Middle East update: June 20 2018

SYRIA The escalation in government bombardments in southwestern Syria reportedly has the Jordanian government concerned. Amman would desperately like to see its main border crossing with Syria reopened to facilitate commercial traffic, but it wants a peaceful solution to the situation to avoid either a new influx of displaced Syrians heading for the Jordanian border… Continue reading Middle East update: June 20 2018

World update: April 12 2018

Kind of a crazy day here at attwiw HQ, so this is going to be truncated and it will go out much earlier than usual. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA According to Russian sources Eastern Ghouta is now entirely in Syrian control. As to the expected US et al response to Saturday’s alleged chemical weapons attack in… Continue reading World update: April 12 2018

Middle East update: April 7-8 2018

SYRIA BREAKING: Just before I was ready to hit post, reports began coming in that Syria’s T4 airbase near Homs has come under attack. Syrian state media is blaming the US, but the Pentagon has flatly denied responsibility and this does seem a little too soon for a US response and too out of character… Continue reading Middle East update: April 7-8 2018

Middle East update: April 6 2018

SYRIA It looks like the situation has completely broken down in the city of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta. As noted yesterday, Jaysh al-Islam has halted its evacuation of the city and is asking for new talks with the Syrian government and Russia. It’s not clear why, but chances are pretty good they want a different… Continue reading Middle East update: April 6 2018

Middle East update: April 5 2018

SYRIA Jaysh al-Islam’s evacuation of Douma hit a snag and was apparently suspended on Thursday for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Since the group never formally/officially accepted a deal to surrender and be relocated it’s possible that there are internal disagreements that are affecting the evacuation and/or that all the Jaysh al-Islam fighters who were… Continue reading Middle East update: April 5 2018

Middle East update: April 3 2018

Hey, how’s it going? Long time no see. As usual when I take an extended break, there’s a lot to get through here and I’m not even going to try to cover every single thing that happened while I was gone. This update is mostly going to consist of stuff that’s happened in the past… Continue reading Middle East update: April 3 2018

Middle East update: March 17-18 2018

SYRIA Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel proxies swarmed into Afrin city on Sunday and by the end of the day claimed that they’d taken complete control over the city. The YPG has been denying that the city has fallen but in the end it seems their fighters evacuated without putting up much of a… Continue reading Middle East update: March 17-18 2018