20 Jul 2018

UN: In West Africa and the Sahel, signs of democratic progress amid continued ‘devastating’ violence

The UN has announced progress in building democratic institutions in Western Africa, although these gains remain in competition with the ongoing threat of terrorism and terrorist groups. Increasingly, violence pitting farmers against herders has become a leading threat in many areas, in addition to the well-known conflicts driven by groups

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20 Jul 2018

Taliban, Islamic State continue battle in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban and Islamic State continue to battle each other in northern Afghanistan, with dozens of casualties on each side. The two groups remain in competition with each other for legitimacy, and a number of major defections to IS has weakened the Taliban in the area. The fighting has forced

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19 Jul 2018

Iran has no intention to leave Syria, top official says

The senior advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameinei announced that Iran has no intention of leaving Syria, in spite of heavy American and Israeli pressure to do so. Russia has affirmed that it is not realistic to expect Iran to conduct a complete withdrawal from the country, in stark opposition

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18 Jul 2018

Peru declares state of emergency on Colombian border, arrests 50 in narcotics sting

Peru declared a state of emergency on Monday to reassert state control over the border area with Colombia. In the ensuing operations, Peru arrested over 50 people, most of them Colombian drug traffickers, in the region where Marxist FARC rebels that did not demobilize following the 2016 agreement are suspected

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17 Jul 2018

Nicaragua protests: human rights group says death toll at 273, government says 51

In competing figures that highlight the fight over the control of information during conflicts, the human rights arm of the Organization of American States (OAS) have documented at least 273 fatalities and over 2,000 injuries from the ongoing political unrest in Nicaragua since April. The government lists a death toll

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17 Jul 2018

Drought in Afghanistan aggrevates political tensions with Iran

Afghanistan’s agricultural sector has been hit by severe draughts, whose impact is made worse by its extremely limited water storage and irrigation capacity. These environmental and infrastructural problems damage not only the Afghan economy, but spill over into heightened tensions with neighboring Iran, which many in Afghanistan believe to be

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16 Jul 2018

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting

An Egypt-mediated cease-fire has held with some small flareups after the heaviest Hamas rocket attacks and Israeli airstrike responses since 2014. The exchange of fire included hundreds of rockets fired from Gaza, incendiary balloons and kites, and then responsive Israeli airstrikes and tunnel destructions. Israel also stated that its Iron

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16 Jul 2018

Election tension continue to mount as suicide bomber kills 128 at rally

Tensions in Pakistan continue to climb ahead of its elections on July 25. On Friday, a suicide attack claimed a current total of 128 lives, with the Islamic State claiming responsibility. The attack also killed a provincial assembly candidate, the second electoral candidate killed during the week. On the same

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12 Jul 2018

The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban

“A high-stakes plan to indict Afghan drug lords and insurgency leaders on criminal conspiracy charges ran afoul of the Obama team. Five years later, it remains buried under Trump.  Source: The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban – POLITICO

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12 Jul 2018

Veterans urge Kremlin to legalize private military companies

Russian veterans are urging the Kremlin to legalize private military companies. Under current restrictions, mercenaries/contractors fighting in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere are not eligible for government-sponsored support options. Veterans’ organizations state that Russian fighters are currently providing private military services in the Central African Republic, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya. These

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