This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.
- Since events in Boston are ongoing and rapidly changing this morning, watch Boston’s WCVB and NBC News livefeeds of reporting on the manhunt for Suspect #2 identified asDzokhar Tsarnaev (the first suspect was pronounced dead very early in the morning).
- Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad appeared in a rare TV interview on Wednesday, saying the West will pay for supporting the opposition.
- Aleppo saw its first truce in the many months of fighting, a silencing of the guns to allow Red Crescent workers to retrieve 31 bodies.
- Rami Khouri writes for The Daily Star about Syria’s six simultaneous conflicts.
- The heads of five UN agencies issued a joint appeal to assist Syrians.
- 200 US troops are headed to Jordan to “be ready for military action.”
- Two rockets from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula hit the town of Eilat in Israel.
- Palestinian PM Fayyad has resigned due to internal struggles.
- Israel will not conduct a criminal investigation into the deaths of twelve Palestinian civilians in Gaza during a shelling in 2012.
- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been transferred from the hospital to Tora prison in advance of a retrial.
- A series of coordinated attacks across Iraq on Monday killed an estimated 30 or more people.
- The UAE says it has arrested a seven-member Al Qaeda cell.
- Protests in Bahrain are ramping up ahead of Sunday’s grand prix race.
- A new report by experts and officials urges the Obama administration to change policy towards Iran.
- A series of attacks across Afghanistan on Wednesday killed two dozen people.
- Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was arrested at his home after fleeing court in an attempt to avoid detention.
- The Pakistani Taliban continue to target ANP election candidates.
- Four bloggers are facing prison time and fines for posting “false and defamatory” information and “hurting religious sentiment.”
- The British Home Office is seeking permission to appeal the US Supreme Court over the ruling that blocked deportation of Abu Qatada.
- China revealed its military structure in a defense white paper.
- Photos from AP photographer David Guttenfelder in North Korea.
- A Guatemalan judge ordered the suspension of the genocide trial of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt.
- A military policeman was sentenced to 16 years for trying to sell secrets to a man he believed to be a Russian agent.
- Two years ago on Saturday marks the death in Libya of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros. An HBO film by Sebastian Junger and Tim Brabazon and a biography of Hetherington are being released around the anniversary.
- The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that Nigerian plaintiffs who believe foreign oil companies to have been complicit in human rights abuses cannot sue in US court.
- A detainee at Guantanamo, through a translator, has an op-ed in The New York Times about the conditions of his detention and hunger strike (which include painful accounts of force-feeding).
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