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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Syria: 700 people killed in two days of conflict between army and rebel forces loyal to Islamic State (IS)


In what would mark the bloodiest two days of fighting in the Syrian civil war, more than 700 people were reported killed in fighting between government and rebel forces loyal to the radical Islamic State (IS) — more than have been killed during the 15-day-old Gaza conflict that has dominated media attention in recent days.

The two-day death toll occurred last Thursday and Friday, with brutal fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the IS that centered around a gas field, according to reports released this week from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based anti-Syrian government group that keeps tabs on the war’s dead.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Burma-Myanmar: Resume fighting between Burma Army and Shan State Army-North affects six villages


Resumed fighting from July 20 till July 21, 2014 between Burma Army Battalion 248 and Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) Brigade 72 in Kehsi township, southern Shan State, has displaced people from six villages.

According to Sai Harn, a Shan youth who assisted the displaced villagers, the six villages include Parng Jay, Wan Kyawng, Par Teap, Wan Kwarn, Parng Mong and Parng Mike Kay, in Kehsi township. Sai Harn could not confirm the number of newly displaced villagers.

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Turkey: 3 soldiers and 6 Democratic Union Party (PYD) militants killed in a clash on Syria border


Three Turkish soldiers and six militants of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were killed during a clash on the Turkish-Syrian border, the Turkish army has said.

In a written statement released on Tuesday, the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) stated that Turkish soldiers conducting patrol duty near the town of Ceylanpınar, in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, realized a group of 10 or 15 people was attempting to illegally cross over to the Turkish side from Syria late on Monday. After ignoring the warnings from troops to stop, the armed group opened fire on the soldiers and the troops on the border retaliated, the TSK said.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

South Sudan: South Sudanese opposition forces claim capture of Nasir town


Forces loyal to South Sudan former vice-president, Riek Machar claimed they were fully in control of Nasir, a strategic Upper Nile state town.

A military spokesperson for the rebels said forces under the command of Maj. Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth liberated Nasir town from pro-government forces at dawn.

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