SITREP: A glance at the news for March 15, 2015

Welcome to the SITREP.

Welcome to the SITREP.

A SITREP is a situation report covering stories of global importance. These reports will provide you with crucial details of world events at a glance. The Fifth Column will be testing out the format over the next few days. Be sure to tell us what you think.

Islamic State uses Chemical weapons: Kurdish representatives say that the Islamic State used chemical weapons against them outside of Mosul. The Kurds claim the clothing of soldiers who became ill after an explosion test positive for Chlorine gas. Chlorine gas can be safely manufactured with little more than household chemicals and mason jars, placing the technology well within the Islamic State’s grasp.

China threatens military action against Myanmar: Myanmar conducted an airstike within Chinese territory killing four Chinese citizens. Myanmar’s forces were conducting operations against rebels, and have attempted to blame the rebels for the attack. The Fifth Column can state with certainty that is not the case. The rebels do not have any aircraft. China has stated that it will respond with military force if another violation of its sovereignty occurs.

Venezuela mobilizes military over US sanctions: Venezuela has mobilized over 100,000 troops in response to unilateral US sanctions. The troops are conducting exercises all over the country. The show of force is being applauded by South American countries that are tired of US action on the continent.

Israel terrorizes children on tape: The Israeli Defense Force has confirmed the videos captured in the West Bank are authentic. The raids and interrogations conducted in the middle of the night were in response to children throwing rocks. The Palestinians in the West Bank live under military rule and have no rights to protect them from unwarranted searches.

CIA money reached Al-Qaeda: The CIA provided unregulated and untracked cash to Afghan officials. Unsurprisingly, the money was funneled to Al-Qaeda during a ransom payment. The real news story here is that Americans apparently still don’t understand exactly how much the CIA has funded the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.