SITREP: A quick glance at the news for March 13, 2015

Welcome to the SITREP.

Welcome to the SITREP.

Washington, DC (TFC) – 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.

Ferguson, Missouri: A manhunt is underway for the shooter or shooters of two Ferguson Police Department officers. The Department has been under scrutiny since the killing of an unarmed teen last year. The killing sparked riots. A recent federal probe uncovered rampant racism and corruption inside the department.

Beijing, China: The United Kingdom is applying for membership in the Chinese-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. It is the only major Western power to apply so far. US officials are concerned the bank could become a threat to the US-backed World Bank, but has so far masked its fear under the guise that the Chinese bank won’t be as socially conscious as the World Bank. A full report on this subject is coming soon via The Fifth Column.

Baghdad, Iraq: The Islamic State has accepted the pledge of allegiance from the Boko Haram. The acceptance comes at a time when the Islamic State is being trounced by an assortment of various groups opposed to them and the Boko Haram is in full retreat.

Reno, Nevada: Yesterday, US District Judge Miranda Du tossed a lawsuit filed by counties, backed by big ranchers, that would have forced the feds to sell thousands of wild mustangs for slaughter. Wild horse advocates successfully argued that it was simply an attempt by ranchers to gain a larger share of forage rights for their livestock.

Abuja, Nigeria: Fresh on the heels of major victories over the Boko Haram, a collection of African states are asking for the UN’s help in establishing a trust fund to keep the pressure on the Boko Haram. The multinational force is also asking for the international community’s assistance in supplying intelligence and equipment.

West African Region: The media is in full on fear-mongering mode stating that outbreaks of measles or other diseases could happen now that Ebola is relatively contained. All of the predicted diseases have one thing in common: vaccines exist for the diseases. The “news” comes as the US is engaged in a massive debate over the rights of parents to opt-out of vaccinations for their children.