28th October 2016

  • After the liberation of Sirte from the Islamic State, Libyans recount the horrors of imprisonment.
  • The US is reportedly using Tunisia to launch drone operations in Libya.
  • An Egyptian court upheld life sentences for the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 36 others.
  • Political violence increased dramatically in Zimbabwe this year.
  • A regional summit on security issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo ended without major progress.
  • After South Africa and Burundi began the withdrawal process from the International Criminal Court last week, Gambia has announced its intentions to do the same.
  • Boko Haram proves itself far from defeated.
  • A few months ago, the tiny Ugandan town of Bidi Bidi was mostly grassland. Now it is the world’s fourth largest refugee camp.
  • As Kenya shuts down Dadaab refugee camp, authorities are repatriating (read: dumping) 400 people a day, forcing them back into war-torn Somalia without appropriate shelter.
  • The surviving members of the Naham 3 crew, who endured years of captivity by Somali pirates, have finally been freed.
  • The Islamic State raised its flag over Qandala, a Somali port town on the Gulf of Aden.
  • There have been 31 US airstrikes against Al Qaeda in Yemen in 2016––already exceeding the number from previous years.
  • Turkey’s military purge continues.
  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels fired a ballistic missile toward Mecca.
  • Leaked documents show that the UN has hired many friends, relatives and political allies of Bashar al-Assad for the Syrian relief effort. Leaks also show that 2/3 of aid goes to people in government-held areas of the country.
  • Rebels have begun an offensive to break the government siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo.
  • The US believes either Russia or Syria is responsible for an attack on a school in Idlib that left nearly 40 people dead.
  • Responsibility for a third chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held area––chlorine gas in Idlib province in March 2015––has been laid at the feet of the Syrian government.
  • Dispatch from Mosul: As opposing forces advance, the Islamic State resorts to scorched earth tactics: setting oil wells on fire, using civilians as human shields, and executing those who try to flee.
  • As part of the campaign to retake the city, Iraqi Shi’ite militias are preparing to move on Islamic State positions west of Mosul.
  • The Islamic State killed 23 civilian hostages in Ghor province in western Afghanistan.
  • A Taliban offensive has blocked a major highway between Kabul and Kandahar.
  • The Taliban took over a base in southern Uruzgan province.
  • Afghan forces struggle under the pressure of Taliban gains, mounting casualties and increasing desertions, surrenders, and defections.
  • American airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan last Sunday targeted two senior Al Qaeda commanders. The US has ramped up airstrikes in the country in 2016.
  • Afghanistan suffers a migration crisis as Pakistan and Iran force refugees back, splitting up families and sending people back into conflict zones.
  • In Pakistan, authorities have banned public rallies and arrested dozens of supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan.
  • An attack on a police training college in Quetta left 61 dead.
  • India and Pakistan have expelled one another’s diplomats.
  • In Kashmir, ad hoc schools are popping up as refuges for children amid strikes and curfews.
  • In the weeks following an attack on a guard post, Myanmar’s army and border police have looted shops, and raped and killed members of the Rohingya population in Rakhine state, which remains inaccessible to aid organizations.
  • Activists decry the lack of attention to southern Thailand’s long-running separatist conflict.
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants the US military out of the country in two years.
  • Did North Korea just try to launch two long-range missiles?
  • Analysis: Close defense cooperation among European militaries is a “pipe dream.”
  • Russia is upgrading the firepower of its Baltic fleet.
  • In Berlin, a museum replica of Hitler’s bunker is causing a stir.
  • France declared the Calais migrant camp empty.
  • Eastern Europe’s defense industry is on the rise.
  • Ukrainian hackers released emails reportedly showing a top Kremlin official’s links to the 2014 uprising in eastern Ukraine.
  • A Russian cultural center in Lviv has been evicted.
  • Interactive: Budapest 60 years after the uprising.
  • Two Yazidi activists and survivors of Islamic State sexual enslavement received the prestigious Sakharov prize.
  • Meet one of the six Syrian refugees taken in by Japan.
  • Most UN members voted to hold talks on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
  • Colombia suspended talks with the ELN, the country’s second-largest rebel group over a politician who remains their hostage.

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