World update: April 5 2019

Don’t forget I’m moving to Substack! For this first week at the new site I’m posting updates there and here, but as of next week attwiw.com will no longer be active. You’ll need to head over to Substack and subscribe, so why not do that today? MIDDLE EAST YEMEN I wrote about Thursday’s War Powers vote… Continue reading World update: April 5 2019

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 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

Asia/Africa update: February 12 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan visited Afghanistan on Monday and stressed that the Trump administration has not come to a decision about any possible US troop withdrawal. The administration has been negotiating with the Taliban about a peace deal that would require the US to withdraw, and there have been rumors that… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 12 2019

World update: January 28 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces’ commander in Baghouz, Heval Roni, says that ISIS is down to its last four square kilometers of territory in Syria, a stretch of territory from the Baghouz area to the Iraqi border. The SDF believes there are “some high-ranking” ISIS bigwigs in that enclave, but doesn’t know if… Continue reading World update: January 28 2019