Middle East update: January 7 2019

Welcome back! As always after an extended break, we will not be recapping everything that happened while I was gone. If I’ve missed a story you think is important, you can always drop me a line and let me know. ISIS Terrorism analysts say that recently acquired evidence shows that ISIS, despite losing its territorial… Continue reading Middle East update: January 7 2019

Middle East update: December 7 2018

SYRIA Both the US State Department and the British Foreign Office are now accusing the Syrian government and Russia of carrying out last month’s apparent chlorine gas attack in western Aleppo in order to frame rebels. The goal, according to this scenario, was to undermine the Idlib ceasefire agreement. The one that, uh, Russia negotiated… Continue reading Middle East update: December 7 2018

Middle East update: November 3-4 2018

SYRIA ISIS detonated a car bomb in Raqqa on Sunday. Reports have been sketchy so far but it appears at least one person was killed in the blast with many more wounded. The attack comes just a couple of days after a prominent Arab tribal leader and member of the Raqqa Civil Council was assassinated… Continue reading Middle East update: November 3-4 2018

Middle East update: October 31 2018

Happy Halloween to those celebrating! MIDDLE EAST The Carnegie Endowment has produced a several-part series on the “hybridization” of national security in several Arab countries: Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. What they’re talking about is the increasing reliance these states have on non-state militias to backstop their national militaries. These countries have played around… Continue reading Middle East update: October 31 2018

Middle East update: October 20-21 2018

SYRIA Both the Syrian Observatory and the White Helmets reported that an explosion in Idlib province killed at least three people on Sunday. Presumably this was a little rebel-on-rebel violence though at this point there aren’t any details beyond the death toll. The US has acknowledged conducting airstrikes in and around the town of Sousa… Continue reading Middle East update: October 20-21 2018

Middle East update: October 12 2018

SYRIA The Israeli and Syrian governments, plus the United Nations, agreed on Friday to reopen the Quneitra border crossing in the Golan. This should allow UN peacekeepers back into the area to hopefully, you know, keep Israel and Syria from going to war with one another. Amnesty International on Friday heavily criticized the joint US-Syrian Democratic… Continue reading Middle East update: October 12 2018

Middle East update: October 11 2018

SYRIA Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told reporters earlier this week that the US-Turkish agreement over the Syrian town of Manbij is “not completely dead,” which is good news, I guess? The agreement calls for joint Turkish-US military patrols around Manbij but those haven’t started yet. The Turks also seem to think it calls for joint… Continue reading Middle East update: October 11 2018