18th September 2015

  • A coup in Burkina Faso installed General Gilbert Diendere as head of state. Diendere is friendly with former President Blaise Compaore, who was ousted last October.
  • 1.4 million children have fled Boko Haram, says the UN.
  • A team of US Special Operations Forces is helping Niger build a wall against Boko Haram.
  • The Egyptian cabinet resigned after the agriculture minister’s arrest for bribery.
  • Moroccan historian and journalist Maati Monjib is on hunger strike after he was banned from leaving the country and put under investigation for harming Morocco’s image.
  • Guantánamo Bay prisoner Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri has been repatriatedto Morocco after 14 years in the prison. He was never charged.
  • Mohammed Mediene, the KGB-trained head of Algerian intelligence, wasdismissed over the weekend after 25 years at the helm of the Intelligence and Security Directorate.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo’s leading opposition party broke off talks with President Kabila.
  • 17 UN personnel have been accused of sexual abuse in the Central African Republic.
  • The South Sudanese government broke the peace deal only a few days after signing it by carrying out a helicopter gunship attack on rebel targets.
  • Russia objected to US-proposed sanctions against the rivals fighting in South Sudan.
  • Mozambique has declared itself landmine free.
  • Palestinians were denied entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, an iconic and sacred site contested by some Jewish activists. Clashes ensued.
  • As a result of clashes, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu imposed harsher measures on stone throwers, widening security forces’ power to respond and making punishments more serious.
  • Bloody escalations between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and Turkey have erased hard-fought work for peace – pushing the country towards possible civil war.
  • The Syrian government carried out airstrikes on the city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s stronghold.
  • The New York Times uses data visualization to convey the enormity of the Syriandeath toll.
  • A Islamic State militant’s Tumblr rant (yes, his Tumblr rant) about Arabs and Syrians exposes some of the friction between foreign fighters and local supporters.
  • Why do Islamic State militants fight?
  • What if the Islamic State won?
  • McClatchy profiles Abu Omar al Shishani, a Georgian-born Chechen who swore allegiance to the Islamic State in 2013 and has been an influential force in legitimizing the group in the Caucasus.
  • Russian military build-up in Syria may indicate they are making contingencies for a post-Assad Syria.
  • Netanyahu will visit Russia next week for talks regarding Syria.
  • Only four or five US-trained Syrian rebels are still fighting.
  • BuzzFeed investigates the dubious role of a private company called Purple Shovel in the US mission to train and equip the rebels in Syria.
  • A senior al-Qaeda leader has claimed online that French bomb maker David Drugeon was killed in Syria.
  • France will start bombing Islamic State targets in Syria in coming weeks.
  • The Saudi-led coalition pushes towards Sana’a, although they continue to experience losses.
  • Yemen’s PM Khaled Bahah returned to Aden with some of his cabinet after exile in Saudi Arabia.
  • The UN human rights chief called for an independent inquiry into violations on both sides in Yemen.
  • Two suicide bombings at police checkpoints in Baghdad during rush hour on Thursday killed 21 people. They were claimed by the Islamic State.
  • A Shi’ite militant group calling itself “Death Squads” released a video showing 18 Turkish workers kidnapped from Baghdad, and demanded that Turkey prevent Sunni militants from entering Iraq.
  • Taliban insurgents stormed a prison south of Kabul, freeing 355 prisoners.
  • The UN envoy to Afghanistan says that the leadership dispute within the Talibanwon’t prevent peace talks with Kabul from resuming soon.
  • The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says the US is sending an excessive amount of weapons and equipment to Afghan forces.
  • The Pakistani Taliban attacked a mosque inside a military compound in Peshawar today (Friday), killing 16 worshippers.
  • The Pakistani army says that gunfire from the Indian side killed two civilians.
  • Sri Lanka plans to establish a special court to deal with cases of atrocity committed during the civil war.
  • Oleg Kashin, a journalist savagely beaten in Moscow in 2010, says he knows who’s responsible.
  • Shelling fell silent in eastern Ukraine for the first time in 18 months. The fight against corruption now comes to the fore.
  • Ukrainian parliament approved a debt restructuring deal.
  • Separatists say the Kremlin is sending signals that it wants to keep the conflict from escalating, at least for right now.
  • Some volunteers fighting in eastern Ukraine are now returning to their more posh lives in Moscow.
  • Ukrainian artist Sergey Zakharov tells the story of his capture by separatists through a comic.
  • A new report links Russia to a seven-year malware campaign that has struck Chechnya, NATO and others.
  • A US Air Force general says he’s concerned about Russia’s modernizations and expansions of its air force.
  • Pro-defense forces held rallies in Poland to show their readiness to defend their country.
  • Germany, its asylum system overwhelmedmoves to pass legislation that will help limit and control the influx of refugees and Croatia closes most of its border with Serbia.
  • Hungary has shut its borders with 109 miles of razor wire and is arresting any who try to sneak through. Refugees are now trapped trying to get into Hungary and onwards.
  • The deadline for Republicans in Congress to prevent the implementation of the Iran deal has passed.
  • Additional sanctions may be enacted if North Korea goes through with a launch.
  • A brawl erupted in Japanese parliament over a security bill that could send Japanese troops to fight abroad for the first time since the end of the second World War.

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