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
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.
CENTCOM Commander Identifies ISIS Faction in Afghanistan as Threat
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.”
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.