This Week in War.

This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.

  • A coup attempt in Gambia was repelled on Tuesday, and dozens of suspects are now being held and interrogated.
  • Peter Bouckaert and Marcus Bleasdale travel through the Central African Republic — documenting a largely ignored conflict.
  • More than 76,000 people died in Syria in 2014, 3,500 of them children.
  • Young men from Syria’s lost generation live in a state of limbo in Turkey — pursued by the Islamic State, disillusioned with insurgency and bereft of many of the people they have loved.
  • Rukmini Callimachi reports on the cost of the post-9/11 interpretations of the zero concessions policy when it comes to hostage negotiations.
  • The New York Times has a fabulous visualization of the development of the air war against the Islamic State.
  • The US has begun training for the first set of Iraqi troops for a spring offensive.
  • Saudi Arabia has arrested a man, one of 23 wanted by authorities, for creating unrest and acting on the behalf of a foreign power (usually meaning Iran).
  • 26 were killed in a suicide bombing in central Yemen Wednesday.
  • Egypt has ordered a retrial of the Al Jazeera journalists. Peter Greste’s family hasapplied to have him deported to Australia.
  • Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has moved to join the International Criminal Court.
  • A US drone strike in Somalia likely killed an Al-Shabab leader, identified by the US as the group’s chief of intelligence.
  • As the US takes on a new support mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, it also begins a new counterterrorism operation — Freedom’s Sentinel.
  • Islamabad’s police re-arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba senior commander, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, on kidnapping charges. Lakhvi was previously of being behind the 2008 attacks on Mumbai.
  • The US named nine new targets of Iran sanctions.
  • Putin critic Alexei Navalny was given a suspended sentence on fraud charges, only to be arrested hours later for breaking house arrest and joining an opposition rally.
  • China and Japan take their territorial dispute over islands in the East China Seaonline.
  • A new police unit has taken over investigation of Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday tragedy.
  • The Guardian chose AFP photographer Bulent Kilic as their photographer of the year for his incredible work documenting protests and conflict in Ukraine and the refugee situation in Turkey.
  • Five Guantánamo Bay prisoners were released just before the new year, all sent to Kazakhstan as free men. This brings the number transferred this year up to 28.
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been denied a trial delay and a location shift away from Boston. Jury selection starts Monday.
  • Air Force veteran Dan Mould’s chemical burns, wounds from a 2004 chemical weapons accident, were studied closely by the military. As a result, they came to new conclusions about long-term care and monitoring for such injuries — yet they have never provided this for Mould himself.
  • Just Security picked 14 heroes of national security law for 2014 — people like the Hon. Gladys Kessler for her rulings in the Guantánamo force-feeding cases and James Risen for standing his ground and refusing to reveal his confidential source.
  • Over at PRI, Max Rosenthal rounds up all the ways you were spied on in 2014.
  • Shortly before 9/11, the American intelligence community published an 85-page report predicting what they thought the world would look like in 2015.
  • And, a special way to remember the late 2014 by — last week’s full-year round-upof war across the globe.

Photo: Bagram Air Field, Parwan province, Afghanistan. December 23rd — the shadow of a soldier with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment falls on a sign painted on a blast barrier. Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

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