– – The United Nations has said that it has retaken the town of Bambari in the Central African Republic (CAR) from rebels. The rebels had seized the town on Tuesday with the government alleging an attempted coup. The government accused the former president, François Bozizé, of joining up with armed groups in an attempt to stage a coup – something he has denied. Three of the powerful armed groups that control most of the country’s territory began advancing towards the capital along critical main roads on Tuesday ahead of…Read More
– – Rebel forces advancing on the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui have been pushed back and the situation is “under control”, a spokesman for UN peacekeeping forces said Sunday, as tensions mount a week before key elections. The government had alleged an attempted coup when three of the powerful armed groups that control most of the country’s territory began advancing towards the capital along critical main roads, ahead of presidential and legislative elections scheduled for December 27. Earlier Sunday, the Coalition of the Democratic Opposition (COD-2020) called for the…Read More
AMSTERDAM/NEW YORK, April 28, 2014 – Sixteen civilians, including three national staff members of the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), were killed during an armed robbery on MSF hospital grounds in the northern town of Boguila in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Saturday, April 26. The incident occurred when armed ex-Seleka members surrounded Boguila’s hospital grounds, where a meeting was taking place with forty community leaders invited by MSF to discuss medical access and care. MSF strongly condemns the unprovoked killing of unarmed civilians…Read More
U.S. admits that military advisers are functioning in Somalia
Fierce battles have taken place in two states in South Sudan. Unity state, an oil-producing area, was retaken by the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A).
Other gains in Jonglei state by Juba around the capital of Bor have occurred with the assistance of the Ugandan military during the first full week of January. (Associated Press, January 8)
The intervention of Uganda, a close political and military ally of the United States, demonstrates the side in the conflict in which Washington has taken. There has been increased military and political pressure on the forces loyal to ousted Vice-President Riek Machar to drop demands for the release of political prisoners and to declare a ceasefire along with the government of President Salva Kiir.Read More