News Roundup – 22th May – 5th June

About the author(s):

Katharine Fortin is an Associate Professor at Utrecht University where she teaches IHL and IHRL. Before joining Utrecht University, she worked at the ICTY, ICC and Norton Rose Fulbright. She is the author of The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2017) which won the 2018 Lieber Prize. She has written widely about the framework of law that applies to armed groups in non-international armed conflicts and is one of the editors of the Armed Groups and International Law blog.

What does it take to be a non-state armed group?

‘Precision’ airstrikes kill civilians. In Raqqa we saw the devastation for ourselves

Russian troops killed during rebel raid in Syria’s Deir Az Zor

Activists: ISIL fighters withdraw from Syria’s Yarmouk

Chlorine gas was dropped on Syrian rebel town Saraqib, say OPCW

Syrian rebels pull out of their last besieged area

Post-ISIL fears loom over Mosul’s Old City

Foreign fighters in Turkistan Islamic Party call on Westerners to migrate to Syria

Taliban operations span the entire country, Afghan Interior Ministry confirms

Taliban says negotiations are ‘pointless’ as long as coalition forces occupy Afghanistan

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes meeting of Afghan clerics who had just condemned terrorism

Insurgent killed along LoC in North Kashmir: Army

Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza after militants fire rockets

Will the Hamas-Israel ceasefire hold?

Battle for rebel-held Yemen port may trigger humanitarian disaster

Yemen: Fierce new offensive displaces tens of thousands of civilians from Hodeidah

Libya: Battle for City Endangers Civilians

Tuareg alliance claims more operations against ISGS in northern Mali

US kills 27 Shabaab terrorists in rare northern Somalia strike

“By Day We Fear the Army, By Night the Jihadists” – Abused by Armed Islamists and Security Forces in Burkina Faso

Central African Republic Part 1: Inside mission impossible

Central African Republic, part 2: ‘We Have Become the Targets’

Central African Republic approves war crimes court

More than 200 child soldiers released in Pibor, reintegrating them remains huge challenge

Rohingya insurgents reject Amnesty report on Hindu villagers killed in Myanmar

Myanmar: New evidence reveals Rohingya armed group massacred scores in Rakhine State

Ta’ang Armed Group Opens First Liaison Office in Wa Territory

‘Slow genocide’: Myanmar’s invisible war on the Kachin Christian minority

Thanks to Sam Jackson for preparing this news roundup!



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