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The Nigerian offensive against Boko Haram has driven 40,000 Nigerians north in Niger. 
The US will name Boko Haram a terrorist group.
Clashes between security forces and Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic’s capital left 3 dead. 
Disputes over the title of the peace accord have caused the Democratic Republic of Congo to refuse to sign a peace treaty with the M23 rebels it defeated last week.
Kenya will repatriate Somali refugees. 
Egypt is lifting the state of emergency and curfew.
Russia and Egypt are in “historic” talks over a $2bn arms deal.
Morsi accused military leaders of treason.
The role of Bedouin tribes in the Syrian civil war.
The Syrian National Coalition has agreed to peace talks in Geneva if certain conditions are met. 
Syrian troops launched a major offensive in Aleppo and recaptured a Damascus suburb.
The WHO confirmed the polio strain appearing in Syria originated in Pakistan.
The Palestinian peace talks delegation has resigned over lack of progress. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that negotiations will still continue.
Israel backs off from its new settlement plan.
The US and Israel lost UNESCO voting rights after two years of non-payment over the decision to make Palestine a member. 
The CIA declassified 1400 pages of Camp David Accords intelligence.
35 people were killed in the eastern Iraqi city of al-Sadiya when a suicide bomber detonated during Ashura rituals. 
The primary source for a 60 Minutes report on the attack on the embassy on Benghazi was a security contractor named Dylan Davies. His story, which turned to be a lie and quite an embarrassment for the show and Lara Logan, was used to question the administration’s response to the attack. 
According to McClatchy, the problems with the 60 Minutes reporting on Benghazi extends beyond just Dylan Davies.
Negotiations with Iran unraveled after France joined the table. Talks are scheduled to resume on the 20th.
Meanwhile, Congressional efforts to place new sanctions on Iran have been condemned by the White House as a “march to war.”
The Iranian deputy minister of industry was assassinated in Tehran.
Afghan contractors with ties to insurgency have continued to receive US contracts. 
Stanford Knight fellow Amie Ferris-Rotman on female reporters in Afghanistan.
Afghan farmers planted a record opium crop this year. 49% higher than last year, according to the UNODC.
So far this year, 5 reporters have been killed on the job in Pakistan. 
One of the Haqqani Network’s most senior leaders, Nasiruddin Haqqani, was shot dead at a bakery on the outskirts of Islamabad.
The Pakistani Taliban have picked hardliner Mullah Fazlullah as their replacement leader. Khalid Haqqani, however, will be the functional head of the group.
The killing of Hakimullah Mehsud may have dangerous effects on the insurgency, making it more unpredictable by exposing rifts within the Pakistani Taliban.
BBC Newsnight reports that Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programs, effectively having bombs “on order” as defensive strategy against Iran.
GCHQ — the British counterpart to the NSA — has been using fake LinkedIn pages to spy on employees of mobile communications companies to get access to their networks. 
What’s the NSA going to do with your data?
Former Brazilian president Joao Goulart’s body has been exhumed to test for poison.
The Paraguayan People’s Army is emerging as an ever more serious security threat. 
The Navy has suspended classified access to two senior intelligence officials caught in an increasingly tangled bribery and prostitution scandal. 
A federal probe suggests TSA screening processes and behavior profiling have been ineffective. 
Photo: Deir al-Zor, Syria. Free Syrian Army fighters ride through the Mouzzafeen neighborhood in the back of a pick-up. Khalil Ashawi/Reuters. 

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: Deir al-Zor, Syria. Free Syrian Army fighters ride through the Mouzzafeen neighborhood in the back of a pick-up. Khalil Ashawi/Reuters. 

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