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From the Muslim Eye | This Week in War

February 11, 2017

 

A weekend round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism.

 

  • Egyptian authorities raided and forcibly shut down the Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture in Cairo. 

  • A Kenyan court blocked the planned closing of Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp.

  • Gambia will reverse its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court.

  • Turkish president Erdogan approved a constitutional reform bill that would expand his powers if citizens vote yes in an April referendum.

  • The botched January raid is giving Yemen pause about some aspects of its counterterrorism relationship with the US.

  • The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports that nine young children were killed in the raid.

  • And Anwar al-Awlaki’s militant legacy continues.

  • 12 million Yemenis face war-induced famine and the UN says it needs more than $2 billion in aid to address it.

  • Trump risks drawing the US further into the ongoing conflict.

  • Israel passed legislation that retroactively legalized 4000 settlement homes constructed on Palestinian land. 17 Palestinian municipalities in the occupied West Bank are petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court to strike down the law.

  • A new report on Syria’s infamous Saydnaya Prison describes it as a “human slaughterhouse” where extrajudicial proceedings deem detainees guilty based on false confessions extracted through torture and where many thousands of people have been hung in mass executions.

  • Both the Russia-backed pro-government forces and the Turkey-aligned Syrian rebels, are advancing on the northern Islamic State enclave of Al-Bab. A Russian airstrike on the city killed 3 Turkish soldiers.

  • Secular and Islamist Syrian rebels are turning on one another.

  • Documents left behind by the Islamic State in a Mosul neighborhood hint at disillusionment among foreign fighters.

  • Parts of Mosul are coming back to life after being liberated from Islamic State control.

  • In photos: the destruction left behind by the Islamic State//the battle for Mosul. 

  • Hunting and war have pushed Iraq’s wildlife to the brink.

  • Falluja was taken from the Islamic State eight months ago, but the victory remains vulnerable and incomplete.

  • Hundreds of thousands of Iranians rallied to mark the anniversary of the 1979 revolution, with state TV showing them with Trump effigies and anti-US signs.

  • 2016 was another record year for civilian casualties in Afghanistan. Especially worrisome is the 65% increase in the number of children killed or wounded by left-behind explosives.

  • A Taliban attack killed six Red Cross workers in northern Afghanistan.

  • A suicide bombing in front of the Afghan Supreme Court in central Kabul killed 20 and wounded dozens.

  • Gen John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, has requested several thousand more troops to help break the stalemate.

  • Meanwhile, this administration has so far paid little attention to America’s forgotten war.

  • Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, is said to have discussed sanctions with Russia before Trump took office. 

  • In his call with Russian president Vladimir Putin, Trump denounced the 2010 New START nuclear treaty.

  • Conflict is reignited at the Ukrainian border.

  • Hungary announced plans to “house” all refugees in shipping containers along the border.

  • How can Europe protect its elections from propaganda, meddling, and right-wing extremism?

  • A draft executive order would suspend the conflict minerals provision in Dodd-Frank, opening up US funding of human rights abuses and advancing corruption.

  • DHS is toying with the idea to ask visitors to the US to hand over their social media passwords.

  • Know your rights: how can you handle border agents asking for your cell phone or social media feeds?

  • Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, on trying to explain her work to an intense, persistent border agent after returning from abroad.

  • Trump’s travel ban was dealt a blow in court after a unanimous 9th circuit decision upheld the temporary restraining order.

  • In photos: Dorothea Lange’s rarely seen images of Japanese internment.

  • The lonely fight to save Guantánamo’s prisoners––and America’s soul.

  • A draft executive order is in the works that would allow Islamic State detainees to be held at Guantánamo.

  • A New York judge ordered the NYPD to disclose records related to the surveillance of Black Lives Matter activists. 

 

Adapted from: http://thepoliticalnotebook.com/

 

Photo: Sana’a, Yemen. A man walks past anti-drone graffiti. Reuters.

 

 

 

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