UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN chief fires South Sudan peacekeeping commander

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the commander of the peacekeeping force in South Sudan following a damning report showing failure to protect civilians during recent violence in Juba. The report from a UN special investigation found that a lack of leadership in the UN mission culminated in a “chaotic and ineffective response” during […]

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

Top commander of former Nusra Front rebel group ‘killed’ in Syria

The top military commander of the militant group Jabhat Fateh al Sham, the former al Qaeda offshoot in Syria, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted a meeting of the group’s leaders, both the group and rebel sources said on Thursday. The commander Abu Hajer al Homsi, whose alias is Abu Omar Saraqeb, was […]

Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

Top Islamic State group commander ‘killed’ in Iraq

A top Islamic State group commander, Omar al-Shishani, has been killed in Iraq, the jihadist-linked Amaq agency said on Wednesday. Amaq did not specify when Shishani was killed, but the loss of the commander is a significant blow to the jihadist group, which has suffered a string of setbacks in Iraq this year. The Pentagon […]