The 26th Of December 2014 marks the 23rd anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. This event, which the current Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed was the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 21st century”, also marked the birth of new independent Ukrainian state. In the 22 years since then, the Russian Federation has made concerted efforts to keep Ukraine within its sphere of influence. However, the last year has seen a major defeat for Russia in this respect. While it has annexed Crimea, and installed a puppet regime in parts of eastern Donbass, it has lost the rest of Ukraine, and taken hundreds (if not thousands) of casualties in doing so. This geopolitical realignment of Ukraine cumulated this week with the country’s parliament (Rada) voting to remove its non-aligned status and pursue a course whereby they will eventually join NATO.
An ISIS-linked Islamist group has reportedly overrun significant sections of the city of Marawi, located on the southern island of Mindanao in The Philippines.
The Raqqa operation, named Wrath of Euphrates, is entering its final stages as Syrian Democratic Forces are clearing areas north and east of the city of Raqqa from Islamic State presence.
Jenan Moussa, a journalist with UAE based al-Aan TV, released a video on her Twitter claiming to have sent three people undercover into Idlib province, where they filmed daily life with their cellphones.
The official account for the International Coalition for Operation Inherent Resolve has confirmed that coalition warplanes struck pro-government forces near al-Tanf area near the Syria-Iraq border "posing a threat to US partner forces".
Overnight the US Navy launched a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base in response to the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun earlier this week.
Recent provocations by Russia and its militant proxies in Avdiivka's Industrial Zone fit with a continuing pattern of violence in SE Ukraine.
Islamic State is busy setting up a new affiliate in the Philippines, and government policies are allowing the threat they pose to worsen.
The battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo is in its final stages as government troops and allied militias dislodge the rebels from the final neighbourhoods
Islamic State (ISIS) fighters have this evening recaptured the city of Palmyra in central Syria.
While AMISOM is assisting in the fight against Al-Shabaab, their lack of success has caused local Somalis to question their motives.