Middle East update: July 12 2018

SYRIA The Syrian military seized the city of Daraa on Thursday, symbolically flying the Syrian flag in the middle of town in commemoration. Daraa is an important tactical victory–you can’t control southwestern Syria without it, obviously. But it may be an even bigger symbolic victory, because it was in Daraa in the spring of 2011… Continue reading Middle East update: July 12 2018

Middle East update: July 7-8 2018

SYRIA According to Syrian state media, Israeli planes fired missiles at the T4 airbase outside of Homs on Sunday night. That base is used by Iranian personnel and the Israelis have attacked it previously. The Syrian reports say that their air defenses “thwarted” the attack, shooting down several Israeli missiles and hiting one Israeli aircraft,… Continue reading Middle East update: July 7-8 2018

Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

I’m posting this a little early in case the thunderstorm we’re about to get knocks out our power. There should be at least one more post tonight if the electric grid permits. IRAQ So this is kind of a big deal: Moqtada al-Sadr was leading in Iraq’s parliamentary election with over half of the votes… Continue reading Middle East update: May 12-13 2018

Middle East update: April 28-29 2018

SYRIA So, um, it appears that the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian army fought each other over the weekend in eastern Syria: U.S-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said they expelled had Syrian troops that briefly took control of a string of villages in oil rich areas east of the Euphrates river near the Iraqi border… Continue reading Middle East update: April 28-29 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 13 2018

SYRIA The promised medical evacuation of Eastern Ghouta took place on Tuesday, with Jaysh al-Islam allowing the wounded, the elderly, new mothers, and others on a United Nations list of people in critical need of medical care to leave Douma. The evacuation is supposed to take place in “batches” with potentially hundreds of people being… Continue reading Middle East update: March 13 2018

Middle East update: March 10-11 2018

SYRIA After several days full of conflicting reports, it seems everybody finally got on the same page with respect to Eastern Ghouta, and by that I mean everybody seems to be in agreement that pro-government forces have cut the territory into (at least) two sections and possibly three. Over the weekend they captured the towns of… Continue reading Middle East update: March 10-11 2018