30 May 2015

Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner

“The rebel group that has seized power in Yemen has taken at least four U.S. citizens prisoner, according to U.S. officials who said that efforts to secure the Americans’ release have faltered.” Source: Houthi rebels in Yemen are holding multiple Americans prisoner – The Washington Post

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29 May 2015

Yemen May Never Emerge Intact From Civil War

“Yemen may never emerge as a united country from a civil war pitting a northern Shi’ite Muslim militia and its allies in the army against fighters in the mostly Sunni south. The latest conflict, now in its third month, has exacerbated long-standing grievances that are regional but also increasingly religious

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29 May 2015

Syrian Islamist rebels ‘seize Ariha in Idlib province’

“An Islamist coalition that includes Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front has taken over one of the last government strongholds in western Idlib province, activists say.” Source: Syrian Islamist rebels ‘seize Ariha in Idlib province’ – BBC News

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29 May 2015

Yemen: anti-aircraft fire cause of most civilian casualties in Sana’a, report says

“Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have caused the majority of civilian casualties in the nation’s capital Sana’a by firing anti-aircraft munitions that explode after landing in populated areas, a leading human rights watchdog has said in a report published two months into a Saudi-led air war. “ Source: Yemen: anti-aircraft

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29 May 2015

No U.S.-trained troops in Iraq’s new fight for Ramadi

“The 7,000 Iraqi army troops who have recently completed American-led training programs are not involved in the massive counteroffensive that Iraq launched this week against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, U.S. and coalition officials said.” Source: No U.S.-trained troops in Iraq’s new fight for Ramadi

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28 May 2015

Taliban Capture 50 Security Force Posts In Uruzgan

“At least 50 Afghan security force posts have been captured by Taliban over the past few days in Uruzgan province, local officials said Thursday.” Source: Taliban Capture 50 Security Force Posts In Uruzgan

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28 May 2015

Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine

“Russia’s army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week. Many of the vehicles have number plates and identifying marks removed while many of the servicemen had

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28 May 2015

Air strikes kill at least 80 in deadliest bombings of Yemen war

“Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 80 people near Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia and in the capital Sanaa on Wednesday, residents said, the deadliest day of bombing in over two months of war in Yemen.” Source: Air strikes kill at least 80 in deadliest bombings of Yemen war |

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28 May 2015

Assad regime gears up for counteroffensive

“The Syrian regime is gearing up for a counteroffensive that relies on Iran’s money and Shiite foreign fighters from as far away as Central Asia to push back against the Islamic State.” Source: Assad Strikes Back | Foreign Policy

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27 May 2015

Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister

“Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said.” Source: Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister

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