01 Sep 2015

Machar accuses Juba regime of “slaughtering” political prisoners

“South Sudan’s armed opposition leader, Riek Machar has accused President Salva Kiir’s government of allegedly ‘slaughtering hundreds of political prisoners’ in the country.” Source: Machar accuses Juba regime of “slaughtering” political prisoners – Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan

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01 Sep 2015

North Africa: Instability Increasing

“Four years after the Arab Spring, the security environment across North Africa remains dire. Here is an overview of developments in five key countries in the region.” Source: North Africa: Instability Increasing | The Cipher Brief

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01 Sep 2015

Boeing Unveils Its Anti-Drone Laser Weapon

“What’s the best way to shoot down a drone? For many in the defense industry, the solution to flying robots is as futuristic as the threat itself: lasers. Yesterday Boeing released video of its ‘Compact Laser Weapons System’ destroying a drone. Like other directed energy weapons, the laser focuses light

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01 Sep 2015

Russian jets in Syrian skies

“Russian fighter pilots are expected to begin arriving in Syria in the coming days, and will fly their Russian air force fighter jets and attack helicopters against ISIS and rebel-aligned targets within the failing state.” Source: Russian jets in Syrian skies – Israel News, Ynetnews

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31 Aug 2015

U.A.E. Takes Lead in Leaderless Southern Yemen

“At checkpoints across this war-racked city in southern Yemen, local fighters wearing flip-flops and carrying Kalashnikov rifles fly the flag of the United Arab Emirates.” Source: U.A.E. Takes Lead in Leaderless Southern Yemen – WSJ

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31 Aug 2015

Afghans say they have retaken key district from Taliban

“Government reinforcements have driven Taliban insurgents from a key district in southern Helmand province they had overrun only days earlier, Afghan officials said Sunday.” Source: Afghans say they have retaken key district from Taliban – News – Stripes

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30 Aug 2015

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians

“An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a

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30 Aug 2015

One child, police officer killed in attacks in southeast Turkey

“A child and a police officer were killed in two separate attacks in Diyarbakir province in southeast Turkey on Sunday following the breakdown of a ceasefire between the government and Kurdish militants, security sources said.” Source: One child, police officer killed in attacks in southeast Turkey | Reuters

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29 Aug 2015

Central African Republic armed group frees enslaved children

“A militia in the Central African Republic released 163 enslaved children on Friday, partly fulfilling a pledge made as part of a U.N.-brokered deal, a U.N. agency said. The children, freed by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia, are among more than 6,000 thought to have been made to do menial

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29 Aug 2015

Syrian rebel coalition say cease-fire with Hezbollah fighters in Syria collapsed

“A coalition of Syrian rebels say a cease-fire negotiated with Hezbollah fighters in a Syrian town and two Shiite villages in northern Syria has collapsed, for the second time this month. The Islamic Army, or Jaysh Fatah group, said on its social media accounts that its fighters have resumed targeting

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