Middle East update: December 5 2017

YEMEN Well, Ali Abdullah Saleh’s death had one fairly immediate impact: there were no reports of fighting between his supporters and the Houthis in Sanaa on Tuesday. Instead, the Houthis and their supporters held a rally to celebrate killing their erstwhile ally and rounding up Saleh diehards in the capital. Ahmed Saleh, the ex-dictator’s son,… Continue reading Middle East update: December 5 2017

Middle East update: October 24 2017

If I post this early, it’s because WordPress is really messed up today and I’m worried that I might lose my work at some point. Anything I miss this evening I’ll either update later or cover tomorrow. IRAQ As you might expect what with the campaign against ISIS approaching an end, violence in Iraq has… Continue reading Middle East update: October 24 2017

Middle East update: October 23 2017

SYRIA During the 20 days it controlled the town of Qaryatayn in Homs province this month, ISIS reportedly executed at least 116 people (in the past hour I’ve started seeing reports that it was 128, but not from anywhere credible enough to confidently relay it) it suspected of collaborating with the Syrian government. Rami Abdel Rahman,… Continue reading Middle East update: October 23 2017

Middle East update: September 23-25 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces liberated Shirqat on Friday, which means Hawijah should be the next big ISIS stronghold to fall. Some accounts of Iraqi plans for the last phase of this conflict have treated Shirqat as a separate objective apart from Hawijah and western Anbar, but in truth Shirqat is close enough to Hawijah to consider… Continue reading Middle East update: September 23-25 2017

Middle East update: August 30 2017

IRAQ The fighting around the town of Ayadiyah has been so fierce that it seems likely that the bulk of the 1000-2000 ISIS fighters who were thought to have been in Tal Afar actually retreated to Ayadiyah instead and are making their last stand there. Iraqi officers are comparing the fighting in Ayadiyah to the… Continue reading Middle East update: August 30 2017

Middle East update: August 21-22 2017

PSA: This may very well be my last update until Monday. I’m traveling for the rest of the week and while ideally I would like to find time to pump out a little content while I’m doing so, realistically I don’t think it’s going to be possible. ISIS According to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism… Continue reading Middle East update: August 21-22 2017

Middle East update: August 8 2017

SYRIA Later in the day on Tuesday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that coalition airstrikes have killed 29 civilians, including 14 children, in Raqqa over the past day. There’s been no comment from the coalition or the Pentagon. In Ghouta, meanwhile, the beatings will continue until morale improves: Pro-government forces intensified their assault… Continue reading Middle East update: August 8 2017