16th October 2015

  • The Islamic State’s West Africa province publicly touts an attack on a Nigerian army position in Borno.
  • A double suicide bombing outside a mosque in Maiduguri, Nigeria, killed more than forty, according to witnesses.
  • A string of coordinated suicide attacks in Chad over the weekend killed 36.
  • The US will deploy 300 troops to Cameroon to fight Boko Haram.
  • The BBC speaks to three former child soldiers released by rebel groups in the Central African Republic this year.
  • A group within Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attacked Tunisian soldiers, killing two.
  • Algeria shut down El Watan TV station after it aired an interview with a former Islamist who criticized the president.
  • Morocco is cracking down on journalists and activists.
  • Scottish prosecutors have identified two Libyan suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
  • Kizza Besigye, an opposition leader running for president in Uganda, is underhouse arrest to prevent him from holding illegal rallies.
  • Angolan rapper Luaty Beirão detaining in June for “preparing acts pursuant to a coup d’etat,” is on hunger strike and his health is deteriorating.
  • In Guinea, Cellou Dalein Diallo – the main electoral rival to incumbent Alpha Condé, has pulled out of the presidential election, alleging mass fraud.
  • Violence continues to ramp up in Israel and Palestine and the Security Council has convened a special meeting to address it.
  • The war in Yemen has escalated once again after Saudi Arabia targeted Sana’a with airstrikes in retaliation for a Houthi Scud missile launched at an airbase across the border.
  • A suicide bombing and gun battle in Hodaida, Yemen, today (Friday) has killed 12.
  • The Arab coalition is slowing aid to Yemen.
  • Rifts are showing between the Kurdish Democratic Party and their rival, Gorram, threatening internal stability.
  • Turkey is expressing its displeasure with the US over continued support for the Kurds.
  • Is Turkey planning on using dams as a weapon against Kurds?
  • Nearly 100 were killed and hundreds more were injured in twin blasts at a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey over the weekend.
  • Syrian troops and Russian jets are targeting rebel-held towns north of Homs. In fact, the majority of Russia’s airstrikes occur in coordination with Syrian troop movements on the ground and target groups other than the Islamic State.
  • In Syria, US-made TOW missiles battle Russian-made tanks.
    The leader of Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al Nusra has called for revenge attacksagainst Russia.
  • How Russia’s war in Syria links back to its longstanding one in Chechnya.
  • With the help of Shi’a militias, Iraqi forces recaptured most of the Baiji oil refinery.
  • Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forces have amassed, according to reports, in northern Syria, poised for a ground offensive.
  • IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani was killed in Syria by the Islamic State.
  • Iranian media reports that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has beenconvicted.
  • Iran’s Guardian Council approved the nuclear deal.
  • The Hari Rud river, separating Iran and Herat province in Afghanistan, has become a site of conflict after Iranian border guards reportedly opened fire on Afghans attempting to divert water.
  • A tank carrying investigators forced its way into the site of the bombed Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz – potentially damaging evidence and definitely unnerving people.
  • Foreign Policy has a first look at the images from the hospital attack.
  • The Taliban have withdrawn from Kunduz, but overrun the Bala Baluk district of Farah province. The New York Times maps Taliban control in Afghanistan.
  • The Taliban are making a tactical shift, increasing their targeting of urban areas.
  • Changes have been made to the drawdown of US forces in Afghanistan: the current troop level of 9,800 will be maintained for “most of 2016″ and the US will keep 5,500 troops committed into 2017.
  • The Islamic State’s brutality in some areas of Afghanistan is starting to make the Taliban look rather humanitarian in comparison.
  • A suicide bombing at a lawmaker’s office in central Pakistan killed 7 people.
  • The US seeks to limit Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
  • At a summit of the heads of former Soviet republics in Kazakhstan, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of a militant incursion in Central Asia.
  • VICE News follows up with former Guantánamo detainees resettled in Kazakhstan.
  • Abu Sayyaf, a militant group in the Philippines, has released a video showing two Canadian, one Norwegian and a Filipina hostage.
  • Myanmar has signed a peace deal with eight armed rebel groups.
  • The Islamic State’s influence is felt even in the Asia-Pacific.
  • Following an investigation, authorities have concluded that Flight MH-17 was shot down by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile system and that the missile was launched from an area mostly controlled by rebels.
  • An Afghan refugee was shot and killed by police trying to enter Bulgaria.
  • Tear gas keeps making an appearance in Kosovo’s parliament.
  • Fifty-five British soldiers are refusing to cooperate with an investigation into Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday massacre.
  • Peace seems at hand in Colombia, except in the more rural areas most scarred by the decades of conflict.
  • The Intercept obtained a trove of documents about the American targeted killing/drone program in Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia.
  • A lawsuit was filed this week against the psychologists who took part in the development of the CIA’s torture techniques – the Guardian reports on the story of one of the three detainees involved in the suit.
  • Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Uruguay and Ukraine were elected to the UN Security Council.
  • The UN is criticized for not including more women in peace talks.
  • Firearms manufacturers compete to sell the Army a new handgun.
  • Two weeks ago, the House and Senate veterans affairs committees allowed a provision of the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to expire.
  • A third female candidate will graduate from Army Ranger School this week amid a big debate over women who serve in the military.

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