boundary disputes (includes maritime)

Coast Guard Sees Challenges in Arctic, Cyberspace

Aug. 5, 2015 - As ice melts at record levels in the Arctic Circle, military and safety challenges will mount, said the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft. But drug trafficking from the tropics and cyberspace digital attacks are also major security concerns, he said.

Iraq Oil Exports Hit Record in June; Output Climbing

Iraq exported 3.187 million barrels of oil a day in June, its oil ministry said. It was a 1.37 percent increase over May. The ministry also reported that at the end of June Iraq was pumping 4.388 million barrels per day.

The Iraqi exports, as a whole, increased even though flow through Ceyhan, Turkey, fell from 451,000 barrels per day in May to 167,000 bpd in June, Reuters reported. A payment dispute within Iraq has cut back the shipments.

IS Egyptian Group Strikes 15 Sinai Targets

A group affiliated with the IS caliphate killed at least 50 security personnel in the northern Sinai region of Egypt today. The attacks centered on checkpoints at Sheik Zuweid, although a suicide car bomb exploded at an officers club in Al-Arish. A group called the Sinai Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.