The Hill Talk’s Glance at the Globe

Turkish forces, Syrian opposition groups drive ISIS from Syrian town:  Backed by Turkish troops and armor, Syrian rebel groups and a small contingent of Turkish special forces entered the northern Syrian town of Jarablus forcing Islamic State (ISIS) militants to flee the city.

Similarly, Turkey also warned Kurdish (YPG) troops to leave the region, demanding the YPG soldiers to retreat across the Euphrates to the east.

A broad move aimed to driving ISIS and Kurdish YPG troops away from the Turkish-Syrian border, Ankara has been straightforward its military operations are designed to clear the frontier of any armed group.

Colombia, FARC reveal peace plan:  After four grueling years of negotiations, representatives of Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have released the specifics of a peace plan to end five decades of bloodshed.

A significant part of the plan includes cash payments to FARC rebels to come in from hiding, an offer of general amnesty for government troops and rebels except in cases of grave war crimes, FARC will have non-voting representation in the national assembly until 2018 and are allowed access to the political framework.

Although the peace agreement is subject to an October plebiscite, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC officials are expected to sign the treaty before the referendum.

Scotland estimates economic losses over Brexit:  Contingent on the position London takes future trade negotiations, losses to the Scot economy over “Brexit” are estimated between 2-11 billion pounds sterling, says Scotland’s First Secretary Nicola Sturgeon.

Concern over the likelihood of a depreciating pound and the possibility of rising inflation, Sturgeon dismissed the value of economic ties to England and stated: “The old argument that the UK somehow delivers financial security for Scotland no longer holds water.”

Sturgeon continues to find alternatives to “Brexit,” which she says bears unfairly to Scotland’s economically.  Sturgeon has not ruled out holding a second Scottish independence referendum.

Nigeria claims Boko Haram leader fatally injured:  Nigerian officials have announced an airstrike targeting ranking members of ISIS-linked Boko Haram militants has “fatally injured” the terror group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.

Describing the airstrike, Nigerian military commanders stated three top Boko Haram leaders were killed and Abubakar Shekau was mortally wounded.  No definitive confirmation was offered, however.

Shekau has previously been claimed killed by the Nigerian military in 2013 and 2014, only to appear in video addresses revealing his escape.

Algeria turns away ISIS-linked militants:  Two years following the death of a French tourist at the hands of Islamist terrorists operating east of Algiers, Algeria, the Algerian military claims it has cleared the area of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and bands of ISIS-linked militants.

One unnamed Algerian military official stated:  “The group (Jund al-Khilafa) has been dismantled, most of its commanders were killed or arrested. It is over.”

Although Algerian authorities have stopped short of claiming victory over AQIM, they do maintain ISIS-associated groups have bee defeated in Algeria.


[Reuters] [The Independent]