World update: April 6-7 2019

Well friends, we’ve reached the end of the line, at least for now (never say never), here at attwiw. I want to thank you all for reading what I’ve had to write for the last few years and to say I hope you’ll join me at my new home at Substack and subscribe today! I’m running… Continue reading World update: April 6-7 2019

World update: March 9-10 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN US airstrikes in Nangarhar province on Saturday killed at least 13 Afghan civilians. The Pentagon categorized these as “precision airstrikes” and blamed the Taliban for using human shields. MYANMAR Fighters with the Arakan Army rebel group attacked a police outpost in Rakhine state on Saturday night, killing nine police officers. The Arakan Army,… Continue reading World update: March 9-10 2019

World update: March 4 2019

I’ve got some things to take care of this evening, so today’s update is a little truncated and early. Back for more tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces are making slow progress in their offensive to capture the border town of Baghouz and with it ISIS’s last enclave of Syrian territory. Around 500… Continue reading World update: March 4 2019

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A roadside bomb in Kandahar province killed three Afghan civilians on Sunday. Presumably the Taliban was responsible. On Friday, the Taliban attacked an Afghan border outpost in Kandahar and killed all 32 border guards posted there. So far it appears that one Taliban fighter–the one who drove the truck bomb that was used… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019

World update part 1: February 9-10 2019

Tonight’s updates didn’t really fit into any of my usual groupings, but they were too long for one post, so I mashed them together as best I could. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces, with US help, announced late Saturday that they’ve begun the “decisive battle” to wipe out the last remnants of ISIS’s “caliphate” in eastern Syria. ISIS still controls a small piece of territory around two villages in Deir Ezzor province, small enough that it can still… Continue reading World update part 1: February 9-10 2019

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: January 9 2019

ASIA AZERBAIJAN They’re small, but there have been some signals from Baku lately suggesting that Azerbaijani officials see an opening to improve relations with Armenia under (still relatively new) Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan: Senior Azerbaijani officials have been making unusually positive statements in recent weeks. In December, President Ilham Aliyev tweeted that “The year 2019… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: January 9 2019

World update: December 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A joint Afghan-US offensive in Kunar province late Thursday killed 20 Taliban fighters and/or 60 civilians, depending on whose story you believe. The Taliban are obviously pushing the latter scenario, while Kabul is obviously pushing the former. The savvy reader will note that they’re not mutually exclusive. Elsewhere, a drone strike in Helmand… Continue reading World update: December 14 2018