Asia/Africa update: March 7 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An ISIS suicide bomber killed Nangarhar province’s director of religious affairs, Abdul Zaher Haqqani, and his bodyguard in Jalalabad on Wednesday. Late Wednesday night, the Taliban carried out an attack on a police headquarters in Kandahar province in which one police officer was killed, along with all four attackers. INDIA Things are looking up a… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 7 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 19-20 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN James Dorsey writes that the contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia for influence in the Islamic world has expanded to Azerbaijan: The two countries’ latest battleground is oil-rich Azerbaijan, an authoritarian, majority Shia Muslim but secular former Soviet republic on Iran’s northern border with a substantial ethnic population in Iran itself. Recent Saudi… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 19-20 2018

World update: February 10-11 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed six Afghan policemen late Friday night in an attack on several checkpoints in Helmand province. Meanwhile, residents of Kabul are living in fear of more terrorist attacks and anger, not just at the Taliban and ISIS but also at their own inept government: It is not only the shock of… Continue reading World update: February 10-11 2018

World update: February 5 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has decided to move October’s presidential election up to April even though the chances of him losing, regardless of the date, are only slightly greater than the chances of me signing a long-term deal to play in the NBA. Aliyev may be looking to hold the vote before any… Continue reading World update: February 5 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev is going to run for a fourth term in October. I know you were all wondering if he would so I thought I’d let you know. AFGHANISTAN An American drone strike in Ghazni province earlier this week reportedly struck a Taliban “meeting” and killed at least 26 of the group’s… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 1-2 2018