The United Nations (U.N.) has announced the peace negotiations focused on implementing the 2014 Minsk Protocol and resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine have stalled. U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Miroslav Jenca made the comment in a speech before the U.N. Security Council on February 12, at an event marking the fourth anniversary of the accords. … [Read more...] about Analysis: United Nations peace negotiations in Ukraine have stalled, no clear path forward identified
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Last year, Bellingcat, a website founded by the British journalist and former blogger Eliot Higgins, published a story titled, "Ukrainian Far-Right Fighters, White Supremacists Trained by Major European Security Firm." It was written by Oleksiy Kuzmenko, a journalist focused on Ukraine and specific issues pertaining to the region. The comprehensive report was full of … [Read more...] about Setting the record straight: British publication ‘Bellingcat’ lied about Azov Regiment in Ukraine
Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) is a jihadi terrorist organization in the Maghreb and West Africa, formed by the merger of Ansar Dine, the Macina Liberation Front, Al-Mourabitoun, and the Saharan branch of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). It is the official branch of al-Qaeda in Mali, after its leaders swore allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahiri (AQ). Recently, … [Read more...] about Al-Qaeda affiliate in Mali claims responsibility for bloody attack that left 10 dead and 25 injured
The conflict in Ukraine has continued to escalate despite an attempt at a ceasefire. Both sides rarely observe a complete ceasefire and small arms engagements and mortar strikes are very frequent. The violent start to the year has put Ukraine and Russia on track for continued clashes over the regularly contested Donbass region. In the past 48 hours, there have been a … [Read more...] about Fatalities reported during Ukrainian ceasefire, conflict in Donbass region rages on
Terrorist attacks are on the rise in the Sahel region of Africa, particularly in Burkina Faso and Mali. Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) has claimed responsibility for many strikes against the countries' security forces. This would suggest that the ISGS has found a foothold in both states and is growing stronger by the week. The ISGS was first thought to be a … [Read more...] about Terror on the rise: In Burkina Faso and Mali, criminals and terrorists enjoy a symbiotic relationship
Right now the biggest risk to Libyan peace is the feud between the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Last week, the LNA launched an operation to clear southern Libya of extremists and criminals. GNA forces have been under a lot of pressure to regain control of the country's lawless south, … [Read more...] about Could the Libyan National Army’s latest victory mark the beginning of stability for Libya?
Somalia has been engaged in a long and bloody war with al-Shabaab. Some would claim the government is losing control; others would claim they were never in control. Currently, Somalia's central government and the terrorist organization seem to be trading blows evenly. We hear of airstrikes killing hordes of al-Shabaab fighters one day, then the next day nearly a dozen people … [Read more...] about Is Somalia losing the war against terrorist group al-Shabaab?
On the 28th of January, 2019, in a village in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram killed at least 60 people. The onslaught took place in the border town of Rann. Amnesty International has called the attack devastating and one of the bloodiest assaults by the radical group since its formation. In what looks to be the standard operating procedure for Boko Haram, the militants … [Read more...] about Boko Haram resurges, slaughters 60 Nigerian villagers in raid
Attacks have been on the rise in Burkina Faso, with the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) claiming responsibility for a number of strikes against the country's security forces. First thought to be a relatively new splinter group originating from Al-Mourabitoun, new findings reveal that the group can be traced back to 2017, when the Islamic State first established a … [Read more...] about New insights into African terror group, the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara
United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) has helped capture a suspected leading member of the Islamic State, Khalifa Al-Barq. The arrest took place in the former Islamic State stronghold city of Sirte, Libya on the 30th of January, 2019. Residents in the city have taken to social media claiming U.S. troops took part in the operation. A city official confirmed the capture but … [Read more...] about AFRICOM involved in capture of suspected leading member of Islamic State
The relationship between Ukraine and Israel dates back to 1947, when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union. It was more widely recognized back then as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Ukraine was one of 33 states that pressed for a Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine during the U.N. Partition Proposal in 1947. The Soviet Union broke off relations with Israel in … [Read more...] about To Russia’s chagrin, Israel and Ukraine improve diplomatic ties
A leader of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), referred to as Abu Talha Al-Libi, was gunned down in an assault on his compound on January 18th. Abu Talha was holed up with other insurgents in an area called Al-Qarda Al-Shati, close to Sabha in southern Libya. AQIM, formerly identified as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), split from the Armed Islamic … [Read more...] about Al-Qaeda leader gunned down in Libya (warning: graphic image)