Middle East update: August 3-4 2017

IRAQ There’s been a bit of ISIS activity in Ninewa province over the past couple of days–for example, ISIS forces in Tal Afar unsuccessfully attacked a couple of villages outside that city, undoubtedly an attempt to forestall the coming Iraqi operation there. The Tal Afar operation should begin fairly soon and is unlikely to be… Continue reading Middle East update: August 3-4 2017

Conflict update: March 16 2017

SYRIA “Dozens” (somewhere north of 50, but a final count probably won’t be available until at least tomorrow) of people were killed this evening when an airstrike hit a mosque in the town of al-Jinah, in western Aleppo province, at evening prayer. Upwards of 300 people may have been in the mosque when it was… Continue reading Conflict update: March 16 2017

Conflict update: March 7 2017

WIKILEAKS WikiLeaks, the organization whose involvement in the Edward Snowden affair, the Chelsea Manning affair, and last summer’s DNC/Podesta hack launched the careers of a thousand self-declared national security experts, has released a whole new batch of classified information, this time from the CIA: The new documents appear to be from the CIA’s 200-strong Center… Continue reading Conflict update: March 7 2017

Conflict update: February 12 2017

We’re in the middle of a windstorm and I keep losing power, so I’m going to have to call it a night with a lot of stuff still left to cover. I’ll be back tomorrow though. The storm blew through and I decided to stay up late to cram everything in here. You’re welcome, or… Continue reading Conflict update: February 12 2017

Conflict update: January 7 2017

Ivory Coast I’m going to level with you and say that I wasn’t going to write one of these tonight, but for the fact that something pretty big seems to have flared up in a country that doesn’t get much American attention under any circumstances and that has been more or less pretty quiet for… Continue reading Conflict update: January 7 2017

Conflict update: January 4 2017

I’m hoping this will be a short one tonight, but I never know until I actually start writing. It’s like a fun mystery we get to explore together. Well, not really. United Nations Senators Statler and Waldorf John McCain and Lindsey Graham are among the Republicans leading a push to cut much or all US… Continue reading Conflict update: January 4 2017

Conflict update: December 26 2016

Israel The fallout from Friday’s UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s illegal annexation of occupied Palestinian territory continued all weekend. Benjamin Netanyahu’s government began by summoning the ambassadors of the 12 security council members who voted in favor of the resolution and with which Israel has relations (Venezuela and Malaysia also voted yes but don’t… Continue reading Conflict update: December 26 2016