Consolidated news roundup – 6 June – 10th July 2018

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.

4 July – 10 July

Syrian rebels say army besieging their enclave in southern city Deraa

Syria truce deal ‘breached’ as western Deraa clashes intensify

Rebels in southern Syria reach deal to end violence

Rebels discuss with Russia a deal to end fighting in southern Syria

Taliban brands religious scholar conference as ‘an absolute anti-Islamic US process’

Armed group in Libya kidnaps three Filipinos and one Korean: official says

The new frontlines are in the slums

Squandered opportunity? – Despite new agreement, South Sudan’s civil war continues

South Sudan’s Machar set to be ‘reinstated as vice president’

Why do youth in the Sahel join armed groups? It’s complicated

Thailand: Insurgents use landmines in South

Colombia’s ‘silent complicity’ in mass killings of social leaders


27 June – 3 July

Yes, we can end the military use of schools

Wars of None: AI, Big Data, and the Future of Insurgency

How rape is weaponized in civil wars

New types of weapons need new forms of governance

Syria’s war: Rebel-held Bosra al-Sham surrenders in Deraa battle

Rebel-held south Syrian town Busra to accept Assad’s rule as Jordan mediates

Talks with Russia over Deraa peace deal collapse: Syrian rebels

UN warms of ‘catastrophe’ as 160,000 flee southern Syria push

French cement giant Lafarge indicted on terror financing charge in Syria

When did the war in Yemen begin?

Residence of Libyan deputy PM attacked amid oil port stand-off

Iraqi PM says armed groups in Iraq should be disarmed, including PKK

Mali: Car bombing targeting French troops kills civilians

Ethiopia removes OLF, ONLF and Ginbot 7 from terror list

Mali: G5 force headquarters targeted in deadly attack

‘The war goes on’: one tribe caught up in Colombia’s armed conflict


20 June – 26 June

Who’s in charge in today’s wars?

Syria pounds rebel areas in south, thousands flee to border zone

Syrian rebel warns of ‘volcanoes of fire’ if Assad attacks south

What you need to know: The battle for Hodeidah

IGAD bloc says South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar not welcome

Ethiopian armed opposition group Ginbot 7 suspends attacks

South Sudan rules out rebel leader Riek Machar re-joining government

Still time to stop clashes among armed groups from eroding state-building gains in Central African Republic, top official tells Security Council

South Sudan’s president and rebel leader meet for peace talks

Colombia: Indigenous community ‘threatened by El Guacho’

All set for demobilization of Colombia’s largest paramilitary group

Nicaragua: Violence and state repression intensify despite numerous efforts at dialogue

Record coca, record murders: the flipside of “peace” in southern Colombia

Days after election, future of Colombia’s war crimes tribunal already uncertain


13 June – 19 June

Syria’s Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south

Syria: Turkey-Backed Groups Seizing Property

Second fire shrinks storage capacity amid fighting at Libyan oil ports

India welcomes Afghanistan’s decision to extend ceasefire with armed groups

Jordan armed groups strike again in the oil crescent

How to bring peace in Kashmir?

Armed Islamist leaders in Libya claim al-Qaeda’s Belmokhtar is still alive

Yemen: Attack on Hodeidah threatens civilian lives and lifesaving humanitarian aid

Mozambique: Armed groups burn villages

There’s been a global increase in armed groups. Can they be restrained?

Congo-Brazzaville’s hidden war

South Sudan rebel leader to attend talks with president in Addis Ababa

What South Sudan’s increasingly fragmented war means for aid delivery

The girls forced to fight in the DRC are told they are ‘immune to bullets’

Myanmar’s Ethnic Armed Conflict: Emerging Trends in Violence

Colombia: FARC willing to meet with Duque to maintain peace

Inside Colombia’s rebel region as the country votes on its future

Peace talks between Nicaragua govt, civil society groups hindered after armed assailants kill eight people in Managua

Colombia: Authorities must guarantee the safety of threatened communities


6 June – 12 June

Drone Blowback: Much Ado about Nothing?

Making a case for humanitarian norms in a populist world

U.N. fears for 2.5 million in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib as fighting escalates

YPG confirms withdrawl from Syria’s Manbij after Turkey-US deal

Spate of deadly attacks hit Afghanistan amid Eid ceasefire

Are Palestinian armed factions forming a joint army?

Yemen rebel fire kills three civilians in Saudi, coalition says

Taliban announces three-day ceasefire over Eid

Afghanistan’s ceasefire with Taliban: ‘Are we safe now?’

Afghan president announces temporary ceasefire with Taliban

Yemen peace plan sees ceasefire, Houthis abandoning missiles

UN humanitarian coordinator condemns Central African Republic hospital attack as ‘inhuman and unworthy’

Somalia: Al-Shabab shuts down football pitches in Mogadishu

Mozambique: End brutal killing spree by armed group

The impact of Boko Haram’s insurgency on girl’s education in Northeast Nigeria

Armed groups in Somalia

‘Slipping into darkness’: How Nicaragua’s crisis unfolded








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