Monthly Archives: August 2018

U.S. Drone kills ISIS-K Abu Sayeed Orakzai

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in an drone strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Afghanistan’s porous eastern border with Pakistan, on Saturday night, August 25. Spokesman Lt. Colonel Martin L. … Continue reading

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New recording from Abu Bakr Baghdadi

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in his first purported speech in nearly a year, has called on followers to fight on despite recent defeats, according to an audio recording posted on the group’s media outlet. Baghdadi is now believed to be hiding … Continue reading

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Libya: sentences in the Triq al-Sareeh case

A Libyan criminal court has sentenced 45 militiamen to death by firing squad for killing demonstrators in Tripoli in 2011. They are accused of opening fire on dozens as rebel forces closed in on the capital during the uprising against … Continue reading

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Three card monte in Idlib

Syrian troops who have been freed up after pacifying the south have been redeploying to the north in anticipation of an offensive in Idlib. At the same time, Turkey has been reinforcing its observation posts in the province, which were … Continue reading

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Pakistan officers blocked: No U.S. (IMET) 2019 funds for Pakistan

US National Defence University (NDU), Washington, had kept aside 66 slots for officers from Pakistan for the next academic year, seats reserved for Pakistani officers for more than a decade, but the Trump administration has now refused to provide funds … Continue reading

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Russia’s Wagner new player in Central African Republic

Portugal will deploy six Pandur II 8×8 armoured vehicles and an additional 45 troops to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The planned deployment will provide additional mobility and protection for the MINUSCA’s … Continue reading

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