17th July

  • A pair of explosions on Thursday killed at least 49 people in the northeastern Nigerian city of Gombe. And this morning (Friday), explosions have targeted Eid prayers in Damaturu, killing two.
  • 12 were killed in Boko Haram attacks inside Niger as well.
  • Nigerian President Buhari fired his army, navy, air force and defense chiefs on Monday.
  • Two senior al-Shabaab commanders have reportedly been killed in a drone strike.
  • Following attacks by two veiled suicide bombers, Cameroon has banned the burqa.
  • A man disguised by a burqa carried out a suicide attack that left 15 dead in the Chadian capital of N’Djamena over the weekend.
  • Burundi’s presidential elections have been postponed until July 21 over security concerns.
  • A Tunisian leader of an Al Qaeda-linked militant group (Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades) has been killed.
  • 20 suspected militants have been detained in Mali. Two are French citizens.
  • Six Muslim Brotherhood supporters were killed in clashes with police this Friday in Cairo.
  • The first American-trained Free Syrian Army fighters headed back to Syria to fight.
  • Leaked documents show that Israeli special forces were responsible for the 2008assassination of Syrian Brig. Gen. Mohammed Suleiman at a beach resort in Tartous.
  • A car bomb at a checkpoint near Saudi Arabia’s Ha’er prison has been claimed by the Islamic State. The group also took credit for a rocket attack on an Egyptian naval vessel off the coast of Sinai.
  • One person died in an Islamic State car bombing outside the Italian consulate in Cairo.
  • New Wikileaks documents show the extent of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to undermineIran.
  • Yemen’s VP-in-exile says that Aden has been retaken from Houthi forces.
  • A Spiegel journalist interviews Abu Abdullah, the man formerly responsible for organizing Islamic State suicide attacks, in his prison cell in Baghdad.
  • Iraq has launched an offensive against the Islamic State in Anbar province.
  • Celebrating Ramadan in the Islamic State’s caliphate.
  • Nearly 15000 civilians have been killed in Iraq over the last 16 months.
  • A nuclear deal has been struck with Iran – here’s how the last 17 day round ofnegotiations played out.
  • A UN Security Council vote is scheduled for Monday on a resolution to back the Iran deal.
  • A third closed-door court session has been held in the case of Jason Rezaian, theWashington Post reporter held in Iran.
  • Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar has backed peace talks.
  • American airstrikes increase in Afghanistan.
  • Five civilians are dead in exchanges of fire between India and Pakistan in Kashmir. Both accuse the other of firing unprovoked.
  • New footage has emerged of Russian-backed separatists going through the wreckage of the downed passenger flight MH17 a year ago.
  • A Dutch-led investigation will all but certainly place blame on those same separatists for the plane’s demise, and Russia is fighting calls for a tribunal.
  • A string of Russian military aircraft accidents are attributable to under-qualified pilots and a increased operational tempo.
  • A land dispute is heating up between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia. Georgia is accusing Russia of violating their sovereignty by placing border markers at the edge of the contested territory.
  • China’s hackles are raised over Japan’s new security bill.
  • Four Marines were shot dead in a shooting spree in Chattanooga, TN. The motivations of the deceased suspect, Mohammed Yousef Abdulazeez, remain unclear.
  • A failure in the FBI’s background check process allowed accused Charleston gunman Dylann Roof to purchase a gun despite a previous arrest for narcotics possession.
  • The American Psychological Association colluded with CIA and Pentagon officials over the torture program.
  • Emergency surveillance measures introduced in the UK last year have been ruled unlawful.
  • Afghans who grew up in the UK now face deportation.
  • A surge in migrants escaping Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have created tensionson the Serbia-Hungary border.
  • Canada is no longer a haven for soldiers opposed to war.
  • Auschwitz guard Oskar Gröning was convicted on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced to 4 years in prison. Here is how he avoided prosecution 70 years earlier.
  • The Islamic State forces tech companies into a dilemma over free speech vs. security.
  • Belfast’s police clashed with parade demonstrators in the often-inflammatory 12th of July loyalist parades this year.
  • What Northern Ireland can teach us about terrorism today.

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