Showing posts tagged as "ICRC"

Showing posts tagged ICRC

13 Oct
International groups bleak about Afghanistan | Deutsche Welle
Two separate international organizations have painted a bleak picture of Afghanistan less than two years before international combat troops are scheduled to complete their withdrawal from the war-torn country.
The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan said on Monday that the situation for ordinary civilians in the country had worsened since he first arrived seven years ago.
"Since I arrived here in 2005, local armed groups have proliferated, civilians have been caught between not just one but multiple front lines, and it has become increasingly difficult for ordinary Afghans, particularly out in the rural areas, to obtain health care when injured or sick," Reto Stocker told reporters in Kabul.
FULL ARTICLE (Deutsche Welle)
Photo: Mikael Clason Hook/Flickr

International groups bleak about Afghanistan | Deutsche Welle

Two separate international organizations have painted a bleak picture of Afghanistan less than two years before international combat troops are scheduled to complete their withdrawal from the war-torn country.

The outgoing head of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Afghanistan said on Monday that the situation for ordinary civilians in the country had worsened since he first arrived seven years ago.

"Since I arrived here in 2005, local armed groups have proliferated, civilians have been caught between not just one but multiple front lines, and it has become increasingly difficult for ordinary Afghans, particularly out in the rural areas, to obtain health care when injured or sick," Reto Stocker told reporters in Kabul.

FULL ARTICLE (Deutsche Welle)

Photo: Mikael Clason Hook/Flickr

8 Jun
Islamists, regime diehards mar Libya’s transition | Al Arabiya
By AFP
A wave of attacks in Libya in recent weeks has fuelled fears that radical Islamists are gaining influence, analysts say, as authorities worry that ex-regime diehards are seeking to derail June elections. 
The brief seizure of Tripoli International Airport this week and an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi highlight some of the security challenges facing the country ahead of the June 19 election of a constituent assembly.
The vote will be Libya’s first in almost half a century as Libya’s transitional rulers seek to steer it towards democracy after more than four decades of dictatorship under Muammar Qaddafi, toppled and slain last year.
Security sources say an Islamist group claimed Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. mission, which follows similar strikes in Benghazi on the International Committee of the Red Cross and on a United Nations convoy.
“The multiplication of incidents the past two months leads one to think that these are not just isolated acts but a rise of al-Qaeda, which takes advantage of the central authority’s weakness,” Karim Bitar, senior fellow at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques in Paris told AFP.
“This phenomenon is worrying not just for Libya but for the whole Arab world because the leaders of al-Qaeda in Libya believe in international jihad and do not hesitate to export combatants to Syria and beyond,” he said.
The spokesman of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), Mohammed al-Harizi, says there is no evidence of al-Qaeda “going active” in Libya but acknowledges that there may be individual sympathizers.
Some have suggested that the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, birthplace of the revolution that ousted Qaddafi, was to avenge the killing of al-Qaeda’s number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi, by a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan.
FULL ARTICLE (Al Arabiya)
Photo: Reuters

Islamists, regime diehards mar Libya’s transition | Al Arabiya

By AFP

A wave of attacks in Libya in recent weeks has fuelled fears that radical Islamists are gaining influence, analysts say, as authorities worry that ex-regime diehards are seeking to derail June elections. 

The brief seizure of Tripoli International Airport this week and an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi highlight some of the security challenges facing the country ahead of the June 19 election of a constituent assembly.

The vote will be Libya’s first in almost half a century as Libya’s transitional rulers seek to steer it towards democracy after more than four decades of dictatorship under Muammar Qaddafi, toppled and slain last year.

Security sources say an Islamist group claimed Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. mission, which follows similar strikes in Benghazi on the International Committee of the Red Cross and on a United Nations convoy.

“The multiplication of incidents the past two months leads one to think that these are not just isolated acts but a rise of al-Qaeda, which takes advantage of the central authority’s weakness,” Karim Bitar, senior fellow at the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques in Paris told AFP.

“This phenomenon is worrying not just for Libya but for the whole Arab world because the leaders of al-Qaeda in Libya believe in international jihad and do not hesitate to export combatants to Syria and beyond,” he said.

The spokesman of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), Mohammed al-Harizi, says there is no evidence of al-Qaeda “going active” in Libya but acknowledges that there may be individual sympathizers.

Some have suggested that the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, birthplace of the revolution that ousted Qaddafi, was to avenge the killing of al-Qaeda’s number two, Abu Yahya al-Libi, by a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan.

FULL ARTICLE (Al Arabiya)

Photo: Reuters