World update, part 1: March 27 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Israeli warplanes targeted an industrial area north of Aleppo on Wednesday, presumably going after facilities linked… Continue reading World update, part 1: March 27 2019

Middle East update: March 26 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. SYRIA ISIS conducted an overnight attack against a Syrian Democratic Forces checkpoint in Manbij, killing at least seven people.… Continue reading Middle East update: March 26 2019

Middle East update: March 25 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Middle East update: March 25 2019

Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

The good news is that I actually feel OK today for the first time since the flu hit last weekend. Since it’s my birthday on Sunday, I’m going to give myself a couple more days to recover and, barring any setbacks, we’ll be back to normal operations on Monday. Meanwhile, here’s today’s history post and… Continue reading Today in South Asian history: Nader Shah sacks Delhi (1739)

Today in Middle Eastern history: Iran becomes “Iran” (1935)

I’m still on the mend, but I hate to miss these history posts and so (with just a couple of minutes to spare) here’s today’s. I’ll be back to full speed as soon as I can manage it. It’s a historical oddity that the nation (kingdom, empire, whatever it was at any particular point in… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Iran becomes “Iran” (1935)

Middle East update: March 14-15 2019

SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces once again slowed their assault on Baghouz on Friday, partly out of concern for the civilians still inside the town (many believed to be held there by ISIS) and partly because the SDF is having trouble figuring out where its enemy is. As it’s done in previous battles, ISIS has… Continue reading Middle East update: March 14-15 2019

Middle East update: March 13 2019

SYRIA Syrian and Russian forces commenced a sustained attack on rebel-held Idlib province on Wednesday, with at least 12 airstrikes reportedly hitting Idlib city alone. At least 13 people were killed and that number may well go up. Russian officials say they conducted the strikes against weapons and drone facilities used by the jihadi group… Continue reading Middle East update: March 13 2019