Middle East update: August 20 2018

As always when I take a few days off we’re going to skip over what happened while I was gone unless absolutely necessary. HAJJ First of all, Hajj Mubarak to those who are undertaking the pilgrimage despite the apparently heavy rains. The Guardian has put together a nice photo essay on this year’s Hajj. If… Continue reading Middle East update: August 20 2018

Middle East update: September 1 2017

In an effort to not be up until 2 AM for a change, I’m going to try wrapping things up early today and see how that goes. I don’t want to say this could be the new normal, but for my own sanity I may start trying to get these updates out a little earlier… Continue reading Middle East update: September 1 2017

Middle East update: August 30 2017

IRAQ The fighting around the town of Ayadiyah has been so fierce that it seems likely that the bulk of the 1000-2000 ISIS fighters who were thought to have been in Tal Afar actually retreated to Ayadiyah instead and are making their last stand there. Iraqi officers are comparing the fighting in Ayadiyah to the… Continue reading Middle East update: August 30 2017

Middle East update: August 21-22 2017

PSA: This may very well be my last update until Monday. I’m traveling for the rest of the week and while ideally I would like to find time to pump out a little content while I’m doing so, realistically I don’t think it’s going to be possible. ISIS According to the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism… Continue reading Middle East update: August 21-22 2017

Middle East update: August 19-20 2017

IRAQ So I think that the Iraqi government just tried a little misdirection in the fight against ISIS. After saying for several days that it could be weeks before they started a ground offensive to liberate Tal Afar, the Iraqis started that offensive on Saturday. Donald Trump must be so happy that they didn’t telegraph… Continue reading Middle East update: August 19-20 2017

Middle East update: August 16 2017

IRAQ Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the air campaign against Tal Afar continues to ratchet up in advance of the ground offensive that will begin…well, someday. Probably someday soon but I don’t want to overpromise. Anonymous Iraqi sources are still talking about weeks before the ground attack really begins. There’s less… Continue reading Middle East update: August 16 2017

Conflict update: March 17 2017

SYRIA First the new story: that Israeli missile alert that sounded in the Jordan valley yesterday evening wasn’t caused by any rockets coming from Gaza. Instead, it was caused by Syrian anti-aircraft missiles, fired at a squadron of Israeli planes that were returning from a bombing run in Syrian airspace. The Israeli planes reportedly struck… Continue reading Conflict update: March 17 2017