Guerilla War

Turkey condemns BBC story on PKK

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UK broadcaster’s piece on Kurdistan Workers’ Party militants is ‘clear support to terrorism’, says Turkish Foreign Ministry. Anadolu Agency – ANKARA Turkey has condemned the BBC for publishing an article Ankara describes as “clear support to terrorism”. The criticism from Turkey’s Foreign Ministry comes after an Aug. 20 piece released by the U.K. broadcaster which featured interviews with members of the illegal Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group. “Publishing in this way about an organization, which is named as a ... Read More »

YJA-Star Commander: We are ready for both peace and war

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YJA-Star Commander Zozan Berçelan stressed that they didn’t side with war after the peace process, but also that they wouldn’t remain silent to the attacks of the Turkish state which aimed an elimination and annihilation of Kurds. BEHDINAN – ANF – ALİ GÜLER Speaking to ANF about the ongoing attacks of Turkish military forces against the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in South Kurdistan, YJA-Star (Free Women’s Troops) Commander Zozan Berçelan said the attacks will not go unanswered and will face ... Read More »

The Ancestors of ISIS


CAMBRIDGE, England — IN the last few years, there has been a dramatic rise of a seemingly new type of polity: the Islamic rebel state. Boko Haram in West Africa, the Shabab in East Africa, the Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus and, of course, the Islamic State in the Middle East, known as ISIS, or ISIL — these movements not only call for holy war against the West, but also use their resources to build theocracies. Though in some respects unprecedented, ... Read More »

Seven Goals For Brazil (Through Street Art)


Brazil lost 7-1 and that’s great. Maybe now the voices of the disenfranchised will be heard more than the fan chants. These works of street art underline the country’s current crisis. goal |gōl|​ noun (in football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and some other games) a pair of posts linked by a crossbar and often with a net attached behind it, forming a space into or over which the ball has to be sent in order to score. the object of a person’s ambition or ... Read More »

Uganda’s sex slaves “betrayed by amnesty” – rights group

Held as a sex slave for the Lord’s Resistance Army, Hellen, 17, holds her son Justin at a rehabilitation centre for abducted child soldiers in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu, on November 6, 2002. REUTERS/ Patrick Olum

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An amnesty given to rebels who took part in a brutal guerrilla war in northern Uganda is a betrayal of their victims and has derailed attempts to bring other fighters to justice, a rights campaigner said on Wednesday. “The issue of amnesty in Uganda is stifling the ability of the domestic war crimes court to prosecute,” Brigid Inger, executive director of the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, told a global summit in London on tackling ... Read More »

South Sudanese committed ‘crimes against humanity’


Both sides in South Sudan’s conflict have committed crimes against humanity, including mass killings, sexual slavery and gang-rape, a UN report says. The “widespread and systematic” atrocities were carried out in homes, hospitals, mosques, churches and UN compounds, it added. The report called for those responsible to be held accountable. Fighting between government and rebel forces broke out in December, leaving more than a million homeless. South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir accused his sacked deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a ... Read More »

200 girls are missing in Nigeria – so why doesn’t anybody care?

Soldiers stand guard in front of the school in Chibok, Nigeria, where 200 students were abducted last week. Most of them are still missing. Photograph: Haruna Umar/AP

Nigeria’s grief over the abducted girls is uniting our country Where are they? Every morning for a week the news has been dominated by the South Korean ferry tragedy. The terrible grief of the parents, the shocking response of the crew to the unfolding disaster, and the inexorably rising body count. Two days before the South Korean students boarded their ferry for a study trip to the nearby island of Jeju, terrorists broke into a girls’ school in Chibok, in the remote ... Read More »

ISIL growing ambitions: Jihadist threat inches closer to Baghdad


In perhaps most worrying sign of ISIL’s capabilities, anti-government fighters parade in broad daylight in Abu Ghraib, just 20 kilometres from capital. A powerful jihadist group inspired by Al-Qaeda has opened a new battlefront with Iraqi security forces that could see it try to push into Baghdad, officials and analysts warn. The latest clashes, just weeks before parliamentary elections, raise key questions over the capacity of the army and police to repel militant attacks. Anti-government fighters currently hold all of ... Read More »

