelligence Sees Putin Still Eyeing Ukraine
July 2, 2014
British intelligence experts are convinced that Russian President Vladimir Putin still has contingency plans for the additional annexation or conquest of Ukrainian territory, possibly while the West’s attention is focused on the jihadist crisis in Iraq.
Iraqi Parliament Fiddles While Country Burns
July 2, 2014
SITUATION REPORT

Recent events in Iraq are culminating in major setbacks that will make it more difficult to restore stability to the rapidly disintegrating country. Sunnis and Kurds yesterday staged a walkout on the first session of Iraq’s new parliament while working to reinforce local autonomy. Meanwhile, the advancing forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared a new “caliphate” across wide, connected stretches of both Syria and Iraq.

Hezbollah Militants Entering US From Mexico
July 1, 2014
The porous Mexican border that has allowed millions of illegal immigrants into the United States is increasingly used by the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah to slip into America and set up fundraising networks to support terrorist activity at home. The growing presence of Hezbollah in the United States is also in effect creating a web of sleeper cells that could be used in the future to launch attacks on Americans.
Sanctions Bite is Worse Than Russia’s Bark
July 1, 2014
The entire Russian nation appears to be in a state of denial. Russians proudly claim they don’t feel a thing from international sanctions against the Kremlin’s aggression in Ukraine. At the same time, President Vladir Putin’s inner circle has made a concerted effort to move assets out of foreign banks where the wealth would be subject to international sanction and seizure and into Russian banks.

Still others blame the United States for starting the conflict in Ukraine, while a top Russian official sees shadowy neo-Nazis behind efforts to punish Moscow.

Assad’s Airstrike Sought to Sever Iraq-Syria Supply Lines
July 1, 2014
Syrian airstrikes on advancing Sunni forces in Iraq have helped the Iraqi government, but Damascus is in fact acting in its own interest. If the advance by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is not cauterized quickly it will have major implications for the Syrian conflict and the government of Bashar al-Assad.
Narco-Terrorists Cripple Struggling West African Nations
June 30, 2014
A deadly partnership between drug smugglers and terrorists is devastating West Africa, an impoverished, violent and disease-ridden region that is already struggling against political corruption.

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