Middle East update: February 10-11 2018

SYRIA Olympics or not, it was quite a weekend in Syria. To cut to the chase: an Israeli F-16 was shot down by Syrian air defenses on Saturday morning. This was after an Israeli helicopter shot down what the Israelis say was an Iranian drone that had crossed into Israeli airspace. The Israeli military later… Continue reading Middle East update: February 10-11 2018

Shithole update #3 (Europe/Americas): January 11-12 2018

EUROPE UKRAINE Three Ukrainian soldiers were killed on Thursday as Kiev and eastern Ukrainian separatists accused one another of ratcheting up the violence in the Donbas. POLAND In an effort to prove to the European Union that it really stands for democracy and isn’t just trying to amass power, Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party… Continue reading Shithole update #3 (Europe/Americas): January 11-12 2018

Europe/Americas update: October 23 2017

WAR ON TERROR The long-feared problem of waves of ISIS’s foreign fighters returning home to carry out terror attacks hasn’t materialized, at least not to the extent many analysts have been fearing, and the reason is pretty straightforward: more of them than expected have been killed in Syria and Iraq. But still, as Robin Wright… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: October 23 2017

Middle East update: May 31 2017

SYRIA Hopefully I’m wrong here, but it seems to me that–without getting a lot of attention–the potential for a dramatic escalation in southern Syria is growing by the day. Here’s the latest tiptoe in the direction of what could be a very dangerous line: Western-backed Syrian rebels said on Wednesday that Russian jets attacked them as… Continue reading Middle East update: May 31 2017

Conflict Update: January 22 2017

So our guests left a short time ago, whereas I thought they were staying another day for some reason. Leaving on Sunday makes a lot more sense, now that I think about it, but anyway that leaves me free to do a little Bad News Digest tonight. Iraq OK, the news isn’t all bad. Eastern… Continue reading Conflict Update: January 22 2017

Conflict update: January 17 2017

Nigeria Easily the single worst thing that happened today was the Nigerian air force’s mistaken bombing of a government-run displaced persons camp in Rann, in the northeastern part of the country. Pilots were apparently looking for a Boko Haram force reportedly amassing in the area, and instead wound up bombing a camp full of people… Continue reading Conflict update: January 17 2017

Conflict update, January 8 2017

Iraq Iraqi counter-terrorism forces in east Mosul say they’ve reached the eastern bank of the Tigris River. Some Iraqi politicians are claiming that as much as 88 percent of the eastern half of the city has been liberated, which is probably a substantial exaggeration, but it’s impossible to dispute that the offensive has made significant… Continue reading Conflict update, January 8 2017