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.
Nigeria reincarnated a controversial institution –– a group known as the “war on indiscipline” task force, brought back not just to mete out justice for littering but to be involved in intelligence-gathering in the war on Boko Haram.
Nigeria is saving civilians, including children, from Boko Haram, and then locking them up.
Riek Machar, former vice president of South Sudan and military rival of President Salva Kiir, has fled the country.
The UN warns that a spike in the recruitment of child soldiers in South Sudan could be imminent.
The UN Security Council granted the South Sudan peacekeeping mission an expanded mandate and more troops.
Several humanitarian aid workers were raped last month by South Sudanese soldiers, and the UN did nothing. Now, an independent investigation will review the reports that the UN failed to respond.
36 civilians were killed by suspected rebels in eastern Congo.
AFRICANGLOBE – The government of South Sudan has strongly criticized the U.S.’ proposal at the UN Security Council to send 4,000 soldiers to the country, alleging the move is aimed at instigating a regime change. The government claimed the resolution would give the UN the ability to govern the country. “Previously, the international community intervened in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya with the aim to bring peace and democracy to those states, [however, it only] succeeded in removing the ruling regimes there, but failed to bring peace and security, and no one till now knows when peace will return in those countries,”
AFRICANGLOBE – A month since he fled Juba, little has been heard from traitor Riek Machar, save for a brief interview with Al Jazeera TV. He is believed to be hiding in Yei, south of Juba. Meanwhile, President Salva Kiir has been consolidating his grip on power, reaching out to members of the South Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO). The effort seems to be paying off.