The trial of Dominic Ongwen, a former child soldier and former Lord’s Resistance Army commander, began this week in the Hague for 70 charges ranging from murder to forced pregnancy. Ongwen is the first member of Joseph Kony’s LRA to go on trial.
Long read: Ongwen’s former child soldier status brings up interesting questions of victimhood and culpability, examined in this piece from January.
Even as Boko Haram loses territory, it remains a threat.
Ghaith Abdul-Ahad visits Sa’ada, “ground zero of the 20-month Saudi campaign in Yemen.”
US-delivered weaponry has been used in unlawful airstrikes on Yemen by the Saudi coalition.
The border between Syria and Turkey is a “death strip” for refugees.
Pro-Syrian forces are making serious gains in Aleppo. Russia has claimed that combat has ceased in the city, though residents reject the claim.
The Syrian White Helmets say that within a short time they expect Syrian and Iranian forces to reach the areas in which they operate and are pleading for protection, saying “our volunteers face torture and execution in the regime’s detention centers. We have good reason to fear for our lives.”
A doctor in Aleppo offers a dispatch from the misery.
The Islamic State launched an offensive against pro-government forces near Palmyra.
New Islamic State propaganda from Mosul featuresBritish captive John Cantlie.