An analysis by the Council on Foreign Relations of the violence in the Central America's Violent Northern Triangle between Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. They appoint the causes of this rampaging violence to the traffic of narcotics, the proliferation of gangs, government corruption, and their weak rule of law. The CFR also discusses how the American immigration policy has contributed to and exacerbated this problem.
FP —“With options limited for fighting terrorists, negotiations may be the best remaining alternative.”
Drug trafficker Felipe Escurra was released by the Paraguyan judiciary system, putting in danger journalists such as Candido Figueredo Ruiz, who Escurra has planned to kill. Paraguay and other Latin America countries must do more to protect its journalists, who perform a critical role on improving the welfare of this countries, at the expense of their security and privacy.
Max Bone, Rise to Peace Political Analyst for Africa goes into depth explaining the socio-political factors underpinning the secessionist groups in Cameroon.
IRAN — 24 dead and 53 wounded as gunman began fire on the military parade.
Cameroon — “Washington must not ignore atrocities against the country’s Anglophones. It should use existing U.S. laws to force an end to the violence.”
Canada - “Parliament unanimously adopts motion branding crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as genocide.”
(CNN) — “A shooter killed three people and wounded two others Thursday at a drugstore distribution center in Harford County, Maryland, officials said.”
In cases of assassination atempts of polical leaders, it’s important to take a step back. They are often the modus operandi of some terrorist organizations and must always be condenmed, no matter who they are against, in order to promote democracy
Ethiopia —- “At least 200 people have been arrested by police in connection with the violence over the weekend that saw 23 killed.”
The Pakistani people as a majority recently welcomed the new PM with the optimism and hope that the nation had, for the most part, lost under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif. Khan seems to be going through with his progressive values so far - an act that will hopefully be a small one in comparison to the hopes that the nation has of him.
Team Rise to Peace gathered to welcome the new members and also discussed the organization's upcoming symposiums, field research trips, and other initiatives. Stay tuned for our upcoming projects! #risetopeace
Afghanistan-“Afghan security personnel and civilians targeted in night-time attacks across the country.”
An interview made by BBC with Antonio Pereira de Oliveria, the only survivor of the Araguaia Guerilla, an armed resistance force against the oppression, torture, and violence of the Brazilian military dictatorship. According to him, his fight "has always been about liberty," and that he "wanted to imagine a country where people could live side by side without conflict."
The period from 1964-1990 is a dark chapter in Latin American history.
The Taliban governed Afghanistan for almost five years and acted as the entry to heaven for jihadis, and other extremist fighters.
The New York Times - “Safiya Wazir, 27, who fled the Taliban with her family in 1997, won an upset victory in a New Hampshire primary. “There can be change, yes. Why not?” she said.”
9/11 reminds us that terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban seek to divide us through fear, hate, and ignorance. They want humanity to be controlled as a collection of strangers as opposed to a community of connected human beings.
43 of the globe’s 50 most murderous cities are concentrated in Latin America.
The Washington Post - “Survivors fleeing, covered in debris. First responders hoisting the American flag over rubble.”
Washington D.C. - “To stop the next Sept 11. attack, the United States needs new strategy to mitigate the conditions that enable extremist groups to take root, spread and thrive.”
Afghanistan - Nangarhar governor’s spokesman says the explosion happened near a protest in Mohmand Dara district in the province.
China - “recent UN findings detailing a "mass surveillance" programme "disproportionately targeting" the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.”
An interview by former Brazil National Team captain and 2002 world cup champion on why he wrote “Jardin Irene”, the favela neighborhood were he grew up, on his jersey before lifting the FIFA trophy. According to Cafu, he wanted to show to the people that live there now that there is another way to overcome their dificulties that does not results in violence.
9/11 reminded Irish-Americans how painful terrorism is. Analysis by Kate Bridget of Rise to Peace.
تنظيم داعش يعلن مسؤوليته عن الهجوم الانتحاري في كابول
ISIS claims responsibility for the Kabul suicide attacks.
