Qatar

News Roundup – 28 August 2014

RAND Corporation: Foreign fighters are a global threat.  Call Islamic State ‘QSIS’ instead, says globally influential Islamic authority.  Islamic State militants have committed “mass atrocities” in Syria and recruited children as fighters, the United Nations says (see here for the latest report of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic) US man fighting …

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News roundup – 25 August 2014

Why don’t the US and UK ever pay ransoms for hostages?  Colombia’s military meets face-to-face with rebel leaders at peace negotiations in Havana.  ISIS tightens its grip with seizure of airbase in Syria.  Syria could work with West against ‘terror’.  Qatar denies backing Islamic State group.  Strife in Libya could presage long civil war.  Nigeria …

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News Roundup – 20 June 2013

World powers to meet on Syrian rebel demands.  Taliban admits attack that killed four US troops in Afghanistan just hours after insurgent group announced it would hold peace talks. ‘ Taliban’s unworldly moderates in Doha struggle for coherence in peace talks.  Row over Taliban office status in Qatar frustrates talks.  Rights group calls on UN to …

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News Roundup – 24 April 2013

Israel says it has proof that Syria has used chemical weapons. Qatar faces backlash among rebel groups in Syria. Syrian rebel oil sales at least a month off. Hezbollah says Syrian rebel threat creates ‘moral duty’. ICC Prosecutor’s statement in relation to CAR. Children’s education in CAR devastated by conflict, UN says. South Darfur: rebel …

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News Roundup – 10 April 2013

Colombia peace marches draw thousands. Iraqi Al-Qaida and Syrian group ‘merge’. Syria crisis: Al-Nusra pledges allegiance to Al-Qaida. Peace envoys from Taliban at loose end in Qatar. Tajine: Le chameau de Hollande est mort! Vive le chameau de Hollande!  (no, it’s not April fool’s day, this is a real story!) We didn’t kill UN peacekeepers in Jonglei, says rebel …

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News Roundup – 13 November 2012

Empty chair at Colombia’s talks belongs to rebel serving 60 years in US ‘Supermax’ prison. HRW – Ending abuses should be a priority for new opposition group in Syria. Insurgency and diplomacy: Syrian resistance should take lessons from the Algerians who fought for independence from France. Six gulf monarchies recognise rebel bloc as Syrian voice. The Arab League …

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News Roundup – 8 October 2012

Peruvian rebels burn helicopters.  Will Colombia have peace at last?  NATO resumes training of Afghan police recruits.  Qatar urges Syrian rebels not to kill Iranian prisoners.  Kurdish autonomy in Syria troubling for rebels, Turkey In the midst of Turkish strikes on Syria, “Rebels seize Syrian army outpost at Turkey border” Citing U.S. fears, Arab allies …

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