Asia/Africa update: January 26-27 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A group of Taliban accidentally blew themselves up, at least according to Afghan authorities, at a volleyball match in Baghlan province on Saturday. Four of the group’s fighters and one civilian were killed. Also on Saturday, one person was killed in a bombing in Nangarhar province. US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad sure sounded… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 26-27 2019

Middle East update: September 22-23 2018

SYRIA So the good news is that the National Liberation Front says it will comply with the deescalation agreement Turkey and Russia reached on Monday in Idlib province. Though since the NLF is basically a paramilitary arm of the Turkish military at this point, it’s unclear what choice it really had. NLF leaders say they… Continue reading Middle East update: September 22-23 2018

Asia/Africa update: September 10 2018

AL-QAEDA Almost 17 years later, LA Times correspondent Nabih Boulos argues that al-Qaeda’s adaptations may have brought it to a stronger position today than the one it was in prior to the 9/11 attacks: What U.S. officials didn’t grasp, said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, in a recent phone interview, is that Al Qaeda… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 10 2018

Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN After Wednesday’s double bombing in Kabul, probably carried out by ISIS, killed 21 people and wounded 89 more, later Wednesday and Thursday saw two likely Taliban attacks against Afghan security forces that left 18 of them dead. Militants killed 10 Afghan soldiers in an attack on a military outpost late Wednesday in Badghis… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: September 6 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Another likely Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Farah province on Wednesday killed 10 members of the Afghan security services. Farah’s provincial council has requested reinforcements from Kabul to help stabilize the province. Additionally, a truck bombing on Wednesday in Helmand province reportedly killed at least two Afghan border guards. PAKISTAN The Pakistani… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

World update: March 6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Nangarhar province on Tuesday by a sticky bomb attached to a fuel truck. At least three people were wounded, and a number of buildings seem to have been damaged. There’s been no claim of responsibility. INDIA Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India a couple of weeks ago… Continue reading World update: March 6 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 1 2018

ASIA ARMENIA With his second and therefore final five year term as Armenian president expiring in April, Serzh Sargsyan is most likely preparing to do the Half Putin (AKA the Reverse Erdoğan) by shifting into the office of prime minister at the same time as (not coincidentally) that office is becoming more powerful than the presidency. The… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 1 2018