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- The US increases focus on training and advising African troops.
- Ethiopian and Somali forces took the town of Rabhdure, handing al-Shabab its first defeat since September.
- The state of emergency was lifted in Tunisia after three years.
- Niger extradited Muammar Gaddhafi’s son Saadi to Libya.
- Twenty journalists, mostly from Al Jazeera, continue their trial in Egypt for helping the Muslim Brotherhood and attacking Egypt’s overseas reputation.
- Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas has returned home after spending six months in captivity in Syria.
- The passage between east and west (opposition-controlled and government-controlled) Aleppo has become the Corridor of Death, an alley where government snipers target children and pregnant women for sport.
- The weirdest story in this round-up: a video has surfaced showing two Los Angeles gang members claiming to be fighting on Syria’s frontlines alongside Assad’s forces. The authenticity of the video is definitely not verified.
- Israel seized an Iranian shipment of weapons to Gaza.
- The US is restricting the movement of Syria’s UN envoy to a 25-mile radius from New York City, similar to rules applied to Iranian and North Korean envoys.
- Sergei Ponamarev, a freelance photojournalist on assignment in the Ukraine for the New York Times, talks about what he’s seeing in Crimea.
- Moldova worries that Russian intervention won’t be limited to Crimea.
- Crimea’s pro-Russian parliament has approved a referendum to vote on whether to secede from Ukraine and become part of the Russian Federation.
- Situation maps from the Washington Post on the Russian incursion into Crimea.
- How the situation in the Ukraine might complicate Afghanistan.
- Bombings in markets in central Iraq and clashes in Fallujah killed 42 on Thursday.
- Student human rights activist Maryam Shafipour has been sentenced to seven years in prison in Iran for “spreading propaganda” and “colluding” against the ruling system.
- 13,729 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in the past 13 years, far more than previously estimated. At least 2,176 American troops have died in Afghanistan.
- The Afghan National Army and security forces face a difficult IED problem as US forces leave.
- A NATO airstrike Thursday killed five ANA soldiers.
- The New York Times hosted a Room for Debate discussion on countering terrorism after the withdrawal.
- The Taliban organized a prison break from Sarposa prison using a forged letter.
- The Washington Post interviews Karzai.
- Gunmen and suicide bombers attack in the heart of Islamabad, killing 11.
- Taliban peace talks resume.
- The Afghan Public Protection Force, which guards US convoys and international aid programs, has been disbanded.
- India is the world’s biggest arms importer, but wants to increase its own production of weapons.
- Two are dead in clashes in Venezuela after motorcyclists attempted to remove a protester barricade.
- The Senate rejected a proposal to take power away from military commanders in the handling of whether or not sexual assault cases are prosecuted.
- The Army’s top sexual assault prosecutor has been suspended after a lawyer working for him accused him of… yes, sexual assault at a sexual assault conference.
Photo: Kandahar, Afghanistan. On patrol to search caves for weapons caches. Scott Olson/Getty.