Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 2: War Is a Racket

Happy Hallowen! Today I’m very pleased to bring you the second part of Travis Haycraft’s two-part series on Saddam Hussein’s military buildup in Iraq. Part one took us through the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War, and today’s piece looks at how the war both affected and was affected by the military machine Saddam… Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 2: War Is a Racket

Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Hello readers! Today I’m very pleased to bring you the second attwiw guest post! Arms proliferation researcher Travis Haycraft joins us for the first part of a two-parter (coming next month) on Iraq. Part one looks at the Saddam Hussein-organized build up of the Iraqi military in the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War.… Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Conflict update: April 27 2017

SYRIA The cause of the explosion that happened at Damascus International Airport this morning has (more or less) been revealed: An Israeli minister has appeared to confirm that Israel struck a Hezbollah arms supply hub in Syria on Thursday close to the airport in Damascus where weapons from Tehran are regularly sent by commercial and… Continue reading Conflict update: April 27 2017

Conflict update, April 26 2017

SYRIA UPDATE: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that there’s been an explosion and fire at Damascus International Airport. No cause has been suggested. As promised, the French government has produced proof that Bashar al-Assad’s government was behind the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun–and as expected, it’s somewhat less than meets… Continue reading Conflict update, April 26 2017

Conflict update: April 25 2017

SYRIA This morning, Turkish aircraft struck Kurdish targets in Iraq’s Sinjar region and around the town of Derika (also known as Dayrik and al-Malikiyah) in northeastern Syria. The Syrian YPG militia says that 20 of its fighters were killed in the strikes, while Turkey claims that it killed 70 “militants” across both targets. The Iraqi… Continue reading Conflict update: April 25 2017

Conflict update: April 24 2017

SYRIA Bashar al-Assad’s next big target in Syria is retaking Idlib province, into which he and Moscow have cleverly funneled most of the northern rebel forces and a disturbing number of displaced civilians. The Century Foundation’s Sam Heller makes a reasonable suggestion as to what role the West should play when the Idlib fight begins… Continue reading Conflict update: April 24 2017

Conflict update: April 22-23 2017

FRANCE You may have heard that there was a little presidential election in France today. Well, after a lot of uncertainty and polling and analysis and more polling and oh man that one dude is coming on, what does that mean, this is so unpredictable…it looks like Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will be… Continue reading Conflict update: April 22-23 2017