25th March 2016

  • Sudanese women’s rights activists face considerable threat and abuse by security forces, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
  • The UN has set up an inquiry into human rights abuses in South Sudan.
  • More than 800 Boko Haram hostages were rescued by the Nigerian army.
  • The International Criminal Court issued a guilty verdict on charges of war crimes for Jean-Pierre Bemba, former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo and former head of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo. This case marks the first time the ICC has convicted a warlord of rape as a war crime.
  • The ICC also confirmed 70 charges against former LRA commander Dominic Ongwen.
  • The death toll in Burundi is now 474.Al Shabaab overran a Somali military base southwest of Mogadishu.
  • France will station a counterterrorism force in Burkina Faso.
  • Malian extremist Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi will face the ICC over the 2012 destruction of ancient shrines in the Timbuktu world heritage site.
  • Russia will supply Tunisia with helicopters and other gear for their fight against extremist groups.
  • With assistance from Russian air support, Syrian troops entered the city of Palmyra.
  • Al Nusra Front, Syria’s Al Qaeda affiliate, is now seeking to establish government in the territories it takes, vying to compete with the Islamic State.
  • The Islamic State faces a number of setbacks and losses in Syria and Iraq.
  • John Kerry met with Putin, agreeing on a target schedule for a Syria resolution, but not on the fate of President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Two Turkish journalists are standing trial for revealing state secrets and helping a terror organization after they reported on government arms smuggling.
  • Human rights group B’Tselem released a video showing an Israeli soldier shooting dead a wounded Palestinian attacker.
  • The warring parties have agreed to a ceasefire in Yemen to begin April 10, a week before peace talks begin in Kuwait.
  • Dozens of Al Qaeda fighters were killed in a large US drone strike on a training camp in Yemen.
  • The Iraqi army, with support from the US and the Kurds, launched an offensiveagainst the Islamic State in Mosul.
  • Afghanistan braces for the fighting season as Mullah Mansour calls on fighters to rally behind him and peace talks look less possible.
  • The UN just hopes that Afghanistan makes it through 2016 in one piece – that alone will be success.
  • The Islamic State’s twin terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday – suicide bombings at Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek metro station – killed 31 people, though the death toll may rise. Experts believe the attacks were originally planned for Easter, but were accelerated after the arrest of Salah Abdeslam.
  • In-depth: “A Blurry Photo Hints at ISIS Tradecraft” from Rukmini Callimachi at the New York Times and “The Path to Death: How EU Failures Helped Paris Terrorists Obtain Weapons” from Der Spiegel.
  • An interview with Belgian terrorism researcher Didier Leroy.
  • Six people were arrested in Brussels in a series of police raids on Thursday night.
  • A French man was arrested for an “advanced” terror plot to attack the country.
  • Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was convicted of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Bosnia, including in Srebrenica, and sentenced to 40 years.
  • From the archives: “In Sarajevo, Terror in the Crosshairs” by Peter Maass. March 11, 1993.
  • Long read: While the word carries a great deal of moral weight, designating something a “genocide” often accomplishes very little.
  • Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years for her alleged role in the deaths of two journalists. Human Rights Watch calls her trial unfair.
  • Why the ICC Is launching a war crimes probe into the 2008 Russia-Georgia War.
  • President Obama admitted the US was too slow to condemn the atrocities of Argentina’s dirty war.
  • Colombia’s peace talks will miss their deadline.
  • Long read: The Pentagon is elbowing the State Dept aside in the race to see who gets to make decisions about military aid.
  • Seven Iranians were indicted for conducting a cyberattack on New York financial institutions.

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