Armed Groups and the Challenges for Security in Colombia


The Colombian conflict has changed in the past few years, as leftist guerrilla groups lost some of their military strength and emerging organised crime groups added complexity to the security environment. The ranks of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have been reduced and their operations have become less centralised. However, FARC’s grip on illegal mining and the transnational drugs trade has turned some of its fronts into a hybrid of criminal and guerrilla structures. As the Colombian government ... Read More »

Militant base ‘attacked from sea’ in Somalia

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Unidentified foreign forces have launched a night-time raid on a militant base in the south Somali town of Barawe from the sea, reports say. A spokesman for the al-Shabab Islamist group told Reuters news agency that a fighter had been killed in the raid. Reports speak of residents in the militant-controlled town being woken by heavy gunfire before dawn prayers. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility last month for a deadly attack on a Kenyan shopping mall. At least 67 people were killed ... Read More »

Crackdown brings apparent lull in Karachi violence

Rampant violence has terrorised Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city and economic heartbeat, in recent years, but a recent security crackdown seems to have brought a lull in the bloodshed. Kidnappings for ransom, sectarian attacks and gang warfare have spiralled since 2008, terrifying the city‘s 18 million inhabitants and prompting tens of thousands of businessmen to flee to the safety of Punjab province. The city claimed a grisly record last year as 2,124 people were murdered on its streets, according to the ... Read More »

UN urges Tuareg rebels to resume Mali peace talks

The UN’s envoy to Mali, Bert Koenders, on Friday urged Tuareg and Arab rebels to return to peace talks with the Bamako government, amid a resurgence of violence in the north of the country. Photo:United Nations Special Envoy to Mali (MINUSMA) Bert Koenders answers the media following a meeting with Burkina Faso’s President on October 4, 2013 in Ouagadougou The rebels, who are fighting for autonomy in northern Mali, announced in late September that they were pulling out of talks ... Read More »

Colombian government ‘ready to reintegrate rebels’

Colombia has said it is ready to reintegrate thousands of demobilised rebels into society, as peace talks between Farc rebels and government negotiators enter their 15th round. The Colombian Agency for Reintegration (ACR) director said the body could look after double the number of demobilised rebels it currently mentored. Director Alejandro Eder told the BBC it had an “emergency reaction plan”. According to Mr Eder, the ACR is ready to receive up to 40,000 ex-combatants. The government estimates there are ... Read More »

Violence Between Buddhists and Muslims in Western Myanmar Kills Six

A resurgence of religious violence in western Myanmar this week has left six Muslims dead and dozens of homes destroyed, a senior police officer said Wednesday. The deaths and the torching of houses in and around the city of Thandwe occurred on Tuesday, just hours before President U Thein Sein arrived in the restive area on Wednesday as part of a scheduled visit to cool religious tensions and criticize “extremism.” “There are casualties and damage on both sides,” Mr. Thein ... Read More »

In Myanmar, Sectarian Tension Rises As Buddhist Mob Torches Muslim Houses

YANGON – Terrified Muslims hid in their  homes in northwest Myanmar on Monday after armed police  dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a  mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian tension. Clashes between majority Buddhists and Muslims have killed  at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since  June 2012. The violence threatens to undermine political and economic  reforms launched in the two years since a quasi-civilian  government replaced a military junta. The situation in ... Read More »

Ahmed Abdi Godane Is Al-Shabab’s Osama bin Laden

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Two days before gunmen launched their deadly raid on the upscale Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, killing at least 68 and wounding nearly 200, the Al-Shabab leader who dispatched them was denounced by a prominent member of the Somali-based militant group as too ruthless and power hungry—even for him. On Somali websites, former Al-Shabab deputy leader Abu Mansur condemned the 36-year-old Ahmed Abdi Godane for organizing the fratricidal killing of two co-founders of the group earlier this summer. Those killings ... Read More »