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

World update: March 6 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS attacked the offices of a construction company in the city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people. The five ISIS attackers were all killed in the ensuing fight with Afghan security forces. CHINA United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivered her annual report to the Human Rights Council… Continue reading World update: March 6 2019

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

Middle East update: March 2-3 2019

SYRIA The battle for Baghouz, and along with it ISIS’s last enclave in Syria, is on. Syrian Democratic Forces fighters have reportedly entered the town and are meeting the anticipated heavy resistance from the remaining ISIS defenders. As they usually do in the last stages of a fight in which they’re facing a vastly stronger… Continue reading Middle East update: March 2-3 2019

World update: February 26 2019

ASIA GEORGIA Georgia’s ruling party appears to be slowly breaking up: A series of defections from the ruling Georgian Dream party has left the party without the dominant majority it held in parliament and has exposed a growing fault line in the party ahead of elections next year. Over the last several days, four GD… Continue reading World update: February 26 2019

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 KAZAKHSTAN Kazakh 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. KASHMIR India and Pakistan are both mobilizing their forces in Kashmir, and Kashmiris living along the Line of… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 25 2019