Today, the self-proclaimed Islamic State said fighters loyal to their movement attacked a police training college in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, in a raid that officials said killed 59 people and wounded more than 100. Pakistani authorities have blamed another militant group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, for the late-night siege, though the Islamic State claim included photographs of three alleged attackers.
UN human rights staff have received reports of atrocities being committed by Islamic State militants as Iraqi government forces close in on Mosul.The operation is expected to take weeks, if not months, depending on how much resistance they face from the 3,000 to 5,000 militants believed to be inside Mosul.There are also an estimated 1.5 million civilians living in the city. Up to 200,000 of them could possibly be displaced in the next few weeks, according to the UN.
The United Nations has abandoned plans to evacuate patients from besieged rebel-held east Aleppo which it had hoped to accomplish during a three day lull in fighting last week, blaming all parties to the conflict for obstructing efforts.“I am outraged that the fate of vulnerable civilians – sick and injured people, children and the elderly, all in need of critical and life-saving support – rests mercilessly in the hands of parties who have consistently and unashamedly failed to put them above narrow political and military interests,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator Stephen O’Brien on Monday.
Migrants remaining at the “Jungle” camp in Calais are awaiting the beginning of demolition work, as French officials continue to remove residents by coach. The clearance process saw about 2,000 migrants leave voluntarily on Monday for centers across France. Hundreds more left on Tuesday as the pulling down of unoccupied tents and structures was due to begin.
The Atlantic’s Dominic Tierney argues that since the end of the Cold War, the US has cycled in and out of interventionism abroad, intervening in “waves” across time. Throughout the process, people focus almost exclusively on the last big debacle, whether it was a failure of action, or a failure of inaction. “The odds of effective American action were shaped less by the extent of Syrian suffering, and more by the arbitrariness of timing. Syrian civilians have no sway over the cycle, but their survival may, nevertheless, hinge on the turn of the wheel.”=
People are fleeing Afghanistan as civilian casualties are reaching a new peak. This past weekend, Afghan refugees held protests in several European cities against the EU deal with the Afghan government. “Germany does not face Afghan refugees in the same way they face Syrians or Iraqis. The authorities give us the feeling that we are not welcomed here,” says Kareem, a 3-year resident of Stuttgart,Germany whose application for asylum has been rejected.
40,000 Hondurans participated in a human chain, which took place in the capital of Tegucigulpa as well as in other cities on Sunday. “The human chain is a peaceful demonstration, focused on the citizenship, on all the Hondurans who have experienced the pain of violence in various ways,” organizer Nery Cerrato told the EFE news agency. “Honduran society does not deserve to be stigmatized as the most violent country in the world.”