Asia/Africa update: October 12-13 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The United Nations says that civilian casualties from American and Afghan airstrikes have risen 50 percent over last year. This comes amid the implementation of Donald Trump’s “bomb the shit out of them and by them I mean whoever” strategy for winning the War on Terror, but notably mostly happened before Trump launched… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 12-13 2017

World update: August 19-20 2017

SINGAPORE This is breaking now: Ten U.S. Navy sailors are missing and five have been injured after the USS John S. McCain destroyer collided with an oil tanker near Singapore early Monday morning. This is the second time in two months that a Navy destroyer based at the 7th Fleet’s home port of Yokosuka, Japan,… Continue reading World update: August 19-20 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 3 2017

ASIA PAKISTAN This is a few days old, but the University of Sydney’s Hussain Nadim suggests that America’s ability to really sway Pakistani behavior vis-a-vis its support for Afghanistan’s Haqqani Network is fairly limited: For coercion to work, it has to be credible and the United States needs to have the capacity to deliver sufficient punishment.… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 3 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 1 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN An audio recording has surfaced that appears to include Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev lambasting his deputy prime minister, Rustam Azimov, who may or may not have been present. This seems to be another sign that Azimov, who was expected to be part of a ruling triumvirate with Mirziyoyev and Uzbek intelligence chief Rustam Inoyatov after… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 1 2017

Asia/Africa update: May 31 2017

AFGHANISTAN This morning’s bombing in Kabul, news of which just started to break as I wrapped up last night, was, perhaps unsurprisingly, far deadlier than initial reports seemed to suggest. The most recent updates I’ve seen, like this one from the BBC, put the death toll at 90, and it’s been steadily climbing throughout the day… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 31 2017

Be careful what you wish for

The NeverEnding Story Global War on Terror saw some big news over the weekend: An American drone strike on Saturday in a restive province of Pakistan killed Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, the White House confirmed on Monday. Calling the death “an important milestone,” President Obama said in a statement,… Continue reading Be careful what you wish for

Meet the new Taliban boss (?), Akhtar Mansur

So the Taliban officially acknowledged that Mullah Omar is, in fact, no longer among the living, though one wonders how long they’ve been trying to Weekend at Bernies this whole thing, if the reports that he died two years ago are accurate. He’s reportedly been replaced (though again, when he was actually replaced is an… Continue reading Meet the new Taliban boss (?), Akhtar Mansur