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May 24, 2014

French troops battle Muslim rebels in Central African Republic town

BAMBARI, Central African Republic (Reuters) – French peacekeeping troops in Central African Republic used helicopter gunships and mortars on Saturday to fight Muslim rebels at a bridge in the town of Bambari, northeast of the capital Bangui, a Reuters witness said.

The clash is the latest between fighters from the mostly Muslim rebel Seleka coalition and peacekeepers, and could deepen antagonism in the north of the country towards French forces.

Feb 1, 2014

Exclusive: South Sudan rebel leader says government derailing peace talks

JONGLEI STATE, South Sudan (Reuters) – South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar accused the government on Friday of ethnic cleansing and trying to sabotage peace talks, in his first face-to-face interview since fighting erupted late last year in Africa’s youngest nation.

Dressed in dark green military fatigues and speaking to Reuters in his bush hideout, Machar branded President Salva Kiir a discredited leader who had lost the people’s trust and should resign.

Jan 31, 2014

S.Sudan rebel leader says government derailing peace talks

JONGLEI STATE, South Sudan, Jan 31 (Reuters) – South Sudan
rebel leader Riek Machar accused the government on Friday of
ethnic cleansing and trying to sabotage peace talks, in his
first face-to-face interview since fighting erupted late last
year in Africa’s youngest nation.

Dressed in dark green military fatigues and speaking to
Reuters in his bush hideout, Machar branded President Salva Kiir
a discredited leader who had lost the people’s trust and should
resign.

Jan 31, 2014

Exclusive: South Sudan rebel leader says government wants to scupper peace talks

JONGLEI STATE, South Sudan (Reuters) – South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar said on Friday that government threats to try him for treason were an attempt to scupper peace talks, and called for the president to resign, in his first face-to-face interview since violence erupted.

The government said this week that former vice president Machar and six of his allies should face the charge, accusing him of trying to launch a coup after fighting broke out between rival groups of soldiers in the capital mid-December.

Jan 31, 2014

S.Sudan rebel leader says government wants to scupper peace talks

JONGLEI STATE, South Sudan, Jan 31 (Reuters) – South Sudan
rebel leader Riek Machar said on Friday that government threats
to try him for treason were an attempt to scupper peace talks,
and called for the president to resign, in his first
face-to-face interview since violence erupted.

The government said this week that former vice president
Machar and six of his allies should face the charge, accusing
him of trying to launch a coup after fighting broke out between
rival groups of soldiers in the capital mid-December.

Sep 23, 2013
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Witnessing the Nairobi mall massacre

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WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Nairobi, Kenya

By Goran Tomasevic

(Editor’s Note: Goran Tomasevic is a veteran war photographer, covering conflict for over 20 years in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. As Reuters chief photographer for East Africa, Goran is now based in Nairobi, Kenya. This is his story of the attack on the Westgate shopping center on September 21, 2013.)

I was at home when I heard from a friend about something happening, but we weren’t sure what it was. I went to the Westgate mall and saw some bodies lying in the car park and realized it was serious. I saw some police so I hid behind the cars to take cover and slowly got closer to the gate.

Sep 21, 2013

Gunmen storm Nairobi Mall, 15 killed-Red Cross

NAIROBI, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Gunmen stormed a shopping mall
in the Kenyan capital on Saturday killing at least 15 people,
according to the Kenyan Red Cross, and sending scores fleeing
into shops, a cinema and onto the streets seeking safety.

The Somali militant group al Shabaab had threatened to
strike the Westgate mall, popular with the city’s expatriate
community; but there was no immediate claim of responsibility
from any group. Al Shabaab said it had no comment on the attack.

Aug 30, 2013
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20 years covering conflict: Goran Tomasevic

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As in the ruins of Beirut, Sarajevo or Stalingrad, the conflict in Syria is a sniper’s war. Men stalk their fellow man down telescopic sights on suburban streets, hunting a glimpse of flesh, an eyeball peering from a crack, using decoys to draw their prey into giving themselves away.

During weeks spent tracking the fluid frontline of the battle, veteran war photographer Goran Tomasevic provided daily evidence of an escalating conflict that the UN estimates has killed 100,000 people. Tomasevic photographed with exceptional proximity as combatants mounted complex attacks, managed logistics, treated their wounded, buried their dead – and died before his eyes.

Mar 19, 2013
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The day Saddam fell

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By Goran Tomasevic

Why did I go to Iraq? Because it was a big story.

I was there in 2002 for the presidential referendum where Saddam was the only candidate.

I knew there would be a war. I’d begun my post in Jerusalem but I didn’t go there – instead I went to Iraq. As a Serbian national I didn’t need a visa to enter Iraq. I also had experience covering Kosovo and the Balkan war. I arrived at the end of January 2003, and spent three months there.

Feb 20, 2013

Insight: Battle for Damascus: frozen but bloody

DAMASCUS (Reuters) – Rebel fighters in Damascus are disciplined, skilled and brave.

In a month on the frontline, I saw them defend a swathe of suburbs in the Syrian capital, mount complex mass attacks, manage logistics, treat their wounded – and die before my eyes.

    • About Goran

      "Born in Belgrade in 1969, Goran Tomasevic started working for Reuters as a freelance photographer in 1996 during the anti-Milosevic demonstrations. He was based in Baghdad during the Iraq conflict, in Jerusalem during tense times between the Israelis and Palestinians and was senior photographer in Egypt during the uprising. Goran is currently chief photographer for East Africa based in Nairobi. In 2003 and 2005 Goran won the Reuters photographer of the year award."
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