Middle East update: August 31 2017

EID MUBARAK! Eid al-Adha, or Festival of the Sacrifice, begins/began at sundown today. It commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son (Ishmael or Isaac depending on your religious tradition–most Muslims believe it was Ishmael though the Quran doesn’t specify) at God’s command, and always immediately follows the completion of the first part of the Hajj,… Continue reading Middle East update: August 31 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