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Photo courtesy of BBC News: “Many people are taking refuge in UN compounds in South Sudan.”
Since South Sudan’s break from Sudan in 2011, marking a major milestone for South Sudan, the South Sudanese have continuously faced challenges. South Sudan broke apart as a very fragile and underdeveloped country, with many forms of corruption, violence, and mainly, tensions over oil revenues with Sudan. These issues have led to many outbreaks of violence between the countries, causing more issues for South Sudan, and many casualties. Just recently, a ceasefire agreement was signed at talks in Ethiopia between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar. A final agreement will be made by March 5th, to allow each party to discuss the power-sharing arrangements. This is putting an end to over a year of war.
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Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, Egypts most violent jihadist group, killed 26 people and wounded 36 others in a series of attacks in Egypt’s police and military positions in the Northern Sinai Peninsula. The attack on the North Sinai security directorate consisted of ten mortars and a car bomb, which killed mostly Egyptian soldiers. The group has recently become increasingly hard to contain after pledging allegiance to ISIS after the former Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was kicked out of office in a 2013 coup by Egyptian field marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis’s justification for these attacks are said to be a retaliation of the harsh crackdown of Morsi supporters by the new Egyptian government. The group has killed hundreds, since el-Sisi took over as president and is likely to continue the violence with its new alliance with ISIS.
Kenji Goto, an experienced Japanese journalist, has been recently murdered by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Beloved son, husband, and father of two, Kenji Goto embarked on a journey to Syria to reveal to the world, “the story of what ISIS wants to do.” Despite warnings from his friend, Alaeedin Al Zaim, Goto believed that his Japanese heritage allowed him to venture into ISIS territory.
The Japanese government stated they “did everything within reason” for Goto’s safe return. However, ISIS demanded that the Jordanian government release convicted terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi. Also murdered by ISIS, Japanese security contractor, Haruna Yukawa, was featured in a video with Goto where they demanded Japan’s payment of $200 million. Recently captured Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kaseasbeh, was not mentioned in the video, and his status is unknown.