Two provinces of Georgia – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region – are illegally occupied by Russia. They comprise about one fifth of Georgia’s territory. Russia has between eight and ten thousand of its regular troops with heavy weaponry permanently stationed in these occupied Georgian territories. Most of the local Georgian population has been ethnically cleansed.
Since 2008, the United Nations General Assembly has been adopting annual resolutions supporting the right of return of the people violently forced to leave their homes in the Russian-occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region.
On 7 April 2016 Syrian rebels, supported by Turkey, took from Daesh most of the town of Al Rai, near the Turkish border. The Turkish-backed rebels now control the stretch of the Syrian-Turkish border from their Azaz enclave to Al Rai.
The rebels’ advance will hinder the Kurds’ plans to take over this Daesh-controlled area themselves in order to unite their own enclaves – a plan vehemently resisted by Turkey.
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According to reports from 2 March 2016, Chinese vessels have taken over control over Jackson Atoll (Spartly Islands) from Philippines.
The atoll is not populated and had not been protected by Philippines. However, it has strategic significance, since it is located on the route between Philippines and other Spartly Islands under the Philippines’ control further west.
Jackson Atoll and various states’ control over Spartly Islands: