World update: July 10 2018

It’s been a long day so if it’s OK with you I’m going to roll through these updates with a minimum of banter. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels in Daraa city say they’ve begun surrender talks with Russian officials in hopes of staving off a full Syrian-Russian offensive. The inevitable recovery of Daraa will be a… Continue reading World update: July 10 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 5-7 2017

PHILIPPINES Anybody who had “Philippines” in their “where will America bomb next” office pool, stand by to collect your winnings: The Pentagon is considering a plan that allows the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes on ISIS in the Philippines, two defense officials told NBC News. The authority to strike ISIS targets as part of collective… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 5-7 2017

Asia/Africa update: August 1 2017

You may have noticed that I’ve been away for a couple of weeks. While I’m absolutely not going to try to catch you up on everything that’s happened while I’ve been away, I will be interspersing the usual daily news with a few stories that developed over that time. ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 29 people… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 1 2017

World update: May 30 2017

MISSILE DEFENSE Well, this might actually be good news: The US military has successfully carried out its first-ever missile defense test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental ballistic missile, in a major milestone for a program meant to defend against a mounting North Korean threat. The US military fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-type… Continue reading World update: May 30 2017

Asia/Africa update: May 19-21 2017

AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s vice president, Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum, is no longer in Afghanistan. He flew to Turkey on Friday, ostensibly for medical treatment. Now, Dostum probably does need medical treatment. He claims to be diabetic and is rumored to hit the bottle on the regular, so chances are he’s not well. But it’s likely… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 19-21 2017

Conflict update: January 30 2017

Iraq Purely by coincidence, my absence from regular blogging coincided with the planned lull in the Mosul operation. With eastern Mosul having been liberated just before I checked out, the Iraqis have been laying the groundwork for the eventual assault on the western half of the city. Iraq forces have been actively liberating villages north… Continue reading Conflict update: January 30 2017

Conflict update: January 24 2017

Syria With everybody’s eyes on the peace conference in Kazakhstan, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham has made a big move to consolidate its control of the rebellion in Idlib: Heavy fighting erupted in northwestern Syria on Tuesday between a powerful jihadist organization and more moderate rebel groups, threatening to further weaken the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad… Continue reading Conflict update: January 24 2017