Asia/Africa 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. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Conflict update: January 30 2017

Iraq Purely by coincidence, my absence from regular blogging coincided with the planned lull in the Mosul operation. With eastern Mosul having been liberated just before I checked out, the Iraqis have been laying the groundwork for the eventual assault on the western half of the city. Iraq forces have been actively liberating villages north… Continue reading Conflict update: January 30 2017

The Quetta bombing and ISIS in Pakistan

On Monday, a suicide bomber struck a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where a group of lawyers had gathered to protest the murder of the head of the Baluchistan Bar Association, killing at least 74 people. Responsibility for both the murder and the bombing was claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) splinter group that also… Continue reading The Quetta bombing and ISIS in Pakistan