16 Aug 2018

Al-Shabaab’s Mata Hari Intelligence Network

A researcher has worked to document a surprising element within Al-Shabaab’s operational structure: the use of sex workers and street children in the group’s intelligence apparatus. “If you want information here,” said one interviewee, “you use the prostitutes and street kids – they see everything, go everywhere, and nobody notices

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14 Aug 2018

′Islamic State′: Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says

A UN report indicates that up to 30,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Syria and Iraq, posing a significant long-term threat even as territory previously seized by the group has been retaken.  Source: ′Islamic State′: Up to 30,000 fighters still in Syria and Iraq, UN says | Middle East| News

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06 Aug 2018

Bangladesh violence: Armed men attack US envoy’s cars amid protests

The US envoy to Bangladesh was attacked by armed men during protests in the capital of Dhaka on Saturday. The ambassador escaped the area, but two vehicles were damaged. Bangladesh has seen a week of protests for safer roads after two children were killed by a bus. Protestors have been

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03 Aug 2018

South Korea deploys forces after hostage taken in Libya

South Korea is moving a destroyer towards Libya while a special forces team is on standby in Greece after a South Korean national was taken hostage along with three Filipinos were kidnapped my insurgents a number of weeks ago. South Korea has maintained a significant presence in Libya, mostly in

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01 Aug 2018

500 Russian troops on CAR-Darfur border

Witnesses have indicated the presence of around 500 Russian soldiers for the past 5 months on the border of the Central African Republic and South Darfur in Sudan, where they are allegedly training Seleka Muslim rebels from CAR as well as Sudanese soldiers. The Russian troops are being hosted by

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31 Jul 2018

Syrian Kurds may team up with Assad against Turkey

Syrian Kurds have offered to assist the Syrian regime in their fight against one of the last remaining jihadi militant groups in exchange for Syrian support in retaking the nearby Kurdish area of Afrin from Turkish forces. Assad has previously announced that he is not opposed to working with the

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31 Jul 2018

Russian jamming poses a growing threat to U.S. troops in Syria

Advanced Russian jamming of electronic signals in Syria has been a challenge for a growing number of troops deployed there, but has also provided the U.S. military a dynamic training ground for countering Russian technology on the battlefield. Soldiers and technology experts alike have affirmed that this kind of electronic

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30 Jul 2018

Violence disrupted vote in a fifth of Malian polling stations

“Armed attacks or other violence” disrupted voting at 4,632 of the 23,000 polling stations on Sunday’s election in Mali, while 644 polling stations were completely unable to operate. The country continues to reel from insecurity driven by jihadist violence, and elections continue to be prime targets for destabilizing actors in

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27 Jul 2018

Rights group updates death toll in Nicaragua unrest to 448

“A rights group on Thursday raised by nearly 100 to 448 the number of dead from more than three months of political upheaval and protests demanding President Daniel Ortega leave office. Alvaro Leiva, director of the Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Association, said 399 of the dead had been identified and there

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26 Jul 2018

Islamic State kills 215 in southwest Syria attacks

In the group’s deadliest attack in years, Islamic State fighters killed over 200 people in a government-held part of southwestern Syria on Wednesday. The assault coordinated several suicide attacks with swarms of militants across a number of villages in the area. Government forces responded and killed 75 IS fighters. Highlighting

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