Asia/Africa update: March 2 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armen Sarkissian, former prime minister and ambassador, is your new Armenian president. Congrats to him, even though the job has been mostly downgraded to ceremonial levels now. AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Kabul on Friday when a car bomb, apparently targeting a NATO convoy, detonated in the Afghan capital. There’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 2 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 19-20 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN James Dorsey writes that the contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia for influence in the Islamic world has expanded to Azerbaijan: The two countries’ latest battleground is oil-rich Azerbaijan, an authoritarian, majority Shia Muslim but secular former Soviet republic on Iran’s northern border with a substantial ethnic population in Iran itself. Recent Saudi… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 19-20 2018

Asia/Africa update: January 29 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Monday morning’s attack on the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul left 11 Afghan soldiers dead. ISIS later claimed credit for the attack, which may have been carried out to try to mitigate some of the boost the Taliban gained after its devastating attack in Kabul on Saturday. The Taliban have described… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 29 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 22 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bomb killed at least 34 people on Thursday outside a bank in the city of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province. The Taliban took credit for the attack, though the location indicated as much anyway. One of the Taliban’s favorite tactics in recent months has been to attack banks on payday, when… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 22 2017

Conflict update: April 3 2017

BREAKING: NOTHING MUCH HAPPENED One of the reasons I don’t post these earlier in the day is because HUGE BREAKING NEWS MUST CREDIT GUY WHO HELPED SELL IRAQ WAR stories are often later shown to be no big deal. To wit: Nothing in this story indicates anything improper whatsoever nor does it explain or justify… Continue reading Conflict update: April 3 2017