30th October 2015

  • Nigeria published photos of its 100 most-wanted Boko Haram militants.
  • The Nigerian army has rescued 338 people from Boko Haram.
  • The African Union has released a horrifying report, accusing both sides in the conflict in South Sudan of murder, rape, mutilation and other terrible crimes against civilians. The commission also rejected President Salva Kiir’s claim of an attempted coup.
  • 18 UN peacekeepers were freed in South Sudan, but a dozen UN contractors have yet to be released.
  • Starting in 2016, the African Standby Force will be available to intercede either by request or at the decision of the African Union.
  • Al-Shabaab is resisting the Islamic State’s push for gains in eastern Africa.
  • An Eritrean radio show is guiding refugees through the hardships and complications of surviving the journey and seeking asylum.
  • Fear and unrest have not dissipated in the Central African Republic.
  • The Malian army says it killed five Islamist militants on the border with Burkina Faso.
  • Clashes in Burundi early this week killed over a dozen.
  • Tanzania’s ruling party candidate was declared the winner in the presidential election, but the opposition rejects the result.
  • Transparency International highlights worries over corruption in Middle Eastern and North African defense sectors.
  • Violence in Israel and Palestine continues despite Secretary Kerry’s plan to end it.
  • The Palestinian uprising has shifted to the West Bank city of Hebron.
  • New negotiations over Syria start today in Vienna. They will involve Iran for the first time.
  • The US plans to increase ground raids inside Syria.
  • Where does Britain’s aid to Syria go?
  • The US will sell “smart” bombing kits to Turkey.
  • Turkey fired on US-backed Kurds inside Syria.
  • In Syria, militants with Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State are training for urban warfare.
  • In Palmyra, the Islamic State tied three captives to ancient Roman columns and destroyed the ruins with explosives.
  • The first death of an active duty Russian servicemember in Syria is mysterious: Vadim Kostenko reportedly committed suicide at the Latakia airbase, but his family does not believe the official story.
  • At least 20 men from the Dagestani village Novosasitli have gone to Syria to fight.
  • Texas Monthly profiles journalist Austin Tice, missing inside Syria since 2012.
  • 93 percent of deaths and injuries in Yemen’s ongoing conflict are civilian. A new report details the devastations of explosive weapons in the country.
  • A Doctors Without Borders hospital in Yemen was destroyed on Monday by a missile strike.
  • Islamists are on the rise in Aden.
  • The Islamic State continues its reign of brutality in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. A pseudonymous Iraqi historian inside the city has posted a report online detailing the group’s activity over the past month.
  • At least 20 are dead after a missile hit a former air base near Baghdad, currently housing Iranian exiles.
  • Iran arrested another Iranian-American, Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based businessman.
  • Earthquake aid in Afghanistan is hindered by conflict, even though the Taliban have promised to allow assistance.
  • Warlords are gaining power in Afghanistan as the government turns to militias for help.
  • The Army Special Forces unit who called in the strike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz knew it was a hospital but thought it was under Taliban control, reports the AP. There are still unanswered questions.
  • Spain has fully withdrawn from Afghanistan.
  • Almaz-Antey, the manufacturer of the Buk missile launcher, is suing the EU for losses from sanctions following the downing of Flight MH17.
  • Russia arrested a Ukrainian library director over “extremist books.”
  • Russia is cracking down on militancy with mass arrests of people with suspected extremist links.
  • The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has expelled Doctors Without Borders from the region with no explanation.
  • Some American military and intelligence officials are expressing concern at the proximity of Russian submarines to undersea cables.
  • British citizen Shaker Aamer will be released from Guantánamo Bay after 14 years of incarceration without trial.
  • Ahmed Ould Abdel Aziz, another Guantánamo inmate, has been transferred to Mauritania.
  • Private companies are exploiting the refugee crisis for their own gain.
  • Openly gay refugees face added fears, even from their fellow asylum seekers, as they try to make their way to Europe.
  • Eleven Colombian soldiers and a police officer were killed in an ambush by the ELN, the country’s second largest leftist guerrilla group after FARC.
  • The US will send more ships to sail near the man-made islands constructed by China.
  • The Pentagon selected Northrup Grumman to build the Air Force’s next long-range strike bomber.

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