Warzone News: May 25, 2016

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Warzone News: Week of May 25, 2016

Resource of the Week: Last year, 75 million children in warzones had their education interrupted by conflict.

In Afghanistan, a U.S. airstrike killed the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, over the weekend. The group has since named a new leader.

In Central African Republic, an aid worker was killed in an ambush. In response, Doctors Without Borders has halted it’s operations in certain parts of the country. The Seleka rebel group is demanding a position in the new government before they will lay down their weapons.

In Iraq, the government announced a plan to re-take the city of Falluja. Protesters once again marched on Baghdad’s green zone, where most government buildings are located, with dozens of people injured.

In Israel and Palestine, as Jordan seems to be tightening it’s restrictions, Gazans find themselves with even fewer options to leave the territory.

In Mali, five UN peacekeepers were killed in the north of the country. Despite a peace accord, fighting continues.

In Niger, Boko Haram‘s reign is causing suffering for tens of thousands of people.

In Nigeria, a second Chibok girl was rescued. Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls two years ago, and the first escapee was found last week. Ten facts about Boko Haram and it’s 7 year insurgency.

In Somalia, the UN Security Council paid a visit to Mogadishu to assess the country’s readiness for elections scheduled for August. The Kenyan army killed 21 members of Al-Shabaab in western Somalia.

In Sudan, the government has failed to renew the permit of the UN’s top humanitarian official, essentially expelling him from the country.

In Syria, rebels announced on Monday that they will begin fighting back within 48 hours if government forces don’t stop attacks near Damascus. A new investigation has found that 60,000 people have died in Syrian prisons since the start of the war.

In Yemen, cluster bombs, a type of weapon that is banned because it kills indiscriminately, is being used by the Saudi-led coalition. Peace talks continue as the truce largely holds, though some fighting continues to occur.

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