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Global Conflict This Week: India-Pakistan Tensions Escalate After Kashmir Attack

Demonstrators overturn a car during a protest against the attack on a bus that killed forty-four Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

February 22, 2019

Demonstrators overturn a car during a protest against the attack on a bus that killed forty-four Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Mukesh Gupta/Reuters
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Welcome to “Global Conflict This Week,” a series that highlights developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week. Stay up to date on these conflicts and others with the online interactive, the Global Conflict Tracker, from the Center for Preventive Action (CPA).

India-Pakistan Tensions Increase After Kashmir Bombing

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In response to a suicide bombing that was carried out in Indian-administered Kashmir last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned New Delhi on Tuesday that he would retaliate against any attacks on Pakistan. The Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for last week's car bomb attack that killed forty members of India’s security forces.

Separately, on Thursday, India reported that it will block the flow of its share of excess river water to Pakistan and divert the water towards Indian-administered Kashmir and Punjab.

CFR’s Senior Fellow Alyssa Ayres explains why the United States should rethink its foreign policy towards Pakistan after the recent Kashmir bombing.

More on the conflict between India and Pakistan »

CENTCOM Commander Identifies ISIS Faction in Afghanistan as Threat

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In an interview on Tuesday, U.S. Central Command commander General Joseph Votel stated that the Afghanistan-based branch of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Islamic State-Khorasan) “represents a very sophisticated and dangerous threat” to U.S. national security and that “they are closest to having the capacity to attack the [U.S.] homeland from Afghanistan.”

A mass casualty terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland was identified as a top tier priority for U.S. policymakers in this year’s Preventive Priorities Survey.

More on the war in Afghanistan »

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Meddling in Upcoming Elections

Ukraine’s State Security Service accused Russia of interfering in the country’s election campaign and using financial bribes to influence favorable public opinion towards an unidentified candidate. Russian authorities denied any interference in the upcoming elections, scheduled to take place next month.

More on the conflict in Ukraine »

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