06 July, 2016

  • Libyans are making hard-fought gains against the Islamic State.
  • The UN added 2500 peacekeepers to Mali.
  • The UN Mission in Liberia handed security back over to Liberia after 13 years.
  • A Boko Haram suicide bomber killed 11 at a mosque in Cameroon.
  • The Nigerian army says it freed more than 5000 people held by Boko Haram.
  • Refugees continue to flee conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan region.
  • Ceasefire monitors in South Sudan warn of breaches of the peace deal and deadly violence.
  • A clash between rebels and government forces in the South Sudanese town of Wau last week killed 43.
  • A roadside bomb in Mogadishu killed 14 people on Thursday.
  • Jordanian intelligence operatives stole weapons from the CIA intended for Syrian rebels and sold them to arms dealers on the black market.
  • Three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s main airport, killing 44 people.
  • Analysis: The Istanbul attack shows the dangerous new face of the Islamic State.
  • Turkey and Russia seek to normalize relations, which may be hastened by a shared threat of Chechen-linked radicalism.
  • Israel and Turkey will restore diplomatic relations after a six-year rift.
  • A UN report due out shortly from international mediators will call on Israel to reverse settlement expansion, an end to violence and Palestinian Authority to exert its control in Gaza.
  • 70 regime and rebel fighters were killed in a government offensive in northern Syria on Thursday.
  • Starving instead of fasting in Syria.
  • The New Syrian Army falters.
  • A wave of suicide bombings in the Yemeni city of Mukalla killed 19.
  • The US and Iraq conducted one of the most deadly strikes against the Islamic State on Wednesday night, hitting a 120 vehicle convoy in Anbar province.
  • Iraqi forces say Fallujah is finally fully liberated.
  • Iraq landed a $2.7 million loan from the US to fund military equipment.
  • Bahrain continues to target dissent.
  • Iran is covertly recruiting fighters to send to Syria from Afghanistan’s Shia population.
  • Nine US Navy personnel face discipline over Iran’s capture of sailors in January.
  • A Taliban suicide bombing outside of Kabul killed 30 Afghan police cadets.
  • Militant leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar withdrew from peace talks.
  • The US is investigating the possibility that civilian hostages held by the Taliban were killed in airstrikes.
  • 12 former Dutch UN peacekeepers are suing the Netherlands for their deployment to Srebrenica, a task they say was impossible.
  • The first national census since the war in the 1990s shows Bosnia-Herzegovina has lost a fifth of its prewar population. It also shows that Bosnian Muslims are now a majority.
  • Ukraine is seeing a gradual uptick in ceasefire violations/fighting.
  • Fifty senior commanders in Russia’s Baltic Fleet have been fired by the Defense Ministry.
  • The centenary recognition of the Battle of the Somme, a defining battle in the first World War, is beginning. The battle, which lasted five months, was one of the bloodiest in human history, with more than a million fatalities.
  • Concerns are being raised about Brexit’s effects on Northern Ireland’s border with Ireland, and the consequences for the peace process.
  • After a decade of absence, US troops will return to Iceland.
  • The Department of Defense lifted its ban on open service for transgender personnel.

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