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He insisted that Benue does not need any militia to tackle the incessant attacks on innocent indigenes, "because the Lord God Almighty will help them to defeat their enemies". He recalled that if he had wanted to keep a militia group, he would not have disarmed those that were in possession of illegal arms ...
''militias, smugglers, and guards in detention centers subjected thousands of migrants and asylum seekers who continued to flock to Libya, most hoping to reach Europe by sea, to beatings, sexual violence, and forced labor. During interceptions at sea, Libyan Coast Guard forces ill-treated migrants before ...

In December 2017, the Iraqi government announced with great fanfare the "official end of the war against the Islamic State group". The announcement marked the end of three years of fierce fighting. Among those battling the jihadists on the frontline were thousands of Shiite fighters. They agreed to speak to ...
Beirut, Lebanon (7:20 A.M.) - The Syrian Arab Army's ongoing offensive against armed rebel groups across the southern countryside of Aleppo province is being led by a veteran formation with years of successful service. The main Syrian army formation currently leading pro-government forces in south ...
Tripoli, the capital, remains tense after fighting on Monday between rival militias around the Mitiga airport in the city centre left 20 dead, 63 wounded, and much of the country's small commercial airline fleet wrecked. The fighting came on the heels of militia battles earlier this month for control of Ras Adjir, ...
In 2017, a brutal conflict in Congo's south-western Kasai region drew international attention and condemnation because of atrocities by pro-government militias. Less attention was paid to escalating violence by armed groups in eastern provinces bordering Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Zambia.

The Iranian-backed militias attacked Khurmatu, and other disputed areas including Kirkuk, with the help of the Iraqi Army in response to the Region's Sep. 25 independence referendum. Official sources and humanitarian organizations, including Amnesty International, reported human rights abuses targeted against the ...
Moshood noted that investigation is ongoing to reveal sources of the militia groups, adding that it was unlawful for any person to be in possession of arms without the consent of the Federal government. On Ortom's claims, Moshood said: "Yes, I'm disputing that because we have evidence that they were ...
Ten people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday in a double suicide-bomb attack in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, a civilian militia leader and a resident told AFP. The blasts happened in the Muna Garage area of the Borno State capital, in a market used mainly by internally displaced ...
On 15 January, a militia led by Bashir al-Bugra, called the 33rd Infantry Brigade, that has its support base in Souk al-Juma and Tajoura (east of Tripoli), attacked Mitiga International Airport with about 50 'technicals' (pick-up trucks fitted with machine guns). The militia was reportedly attempting to free some ...
Mr Al Abadi reached an agreement with Al Fatih coalition, a group of powerful Shiite militias led by Hadi Al Ameri, to jointly participate in the elections as Nasr Al ... In November, Mr Al Abadi banned militia leaders from running in the elections, saying there should be a "clear separation between political and ...
President Hassan Rouhani's Minister of education, Mohammad Bat'hai, has ruled out the idea of Baseej militia forces intervening in schools. Bat'hai twitted his protest to comments recently made by the chief-commander of Baseej, a paramilitary force affiliated with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ...
The Border Security Force, whose inaugural class is currently being trained, will be deployed at the borders of the area controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- an alliance of militias in northern and eastern Syria dominated by the YPG. About half of the force will be SDF veterans, and recruiting ...
Beirut, Lebanon (10:05 A.M.) - As Islamist militias continue their counter-offensive against Syrian pro-government forces across southeast Idlib, an elite army unit - having been pulled out of the reserve and sent to drive back jihadist fighters from a key town in the region - is making its presence felt.
According to Far Left Watch -- which has been tracking the rise of far-left militia activity since the election of President Trump -- "these groups have conducted numerous armed demonstrations, declared solidarity with foreign communist militia groups, and have even offered a downloadable 'Guerrilla ...
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military said a U.S. and Afghan team was lured to a meeting by insurgents posing as friendly militia members in eastern Afghanistan, triggering a shootout and a coalition airstrike on the compound. U.S. Navy Capt. Tom Gresback said the insurgents baited the team, inviting an ...
Kano - Boko Haram fighters have killed at least 20 loggers, militia members and residents told AFP on Friday, in the latest attack against civilians in northeast Nigeria. The attack happened on Monday when gunmen on motorbikes opened fire on a group of loggers collecting firewood at Kaje village, near ...

