Warzone News: Week of August 26, 2015
Resource of the Week: This map shows which countries foreign ISIS fighters are coming from.
In Afghanistan, the vice president and his convoy fought back an attack by the Taliban. In Kabul, 12 people were killed in an attack. Diplomats from Afghanistan and Pakistan are meeting to try and resolve long-held tensions between the neighboring countries.
In Iran, a huge shift in foreign policy as leaders express their interest in building better relations with rivals to work together to fight ISIS.
In Iraq, the deputy leader of ISIS was killed. As the president enacts controversial reforms, protests intensify. In conflict zones, health workers and clinics have become targets, with the highest number of attacks in 2014 located in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan and Ukraine.
In Israel and Palestine, Israeli forces have illegally demolished Bedouin structures in the West Bank.
In Somalia, 18 people were killed in two separate attacks – one in the southern city of Kismayo and one in Mogadishu.
In Sudan, the UN calls for an end to impunity for the government in it’s attacks on Darfur.
In Syria, ISIS has destroyed two ancient sites–a Christian monastery and a Roman temple that was designated a UNESCO heritage site–and beheaded an elderly archaeologist who had been protecting the temple. ISIS is also being accused of using chemical weapons in Syria. The Iran nuclear deal and recent Assad military defeats are increasing the urgency of working towards a diplomatic resolution to the conflict. There is also evidence that fighting is intensifying, as each side tries to bolster it’s position ahead of potential talks.
In Turkey, ongoing tensions between the government and Kurds are intensifying. The New York Times produced this feature to explain the relationship between Turkey and the Kurds in light of the fight against ISIS.
In Yemen, criticism against Saudi forces has emerged, including accusations of using cluster bombs, attacks on a port city that serves as a lifeline for civilians, and attacks that killed 65. Some say the US isn’t doing enough to influence it’s ally. The conflict and attacks on ports are threatening to cause a famine in Yemen. From NPR, this photo essay provides a glimpse into life for Yemenis in the middle of a warzone.