Asia/Africa update: March 13 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least five Afghan soldiers in were killed on Wednesday when their checkpoint in Uruzgan province was destroyed by US airstrikes. The soldiers may have fired on a joint US-Afghan unit maneuvering nearby, which then requested air support. PAKISTAN China has blocked a United Nations Security Council move, requested by India, to add … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 13 2019

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Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

Chinese history isn’t really what we cover around here, but I’m making an exception for the 1232-1233 Siege of Kaifeng. Why? Well, partly because the Mongols were involved, but also because, from the standpoint of military history, there were some incredible things happening in China in this period. The Jin, who were the ruling dynasty … Continue reading Today in Chinese history: the Siege of Kaifeng ends (1233)

Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019

ASIA KAZAKHSTANKazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed a new prime minister on Monday--Askar Mamin, who had previously served as first deputy PM. Nazarbayev forced the resignation of his entire cabinet last week, citing its economic policy failures. KASHMIRIndia and Pakistan are both mobilizing their forces in Kashmir, and Kashmiris living along the Line of Control are … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019