ISIS Attacks in Syria Illustrate the Dangers of a Weakened Terrorist Group

Although the reign of the Islamic State appears to be waning, the organization still manages to lash out with violent attacks.  One such case came earlier last week when Islamic State fighters carried out joint attacks on Wednesday in the southern Syrian province of Sweida.  The area is predominantly inhabited […]

Talc And Terrorism: Afghanistan’s Mines Fuel The Islamic State And The Taliban

“At any price we will take the mines.” –Islamic State militant commander. The Islamic State (IS) and the Taliban are fighting to gain control of mines and the extraction of talc in the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan. A recent report by the Global Witness reveals that illegally mined talc in […]

What does Sunday’s Suicide Attack in Kabul Mean for Afghanistan’s Security?

14 people are left dead and 60 injured after a grueling suicide bomb attack strikes near the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. The attack this past Sunday followed the arrival of exiled Afghani Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum to the nation’s capital. While many of Dostum’s supporters awaited his […]

UN Seeks To Strengthen Child Protections In Armed Conflict, Ignores Violations Of Various Parties

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2427 on July 9, aimed at strengthening and mainstreaming the protections for children in conflict zones. The resolution strongly condemns the use of children in armed conflict, attacks on schools and hospitals, and the denial of humanitarian access to children. Secretary-General António Guterres […]

Unaccompanied Migrant Children Denied Welfare In Paris

More than 200 unaccompanied migrant children are homeless and sleep on the streets every night in Paris, this is according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on July 4. The report, “Like a Lottery: Arbitrary Treatment of Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Paris,” found that children are denied protection, food, shelter and […]

Steps Towards Peace Provoke Violent Responses In Afghanistan

Twelve were killed and thirty were wounded in a suicide bombing in Kabul last Monday. The attack took place outside of the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry. The bomber detonated an explosive vest at the ministry’s gate as workers rushed to get home. Tragically, “the ministry has a kindergarten where […]

Ceasefire Called Between Afghanistan And Taliban Forces, But Will It Last?

The BBC news organization this week successfully documented the extension of the Afghani ceasefire between both the Taliban and government.  This ceasefire was initially established to respect the holiness of the Eid festival and has brought a surprising and optimistic scene to the streets of Afghani communities; with both sides […]

Ceasefire In Afghanistan Comes To An End

The Taliban and Afghani government agreed to a ceasefire during the Eid festivities ending the holy month of Ramadan. However, following the end of celebrations, Taliban officials announced the continuation of militant operations despite the announcement of a ten-day extension of the ceasefire by officials from Afghanistan’s government. Two major […]