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The resignation of Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib troubles the movement. although they’ve told him he cannot resign.
Colonel Riad Al-Asaad, founder of the Free Syrian Army, lost his leg in a car bomb in an assassination attempt. He is recovering at a hospital in Turkey.
The Syrian opposition government will represent the country at the upcoming Arab League summit in Doha. 
The Syrian opposition has opened its first embassy, in Qatar. 
A former US soldier who served from 2000-03 was arrested upon his return to the US from Syria, where he allegedly took up arms with the Al-Nusra brigade, considered a terror group by the US.
Israel destroyed a machine gun nest inside Syria after troops in the Golan Heights were shot at twice.
Human Rights Watch reports on the mass sexual violence and other abuse faced by internally-displaced Somalis.
Interethnic violence in Nigeria killed at least 27 on Wednesday.
The UN approved a new combat force, called an intervention brigade, in the Congo.
Former Congolese rebel commander Bosco Ntaganda, known as “The Terminator,” appeared before the ICC for the first time on charges of rape, murder, sexual slavery and using child soldiers. 
A coup in the Central African Republic and a dissolution of its constitution puts power in the hands of rebel leader Michel Djotodia.
An appeals court in Bahrain overturned the convictions of 21 medics  for treating protesters two years ago.
The US ceded control of Bagram prison to Afghanistan.
Russia is currently in negotiations with NATO to set up military bases in Afghanistan after the US departs. 
AP’s Kathy Gannon interviews Afghans who have fled their homes in an attempt to escape the American drones. 
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan have threatened the life of former President Pervez Musharraf.
Pakistan estimates the human losses for its country in the war on terror at 49,000. 
Authorities raided the offices of the Russian headquarters of Amnesty International. This is the latest in a set of moves by the Kremlin to harass and pressure NGOs.
British police continue to search for clues in the death of Russian tycoon-in-exile Boris Berezovsky.
Thailand has begun peace talks with southern rebel group Barisan Revolusi Nasional. 
The US and South Korea have signed a pact outlining their communication policies and responses to potential North Korean aggression.
North Korea has ordered artillery and rockets into ‘combat posture,’ threatening to target US bases in Hawai’i, Guam and the mainland.
North Korea is cutting off communication with South Korea. 
Iran, Syria and North Korea blocked the arms trade treaty in the UN. Britain and others have requested that the Secretary General put the draft resolution to a vote in the GA to bypass the blockade.
Newly-released court documents show that Somali Shabab commander Ahmed Abdelkadir Warsame, captured in 2011, has pleaded guilty in a closed court proceeding in Manhattan and has been cooperating by disclosing intelligence on Shabab and Al-Qaeda.
The US has sentenced Chinese national and former L-3 Communications employee Liu Sixing of exporting military information to China. 
"Out of Sight, Out of Mind," a visually stunning and well-designed interactive about every drone strike in Pakistan and their victims. 
Photographs taken by Charles Haughey, who served in Vietnam and took photographs for the Army and the press, have been rediscovered and put on display. 
According to a Harvard study, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will ultimately cost taxpayers between $4 and 6 trillion. 
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Photo: Manama, Bahrain. A girl holds the flag at a rally in solidarity with imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab. Mohammed Al-shaikh/AFP/Getty.

This Week in War. A Friday round-up of what happened and what’s been written in the world of war and military/security affairs this week. It’s a mix of news reports, policy briefs, blog posts and longform journalism. Subscribe here to receive this round-up by email.

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Photo: Manama, Bahrain. A girl holds the flag at a rally in solidarity with imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab. Mohammed Al-shaikh/AFP/Getty.

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