South Sudan experienced its worst violence so far this year. Dozens were killed in attacks on civilians in Wau and 70,000 have been displaced. Five soldiers were killed in clashes in the capital city, Juba, as the small country prepares to celebrate its fifth independence day on Saturday.
The IMF approved a $5.34 billion aid program for Iraq.
The long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the war in Iraq was finally released. Its conclusions were damning for Tony Blair – who it said chose to take the UK to war before peaceful options had been exhausted. It also concluded that Blair had exaggerated Saddam Hussein’s threat, that the mental health of soldiers had been risked, that warnings were ignored and strategies absent and that the UK had been shut out of involvement in post-invasion decisions.
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan has again been slowed.
Australia has extended its mission in Afghanistan by six months.
A militant attack on end of Ramadan celebrations in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed three and wounded 14.