Middle East update: March 1 2018

SYRIA So far Russia's plan to open a five hour ceasefire window every day in Eastern Ghouta to allow civilians to leave and humanitarian aid to come in has been a gigantic bust. I know, I was shocked too. The United Nations says the windows aren't nearly long enough to actually accomplish either of those … Continue reading Middle East update: March 1 2018

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Middle East update: September 19-20 2017

IRAQ UPDATE: Some time after I posted this Reuters began reporting that the Iraqis have begun their offensive to liberate Hawijah from ISIS. Disputes with the Kurds, exacerbated by their upcoming independence referendum, were thought to be delaying that offensive indefinitely, but I guess everybody was able to get on the same page enough to get … Continue reading Middle East update: September 19-20 2017