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20.08.19  /  High  /  Afghanistan – Explosive Devices Detonated

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20.08.19 Afghanistan Explosive Devices Detonated

On 19 August 2019, at least 10 explosive devices detonated in several districts across Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province. The explosions, which appeared coordinated, targeted several busy marketplaces and public squares where crowds had gathered for Independence Day celebrations. Security forces reportedly discovered and defused a number of additional explosive devices scattered throughout the city. According to a government official, at least 13 people were killed and 70 more were injured. While no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, both the Taliban and a local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) are known to conduct attacks in the area.

20.08.19  /  High  /  Syria – Military Aircraft Conduct Airstrike

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20.08.19 Syria Military Aircraft Conduct Airstrike

On 19 August 2019, Syrian military aircraft conducted airstrikes against a Turkish military convoy near the town of Khan Sheikhoun, located in Idlib governorate, approximately 255 km (160 mi) north of the capital Damascus. While there were no reports of Turkish military casualties, three civilians were reportedly killed in the strikes. Turkish authorities stated that the convoy was headed to Turkish observation posts in the area, but Syrian officials contend the convoy was poised to reinforce Syrian rebels in Khan Sheikhoun. Turkish officials condemned the strikes, calling them a violation of the Russo-Turkish de-escalation agreement, and reports indicate the Turkish military has provided fighter aircraft escorts to the convoy in an effort to dissuade further attacks. Analyst Comment: While Turkish and Syrian government forces are both active in Idlib, clashes of this type between the two parties are rare due to a de-escalation agreement between Turkey and Syrian government ally Russia. Entities with interests in Syria should monitor developments closely.

20.08.19  /  Medium  /  India – Movement Restrictions in Srinagar

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20.08.19 India Movement Restrictions in Srinagar

On 18 August 2019, Indian authorities reimposed movement restrictions in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, following renewed clashes between protesters and security personnel overnight on 17-18 August. Residents in several parts of Srinagar -- including Gojwara, Nowhetta, Rainawari and Soura -- threw stones at police officers, who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray. One person was killed and at least 17 others were injured in the unrest. Authorities had relaxed travel restrictions earlier on 17 August; however, such restrictions have been reinstated following the violence. While landline telephone services have partially resumed, internet and cellphone services remain suspended.

20.08.19  /  Medium  /  Zimbabwe – Planned Opposition Protest

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20.08.19 Zimbabwe Planned Opposition Protest

As of 19 August 2019, a strong presence of riot police officers and military vehicles is reported in Bulawayo -- Zimbabwe’s second largest city -- in response to a planned opposition protest in the city that day. Despite a low turnout of protesters thus far, security forces are conducting patrols throughout the city center and Bulawayo’s surrounding townships. Reports indicate that the majority of businesses in the city are open and operating normally. Government officials banned the demonstration, citing security concerns and noting that the event would lead to “public disorder.” Analyst Comment: Police authorities banned a similar demonstration in Harare, the capital, on 16 August, but protesters gathered despite the ban; security forces forcefully dispersed the demonstrators, causing several injuries. The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance has announced that similar demonstrations are planned in Gweru on 20 August, Mutare on 21 August and Masvingo on 22 August; as such, increased security measures are likely to remain in effect throughout Zimbabwe through at least 22 August in anticipation of the planned anti-government protests.

20.08.19  /  High  /  Afghanistan – Travel Advice

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20.08.19 Afghanistan Travel Advice

On 19 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Afghanistan, which reads in part as follows: “Afghanistan is undergoing a major transition in terms of politics, economy and security. Presidential elections are scheduled for 28 September 2019. Political events, rallies and polling stations have been the target of violent attacks during previous elections. You should avoid all political demonstrations and public gatherings. Keep up to date with developments in the security situation, including through monitoring local media.”

20.08.19  /    /  Cameroon – Travel Advice - General Strike

20.08.19 Cameroon Travel Advice - General Strike

On 16 August 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Cameroon, which reads in part as follows: "Armed separatists have announced that they will impose a general strike in the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon from Monday 2 to Friday 6 September and Monday 9 September to Friday 13 September. You should monitor local media to check for the latest information about the shutdown. Armed separatists also imposed an extended general strike in February 2019, with reports of violence and loss of life. Urban transport in towns and cities was affected and vehicular traffic in and out of the region was restricted. Incidents of sporadic gunfire also occurred, including shooting in Bamenda, Buea and the outskirts of Limbe."
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