Middle East update: August 14-15 2017

IRAQ Those two US soldiers who were killed in northern Iraq on Sunday were apparently killed by an artillery “mishap.” Oops! I guess mistakes will happen, when you’ve been at war nonstop for 16 years in seven different countries! Color us embarrassed! Reminder that ISIS still says its rockets killed those two soldiers. But artillery… Continue reading Middle East update: August 14-15 2017

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: November 25

France No, this isn’t about that knife attack I mentioned yesterday–French authorities are saying that attack wasn’t terrorism. However, they’re also reporting that they’ve just arrested five ISIS operatives who were planning an “imminent” terrorist attack under direction from the group’s leadership in the Middle East. At least some of the five appear to have… Continue reading Conflict update: November 25

Lebanon’s latest brush with Syria’s civil war

Late last week, fighters affiliated with ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra reportedly pulled out of the town of Arsal, located in northeastern Lebanon near its border with Syria, after holing up there for five days and engaging in heavy fighting with Lebanese forces. At least 42 civilians were killed in the fighting along with 17 Lebanese… Continue reading Lebanon’s latest brush with Syria’s civil war