Friday, February 12, 2021

China and India agree to pull troops back from disputed Himalayan border

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India and China have agreed to pull back troops from a bitterly contested lake area high in the western Himalayas, India’s defense minister said on Thursday, in a breakthrough after a monthslong standoff on the disputed border.

Rajnath Singh told parliament the accord over Pangong Tso, a glacial lake at 14,000 feet, had been reached after several rounds of talks between military commanders and diplomats from the nuclear-armed neighbors.

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Philippines: 11 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)-Karialan faction members surrender in Maguindanao

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Eleven members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF)-Karialan faction surrendered to government forces in Datu Piang town, Maguindanao, Saturday, the Western Mindanao Command reported Saturday.

“The 11 BIFF members surrendered to the troops of the 6th Infantry Battalion at Sitio Landing Fish, Barangay Buayan, Datu Piang,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command.

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Saturday, February 6, 2021

Afghanistan: Taliban kill 21 Afghan troops, warn of dangerous escalation if US breaches deal

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Taliban insurgents have killed at least 21 government troops in new attacks in Afghanistan as U.S.-brokered peace talks between the two warring sides remain stalled.

The fighting comes as the United States is reviewing a February 2020 agreement with the Taliban, which required remaining American and allied forces to leave Afghanistan by May of this year.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Burma-Myanmar: Coup d’etat threatens ceasefire, Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) ethnic rebel leader says

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Myanmar’s fragile ceasefire with several armed ethnic insurgent movements is in danger of unraveling after a military coup this week, a senior representative of a coalition of rebel groups told Reuters on Wednesday.

More than two dozen ethnic armed groups are active in Myanmar’s borderlands. Some have signed ceasefire agreements while others continue to wage conflicts that flare sporadically.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Afghanistan: Bombings in Kabul kill 2 people including cleric

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A prominent cleric and his driver were killed in an explosion from a bomb stuck to their car, one of a series of bombings around Kabul on Tuesday that also wounded seven people.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani denounced the cleric’s death as a “terrorist attack on the dignity and bright future of Afghanistan.” No one immediately claimed responsibility for the Kabul attacks, which also wounded five people.

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