Asia/Africa update: June 9-10 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban, in a bit of a surprise, responded to the Afghan government’s ceasefire of last week with a ceasefire of its own, over the Eid holiday following Ramadan. It is the Taliban’s first ceasefire of the entire Afghanistan War, so kind of a big deal. The Taliban did reserve the right to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 9-10 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A suicide attacker struck a meeting of the Afghan Ulema (religious scholars) Council in Kabul on Monday, killing at least 14 people. The scholars had just issued edicts declaring that the Afghan insurgency has no religious basis and suicide bombings are counter to Islamic law. It’s unknown who was behind the attack but ISIS… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 4 2018

World update: June 1 2018

I’m planning to do something crazy later today and have a nice evening with my family, so we’re shortening things up a bit today. If anything huge happens, please check back later for possible updates. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA According to Rudaw, the YPG is claiming to have attacked two Turkish military bases in Afrin on… Continue reading World update: June 1 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 31 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An Afghan special forces operation in Helmand province early Thursday morning reportedly freed 103 people being held in two Taliban prisons there. The Afghan military says that four Taliban fighters were killed. Meanwhile, the US military says that Taliban leaders are engaged in secret peace talks with Afghan officials and other parties to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 31 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Syria on Tuesday became the fifth nation in the world to recognize the “republics” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which declared independence from Georgia in 2008, as independent states, following Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru. All the great powers. Anyway, I’m sure Vladimir Putin appreciates the gesture, but Bashar al-Assad isn’t getting off… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

World update: May 28 2018

In the interest of the Memorial Day holiday, today’s update(s) may be a little shorter and/or earlier than usual. ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban’s “governor” of Helmand province has been overheard (his communications were intercepted) ordering the closure of all opium processing facilities in populated areas in the province, citing civilian deaths caused by US airstrikes… Continue reading World update: May 28 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 26-27 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A Taliban suicide attack against an army base in Helmand province on Sunday killed at least two Afghan soldiers. On Saturday, Afghan authorities opened a 12 day period to register candidates for parliamentary and district council elections this October. This vote is three years overdue and still may be disrupted by the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 26-27 2018