Consolidated news roundup for summer break 11th July -10th September 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.

Many thanks to Sam Jackson for producing this consolidated news roundup to cover the period of the summer break. Some interesting stories here that you may have missed – take a look!

11th July – 17th July


Deraa rebels prepare to leave south Syria for rebel-held north

Syrian state flag to be raised in birthplace of 2011 uprising, residents say

Rebel attack in northwest Syria kills 27 government fighters: Observatory

Israel and Gaza militants agree to end fierce flare-up of fighting

Cameroon’s anglophone war, part 1: A rifle as the only way out

‘Whoever they met, they would cut and kill’: displaced Congolese recount rebel atrocities

Ethiopian rebel group declares ceasefire in wake of reforms

Ethnic groups challenge Tatmadaw chief’s Panglong opening speech

‘This massacre must stop’: Nicaraguan student rebels face militia assault

16000 displaced in guerrilla turf war in northeast Colombia: UN

FARC recruited more than 5000 minors during Colombia’s war: prosecution

Video: Armed groups using riots to target police, says senior Derry police officer


18th July – 24th July


Government forces close on last rebel group in southwestern Syria

From kidnap to torture, the database rigorously logging every Syrian atrocity

Syrian rebels ‘reach agreement’ with government to leave Quneitra

‘Forced to take arms’: Syria civil society turn to factions after US funding freeze

Israel, Hamas agree to de-escalation in Gaza: Hamas spokesman

An island in the Philippines hopes for peace but braces for war

Nicaragua: at least four dead as security forces retake rebel stronghold

Colombia: New Congress marks rebel group’s transition ‘from weapons to politics’, says UN


25th July – 31st July


The orphans of so-called Islamic State left in Libyan limbo

U.S. Diplomats Held Face-to-Face Talks With Taliban, Insurgents Say

Yemen’s rebels ‘attack’ Abu Dhabi airport using a drone

17 Malian civilians killed in clashes before presidential vote

Another Darfur armed group joins SRF umbrella

Attacks on aid workers rise in Central African Republic

Philippine Bombing Kills 10, Showing Insurgents Remain a Problem

Philippine rebels begin campaign for Muslims’ approval of autonomy law

Analysis: Trading Armed Struggle for Battle in the Market Place

Thai Police: Drug Traffickers have Links with Southern Insurgents


1st August – 7th August


Head of Syria research center killed in car bombing: newspaper, rebel group

Syria: Armed Group Recruiting Children in Camps

Syria: Turkey must stop serious violations by allied groups and its own forces in Afrin

Growing number of suicide attacks wreak havoc in eastern Afghanistan

Egypt’s military says 52 fighters killed in the Sinai Peninsula

Human Rights Watch Letter on child recruitment to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) – led Autonomous Administration and People’s Protection Units (YPG)

Resolute Support invents new terms to obfuscate Taliban control

South Sudanese celebrate peace deal signed by Kiir and Machar

Will Congo Go to the Polls – Or Go to War?

Cameroon’s anglophone war, part 2: Inside the separatist conflict

Apparent attack in Venezuela highlights risk of drone strikes

ELN and EPL Conflict Intensifies at Colombian-Venezuela Border


8th August – 14th August


Wave of strikes hits Syria’s last rebel-held bastion

Three suspected militants and four members of security forces killed as building collapses during raid in Jordan

Crisis Group warns of new armed conflict in Oil Crescent region

Afghan candidates linked to armed groups disqualified from parliamentary polls: IECC

Libya: Tawergha IDP camp attacked by militia in danger of further attack and demolition

Palestinian official says Gaza armed groups will end round of fighting if Israel reciprocates

Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike

In Iraq, families linked to so-called Islamic State suffer for their relatives’ sins

India: Six people killed after ‘infiltration bid’ in Kashmir

Ebola: Tedros calls on armed groups to ensure access in Ituri, North Kivu

Ethiopian rebels declare ceasefire amid government reforms

South Sudan’s Kiir grants rebel leader Machar, others amnesty

More children released from South Sudanese armed groups – UNICEF


15th August – 21st August


Use of ‘killer robots’ in wars would breach law, say campaigners

‘It’s like you have red flags all over you’: In rebel-held north, Syrians displaced by the Islamic State face discrimination, social stigma

What may unfold in Syria’s Idlib and why is a ‘bloodbath’ likely?

Syria rebel group accused of abduction, murder of key activist

Afghanistan’s Ghani declares Eid ceasefire with Taliban

Turkish Airstrike in Iraqi Territory Kills a Kurdish Militant Leader

Two Palestinian killed, 240 injured in clashes with IOF at Gaza border protest

Hamas decries Israeli decision to end ‘Black Friday’ probe

Opinion: The danger of a better-behaved Boko Haram

Nigeria: Boko Haram kills 19 villagers in Borno state

As killing rise, aid workers confront era of growing risk

Las turbas: Who are Nicaragua’s pro-government armed groups?


22nd August – 28th August


Syria: ISIS Holding Children Hostage

Suicide bomb attack kills two in eastern Afghanistan

Citing ISIS, Rahul says exclusion of people leads to insurgency

Boko Haram: Nigerian troops overpower insurgents, kill scores in Borno

DRC: Doctor stricken with Ebola in rebel stronghold

Central African Republic: Bar Amnesty for Atrocity Crimes

Report: Armed groups in C.A.R. want power-sharing deal, amnesty

Duque vows to use force to ‘dismantle’ paramilitary group that offered to demobilize voluntarily


29th August – 4th September


Syrian war: Understanding Idlib’s rebel factions

Syria’s war: Iran’s Zarif calls for Idlib to be ‘cleaned out’

Syria’s war: Deadly car bomb attack hits rebel-held Azaz

End of the line for Hay’et Tahrir al-Sham in Syria?

Libya’s chaos explained: ‘Everybody vying for a piece of the pie’

Iraq says no ‘armed groups’ received ballistic missiles from Iran

Rockets rain on Libya’s Tripoli as fresh fighting erupts

PLO official denounces Israeli court’s ruling legalizing settlement outpost as travesty

UN: Suspected war crimes in Yemen committed by all sides

Egypt: Security forces kill 5 armed men in the south

Libya: Armed groups vie for control in deadly Tripoli clashes

“I have lost everything”: In central Mali, rising extremism stirs inter-communal conflict

CAR armed groups conclude Russian-brokered peace meeting in Sudan

DRC rebel tells ICC he’s a revolutionary, not the ‘terminator’

South Sudan rebel leader Machar ‘refused’ to sign peace deal

Russia to treat killing of east Ukraine rebel leader as ‘international terrorism’

Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in explosion in Ukraine


5th September – 10th September


Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels

Shells hit Syria’s Idlib as rebels brace for assault

Armed groups agree to keep Tripoli ceasefire: U.N

‘11 dead’ after rockets hit Iranian Kurdish offices in Iraq

UN brokers ceasefire for Libya’s warring armed groups

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of prominent Afghan armed group, dies

Mali peace deal jeopardised by armed groups linked to terrorism, UN warns

Ethnic Armed Groups to Meet Myanmar Peace Commission For Talks in China

U.N. says six ex-rebel leaders have left Colombia reintegration zones

Leader of Colombia rebel dissident group killed, president says

Colombia’s president says ELN rebels may free more hostages soon

Separatists in Ukraine’s Donestsk Choose Zakharchenko Successor


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