AP - Rebel groups in eastern Congo are illegally imposing taxes on trucks and pedestrians and receiving local, regional and international support in violation of U.N. sanctions, U.N. experts said Thursday.
A UN expert pushed Monday for the prosecution of leaders of rebel groups for the mass rape of civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, saying urgent action was needed "before the trail goes cold."Margot Wallstrom, UN special representative on the prevention of sexual violence in conflict, singled out the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) and the Mai-Mai militia."The FDLR has time and again been responsible for grave human rights violations in the DRC. Accountability must begin with the commanders of these and other groups," she said.
An extremist group is ruffling feathers, including those of its Islamist peers. THE civil war in Syria, a nightmare for most Syrians, is a dream come true for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the latter name being variously translated as "Greater Syria" or "the Levant".
By Mariam KarounyBEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel commander who fought alongside al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and was close to its current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was killed by a suicide attack on Sunday, intensifying in-fighting between rival Islamist fighters.The Observatory for Human Rights in Syria said Abu Khaled al-Soury, also known as Abu Omair al-Shamy, a commander of the Salafi group Ahrar al-Sham was killed along with six comrades by al Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It said al-Soury had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan
The gruesome murder of a commander of a jihadist militia by a radical Islamist group has sparked fierce fighting between rebels across northern Syria.
Hussein Suleiman, a commander in Ahrar Al-Sham, one of the country’s biggest rebel groups, had gone to negotiate with leaders of the ultra-conservative Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) about a local dispute in Maskanah, near Aleppo.
His dead body was later returned to comrades with an ear missing and visible signs of torture.
BANGUI, Central African Republic — Rebels overthrew Central African Republic’s president of a decade on Sunday, seizing the presidential palace and declaring that the desperately poor country has “opened a new page in its history.” The country’s president fled the capital, while extra French troops moved to secure the airport, officials said.
Amid one of the the world’s most troubled regions, Simon Village maintains that it is business as usual for his company.
All the same, he will admit to being a little alarmed by recent events near his operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
“If you remember, the M23 were just sitting in the bushes north of Goma. And then, all of a sudden, they were in Goma. It caught people by surprise,” the chief executive of gold miner Banro Corp. said in a phone interview from the DRC.