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News Roundup – 6-20th March 2018

March 20, 2018

Civilians organise ‘human shield’ to protect Kurdish Afrin

Kurdish fighters vow to fight Turkey army after Afrin withdrawal

Syrian Rebels, Backed by Turkey, Seize Control of Afrin

Syrian Rebels Agree to Evacuate Qaeda-Linked Fighters From Eastern Ghouta

Syria’s Assad visits army in eastern Ghouta as rebels in talks

Thousands of women, men, children raped in Syria’s war: U.N. report

Snipers Slam Shut an Escape Hatch From a Syrian Hell

Battle for Faryab: Fighting intensifies on one of Afghanistan’s major frontlines

Turkistan Islamic Party highlights joint raids with the Afghan Taliban

At least 30 die in Afghan violence, including 10 in Kabul attack on Shiites

For peace in Afghanistan, talk to Afghans

Maute-ISIS remnants scatter into 10 subgroups – PH military

Tuareg militias again clash with Islamic State-loyal militants in northern Mali

Ethnic clashes in eastern Congo kill at least 40: official

What’s happening in Ituri?

Rape of men and boys in Central African Republic is ‘ignored’ crime

ISIL video of Niger attack highlights US troops’ vulnerability

UN envoy urges hold-out armed groups to sign accord for durable peace in Sudan’s Darfur

Wa, Mongla groups ‘accept’ nationwide ceasefire accord: govt peacemaker

Northeast Colombia: 6 killed in combat between illegal armed groups


News Roundup – 27th Feb – 5th March 2018

March 6, 2018

ISIS supporter tried to recruit 55 children for attacks in London

How to keep armed groups from using land mines

Jihadists form ‘Guardians of the Religion’ organisation in Syria

Eastern Ghouta residents ‘mock’ ceasefire as killing continues

Where is al-Qaeda in Syria?

Syria’s ex-Qaeda vies with rivals over control of northwest Syria

The Rise of Paramilitary Groups in Turkey

Afghan president offers to recognise the Taliban

Civilians killed as armed groups clash in Libyan south

Parties in Yemen Must Prioritize National Interest in Efforts to End Fighting, Special Envoy Tells Security Council amid Calls for Unity of Purpose

Veteran commander vies for power in Libya’s shifting sands

Shabaab targets Somali, African Union troops in southern Somalia

Ethnic clashes in northeastern Congo kill more than 40 people

Violence divides CAR along Christian-Muslim lines

Five Colombian soldiers killed in ‘ELN rebel ambush’

News Roundup – 20-27th February 2018

February 27, 2018

Rebels in Syria’s eastern Ghouta welcome U.N. ceasefire resolution

Security Council Demands 30-day Cessation of Hostilities in Syria to Enable Humanitarian Aid Delivery, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2401 (2018)

Stop the “monstrous annihilation” of Eastern Ghouta – Zeid

Syrian Kurdish official: deal for Syrian army to enter Afrin

Afghanistan Unveils Plans for Controversial Militia Force

Islamic State kills 27 Iraqi militiamen near Kirkuk

Hamas enters new phase of confrontation with Islamic State

Tuareg militias battle Islamic State-loyal militants in northern Mali

Shabaab claims deadly assault on presidential palace in Mogadishu

Shifting relationships, growing threats: Who’s who of insurgent groups in the Sahel

South Sudan sentences South African to hang over aid to rebel chief

U.N. warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in southeast Congo

South Sudan rebels free Kenyan pilots after compensation paid, rebel spokesman says

News Roundup – 13-20th Feb 2018

February 20, 2018

More than 5,000 child soldiers released in 2017, but tens of thousands still being used in conflict – UN

How militants in Iraq and Syria recruit and use children

Former British soldier in court for terrorism offence of fighting Isis

The Guardian view on Syria: the suffering grows and the world turns away

Taliban still intent on ruling Afghanistan after ‘peaceful’ message to US

Israeli military launched missiles at children playing on Gaza beach without first identifying targets

Pakistani terror groups launch multiple attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

South Sudan sentences rebel leader’s spokesman to death

CAR violence rises: ‘They shot my children and husband’

Rodrigo Duterte offers ‘per head’ bounty for rebels

Colombia war tribunals hope to heal wounds, punish atrocities

‘The training stays with you’: the elite Mexican soldiers recruited by cartels

News Roundup – 5th-12th February 2018

February 13, 2018

Red Cross says budget higher because of protracted conflicts

Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

Two Turkish troops killed as helicopter downed

Islamic State ‘Beatles’ duo ‘should be tried at The Hague

Kashmir gunfight enters second day, five soldiers dead

Kurdistan Regional Government: Allegations of Mass Executions

Deadly mosque blast hits Libya’s Benghazi

Yemen’s rebel-held capital, stalemated war rages on

Exclusive: ‘We are in a war’ – Cameroon unrest confronted by army offensive

Children recount traua of abduction after mass release by South Sudan rebels

More than 300 child soldiers released by armed groups in South Sudan – UN mission

Mali’s myriad armed groups prevent stability

Congo rebel leader extradited from Tanzania to face trial

Colombia’s ELN plans blockade to protest peace talks suspension

Colombia ELN rebel attack on Cano Limon pipeline extends pumping halt

News Roundup – 22-29th January 2018

January 29, 2018

The bureaucracy of evil: how Islamic State won a city (Part I).

Syrian rebels put their own aims aside to fight Turkey’s battles

Rescuers in rebel-held Syrian area accuse government of gas attack

FSA commander says 25,000 Syrian rebels back Turkish force in Syria

Iraqi court sentences first foreign woman affiliated with IS to death

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Why attack Afghan civilians? Creating chaos rewards Taliban.

Analysis: US Treasury Department reveals new details about the Taliban’s network

Kabul: bomb hidden in ambulance kills dozens

Peace Process Stalls in Afghan Province

Isis claims attack on Save the Children office in Afghanistan

Libya’s militia culture must be demobilised

UAE-backed group vows to ‘overthrow’ Yemen’s government

Ambush on Mali Army Camp Leaves 14 Soldiers and 17 Attackers Dead

Why some Malians join armed groups

Colombia’s FARC launch 2018 campaign with anti-poverty pledge

Myanmar to sign ceasefire with two rebel groups amid decades of conflict

Northern Ireland militant splinter group says it will end violent campaign

News Roundup – 15-22nd January 2018

January 24, 2018

Shovels: Lawful Weapons or War Crime?

Turkey deploys thousands of FSA rebels at Syria border

Syrian war: Reports of chlorine gas attack on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta

Kabul hotel attack: guests ‘sprayed with bullets as they ran’

Analysis: Could Taliban finally return to Afghan peace talks? Obstacles abound

Taliban Fighters Using High-Tech Gear Kill Afghan Forces

HRW accuses Saudi Arabia of repression despite reforms

Monitor says 450 Yemeni civilians killed in December

PLO’s Central Council revised agenda leaked

Libya: Impunity Drives Violence

Once again, thanks goes to Sam Jackson for the preparation of this news roundup.