Here is a brief overview of significant activities and events over the previous 7 days, between 18-25 DEC 2016.

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Afghanistan’s VP Abdurrashid Dostum faces allegations of extraordinary cruelty during his tenure as a warlord in northern Afghanistan. Dostum has been brought to the public eye for ordered a 63-year-old man beaten and raped. President Ghani risks losing the support of the Uzbeks if Dostum is prosecuted, but risks losing legitimacy if the allegations are ignored.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afghanistans-vice-president-is-known-for-his-brutality-but-now-he-may-have-gone-too-far/2016/12/23/b5bcae7c-c6b3-11e6-acda-59924caa2450_story.html?utm_term=.81d073baf5a8

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Home of an Afghani Parliament member attacked by Taliban gunman; 5 killed, many wounded. The attack occurred in the west of the country, where the Taliban and ISIL has made significant gains since 2012.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKBN14A1W1

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Female suicide bomber connected to Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB) detonates herself during police raid.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38426951

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Fighting continues in the outskirts of Aleppo as Assad’s forces seek to destroy remaining rebel strongholds. Civilian casualties continue to mount.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/offensive-targets-rebels-aleppo-outskirts-161224140539925.html

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ISIL launches series of suicide bomber attacks in Baghdad; 11 dead.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/baghdad-hit-deadly-bombings-11-dead-161225132926679.html

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Gambian President of 22 years Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down after losing the election; Senegal’s military is “on standby” to intervene.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38414790

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Christmas Day terror plot thwarted in Melbourne, Australia.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-38411935

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UN Security Council condemns Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem, Obama administration fails to veto resolution; Netanyahu refuses to back down.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/world/middleeast/israel-settlements-un-security-council-benjamin-netanyahu-obama.html?_r=0

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