As people starve, conflict and tribalism emerge. Terrorists exploit this state of affairs. Organizations like Al Shabab and Al Qaeda spill across borders from Mauritania to Sudan. #risetopeace
They say the way to a person’s heart is through her (sic) stomach. That may be true because when food runs out hearts turn sour. With climate change’s breakneck pace, food supplies across the globe are in peril. If communities lose the ability to feed themselves then famine results, threatening social stability. We have seen how terrorism fights for a foothold in such cases, intent to capitalize on the discontent. [ 585 more words ]
An article by The Economist, written on the occasion of Chilean dictator August Pinochet's arrest in 1998 on how South American regimes have dealt with the end of their brutal military dictatorship's, the repression, and the torture. In summary, the law of the land tends towards amnesty, including for leftist guerrillas, and borderline impunity, but there is hope that slowly those responsible will answer for their crimes.
This year, there have been developments towards negotiations involving the Taliban. But what will talks with the Taliban bring peace? Our expert Ahmad Shah Mohibi says they could form part of the peace process going forward. But that does not reduce the threat they currently pose.
قتيلان في انفجار عبوة ناسفة في أفغانستان
Two people die in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan
The Washington Post - “They came from all corners of his life. His New England boarding school. His small liberal arts college. The Marines. And the CIA.”
Twenty years after the end of the ethno-national Protestant and Catholic paramilitary conflict known as The Troubles, the British Isles once more fear the start of the terrorist violence.
Leading up to the election, the three regions were targeted differently. In Pakistan, terroristic violence targeted campaign events and candidates. These politically influenced attacks included a suicide bombing on July 13th in Mastung resulting in 149 people dead including Balochistan Awami Party leader and political candidate Siraj Raisani.
"The founder of the Haqqani militant network has died after several years of illness, the Afghan Taliban has announced. Jalaluddin Haqqani was a significant militant figure in Afghanistan and had close ties to both the Taliban and al-Qaeda." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45404817
In North East Nigeria Displaced persons are being forced to return home despite a horrible security situation. This is largely being done to make it seems as if a political promise is being fulfilled.
Trump cancels $300M Aid to Pakistan over terrorism
An article by the Los Angeles Times describing how the gang war in Mexico has hit unprecedented levels, as a result of a succession crisis following the extradition of drug trafficker El Chapo and the opioid crisis in the US, increasing the demanding for heroin. The LA Times also points out that Mexico has now surpassed Colombia as the largest supplier of heroin to the USA.
In Buea, Cameroon, a city ravaged by the Anglophone conflict in Cameroon women took to the streets demanding an end to the conflict. This is one of many examples of women around the world standing up to conflict.
This is only the latest in a log string of Peace deals that have failed to bring peace to the people of South Sudan. Why should we expect any different this time?
Kabul - “The handover comes after a time in the 17-year war that saw little progress by Afghan or US forces against the Taliban.”
In the past twenty years over five million children have been killed by war in sub-Saharan Africa. This number is likely low due to the difficulties present when collecting information in Africa.
ناشينال إنترست: "داعش" لم ينته ويخطط لشن هجمات في الغرب
National Interest: ISIL is not done yet, and is still planning to carry out attacks in Wetsern Countries
The latest episode in a string of xenophobic violence in South Africa. It is notable that this violence started because of photos of expired food spread on social media.
An enlightening article by The Guardian showing how perceptions matters in international politics and even when attempting to dismantle terrorist organizations. As negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC, a revolutionary paramilitary organization turned into narco-terrorists, President Juan Manuel Santos requested the US State Department to remove the FARC from their list of terrorist organizations in order to conclude the peace talks.
An enlightening opinion piece from the Los Angeles Times regarding how Latin America can halt its violence problem. In summary, it comes down to listening to their population and investing in education and employment, rather than punitive measures, increasing police, and the war on drugs.
Rise to Peace Africa Analyst Max Bone writes how Joseph Kabila's departure is unlikely to change the deteriorating situation in the DRC.
Hurriyat fades in the Kashmir Valley as Al-Qaeda ideology gains steam
Read more at: https://www.oneindia.com/india/hurriyat-fades-in-the-kashmir-valley-as-al-qaeda-ideology-gains-steam-2763905.html
Head of ISIS Abu Saad Erhabi in Afghanistan was killed.
The last half of a century has seen a turn away from conventional warfare as armed conflicts shifted to guerrilla and other unconventional war-time tactics. It also saw the rise of two new armed efforts: The War on Terror and The War on Drugs. While there have been limited triumphs in each case, the time has proven these approaches to have been ineffective and incapable of producing stated goals such as putting definitive ends to terrorist organizations and gangs.
Last week, the Taliban carried out a series of deadly attacks throughout Afghanistan, leaving over 500 dead and dozens wounded. Although a peace offer remains on the table, the Taliban are on the move, destroying any hope for peace and reconciliation.
