World update: December 14 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan authorities have apparently started arresting teachers working for the Afghan Turk CAG Educational NGO (ATCE), which has been running schools in the country for a couple of decades now. Why, you ask? Well, because the Afghan government and (apparently) the Turkish government believe that ATCE is a branch of the Gülen network. ATCE representatives… Continue reading World update: December 14 2017

Middle East update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. SYRIA Another round of UN-led peace talks is about to begin in Geneva, and you know I think there’s a… Continue reading Middle East update: November 27 2017

Middle East update: November 11-12 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces are moving against Rawa, the last town of any size in Iraq still under ISIS’s control. Initially I have to admit I thought the Iraqis would take Rawa before Qaim and work their way west to the Syrian border, but instead they opted to go around Rawa, take Qaim and close off… Continue reading Middle East update: November 11-12 2017

Middle East update: October 4-5 2017

IRAQ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Thursday that Iraqi forces have liberated the town of Hawijah itself, leaving just a small enclave of villages east of the town still in ISIS’s hands. You can kind of see where things are at in the Iraqi Joint Operations Command’s map, below: pic.twitter.com/6vlwcalbgo — خلية الاعلام الحربي… Continue reading Middle East update: October 4-5 2017

Middle East update: September 27-28 2017

ISIS ISIS released a new (?) audio recording from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Thursday. Baghdadi, assuming it was really him, offered the usual “keep fighting” pablum that these messages always include, but the real reason anybody listens to these things is in order to gain some clues into whether or not the guy is still… Continue reading Middle East update: September 27-28 2017

Middle East update: September 12 2017

SYRIA Having opened up a corridor to relieve the besieged city and its similarly besieged airport, the Syrian army is now massing assets for a push to recapture all of Deir Ezzor city from ISIS. They’re also massing civilian casualties, with “dozens” of people (69, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) reportedly killed… Continue reading Middle East update: September 12 2017

Middle East update: August 1 2017

You may have noticed that I’ve been away for a couple of weeks. While I’m absolutely not going to try to catch you up on everything that’s happened while I’ve been away, I will be interspersing the usual daily news with a few stories that developed over that time. IRAQ Combat operations in western Mosul… Continue reading Middle East update: August 1 2017