Conflict update: February 12 2017

We’re in the middle of a windstorm and I keep losing power, so I’m going to have to call it a night with a lot of stuff still left to cover. I’ll be back tomorrow though. The storm blew through and I decided to stay up late to cram everything in here. You’re welcome, or… Continue reading Conflict update: February 12 2017

Conflict update: November 25

France No, this isn’t about that knife attack I mentioned yesterday–French authorities are saying that attack wasn’t terrorism. However, they’re also reporting that they’ve just arrested five ISIS operatives who were planning an “imminent” terrorist attack under direction from the group’s leadership in the Middle East. At least some of the five appear to have… Continue reading Conflict update: November 25

Mosul/Aleppo update, October 24

  Mosul ISIS’s two largest diversionary attacks have continued apace. In Kirkuk, it seems the heaviest fighting is over for the most part, with over 160 people dead on both sides, but it’s very likely that some ISIS operatives still remain in the city and could be capable of launching attacks, including suicide bombings. This… Continue reading Mosul/Aleppo update, October 24

Mosul/Aleppo/Yemen update, October 23

Mosul Kurdish forces attacked Bashiqa, another village a short distance east of Mosul. The Kurds claim that they “completely control” Bashiqa now, but it’s not entirely clear what they mean by that and it’s very likely that some ISIS fighters still remain in the town. Nevertheless, it’s being reported that the Peshmerga have advanced to… Continue reading Mosul/Aleppo/Yemen update, October 23

Mosul/Aleppo/Yemen update, October 22

Aleppo The Aleppo ceasefire, such as it was, is over: Mortar fire from regime forces struck the al-Mashhad neighborhood of eastern Aleppo on Saturday evening as a three-day Russian-backed ceasefire came to an end at 7 p.m. (noon ET), according to the activist Aleppo Media Center. The Russian Defense Ministry had called for the ceasefire… Continue reading Mosul/Aleppo/Yemen update, October 22

Catching up: Iraq

After a much-needed break, I’m going to try to get back to some regular blogging. But in order to do that, I’ve got to make some sense of what’s been going on while I’ve been away–for my own sake far more than for yours. This is part of a series of pieces over the next… Continue reading Catching up: Iraq

“Prime Minister of Iraq” must be a pretty crappy job

Paul Ryan just gave up his, ah, dream job to become Speaker of the House today, ending a long national nightmare of media hand-wringing over the fate of the Speakership in the post-John Boehner era. Throughout that hand-wringing, we were treated to the oft-repeated observation that Speaker of the House is the “worst job in… Continue reading “Prime Minister of Iraq” must be a pretty crappy job