An article by the Brookings Institute on how terrorist organizations and drug traffickers seek power and on the across the board innefectiviness of national government on many parts of Latin America and the Middle East. All in all, “people seek governance, from whoever can deliver it”
“From authorizing U.S. diplomats to hold direct talks with the Taliban, to special envoy and counterinsurgency operations, President Trump is serious about ending the U.S.’ longest war in Afghanistan”, said Ahmad Mohibi. Secretary Pompeo is expected to appoint Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former U.S. ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, as his special envoy on Afghanistan to lead the peace process with the Taliban.
A new anarchist group attacked a political office in Italy. Algeria suffered its first attack this year. Read about these developments and more in the latest Week in Terrorism bulletin.
"A United Nations and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad)-backed mediation team is reported to have held talks with both sides but no progress seems to have been made as the two states take hardline stances."
The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila has rejected the designated special-envoy of South Africa to the country. Kabila followed suit by stating that the country will no longer accept any special-envoys to the country. To many, this seems to demonstrate Kabila's lack of desire to truly resolve the conflict ravaging his country.
President Bouteflika of Algeria has fired two senior army officials. These are only the most recent military officials that have been dismissed by the aging president.
The Islamic State - “Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, resurfaced on Wednesday in the first audio recording of him to be released in nearly a year, one in which he called on followers to attack Westerners with knives, guns, cars and bombs.”
An article by the Anti Defamation League remembeing the AMIA/DAIA bombing in Argentina in 1994. This Iran and Hezbollah sponsored attack saw a suicide terrorist driving a car into a Jewish community building in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital. The result was the death of 85 people and hundreds of injured. The unsuing investigation pushed Argentina- Iran relations in chaos; put the executive and judiciary powers of Argentina against each other, and was a landmark showing that Latin America was not safe from international terrorism.
Taliban fired rockets toward #Afghanistan's Presidential Palace during President Ghani's holiday speech - offering peace.
BERLIN — “A Turkish court has ruled that a German journalist facing trial on terrorism-related charges is free to leave the country, a move that could help improve relations between two countries with deep ties.”
The Afghan Student Association at George Washington University hosted an event to celebrate Eid with members of the Afghan community in the D.C. metro area. Peace in Afghanistan was discussed with enthusiasm and hope among all the guests.
Chechnya - “IS claimed responsibility for the attacks, the SITE monitoring group reported, citing the jihadists' main propaganda agency Amaq.”
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES —
“U.S. forces will stay in Iraq "as long as needed" to help stabilize regions previously controlled by Islamic State, a spokesman for the U.S.-led international coalition fighting the militants said on Sunday.”
Today, President Ashraf Ghani offered ceasefire on Eid days with the Taliban, but the Taliban continues to carry out deadly attacks across Afghanistan.
Islamabad, Pakistan - “Imran Khan has pledged to massively government costs and crack down on corruption, in his first televised address to the nation a day after being sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister.”
Rise to Peace Political Analyst for Africa, Max Bone, spent his summer in Buea, Cameroon. While there, he was able to gain a firsthand understanding of the war of secession impacting the Anglophone regions of the country. In this piece, he outlines how the crisis got to the point where it is.
PAKISTAN ISLAMABAD — “Between 200,000 and 300,000 protesters in Pakistan's capital Islamabad threatened to surround and pelt the Dutch embassy with stones for allowing a far-right member of parliament to hold a cartoon contest depicting Islam's Prophet Mohammad.
An article by Newsweek reporting Russia’s pledge to combat terrorism in Latin America, often said to be one of Putin’s priority in his international relations policy. Putin and Argentine President Mauricio Macri also met in late July of this year.
Nigerian soldiers fired guns into the air, and caused a scene of chaos at the airport in Maibirguri, the capital of Borno state. The reason of the protest was anger regarding the risk in fighting Boko Haram, a group that the government has declared defeated.
“All of the major Darfur armed groups are present in Libya, many of whom have joined the ranks of military strongman Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army which controls the east.”
An interesting read on how Hezbollah has branched out to Latin America on both its fundraising and terrorist attacks. The Hill estimates that 10-20% of Hezbollah’s revenue come from the area between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. It is also a call for action for the United States and the Organization of American States to take immediate action against this terrorist organization, their brutal tactics, and money laundering operations.
