Taliban kills 27 security officers in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban has orchestrated a series of attacks killing at least 27 security officers and wounding dozens in northern Afghanistan. Most of this violence was concentrated in the Sar-i-Pul Province where three attacks occurred killing 21 people. The Taliban have also attacked the centre of Sayad District, the village Qashqari, and security outposts along the highway linking Sar-i-Pul with Jowzjan. They were able to capture two of these outposts, wounding 25 security force members in their attack. Zabihullah Amani, the spokesman for the governor of Sar-i-Pul noted however that they failed in...

Nigerian military defends attack on Shiite marchers

The Nigerian military has responded to charges of unjustifiably killing Shiite protesters on the outskirts of the capital Abuja, with senior officials defending the military's actions. In their response they cite US President Donald Trump’s remarks regarding migrants heading towards the American border, stating, “they want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back”. Footage released by the New York Times however reveals that the soldiers were unprovoked and fired indiscriminately at unarmed demonstrators, many of whom were trying to flee. This contradicts the military’s claims they had employed violence justly.

Suicide bombing kills BLA commander wanted for an attack on the Chinese Consulate

A suicide bombing in Kandahar, Afghanistan, has killed a separatist commander who was wanted for organising a suicide bombing attack against the Chinese Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing that took his life. The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack on the Chinese Consulate last month asserting that Beijing is an “oppressor” and that would not tolerate “China's military expansionism on Baloch soil”. Four people were killed in that attack. Aslam Baloch was the commander killed in this current attack alongside...

Chinese police crackdown on Marxist student society

Chinese police has detained a number of students protesting over the take over of their Marxist society by university officials and members of the student association, following the detention of the leader of their society on the birthday of Chairman Mao. Whilst the Chinese government supposedly supports the legacy of Chairman Mao, they have continued to crackdown on student organisations and recent graduates who have aligned themselves with labour activists, supporting factory workers and their right to form unions. The detention of the head of Peaking University’s Marxist society, Qiu...

Syrian Kurds call in government forces to fend off Turkish offensive

Syria’s state agencies reported that its army entered the Kurdish-held city of Manbij, on the invitation of the Kurdish YPG to protect it from a threatened Turkish offensive. However US military officials and some locals have refuted the claim. The New York Times said the move came as Kurds felt “betrayed” by the United States’ decision to withdraw from Syria and that the “request amounted to a United States ally [Kurds] calling on an enemy of the United States [Syrian government] to protect it from another American ally, Turkey.” US commanders planning for the withdrawal of troops from Syria...

France drops criminal investigation of Rwandan officials over 1994 plane crash

French investigators have dropped charges against nine Rwandan officials, including former defense minister James Kabarebe, who were suspected of playing a role in the 1994 plane crash which killed President Juvenal Habyarimana’s plane alongside the French crew. The crash preceded the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi minority which saw an estimated 800,000 people killed. The investigation was dropped citing a lack of sufficient evidence. Rwandan government officials have welcomed the closing of this investigation, which they assert was politically motivated. The investigation was originally...

Russia sends fighter jets to Crimean base

Russia has sent over one dozen fighter jets to Belbek military base in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, which it has occupied since its annexation in 2014. Witnesses told Reuters that they had seen Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets arrive in the air base on December 22. The United States, United Kingdom and Lithuania have offered military assistance to Ukraine against the onset of Russian advances. The US State Department offered to provide an additional US $10 million to support Ukraine’s navy, to protect against what they termed a “dangerous escalation”. Britain’s defence secretary, Gavin...

US bars former Serbian police chief over war-time abuses

A former Serbian police chief and current official within the ruling Progressive Party, Goran Radosavljevic, has been banned from entering the United States due to allegations of human rights abuse. In a statement the US State Department announced that they were publicly designating Radosavljevic under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2018 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act. This maintains that those found to be involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights will not be eligible for entry into the US nor will their immediate family members...

Catalan’s separatist leaders on hunger strike appeal to EU for help

Four imprisoned Catalan leaders who are currently on a hunger strike have sent letters to over 40 European heads of state, calling for their case be heard by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The four leaders, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull and Joaquim Forn, alongside 14 other separatist activists face accusations of engaging in rebellion, sedition, disobedience, and the misuse of public funds. In their appeal, they note that they have been imprisoned for over a year for having staged a peaceful referendum last year and are yet to face trial. The hunger strikers also pointed...

Zimbabwe post-election violence decried as 'disproportionate and unjustified'

Zimbabwe's post-election violence, following the victory of Emmerson Mnangagwa, which included the use of live bullets, has been criticised as "disproportionate and unjustified" by an investigation launched by the government. The investigation, headed by the former South African President, Kgalema Motlante noted the “deaths of these six people and injuries sustained by the 35 others arose from the actions of the military and the police”. The inquiry noted the excessive use of military force ranged from whips and rifle butts against protestors to the direct fire of ammunition, and urged that...

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