August 3, 2015
In the news:
Turkey and the United States have agreed to set up a “safe zone” inside Syria along the Turkish border. A senior Obama administration official stated, “The goal is to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey’s border with Syria.” Turkey has a history of being less enthusiastic with its assistance on this issue, but the Islamic State has been inching closer to its borders and posing more of a threat, so a line must be drawn. They have created an official plan for a “safe zone” in northern Syria free of ISIS militants. This space would allow for the Syrian ground militants to properly train and launch attacks against jihadists. A problem still remains regarding the Syrian militia because, as of now, only 60 people have been trained by the U.S. military. The U.S. and Turkish air forces along with the Syrian military intend to take a huge step forward in putting pressure on the Islamic State’s occupation in Syria.
The Taliban have recently acquired territory in three provinces in northern Afghanistan. Over 100 police officers have had to surrender to their armed forces and over 1,000 people have been forced to retreat from their posts. Officials claim that there is nothing to worry about right now, as Afghanistan is doing everything it can to counter these moves. Taliban forces are also threatening the safety of Kunduz, which is the second most important northern Afghan city. They’re closing in on the outskirts of the city and seizing several surrounding villages, and taking Kunduz would be considered a huge victory for their offensive. Also, Afghan officials announced on Wednesday that, Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s fearless leader died two years ago.
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HELP for Educating Young Humanitarians. Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world are using the Humanitarian Education Learning Portal (HELP), a learning and activity database created by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to allow Red Cross youth and educators to learn through interactive projects created by other national societies.
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