Conflict update: February 17 2017

Somalia The United States of America This is Donald Trump’s America, and people are prepared to go to great lengths to get the hell out of it: A man from Somalia who risked the freezing temperatures of Manitoba as he crossed into Canada was discovered out in the cold by a CBC journalist. The chance… Continue reading Conflict update: February 17 2017

Conflict update: February 13 2017

Michael Flynn I had more to say about this story, but it all just got rendered obsolete: BREAKING: Michael Flynn has resigned, sources tell @SaraMurray and @GloriaBorger — Adam Levine (@cnnadam) February 14, 2017 Earlier this evening Flynn pulled out of a scheduled speech at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual meeting at the last… Continue reading Conflict update: February 13 2017

Conflict update: February 9 2017

Just by way of an update, there’s a pretty good chance this place will be quiet tomorrow. I’m traveling again and, well, I might just feel like crashing afterwards. That’s also why this is posting a few hours earlier than I usually post these updates. #ThanksTrump As the Trump administration decides how to proceed now… Continue reading Conflict update: February 9 2017

Conflict update: January 30 2017

Iraq Purely by coincidence, my absence from regular blogging coincided with the planned lull in the Mosul operation. With eastern Mosul having been liberated just before I checked out, the Iraqis have been laying the groundwork for the eventual assault on the western half of the city. Iraq forces have been actively liberating villages north… Continue reading Conflict update: January 30 2017

Conflict update: January 24 2017

Syria With everybody’s eyes on the peace conference in Kazakhstan, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham has made a big move to consolidate its control of the rebellion in Idlib: Heavy fighting erupted in northwestern Syria on Tuesday between a powerful jihadist organization and more moderate rebel groups, threatening to further weaken the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad… Continue reading Conflict update: January 24 2017

Conflict update: January 13 2017 (UPDATED)

OK, so, it’s been a long day and I’m getting started on this very late, so no time to dilly dally. Of course, if I don’t finish this by midnight I’ll just post it and then keep adding stuff to it after midnight, per my usual routine. Oh, you didn’t know I did that? I’m… Continue reading Conflict update: January 13 2017 (UPDATED)

Conflict update, January 8 2017

Iraq Iraqi counter-terrorism forces in east Mosul say they’ve reached the eastern bank of the Tigris River. Some Iraqi politicians are claiming that as much as 88 percent of the eastern half of the city has been liberated, which is probably a substantial exaggeration, but it’s impossible to dispute that the offensive has made significant… Continue reading Conflict update, January 8 2017