March 13th, 2015

  • The Islamic State has accepted the allegiance of Boko Haram.
  • Nigeria has reportedly recaptured 36 towns from the terror group.
  • Chadian troops fighting Boko Haram have redeployedfurther south, a possible sign of a new offensive in the works.
  • As a response to Chad’s involvement in regional military efforts against Boko Haram, the group is carrying outethnic targeting of Arabs it accuses of supporting Chad.
  • Nigeria has also brought in mercenaries to help it in its fight.
  • Rockets were fired at a UN base in northern Mali last weekend, killing at least three, including a peacekeeper.
  • The International Criminal Court has combined the trials of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and his ally Charles Ble Goude because the two cases, both over post-election violence, are so similar.
  • A court in the Ivory Coast jailed Gbagbo’s wife, the former first lady Simone Gbagbo, for twenty years over her role in the same violence.
  • A downward spiral in Libya is an opportunity for the Islamic State.
  • The dangerous lives of Palestinian fisherman.Gaza’s parkour team gives a tour of life on the strip.Oman jailedblogger and activist Saeed Jaddad for three years for “undermining the status and prestige of the state.”
  • A new report on the impact of violence on Syria details plummeting life expectancy, extreme poverty and 58% unemployment.
  • 21 aid organizations released a report strongly criticizingthe UN Security Council for failing to better address the crisis in Syria.
  • A Syrian doctor writes about the horrors of barrel bombing.
  • The US ambassador-at-large for war crimes has said that the case against Bashar al-Assad is stronger than were the cases against Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic and Liberia’s Charles Taylor.
  • How did Mohammed Emwazi become “Jihadi John”?
  • Brookings examines the growth and development of the ideology of the Islamic State.
  • A small number of Americans, including some veterans, have gone abroad to join the fight against the Islamic State.
  • The Islamic State has attacked and done damage to the 2700-year-old city of Khorsabad.
  • Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite militias continue to battlethe Islamic State for the Iraqi city of Tikrit.
  • Iraqi military units are under investigation for their own acts of torture, brutality and extrajudicial executions in their fight against the Islamic State.
  • A warning letter to Iranian leaders, signed by 47 Senate Republicans, has caused a serious stir.
  • A Taliban ambush killed seven Afghan policemen in Kunduz.
  • In a move toward reconciliation, Sri Lanka granted bailto Tamil activist Jeyakumari Balendran, held this past year without charge.
  • The primary suspect arrested in Boris Nemtsov’s murder has withdrawn his confession, saying he was coerced into it.
  • A new report outlines Russia’s involvement in the war in Ukraine over the past year.
  • Accounts provided by villagers in Ukraine have offered the greatest detail so far in tying the missile that took down MH17 to rebel-held territory.
  • The US will provide Ukraine with an additional $75m in “nonlethal aid.”
  • North Korea test-fired seven surface-to-air missiles.
  • A report released today outlines mistakes made in a January police raid in the Philippines that left 44 officers dead and endangered a prospective peace deal.
  • The US has asked Vietnam to stop allowing Russia to refuel at a former US base in the country.
  • As part of a move to sanction seven law enforcement and military officials in Venezuela, President Obama declaredVenezuela a national security threat.
  • Colombia will halt bombing raids against FARC rebels for one month.
  • A leak investigation into Marine Gen. James Cartwright has stalled out of concern that it could force the US to confirm a joint operation with Israel carried out against Iran.
  • The UN special rapporteur on torture has accused the United States of stalling his requests to visit American prisons and to meet with detainees at Guantánamo.
  • The CIA reportedly helped the Justice Dept in its efforts to scan cellphone data en masse.
  • A British Parliamentary report has called the legal framework for surveillance “unnecessarily complicated,” saying it should be governed under one law.
  • Wikimedia and others are suing the NSA over privacy violations.

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