Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

I'm posting this a little early in case the thunderstorm we're about to get knocks out our power. There should be at least one more post tonight if the electric grid permits. IRAQ So this is kind of a big deal: Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes … Continue reading Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

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Aleppo’s ceasefire is great except for all the fighting

Late last week the US and Russia agreed to extend a piecemeal ceasefire covering parts of Syria to Aleppo, the focal point of most of the recent fighting between Bashar al-Assad's army and the Syrian rebels. This apparently came, at least initially, as news to the people who are actually doing the fighting, though, because … Continue reading Aleppo’s ceasefire is great except for all the fighting

One terrorist probably dead, another probably not

Writing about alleged terrorist deaths means being ready to retract what you've written if, as happens pretty frequently, the report of their death turns out to be wrong. One minute you're talking about Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri kicking the bucket, the next his organization is releasing new recordings that may (but also may not!) be him … Continue reading One terrorist probably dead, another probably not