Daesh offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on US

Niger soldiers provide security for an anti-Boko Haram summit in Diffa city, Niger. (Reuters)
Updated 13 January 2018
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Daesh offshoot claims 2017 Niger attack on US

DAKAR: A Daesh Sahara offshoot is claiming it carried out the October attack in Niger that killed four US soldiers and four Nigerien troops.
The Mauritanian Nouakchott News Agency reported Friday that the Daesh affiliate Abu Al-Walid Al-Sahrawi claimed responsibility for the Oct. 4 attack about 120 miles (200 kilometers) north of Niger’s capital, Niamey.
The news agency has carried messages from the affiliate before, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist websites.
The news agency says the extremists also claimed responsibility for an attack Thursday on a French military convoy, and for a series of attacks in Niger and border areas with Mali and Burkina Faso.


Britain condemns Israel bias at UN rights council

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Britain condemns Israel bias at UN rights council

  • British foreign secretary Boris Johnson criticized the council’s controversial Agenda Item 7, a permanent fixture on the schedule exclusively devoted to discussing rights abuses in the Palestinian Territories.
  • Johnson noted however that the council had an important role to play in “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under the right agenda item.”

GENEVA: Britain on Monday urged the UN Human Rights Council to reform its treatment of Israel, joining the United States in demanding an end to the body’s alleged bias against the Jewish State.
Addressing the opening of the 38th council session, British foreign secretary Boris Johnson criticized the council’s controversial Agenda Item 7, a permanent fixture on the schedule exclusively devoted to discussing rights abuses in the Palestinian Territories.
“We share the view that the dedicated Agenda Item 7 focused solely on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace, and unless things change we shall vote next year against all resolutions introduced under Item 7,” Johnson said.
Israel is the only country with a dedicated council item.
Washington, some European countries and Australia have sided with Israel in condemning Item 7 as prejudiced, noting that countries with arguably worse rights records in recent years, like Syria are spared such intense scrutiny.
While previous US administrations have criticized Item 7, President Donald Trump’s government has raised the prospect of withdrawing from the council unless it is scrapped.
Johnson noted however that the council had an important role to play in “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under the right agenda item.”
Each council session includes an agenda item on so-called country specific situations, known as Agenda Item 4, where debates on the crises in Syria, Burundi and others typically take place.