Kabul Braces for Attacks During Shiite Holiday as Rising Violence Convulses Afghanistan by Pamela Constable and Sharif Hassan – Washington Post
KABUL - The exercise mats of the Maiwand wrestling club in Afghanistan’s capital are still stacked up in the yard and its walls spattered with blood after a double suicide bombing killed 30 people here two weeks ago. Outside, workmen are placing heavy concrete barriers in anticipation of another such attack.
Nearby, inside a tent covered with posters of revered Shiite figures, six volunteer guards plan their night patrol in Dasht-i-Barchi, the heart of Kabul’s Shiite community — one that is increasingly under siege.
Now it is the Islamic month of Muharram, a sacred time for the Shiites that peaks Thursday with Ashura, marking the death of revered Shiite martyr Hussein in 680 A.D. It is also a date favored by the extremist Islamic State group to unleash terrorist attacks against a community it sees as heretical…
U.N. Calls for Genocide Charges Against Leaders of Myanmar’s Military by Jon Emont – Wall Street Journal
The United Nations said leaders of Myanmar’s military should be prosecuted for genocide of the Rohingya minority in a landmark report Tuesday that criticized the world body’s own agencies for not doing enough to confront the government over human rights.
The 444-page report provides the most detailed and haunting look yet at the massacres and other actions taken against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, which left 10,000 people dead and drove some 700,000 into neighboring Bangladesh.
Satellite imagery, interviews with victims and graphic photographs of wounds inflicted on survivors painted a picture of large-scale organization and brutality, the report said. In one example, the report described a coordinated navy and army operation to fire on the seaside village of Koe Tan Kauk from land and sea. As residents fled, soldiers stormed in, slaughtered people with knives and burned the community to the ground…