Middle East update: May 27-29 2017

IRAQ The main story here is that the final phase (or, I guess, the first part of the final phase) of the Mosul operation has begun. On Saturday, Iraqi forces began their effort to clear the last section of western Mosul, including the Old City, of ISIS insurgents. Federal police are still anchoring the line… Continue reading Middle East update: May 27-29 2017

Middle East update: May 19-21 2017

IRAN Just about everything came up Milhouse Rouhani on Friday. While his final vote count was a little lower than initial estimates (which were north of 60 percent) had indicated, 57 percent is nothing to sneeze at, and more importantly, in an election with 75 percent turnout it’s an unmistakeable mandate. The consensus before the election was… Continue reading Middle East update: May 19-21 2017

Iran update: May 19 2017

Folks, I don’t really have a big update in me tonight, but I thought you might appreciate the preliminary results from Friday’s Iranian presidential election: President Hassan Rouhani has an unassailable lead in Iran’s presidential election, an Iranian official source told Reuters on Saturday, citing an early unofficial tally, and is on course to defeat… Continue reading Iran update: May 19 2017

Middle East update: May 18 2017

This may be all the updating we get to do this evening, and it may be short. The lightning outside my window and my experience with the electricity in this neck of the woods tells me that the power may be going out pretty much anytime now. But there are a couple of stories I’d… Continue reading Middle East update: May 18 2017

Middle East update: May 12-15 2017

Things are still a little catch as catch can here at attwiw world headquarters, but I’ll do my best to get you all up to date on news that doesn’t involve Donald Trump’s multiple imminent indictments at the hands of the FISA court, the Eastern District of Virginia, the International Criminal Court, the Justice League,… Continue reading Middle East update: May 12-15 2017

Middle East update: May 8-11 2017

Hi, long time no see I guess. Everybody OK? No? Right, of course not. Because this update is going to be so big, I’m splitting it into an as yet unknown number of parts. I’m actually considering doing this for every one of these updates moving forward to keep post length down, but I’m not… Continue reading Middle East update: May 8-11 2017

Conflict update: May 2 2017

AFGHANISTAN UPDATE/BREAKING: Right after I hit post on this, as often happens, I saw this Reuters report that a “large explosion” had reportedly occurred in central Kabul, near the American embassy. Al Jazeera is reporting that it was a suicide attack and that there are “several” casualties. Earlier, a suspected Taliban attack in Faryab province late on Monday reportedly killed five… Continue reading Conflict update: May 2 2017