25th September 2015

  • Civilians are paying the price in Egypt’s war on terror.
  • Egypt will be buying the two French Mistral-class amphibious assault ships that were originally constructed in a deal with Russia.
  • Egypt is evicting families and razing farmland in Rafah to create a buffer zone with Gaza.
  • Al Jazeera journalists Baher Mohammed and Mohammed Fahmy have beenpardoned.
  • Younous Chekkouri, a former Guantánamo inmate repatriated to Morocco, wasdetained on his arrival and may face terror charges in his home country.
  • Some lessons from Burkina Faso’s seven-day coup.
  • At least 5 were killed in a car bomb attack on the presidential palace in Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • Kenyan police found weapons stashed inside a shipment of UN vehicles last week.
  • The UN mission in Liberia will hand over security responsibility to the government next year.
  • The US has pledged $45m in support of African nations battling Boko Haram.
  • More than 100 people were killed in Maiduguri, northern Nigeria, in a series of coordinated attacks on Sunday.
  • The armed opposition in South Sudan has alleged further ceasefire violations by President Salva Kiir’s forces. Authorities in the country’s Unity state are warningabout violent escalations as well.
  • The opposition’s leader, former vice president Riek Machar, will be in New Yorkthis coming week for the UN General Assembly.
  • BBC’s Jeremy Bowen reports from a military hospital in Latakia.
  • 75 US-trained rebels entered Syria.
  • The Syrian government is bombarding the IS-held Palmyra.
  • The testimonies of defectors challenge the ideological narrative of the Islamic State, as seen in this report from the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College London.
  • Ayman al-Zawahiri says the Islamic State caliphate is illegitimate and not based on “prophetic method.”
  • The Islamic State generate $25m from kidnapping last year –– here’s a peek inside its “kidnapping machine.”
  • The Pentagon has confirmed that French bombmaker and Al Qaeda member David Drugeon was killed in a strike.
  • Russian flights, manned and unmanned, have been spotted over the Syrian province of Idlib; Moscow has deployed 28 fighter jets to the country. Russia is also conducting naval drills with a guided missile cruiser in the eastern Mediterranean.
  • There were more U.S.-coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq in the past year than against the Taliban in Afghanistan between January 2010 and August 2015.
  • A CENTCOM military analyst who criticized the Bush administration over Iraq in 2005 is now part of the group saying intelligence assessments of the fight against the Islamic State were manipulated to be more optimistic.
  • The White House “ISIS Czar” is planning on stepping down.
  • This is the patch you’ll get for fighting the Islamic State.
  • The Washington Post profiles an iconic Beirut kebab house, Barbar’s, that has remained open, even through war, since 1979.
  • Israel has eased its open-fire rules on stone throwers, but is imposing a minimum four-year sentence and harsher fines for offenders.
  • The war in Yemen has been ongoing for six months now, and does not yet have an end in sight.
  • Dutch diplomats are calling for a UN mission to the country to report on human rights violations.
  • An Islamic State suicide attack in Sana’a on Thursday killed 25 Eid worshippers.
  • President Hadi has returned to Yemen after six months of exile in Saudi Arabia.
  • Two of three American hostages detained by rebels in Yemen’s capital have been released.
  • A young Shiite man in Saudi Arabia, arrested at 17 in 2012 for taking part in a protest, faces crucifixion and beheading as punishment.
  • The Taliban overran a military outpost in eastern Afghanistan along the Pakistani border.
  • US soldiers were told to ignore Afghan allies’ abuse of young boys.
  • The US is reviewing revised drawdown options in Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement has drawn up a list of members it says were the victims of extrajudicial killings by paramilitary Rangers in Karachi.
  • “Our investigation has laid bare the horrific level of violations and abuses that occurred in Sri Lanka,” said the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.
  • A documentary premiered last week in Toronto profiling an all-female UN peacekeeping unit from Bangladesh.
  • Armenian activist Smbat Hakobyan was severely beaten after an anti-government protest.
  • Armenian police say three civilians have been killed by fire from Azerbaijani forces.
  • Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng speaks out after a long silence about his torture.
  • The US and China are discussing a cyber arms pact.
  • A new Ukrainian military doctrine signed Thursday names Russia as the main military threat.
  • The Guardian takes a look at the motivations of foreigners fighting for the separatists in Luhansk and Donetsk against the Ukrainian army.
  • UN agencies and NGOs have been ordered out of Luhansk by pro-Russian separatists.
  • President Vladimir Putin will be making his first appearance at the UN General Assembly in New York in a decade. President Obama will meet with him.
  • A Russian lawmaker who accused the Kremlin of lying has been stripped of his position in local parliament.
  • Russia is threatening countermeasures against a longstanding US plan to upgrade tactical nuclear weaponry in Germany.
  • The flow of refugees has amped up border tensions between Serbia and Croatia.
  • Two Basque separatists were arrested in France after years on the run.
  • Yukiya Amano, head of the IAEA, is pushing back at critics who are unhappy that Iran did its own environmental sampling last week.
  • Operation Igloo White, an expensive technological failure during the Vietnam War, laid the foundation for modern border surveillance.
  • Colombia and the FARC rebels have come to an agreement on transitional justice and reparations. A final deal will be signed by March of 2016.
  • Guantánamo detainee Abdul Rahman Shalabi, once considered too dangerous for release, has been repatriated to Saudi Arabia.
  • The purchase of the F-35 has become a political issue in the Canadian election.
  • Poster advertisements around London aimed to call out the British government for arms deals during last week’s Defence and Security Equipment International’s exhibition at the ExCeL Centre.
  • The Pope on the arms trade: “ Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money, money that is drenched in blood — often innocent blood. In the face of the shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”

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