Middle East 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. IRAQ Combat operations in western Mosul… Continue reading Middle East update: August 1 2017

Conflict update: March 22 2017

I’m going to be out this evening, so please enjoy (?) this shortened and probably too-early roundup of the day’s worst news. UNITED KINGDOM This is still very much a developing story, but at least four people, including the attacker, have been killed in London in what seems to have been an attempted attack on… Continue reading Conflict update: March 22 2017

Conflict update: February 17 2017

Somalia The United States of America This is Donald Trump’s America, and people are prepared to go to great lengths to get the hell out of it: A man from Somalia who risked the freezing temperatures of Manitoba as he crossed into Canada was discovered out in the cold by a CBC journalist. The chance… Continue reading Conflict update: February 17 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

Conflict update: January 18 2017

NOTHING MATTERS LOL ♫ It’s the final countdown… ♫ Marking another milestone for a changing planet, scientists reported on Wednesday that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of… Continue reading Conflict update: January 18 2017

Still no aid to eastern Aleppo

Russia and the U.S. have formally extended everybody else’s ceasefire in Syria for another 48 hours, but all is already not well if you’re a fan of Middle East peace: The United Nations has urged Syria’s government to “immediately” allow humanitarian aid into the country, after a fragile ceasefire was extended for 48 hours by… Continue reading Still no aid to eastern Aleppo