Educational rehabilitation programs like the Iraqi Rehabilitation Center are critical to deradicalizing youth and ensuring these young men avoid extremist thought – in sum, to be productive members of society. Said, Kristine Olsen of Rise to Peace in her article.
Last week Jordan suffered its first terror attack of the year, and the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) resurfaced for the first time since May. Read about these events in more in the latest Week in Terrorism.
Prime Mister Abiy’s reform agenda is remarkable and deserves being applause from the international community. However, recent events demonstrate that the ethnic tensions that have wrecked havoc on Ethiopia still exist and must be addressed.
This week Taliban killed roughly 300 people across Afghanistan while they are considering the peace offer and a negotiated settlement to end the 17 years of war.
Since the fall of 2017 an extremist group has been carrying out attacks across northern Mozambique. The region is located on the Indian Ocean along the border with Tanzania and has historically been marginalized economically and politically. The discovery of natural resources has exasperated local grievances and led to the insurgency’s emergence.
KABUL AFGHANISTAN - Taliban bombed a classroom in Kabul city killing 48 children.
In Anglophone Cameroon, a war of succession has been fought by rebels against the government for several months. In this conflict both sides have committed blatant human rights abuses, and shown no desire for peace. Amidst the deaths and violence, women came together and formed the Southwest/ Northwest Women’s Task Force. They are on the front lines fighting for peace, and regularly call out the many abuses committed by both sides in the conflict. This is one of many examples of women around the world taking the lead in fighting for peace.
Terrorism in Asia - “How extremists in Asia are feeding off each others’ unrelated conflicts.”
This is the third time the Taliban has carried out massive attacks to seize provinces in Afghanistan. This time they attacked Ghazni, where they took control and killed over 100 Afghan soldiers.
WASHINGTON- “What happens to survivors of terror attacks in America, after the news cycle moves on?”
ISIS claimed their first attack in the Philippines last week. Read more about this and the forty-seven other attacks #RiseToPeace recorded from July 30th to August 5th.
GHAZNI, Afghanistan — "Taliban insurgents entered the southeastern Afghan city of Ghazni before dawn on Friday, and within hours they claimed to have much of the provincial capital under their control. If confirmed, the rout would be the insurgents’ most important strategic gain in years."
YEMEN - "An airstrike from the Saudi-led coalition struck a school bus in northern Yemen on Thursday and killed dozens of people, many of them children, local medical officials and international aid groups said."
"Again and again over the past two years, a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and backed by the United States has claimed it won decisive victories that drove al-Qaida militants from their strongholds across Yemen and shattered their ability to attack the West."
Malaysia - “Malaysia's new government ordered the immediate closure of a Saudi-backed anti-terrorism centre less than 13 months after it was launched. No reason was given.”
Afghanistan- “At least 51 Taliban insurgents were killed during Afghan forces ground and airstrikes in Kunar province on Saturday, the Ministry of defense said.”
This video reveals the joining of new Taliban fighters from France, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Al-Jazeera, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Kyrgyzstan in Northern Afghanistan. As anticipated, children have been recruited as fighters as early as age 5 to fight against the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Rise to Peace Active Intelligence Database identifies 269 targeted terror attacks worldwide between June 7, 2017, and July 24, 2018.
Comparing Targeted Killings Across Four Groups: Rise to Peace's Liam Timmons examines assassinations by different terrorist cells.
Over 250 #Daesh surrunder to the Afghan government in Jawzjan province, according to Jawzjan governor Lotfullah Azizi.
“They said that if an inclusive government... wants [U.S.] forces to be in the country... the Taliban said they would be OK with that,” Said Christopher Kolenda.
Africa — “The US military is weighing significantly drawing down the number of US Special Operations Forces in Africa despite senior military officials warning that the terrorist threat in Africa is increasing, three defense officials tell CNN.”
Tajikistan - “The attackers ‘were soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls to target the citizens of the coalition countries,’ a statement by the group said.”
Afghanistan — IS commander, Habib Rahman and his 152 militants surrender to the Afghan National Security Forces in Jawzjan province, according officials.
The Rise To Peace team is excited to announce the creation of a new public database! The Undercovered Attacks Database tracks data and research on high-casualty terrorist attacks that do not receive major news coverage in the United States. We hope this resource will help organizations and concerned citizens to become more aware of more obscure global violence, and assist in the search for solutions for the threat of global extremism.