11th March 2016

  • The South Sudanese army suffocated more than five dozen men and boys in a shipping container before dumping their bodies, according to Amnesty International. In its own report, the UN is accusing the army of deliberately killing and raping civilians as part of a government “scorched earth policy.”
  • A South Sudanese journalist, recovering from two months of detention, wasabducted and tortured.
  • Nigeria shut down one of Africa’s biggest cattle markets for helping finance Boko Haram.
  • US Special Forces killed a high-profile (but undisclosed) target in a raid in Somalia. A weekend airstrike also reportedly killed 150 militants at Al-Shabaab’s Raso training camp.
  • Despite the US campaign against them, Al-Shabaab looks like it is experiencing aresurgence.
  • Residents of North Sinai are trapped between the Islamic State and the Egyptian army.
  • The African Union is considering a Mali counter-terrorism force.
  • The Islamic State is making gains in Libya, positioning itself as a bulwark against future foreign intervention. They also most likely have Qaddafi’s missiles.
  • Long read: “…Tripoli, a tense and listless city caught in the maw of Libya’s strange war.”
  • German intelligence obtained 22,000 Islamic State documents that name group members (they are all questionnaires filled out by potential recruits), including some British and American names. While this isn’t useless information, it also isn’t key secrets.
  • VIdeo: VICE travelled to Kilis, a Turkish town on the Syrian border, to getrefugees’ stories of living under airstrikes.
  • In Jordan, the Azraq refugee camp sits partially empty while many thousands of refugees wait in limbo elsewhere in the country.
  • Violence continues in Israel during Biden’s visit.
  • Saudi Arabia concluded a three-week 20-nation anti-terror military drill.
  • The Islamic State used “poisonous substances” while shelling a village in northern Iraq this week.
  • In a two week period from late February to early this week, the Islamic Statekilled 200 Iraqis, mostly civilians, in bombings.
  • Russia’s delivery of the S-300 anti-missile system to Iran will occur in August or September.
  • Iran’s foreign ministry says the Revolutionary Guard’s missile tests this weekwere not in violation of the nuclear agreement.
  • The US says Iran was responsible for a 2013 cyberattack on a NY dam.
  • As many as 100 militants were killed in clashes between rival Taliban factions in the Shindand district of Herat.
  • US and Afghan officials consider Afghanistan’s commando and special forces units to be the country’s best hope.
  • Afghan forces withdrew from a district in Uruzgan.
  • Shahbaz Taseer –– son of assassinated Pakistani politician Salman Taseer –– has been freed after being abducted five years ago.
  • Three hostages (one Norwegian, two Canadians) plead for their lives in a new video posted by their captors, an extremist group in the Philippines.
  • North Korea fired more missiles into the sea.
  • Two Russian activists and two Western journalists were attacked entering Chechnya.
  • Mikhail Lesin – former Putin press minister and founder of Russia Today – was found dead in his DC hotel room in November. The autopsy now shows he died of blunt force trauma.
  • Russian intelligence may have tricked imprisoned Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko into easing her hunger strike.
  • Long read: Before he became one of the Paris attackers, Sami Amimour drove a bus through the city’s banlieues.
  • 204 former Guantánamo detainees are either confirmed or suspected recidivists, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
  • Long read: The Atlantic conducted a wide-ranging interview with President Obama, some of his most detailed and candid discussions yet of his foreign policy.
  • The White House will reveal the death toll from US drone strikes.
  • The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights weighed in on Apple v. the FBI, warning of potential global human rights implications stemming from creating a backdoor into the iPhone.
  • Long read: Palantir, a Silicon Valley tech firm with deep ties to the CIA and the national security apparatus, is pursuing a greater relationship with humanitarian aid organizations.
  • The murders of leftwing activists have unsettled peace talks in Colombia.
  • Local crime reporters in Juárez recover from witnessing and chronicling the years of terrible violence that earned the city the reputation of the world’s murder capital.
  • Long read: why it’s important to have women covering global affairs.

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