Intel briefing, week 02
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Israeli Jets Attack Near Damascus, Syria Confirms 

Syria confirmed Wednesday that Israeli jets attacked west of Damascus, with reports in Arab media saying an arms convoy intended for Hezbollah was the target. The news came amid tensions along Israel's northern border after clashes between the Israeli army and militants affiliated with the Islamic State group in recent days.

US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep 

American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.

Former Pakistan army chief to head Saudi-led military alliance 

Pakistan’s former army chief Raheel Sharif is said to have been appointed first commander-in-chief of a new counterterrorism coalition of 39 Islamic countries led by Saudi Arabia.

United Arab Emirates to invest $163bn in renewables 

The United Arab Emirates has said that it intends to invest $163bn in projects to generate half of the nation's power needs from renewables. The major oil producing Gulf state is hoping to get close to this by 2050 and says it wants to balance economic needs against environmental goals.

China to London rail freight service launched 

China has launched its first ever train service to travel all the way to the United Kingdom. The inaugural freight service carrying containers is scheduled to arrive at Barking in east London on January 18, having left Yiwu Xi station in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on January 1.

Concern over fate of missing Pakistani activists  

At least four activists known for their liberal views on social media  have gone missing in Pakistan this week, according to relatives and workers of nongovernmental organisations.

Elite US troops deployed to train Lithuanian forces 

The Lithuanian government has confirmed the presence of US special forces in the country, which it said had been deployed to train local forces and act as a deterrent against Russian aggression.

Morocco prohibits sale of burqa

Burqa producers and retailers have been issued written warnings of their obligation to cease making and/or selling the garment. They have been further instructed to get rid of their burqa stock or convert it within 48 hours, or risk confiscation of all goods.

India tests long-range ballistic missile 

On Monday, India successfully tested its long-range ballistic missile, Agni-IV, which can travel 4,000 kilometers and carry a nuclear warhead, in the wake of an earlier successful test-firing of Agni-V that has a range of more than 5,000 kilometers.

Nobel laureates urge action over ethnic cleansing in Myanmar 

Over the past two months, a military offensive by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine State has led to the killing of hundreds of Rohingya people. Over 30,000 people have been displaced. It has all the hallmarks of recent past tragedies – Rwanda, Darfur, Bosnia, Kosovo.

About 70% of Eastern Mosul liberated from ISIS 

The head of Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) says Iraqi forces have managed to wrest control of up to 70 percent of eastern Mosul in their push to purge the whole city from ISIS terrorists, PressTV reported.

Poland acquires first strike capability 

In 2014, Poland signed a contract to procure the JASSM AGM-158A version for its F-16C/D jets. The stealth missile is designed to destroy ground targets at distances 370+km (230 mi). As of 2014, the JASSM had also entered service in Australia and Finland.

US military vows more training to deter Russia 

The U.S. military on Sunday (January 8) vowed to increase the scope and complexity of its European training exercises to deter Russian aggression, as more U.S. tanks, trucks and other equipment arrived in Germany for a big buildup on NATO's eastern flank.

Iran capitalizes on OPEC oil cut 

Iran has sold more than 13 million barrels of oil that it had long held on tankers at sea, capitalising on an OPEC output cut deal from which it is exempted to regain market share and court new buyers, according to industry sources and data.