Daily Archives: July 6, 2017

China | DPRK missile launch provokes new military tensions at Korean peninsula

The Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement Tuesday that the DPRK fired off a ballistic missile into its eastern waters from an area near Banghyeon, North Pyongan Province in the DPRK’s northwest at around 9:40 a.m. local time (0040 GMT).

Top YPG commander accuses Syria, Russia and Turkey of conspiring over Afrin issue

The general commander of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Sipan Hemo, has accused the governments of Damascus, Moscow and Turkey of conspiring against the YPG over the Afrin issue.

The accusation comes amid escalating tensions between the Syrian-based YPG militia and Ankara over whose sphere of control the region of Afrin in northern Syria should fall into. To this end, Turkey has heavily shelled YPG position in the region of Afrin and threatened a ground invasion via its proxies.

South Sudan: Spiralling Strife

South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, gained independence on 9 July 2011 following decades of war, lengthy negotiations and a referendum to secede from Sudan. But the jubilation over this new-found freedom was fleeting, and internal strife has marred much of its short life as an independent state. An armed conflict that erupted in December 2013 still rages on today, and has proved devastating for millions of civilians.