World update part 1: March 1 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces on Friday began what should be their final offensive to capture Baghouz and close off the last ISIS-controlled enclave in Syria. The SDF has spent the past couple of weeks evacuating thousands of civilians, escaped slaves, and even some fleeing ISIS fighters from the town--some 10,000 people are … Continue reading World update part 1: March 1 2019

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Asia/Africa update: January 16 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan Taliban leaders say they're taking pressure from Pakistani authorities to reengage in peace talks with the United States and ultimately the Afghan government. One senior Taliban commander was reportedly arrested in Peshawar by the Pakistanis over the weekend (he was later released) and Taliban safehouses in Pakistan have apparently been targeted by … Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 16 2019