06 Mar 2019

Iraq defeated ISIS more than a year ago. The group’s revival is already underway

Even though the government of Iraq announced its victory over ISIS about a year ago, the group has not disappeared from the country. In fact, it actually seems to be experiencing a resurgence in the northern parts of Iraq, where militants are carrying out assassinations, plundering villages and planting explosives

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05 Mar 2019

Pakistan makes it easier to go after assets of U.N.-sanctioned militants

Pakistan on Monday announced that it has updated its approach to militant groups so that it will be easier for the government to implement sanctions imposed on individuals and groups by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). The government also said that it is working to close “loopholes” to make

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04 Mar 2019

‘We Are Not Winning’ Counterterror War in Sahel, US Military Leader in Africa Says

Last week, 2,000 Western and African troops arrived in Burkina Faso for Flintlock, a large-scale annual US-led military exercise held in the African Sahel region. This year, the exercise is organized in Burkina Faso. Despite the cooperation of troops from Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Niger and Mauritania as part of

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01 Mar 2019

Osama bin Laden’s son is taking over as al Qaeda leader, US says

The US State Department is offering a $1 million reward for information that may enable it to track down Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, the notorious al Qaeda leader who was assassinated in his hiding place in Pakistan as part of a top secret 2011 US

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01 Mar 2019

African Allies Grapple With Rise in Terrorist Attacks as U.S. Pulls Back

US President Trump’s aim to limit the involvement of US troops in foreign wars will not just affect Syria and, depending on the outcome of the ongoing US-Taliban peace negotiations, Afghanistan. Africa is already impacted, as the US Department of Defense (DoD) is withdrawing one-fourth of its forces in the

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26 Feb 2019

India Claims Airstrikes in Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Attack

The Indian military on Tuesday launched airstrikes on Pakistani territory as tensions between the countries keep on rising. The already sour relations between the two countries have recently taken a turn for the worse after a suicide attack in Kashmir killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were

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25 Feb 2019

Afghanistan’s war killed a record number of civilians in 2018

A new report by the United Nations (UN) shows that 3,804 civilians were killed in Afghanistan’s war last year, the highest number since the UN began keeping track in 2009. Previously, the highest civilian death toll had been recorded in 2014, the year in which the United States started to

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22 Feb 2019

US says 200 troops to remain in Syria after forces’ withdrawal

Instead of a complete withdrawal of US forces from Syria, as US President Donald Trump initially wanted, government spokeswoman Sarah Sanders has stated that “[a] small peacekeeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for a period of time.” The announcement followed a phone call between Trump and Turkish President Recep

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22 Feb 2019

India again threatens to restrict flow of river water to Pakistan as tension builds

The Indian government “has decided to stop our share of water which used to flow to Pakistan.” The announcement, made by India’s minister of transport and water resources, comes in the midst of increasing tensions between India and Pakistan over a recent suicide attack in Kashmir that killed over 40 members

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15 Feb 2019

US forces have 1,000 ISIS detainees — and don’t know what to do with them

As the U.S. and its partners retake the final pieces of land controlled by ISIS, they are struggling to process hundreds of ISIS detainees. The fighters come from dozens of countries and are under the detention of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is not a nation state connected to

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