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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, was
abducted 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 a
resurgence. 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 get refugees’ 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 State
killed 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 week
were 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.