Middle East update: June 2-3 2018

SYRIA Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem made it clear to reporters in Damascus on Saturday that his government is targeting southern Syria next. Muallem said that the government wants to retake rebel-held parts of Quneitra and Daraa provinces in southwestern Syria, though it will attempt to do so through reconciliation/evacuation agreements with the rebels before it… Continue reading Middle East update: June 2-3 2018

Middle East update: April 17 2018

SYRIA So that report yesterday that somebody had fired missiles at a Syrian airbase near Homs? False alarm, according to the Syrian government. Perhaps even a cyber attack staged by the US and/or Israel, according to one anonymous “commander” of pro-government forces in Syria. Pro-government forces are reportedly gearing up for a move against Yarmouk,… Continue reading Middle East update: April 17 2018

Middle East update: April 4 2018

THE ISLAMIC “STATE” A bunch of ISIS-related online outlets have published a statement in which the group’s fighters “renew” their loyalty pledges to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: “To infuriate and terrorise the infidels, we renew our pledge of loyalty to the commander of the faithful and the caliph of the Muslims, the mujahid sheikh Abu Bakr… Continue reading Middle East update: April 4 2018

Middle East update: April 3 2018

Hey, how’s it going? Long time no see. As usual when I take an extended break, there’s a lot to get through here and I’m not even going to try to cover every single thing that happened while I was gone. This update is mostly going to consist of stuff that’s happened in the past… Continue reading Middle East update: April 3 2018

World update: March 19 2018

CLIMATE CHANGE The World Bank anticipates over 140 million people around the world being displaced by climate change by 2050. The majority, 86 million, would be in sub-Saharan Africa, with another 40 million in South Asia. Assuming that humanity isn’t going to do anything serious to arrest climate change, and it’s pretty clear we’re not,… Continue reading World update: March 19 2018

Middle East update: March 14-15 2018

SYRIA Thousands of civilians poured out of the Eastern Ghouta town of Hamouriyah on Thursday after a heavy bombardment from pro-government forces reportedly broke rebel defensive positions and left much of the town in ruins. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that 12,500 people evacuated the town and fled toward government-controlled territory. It’s unclear… Continue reading Middle East update: March 14-15 2018

Middle East update: March 12 2018

SYRIA As the fighting in Eastern Ghouta continues, the situation in the city of Douma in particular seems to be reaching an even more critical level. People displaced by the fighting elsewhere in the enclave have fled to Douma for safety, but now they’re cramped in a city that’s being constantly bombarded and is surrounded… Continue reading Middle East update: March 12 2018