Middle East update: July 6 2018

SYRIA While there may be some mopping up to be done, Daraa province is now back in Bashar al-Assad’s hands. Rebels there agreed on Friday to surrender their medium and heavy weapons and to either give up fighting or be relocated to Idlib province. As a result, the Syrian government regained control over its important… Continue reading Middle East update: July 6 2018

Middle East update: July 5 2018

Well, we’re back. As usual when I’ve been gone for a while this update will mostly stick to things that happened today with some pieces I flagged while I was gone in there for good measure. It will probably be long and there’s not much I can do about that. SYRIA Owing to a combination… Continue reading Middle East update: July 5 2018

Middle East update: March 22 2018

SYRIA While it’s being overshadowed by events in the rest of the country, fighting in Idlib province hasn’t stopped even if it has declined from where it was a few weeks ago: BREAKING: A monitoring group and the opposition's paramedics say an airstrike on a market in northwest Syria has killed 28. — The Associated… Continue reading Middle East update: March 22 2018

Middle East update: March 1 2018

SYRIA So far Russia’s plan to open a five hour ceasefire window every day in Eastern Ghouta to allow civilians to leave and humanitarian aid to come in has been a gigantic bust. I know, I was shocked too. The United Nations says the windows aren’t nearly long enough to actually accomplish either of those… Continue reading Middle East update: March 1 2018

Middle East update: February 24-25 2018

SYRIA On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council finally managed to get everybody on the same page and unanimously voted to establish a 30 day humanitarian ceasefire in Damascus’s battered Eastern Ghouta suburb. The fighting there started again on Sunday: A new United Nations resolution demanding a cease-fire across Syria appeared to have little effect… Continue reading Middle East update: February 24-25 2018

Middle East update: February 6 2018

SYRIA The United Nations is calling for a general monthlong ceasefire in Syria, and given how quickly the violence there has escalated in recent weeks it’s not hard to see why. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that at least 47 people were killed in government bombardments of Ghouta on Tuesday, after 30 were… Continue reading Middle East update: February 6 2018

Middle East update: February 1-2 2018

SYRIA BuzzFeed has a decent roundup of what’s been happening in Afrin. No “news” as such, but if you haven’t been following the story and want to get caught up you could do worse. The Trump administration says it may Do Something if it continues to receive reports of the Syrian military using chemical weapons.… Continue reading Middle East update: February 1-2 2018