15th April 2016

  • After two years’ absence, France, Britain and Spain have sent ambassadors to Libya to show solidarity with the UN-backed unity government
  • Long read: Libya’s feared mukhabarat has reassembled to fight the Islamic State
  • The US is reviewing its Sinai peacekeeping mission.
  • Two French soldiers died in Mali after their vehicle struck a landmine.
  • Boko Haram has increased its use of child suicide bombers elevenfold over the past year. One in five attacks are carried out by a child, many of them girls and many of them drugged.
  • A video appears to show the missing Chibok girls.
  • 2,000 Zimbabweans turned up to protest President Mugabe in the capital.
  • “Blood flows everywhere in Burundi, that’s how things are.”
  • Burundian activists work to highlight the increased rate of police and intelligence agencies disappearing citizens.
  • Yemeni forces took Houta from al-Qaeda.
  • Advocacy groups are challenging Britain on its assertion that Saudi Arabia’s coalition isn’t targeting civilians in Yemen.
  • Long read: It is vastly easier to join up with the Islamic State than it is to defectfrom it.
  • The Islamic State continues to expand despite significant military setbacks.
  • Long read: women who escape the Islamic State’s enslavement bring scars and trauma with them, but also children.
  • Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad poked back at the ongoing peace talks byholding elections.
  • Syrians are increasingly angry at Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat Al-Nusra for their heavy-handed tactics.
  • In an apparent collapse of the ceasefire, fighting has escalated in Syria.
  • Long read: Top secret documents link Assad to torture and murder.
  • Interview: Filmmaker Zaina Erhaim on the female citizen journalistsreporting the conflict in Syria.
  • The Syrian government released photographer Kevin Patrick Dawes.
  • Political crisis grows in Iraq.
  • The Kurds are carving out online autonomy with a new .krd domain name.
  • Russia delivered the first part of the S-300 defense system to Iran.
  • Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is reportedly in Moscow for talks.
  • The Afghan air force reportedly killed 40 Islamic State militants in eastern Nangarhar province.
  • Afghanistan struggles with the weight of its internal refugee crisis.
  • A heavily redacted document shows a link between Pakistani intelligence and a 2009 suicide attack against CIA operatives in Afghanistan.
  • It looks like North Korea tried and failed to launch a missile to mark the birth of its founding leader, Kim Il Sung.
  • The US began joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea and is increasing its presence in the region.
  • In-depth: How the Islamic State plotted under Europe’s gaze.
  • Belgian authorities arrested Mohamed Abrini in connection with the November Paris attacks, later confirming he was the “man in the hat” from the Brussels attacks.
  • Long read: One woman helped the mastermind of the Paris attacks evade capture; one woman turned him in.
  • Two Russian Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes flew simulated attack passes aggressively close to US guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea.
  • Britain has reportedly long aided the US and NATO in maintaining a “kill list” of suspected terrorists and drug traffickers, says Reprieve.
  • Interactive: Who will be the next UN Secretary-General?
  • The use of drugs to enhance soldiers’ performance in war has wide, long history.
  • Long read: 28 years later, ProPublica connects a Houston suicide to a string of terror attacks targeting Vietnamese-American journalists in the 1980s.
  • Interview: Vox interviews US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

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