15th July, 2016

  • 84 people were killed at Bastille Day festivities in Nice, France yesterday when an attacker drove a tractor-trailer into a crowd for 2 km. As is typical in the aftermath of these kinds of attacks, misinformation and hoaxes abound. For example, this man was not the attacker.
  • AFP photographer Valery Hache was in Nice: “The dread began to fill me when I heard the sirens.”
  • South Sudan slides backwards into war and embassies began evacuating non-essential personnel this week.
  • Analysis: Is there any hope left for South Sudan?
  • Despite its internal strife, South Sudan’s government hasmanaged to find $2.1 million to lobby in Washington to bolster its image and avoid sanctions.
  • Suspected Boko Haram militants are dying of malnutrition, disease, and torture in Cameroon’s jails.
  • There is a spike in forced disappearances in Egypt.
  • France will end its military mission in the Central African Republic in October.
  • The murder of a Kenyan lawyer has sparked public anger and highlighted Kenya’s longstanding plague of police brutality and extrajudicial executions.
  • Long read: Trouble in paradise––tourism in the age of terrorism.
  • Despite the ceasefire, clashes continue in Aleppo.
  • The family of Marie Colvin, the veteran war correspondent killed in Homs in 2012, are suing the Syrian government, alleging that Assad’s forces tracked and then intentionally targeted Colvin.
  • Senior Islamic State operative Abu Omar al-Shishanimight not be dead after all.
  • Long read: How the Islamic State is using encrypted messaging tools.
  • Russia’s story about losing two helicopter pilots when their aircraft was shot down near Palmyra on Friday has some serious inconsistencies.
  • Long read: Ahmed and Alin, two Syrian children orphaned by war, are now child laborers in Turkey.
  • Child labor rates have doubled in Iraq since 1990.
  • Qayyarah Air Base in Mosul has been seized from the Islamic State, and could work as a logistics hub for an escalated offensive against the extremist group.
  • Analysis: Who are Iraq’s militias?
  • Human Rights Watch says the Iraqi government has been less than transparent about its investigation into allegations of abuses against civilians the retaking of Fallujah.
  • Saddam Hussein’s novella is getting an English language release.
  • The Islamic State quietly prepares for the loss of the caliphate.
  • Editorial:  When it comes to the civilian casualty count from the drone war, the LA Daily News sharply notesthat “Americans wouldn’t accept such inexactitude in a calorie count.”
  • US and Afghan forces are making gains against the Taliban.
  • Long read: Documents obtained by BuzzFeed show thata harsh interrogation method was used in Afghanistanunder the Obama administration’s watch.
  • 25 people have been killed in increased unrest in Kashmir following the death of a telegenic young militant leader named Burhan Wani.
  • In photos: Clashes in Kashmir
  • Two hostages from the Bangladesh standoff have not returned home after being questioned by the police.
  • China lost a key international legal battle over the South China Sea to the Philippines.
  • Human Rights Watch describes provisions in Russia’s new “Yarovaya Law” as “deeply disturbing” and say they “severely undermine the right to privacy and are particularly detrimental to freedom of expression on the Internet.”
  • The German town of Espelkamp, settled by post-WWII refugees, is now welcoming Syrians fleeing the civil war.
  • This week marked Srebrenica’s 21st anniversary.
  • David Cameron set a July 18 vote for parliament to decide whether or not to renew the UK’s aging fleet of nuclear Trident submarines.
  • Analysis: Will boosting NATO’s presence in Eastern Europe really make it more secure?
  • FARC guerrillas reckon with the idea of life as unarmed civilians.
  • A court in El Salvador struck down 1993 law granting amnesty for crimes committed during the country’s civil war.
  • Fayiz Ahmad Yahia Suleiman––a Yemeni man who arrived at Guantánamo in 2002, was never charged, and was cleared for release in 2009––was resettled in Italy.
    • 40 people have been killed during single gunman assaults at military facilities since 2009, and as a result, the Pentagon is updating its policies about arming troops at these facilities.

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