"Our group is in custody of credible information that some governors are arming militia groups," he said. "The federal government must show leadership since the blame will grow to become its own if it allows ethnic militias to fester unchecked. "Aside the international odium it will pour on the country, the ...
"The militia movement says we need to form militias like our ancestors to make sure things like this don't happen again and we can fight back against the government when it crosses the line either in terms of persecuting citizens or bringing about the New World Order," he said. "And so as a result over the ...
JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- The American military bombed members of an Afghan government militia who were on the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 13 fighters after at least one opened fire on American Special Forces soldiers deployed there, ...
Dharuai Mabor, who represents Western Lakes state in the country's national assembly, the youth militias will disarm in designated areas. He said the move will ensure the youth and army do not clash in future. "When the army starts to actually announce the disarmament, they will be found in a canton ...
Sanaa - Houthi militias have stormed currency exchange offices in Sanaa on Tuesday and looted large sums of money, sources have confirmed. According to eyewitnesses, Houthi gunmen who arrived in five armored vehicles stormed al-Kuraimi exchange office in central Sanaa a while before operating ...
Reacting to the report, Terver Akase, media aide to the state governor, Samuel Ortom, said the government has never recruited armed militias since inception. "We read a news report insinuating that some youth arrested by the military at Arufu, a town between Benue and Taraba States are armed militia ...
Some youths from Okpella community, in Etsako East Local government Area, where the disputed Obu mine site is located, have cried out over attacks by a militia called the BUA surveillance Group supposedly armed by BUA International Limited to move against its real and perceived opponents in the ...
The Benue State government has denied arming militia groups to defend the people against the marauding Fulani herdsmen in the state. There were reports that troops of 93 Battalion of the Nigerian army stationed in Takum, Taraba State, have arrested nine well-armed militia from Benue, claiming to be ...
Some youths from Okpella community, in Etsako East Local government Area, where the disputed Obu mine site is located, have cried out over attacks by a militia called the BUA surveillance Group supposedly armed by BUA International Limited to move against its real and perceived opponents in the ...
During his meeting with the Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen Moin Shreim, he said that the ships will not be allowed to pass, referring to the intentions of the militia to strike international shipping in the Red Sea and Mandeb strait. He also attacked the role of UN ...
Yola -- The Adamawa United Forum (AUF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the rampaging herdsmen as a terrorist gang or risk the wrath of other militia groups in the country. The spokesman of the group, Musa Jekeko, told newsmen yesterday in Yola that the recent killings in Numan ...
Iraqi prime minister Haider Al Abadi has rebuffed pressure from regional and western allies to dismantle the predominantly militias that helped him defeat ISIL. The militias known collectively as the Hashed Al Shaabi, Popular Mobilisation Units (PMUs) or Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), were formed in ...
Since then, a new wave of displacement and humanitarian crisis hit the region as thousands of people, mostly Kurds, left Kirkuk and Khurmatu fearing targeted abuse and threatening behavior from Shia militias. Daoudi said the Kurdish delegation met with the leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, Qais al-Khazali, in Najaf ...
Damascus, Syria (06:30 PM) - The Palestinian militia known as Al-Quds Brigade is reportedly heading to the frontlines in South Idlib in order to support the rapidly advancing Syrian offensive against terrorist forces in the area. The al-Quds Brigade, also known as Liwa al-Quds, is a predominantly Sunni ...
A list has revealed the 12 militias supported by Iran, according to Arab observers and gulf states who have accused Tehran of supporting armed groups around the world to interfere militarily in the region. Several of these militia groups have also publicly acknowledged Iran's support. Lebanon's Hezbollah ...
During the meeting, the ambassadors renewed their condemnation of Iran for backing the militias, for its interference in Yemen which is fueling the crisis, and for providing the Houthis with weapons, ammunition and ballistic missiles in flagrant violation of the UN Security Council resolutions 2216 and 2231, ...
Heavily armed militia and poachers are a threat to wildlife populations in the Garamba-Bili-Chinko (GBC) region in Central Africa. The militias are decimating wildlife in the 75,593 square kilometre region straddling northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo and southeastern Central African Republic.
