Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the anniversary of the initial airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it happened” to… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

It took just under 2 years from the end of the Iran-Iraq War for Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to irrevocably destroy his relationships with his two biggest allies, Kuwait and the United States. Yes, that’s right, today is the anniversary of Saddam’s decision to invade Kuwait and officially kick off the Gulf War, aka “The… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

World update: February 13 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The AP is reporting that Afghan authorities are maintaining two separate tracks of back-channel contacts with the Taliban, one via the country’s intelligence chief Mohammed Masoom Stanekzai and the other via Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser, Mohammad Hanif Atmar. The existence of these channels leaves open the possibility of a resumption of peace talks, but… Continue reading World update: February 13 2018

Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the 25th anniversary of the first airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown gambling addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

Saddam’s reasons for invading Kuwait were varied and complex money, it was pretty much all about money. And oil, which is really just another word for “money.” Kuwait had it (money, I mean, and oil too but again that’s the same thing) and Saddam didn’t. He didn’t even have the money to repay the loans… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iraq invades Kuwait (1990)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Amiriyah shelter bombing (1991)

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Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the anniversary of the initial airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it happened” to… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)