Updated: August 24, 2015 12:00:46 am
Iraq: Islamic State militants targeted Iraqi troops in two separate ambushes last week, killing at least 50 in the turbulent Anbar province. Iraq’s defence minister Khalid al-Obeidi on Saturday toured Anbar, according to a statement issued by his office, and fired a top commander for failing to carry out his duty. Meanwhile the US-led coalition said they had made gains against the group, killing the IS’s second-in-command. Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali was a primary coordinator for moving large amounts of weapons, explosives, vehicles, and people between Iraq and Syria.
Macedonia: Thousands of migrants — most of them fleeing the conflict in Syria — were stranded in no man’s land between Greece and Macedonia last week after Macedonian officials sealed the border. Armoured vehicles prevented the men, women and children crammed up against a concertina wire from crossing. When a few migrants rushed for the other side, Macedonian military fired two stun grenades. The desperate scenes come after Macedonia declared a state of emergency Thursday in its southern and northern border regions as it struggles to deal with the flow of migrants.
Afghanistan: An explosion in Kabul’s diplomatic area last week targeted a Nato convoy, killing nine Afghans and three US contractors. Up to 60 were injured in the area around the blast in Macrorayan district. No group claimed responsibility, although the AP says the Taliban usually distances itself from attacks that kill or injure civilians. In the last month since the Taliban announced the death of figurehead Mullah Omar, the group has bombed the entrance to an international airport, a Nato base, stormed a police academy, and attacked an Afghan army base.
Thailand: Thailand has seen two military coups and been riven by street battles between security personnel and civilians for the last 10 years. But an unprecedented blast at a temple in Bangkok’s commercial hub last week shocked authorities. According to the Guardian, the Thailand police believe say there is no international link to the incident, which was “aimed at destroying the country’s economy”. The government has announced a 3 million baht reward for any information on the suspect, who was spotted on CCTV footage.
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