News Roundup – January 2019

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.

Thanks to student assistant Sam Jackson for the preparation of this monster news roundup for January. In general, we plan to keep doing weekly news roundups, as we know that they they are much easier to read than monthly roundups!

1st January – 7th January

War-weary Syrians in Kurdish-held Manbij wait to learn fate

Turkish-backed rebels pushing for further mass displacement from Afrin: Monitor

Syria rebel-jihadist clashes intensify, 50 dead

Documenting the death of 976 individuals due to torture in Syria in 2018

Clashes between ‘radical’ fighters and rebels ‘leave 31 dead in western Aleppo’

Next round of Yemen talks could be in Amman: rebels

Iraq’s ‘ISIS families’ are a recipe for future conflict

Egypt, Israel in close cooperation against Sinai fighters: Sisi

Yemen: Houthi rebels’ food aid theft only tip of iceberg, officials say

Two killed as Tunisian security forces storm armed group hideout

Yemen govt reports Hodeidah rebel ‘attacks’ to UN

In Yemen, Iran-aligned rebels tighten their grip through fear and intimidation

13 killed in intercommunal violence in Burkina Faso

Algeria shuts southern borders to Syrians over security fears

Somalia: Al Shabaab parades 13 soldiers defected from Jubaland

Attack on UN compound in Somalia may be ‘violation of international humanitarian law’

Armed attackers kill 37 Fulani civilians in Mali

Sudanese opposition groups issue declaration for regime change

‘Bandits’ kill 10 troops along Niger-Nigeria border

Colombia Farc: 85 ex-rebels killed since peace deal

An ordinary Kashmiri’s appeal for peace

Thousands flee clashes between Buddhist group and Myanmar army

Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

Two killed in bombing in troubled south Philippines

8th January – 14th January

Syria’s Idlib province seized by HTS militants after deal with rebels

HTS offensive could draw in Syria and Turkey

Rebels regroup in northern Syria following truce with HTS militants

Syrian jihadists press attack on Turkish-backed rebels

Two ‘American IS fighters’ captured by Syrian militia

UN experts warns of growing influence of Sudanese armed groups in Libya

Yemen soldiers killed in Houthi drone attack on base

Libya’s militias should not run prisons: UN chief

Houthis have no intention of implementing Swedish agreement, says coalition

UN: Human trafficking worsens as children used as sex slaves

Kenya’s new security conundrum after ousting al-Shabab

Armed groups postpone Darfur peace talks in support of Sudan’s uprising

12 civilians killed in jihadist attack in Burkina Faso

Up close with Gafaranga, a child soldier who escaped a militia group

Colombia: Missing Farc leader Ivan Marquez reappears on video

Violence skyrocketing in Colombian municipality

Funeral held for Kashmir rebel leader killed in clash

EU, UN urges armed actors in Rakhine to spare civilians

Thailand: Insurgents bomb school, attack hospital

Myanmar army to launch ‘crackdown’ on Rakhine rebels

15th January – 21st January

The weaponization of artificial intelligence

Syria’s Kurdish fighters ready to help set up ‘safe zone’

‘Yemen’s Houthi militia using Iranian-made drone aircraft’: Arab coalition

Ashrawi of PLO: Trump administration is Israel’s partner in targeting UNRWA and Palestinian refugees

Sadr urges technocrats as armed factions look beyond the border

Armed groups in Sabha, Murziq reject joining Haftar’s forces

Libya: Civilians under threat from militias

Two days of clashes near Libya capital leave 10 dead

Iraqi airstrike kills three Islamic State terrorists in Kirkuk

East Libyan forces heading south to secure oil sites

Kenyans face up to ‘homegrown’ threat after hotel attack

10 UN peacekeepers killed in attack on Mali’s Aguelhoc camp

Thousands flee as militants kill more than 100 soldiers in northeast Nigeria: aid agencies

UN: Sudan, armed groups violate international sanctions

Why is Kenya an al-Shabab target?

Canada ‘appalled’ by killing of its national in Burkina Faso

Several killed in attack on upscale Nairobi hotel complex

Sudan’s al-Bashir mocks armed groups over delay of Darfur peace talks

In eastern Burkina Faso, local grievances help militancy take root

Bogota blast blamed on one-armed bomb expert linked to rebel group

Fleeing crisis, some Venezuelans are recruited by rebel forces fighting in Colombia

For enduring peace, Colombia must protect advocates for rights and prosecute war crimes

Myanmar army kills 13 in attack on Rakhine rebels

UN rights expert calls for civilian protection as fighting escalates between military and armed group

Thailand: Insurgents kill Buddhist monks

Over 1000 Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh fearing crackdown

Villagers escape armed group

Four arrested over Northern Ireland car bomb, New IRA suspected

22nd January – 28th January

Preparing for the future: Insurgents get a vote

Cease-fire in Syria’s Idlib province is at risk after extremists take over

KSrelief strongly condemns the Houthi’s indiscriminate shelling of Shalilah IDPs camp in Hajjah governorate in Yemen, killing eight people and wounding 30

OIC calls for ‘end to Israel’s assaults on Palestinian prisoners’

CAR unrest: Govt and rebels hold talks in Sudan

Saudi envoy says Hodeidah deal make-or-break for Yemen peace efforts

Libya militias agree to end clashes south of capital

Scores of Afghan troops killed in suicide bombing claimed by Taliban

Nigeria: Armed conflict continues to uproot thousands, driving up humanitarian need

Colombia’s ELN rebel commanders in Havana deny role in blast

Colombia pressures Cuba to turn over ELN rebel leaders

Islamic State claims responsibility for the Philippines church bombings that killed at least 20 people

Twin explosions kill 20 people at Philippines cathedralIs the southern Thailand insurgency ramping up again?

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