... 3rd of January, three armed militia from the Polisario Front «have blocked for more than an hour and a half, people who were intending to rally from the buffer zone to Mauritania», says a source close to the matter. «The MINURSO forces intervened in order to stop the separatist movement's militias.
Meanwhile, another Iranian-backed militia, the Hezbollah Brigades, this week celebrated what they called the anniversary of "the US' defeat" in Iraq. ... The Hezbollah Brigades and Asaib Ahl al-Haq--among the leading factions in the Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias--were involved in dozens of attacks on US ...
Soon, other militias and tribes joined the fray, making common cause against Dabbashi's forces, called the Anas Al-Dabbashi Brigade. Some migrants were killed in the crossfire, their bodies strewn in the streets. Thousands more fled to neighboring areas. When the migrants re-emerged, an unlikely ...
Several areas in Yemen, including the al-Baydaa province, continue to witness persistent conflict where resistance fighters have targeted Houthi-militia sites. In Hamdan governorate, north of the capital Sanaa, clashes continue between tribesmen loyal to the late President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Houthi ...
Ferocious street battles among rival armed groups erupted this fall, ultimately driving out the young warlord Ahmed Dabbashi, whose militia ran the trade in migrants. The victors then expelled the migrants. A rare visit by a reporter to Sabratha in December revealed how the massive trafficking of Africans, ...
... to join a Shiite militia to fight in what he saw as a war between humanity and evil. Al-Salhi is a powerful symbol in the religious, near messianic mystique that has grown up around Iraq's Shiite militias in tandem with their increasing political and military might after they helped defeat the Islamic State group.
After victory in the Revolution, the debate continued on the role of a militia compared with the value and dangers of a standing army. George Washington argued strongly that the new nation had to invest in a standing military force for its defense. Yet, the concept and the reality of militias continued as well.
"We are literally being run by a terrorist organization at the highest level, being the Oval Office," Stein told people in the militia he joined during the president's second term. "He is their leader. Their organization is called the Muslim Brotherhood, and of course it filters down through every other department ...
President Ashraf Ghani looks set to mobilize a new 20,000-strong militia to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. The story of militias loyal to his former running mate and current vice-president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, should give him pause. Many of Dostum's former commanders, who were armed to fight the ...
The Iraqi government credits all members of the coalition with defeating ISIS. But, today, it's the Iranian-backed militias that patrol many key towns in Northern Iraq, seemingly securing what Iran's critics fear most: the so-called Shia Crescent, an Iranian sphere of influence stretching to the Mediterranean.
Several militia commanders plan to run against Abadi in parliamentary elections in May and some have warned they will resist attempts to dismantle them. Abadi's plan envisages taking back the militias' heavy weapons and cutting their strength by half, according to military and intelligence sources.
The fierce urban clashes broke out after one of Dabbashi's cousins was killed in September in a skirmish with a competing armed group. Soon, other militias and tribes joined the fray, making common cause against Dabbashi's forces, called the Anas Al-Dabbashi Brigade. Some migrants were killed in the ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Iranian-backed Shia Hashd al-Shaabi militias continue to launch indiscriminate rocket attacks in Kurdish villages in Tuz Khurmatu, south of Kirkuk, according to Kurdish activists. A facebook page run by local Kurdish activists on Wednesday asserted that the Hashd al-Shaabi, also ...
Russia has promised leaders of the autonomous region controlled by Kurds in northern Syria that they can send representatives to a peace forum it is hosting next month, the commander of the main Syrian Kurdish militia has said. Moscow has said 155 representatives of the autonomous region will ...
Newsweek never struck us as being bullish on guns, but the magazine is really anxious for its readers to meet Redneck Revolt, "a group of far-left activists" who have sparked "a working class movement that promotes social justice and protects minorities." ...
Sanaa - The Yemeni army announced on Wednesday that dozens of Houthi militia fighters have been killed and injured as a result of the intensive coalition air raids of the Arab alliance on their positions in the province of al-Jawf north of the country. The official website of the Yemeni army quoted a field ...


 

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