World update: April 6-7 2019

Well friends, we’ve reached the end of the line, at least for now (never say never), here at attwiw. I want to thank you all for reading what I’ve had to write for the last few years and to say I hope you’ll join me at my new home at Substack and subscribe today! I’m running… Continue reading World update: April 6-7 2019

World update: April 3 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA An explosion in Raqqa injured several people and may have killed at least two on Wednesday, but there have been conflicting reports on what caused the explosion and how many casualties ensued. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that ISIS suicide bombers attacked a Syrian Democratic Forces office in the city.… Continue reading World update: April 3 2019

Middle East update: March 29 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. SYRIA Al-Monitor’s Amberin Zaman reports that Arab tribes aligned with the Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to cut… Continue reading Middle East update: March 29 2019

World update, part 2: March 27 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. AFRICA LIBYA The Libyan and Egyptian governments have reached a preliminary agreement on a mechanism for processing Egyptian workers’… Continue reading World update, part 2: March 27 2019

Middle East update: March 26 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. SYRIA ISIS conducted an overnight attack against a Syrian Democratic Forces checkpoint in Manbij, killing at least seven people.… Continue reading Middle East update: March 26 2019

Middle East update: March 11 2019

SYRIA Reuters says that ISIS is getting “pounded” in Baghouz, which is not nearly as hot as it sounds. The Syrian Democratic Forces militia earlier on Monday said it was advancing slowly into the town due to mines and other traps laid by ISIS along with the danger posed by ISIS snipers. I’m not sure… Continue reading Middle East update: March 11 2019

Middle East update: March 7 2019

HUMAN RIGHTS Amnesty International has released its annual report on the state of human rights in the Middle East and, well, it’s not great: The killing of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces in Gaza and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a Saudi Arabian consulate glaringly illustrated the unaccountability of Middle Eastern and North… Continue reading Middle East update: March 7 2019