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Daily Brief: September 13, 2021

Daily Brief: September 13, 2021

Over the past day, we've mapped 52 events with the following breakdown by event category.

North Korea has entered a new provocation cycle, which coincides with a recent US-South Korea exercise.  While policy focus has been on North Korea's ballistic missile program, the launch of strategic cruise missiles should raise concerns.  The reach of the tests would put South Korea and Japan in range of the strategic weapon.  

North Korea tests strategic cruise missile
North Korea tested long-range cruise missiles that reportedly flew 1,500 kilometers before hitting their targets and falling into the water. This is the first time a North Korean cruise missile has been designated as strategic, which is commonly considered nuclear-capable.

After massive pro-Bolsonaro protests last week, fewer people turned out for anti-Bolsonaro protests.  Slimmer attendance by opposition activists is an indicator that momentum on the streets for impeachment by the general public may not be as strong as initially thought.  More protests will take place in the weeks to come and travelers should be aware of their surroundings.  

Anti-Bolsonaro protests in Brazil
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in multiple cities across Brazil to call for the impeachment of President Jair Bolsonaro.

As the Taliban is struggling to find the cash to fund government operations and they have blockaded Panjshir and districts in Baghlan, it is clear that the country is heading toward a humanitarian crisis.  Balancing the support for Afghan citizens, support of the resistance and withholding support from Taliban terror/military operations is going to be a tricky balance for the international community.  

Update: Taliban imposes blockades on Panjshir and Baghlan provinces
The Taliban regime tightened its grip on resistance forces in the Panjshir and Baghlan provinces by imposing a blockade in the region. The former Afghan Vice President Amrulla Saleh sent a letter to the UN stating a large-scale humanitarian crisis was occurring in the Panjshir and three Anadrab dist

Houthi rebels continue to target Saudi Arabia with drones and claim to have made gains in Marib.  Major clashes lay ahead as the Houthis grow closer to oil and gas fields.  

Saudi air defense forces destroy an explosive-laden drone
Saudi air defense forces intercepted and destroyed an Iranian-backed Houthi explosive-laden drone targeting the city of Khamis Mushait on Monday.
Houthis claim to have captured two districts in Marib
Houthi forces claimed to have captured the districts of Rahabah and Mahliyah in Marib province from Yemeni government forces on Saturday. With the seizure of the districts, the Houthis are closing in on the oil and gas-producing region of the country. They also control areas just west of Marib city.
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