Asia/Africa update: March 13 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least five Afghan soldiers in were killed on Wednesday when their checkpoint in Uruzgan province was destroyed by US airstrikes. The soldiers may have fired on a joint US-Afghan unit maneuvering nearby, which then requested air support. PAKISTAN China has blocked a United Nations Security Council move, requested by India, to add… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 13 2019

World update: March 11 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban carried out an attack on an Afghan military base in Badghis province on Monday, killing or capturing the entire company of soldiers there. The attackers reportedly killed 16 Afghan soldiers and took another 40 prisoner. The Taliban has been focusing its efforts on Baghdis province’s Bala Murghab district, which provincial officials… Continue reading World update: March 11 2019

World update: March 7 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS fired rockets at a gathering of Hazara in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding “dozens” more. The event was intended for several Afghan presidential candidates to speak with members of the predominantly Shiʿa community, and so there were some high profile targets there including Afghan “Chief Executive Officer”… Continue reading World update: March 7 2019

Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times highlights a budding split between urban and rural Afghans over peace talks with the Taliban: As American diplomats push for a peace deal with the Taliban to end the 18-year war, a strong voice of protest, largely coming from urban centers, has been cautioning against a rushed deal that could… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

World update: March 4 2019

I’ve got some things to take care of this evening, so today’s update is a little truncated and early. Back for more tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces are making slow progress in their offensive to capture the border town of Baghouz and with it ISIS’s last enclave of Syrian territory. Around 500… Continue reading World update: March 4 2019

World update: March 2-3 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban launched another attack on Camp Shorab in Helmand province on Friday night, killing at least 23 Afghan soldiers in an engagement that lasted into Saturday evening. At least 22 Taliban fighters were reportedly killed. In a separate attack in Sar-e Pol province on Saturday, the Taliban killed at least nine Afghan… Continue reading World update: March 2-3 2019

World update part 1: March 1 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces on Friday began what should be their final offensive to capture Baghouz and close off the last ISIS-controlled enclave in Syria. The SDF has spent the past couple of weeks evacuating thousands of civilians, escaped slaves, and even some fleeing ISIS fighters from the town–some 10,000 people are… Continue reading World update part 1: March 1 2019