Guerilla War

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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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. ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More »