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

Europe/Americas update: February 28 2019

EUROPE UKRAINE Hundreds of people protested in Kiev on Thursday demanding the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko. Presumably they won’t be voting for him in next month’s presidential election then. On top of his failure to end the war, boost the Ukrainian economy, eliminate or even sightly reduce corruption, and, well, you get the idea,… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: February 28 2019

World update: January 30 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is trying to assure other Afghans that, if it does conclude a peace deal with the US and US forces do withdraw from Afghanistan, they’re not looking to seize total control of the country again: The statement Wednesday by Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen appears aimed at easing fears among those worried… Continue reading World update: January 30 2019

Europe/Americas update: January 29 2019

EUROPE UKRAINE Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Tuesday that he will run for reelection in March. The announcement was mostly a foregone conclusion, as is–probably–his eventual defeat. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is considered the favorite according to polling. Poroshenko has of course failed to bring the war in eastern Ukraine to an end and… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: January 29 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban issued a statement on Tuesday warning that it will withdraw from peace talks with the US unless Washington commits to the talks with “sincere intentions.” I’m going to be honest here and say I have no idea what they’re talking about and in fact it’s beginning to seem like the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

Middle East update: January 11 2019

SYRIA We’ll start with the story that came out late in the day, which is that Syrian air defenses have once again fired on targets over Damascus. The Syrian government later identified them as Israeli missiles, some of which struck a warehouse at Damascus International Airport. Syrian authorities did not announce any casualties. But reports… Continue reading Middle East update: January 11 2019

World update: December 12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Under heavy pressure from the Taliban, Afghan forces have abandoned the Shebkoh district in Farah province and retreated to Farah city. The Taliban has focused a good deal of effort on Farah province this year, both because it’s remote from Kabul and therefore hard for the Afghans to defend, and because it’s home to… Continue reading World update: December 12 2018