Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise stopover in Afghanistan on Monday on his way back from North Korea. He gushed about the success of the US operation there even as he had to fly in and out in a matter of a few hours under extremely heavy security and without making… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: July 9 2018

World update: June 12 2018

AFRICA MALI According to Malian authorities, militants attacked a town in the country’s central Mopti Region on Tuesday but were driven out by Malian forces. Ten of the attackers were reportedly killed. It’s unclear who the militants were. CAMEROON Amnesty International has a new report on violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone region: In a new report… Continue reading World update: June 12 2018

Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

ASIA GEORGIA Syria on Tuesday became the fifth nation in the world to recognize the “republics” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which declared independence from Georgia in 2008, as independent states, following Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru. All the great powers. Anyway, I’m sure Vladimir Putin appreciates the gesture, but Bashar al-Assad isn’t getting off… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: May 29 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 12 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban captured the Anardarah district of Farah province on Monday morning before being driven back out of the area later in the day by Afghan reinforcements and air support. Farah province has become a serious battleground, given its proximity to Taliban strongholds in Helmand province and its position along western smuggling routes into… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 12 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 8 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An airstrike probably from a US drone hit a Pakistani Taliban (TTP) training camp in Saresha Sultan Shah village, in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, on Thursday. At least 20 TTP fighters are believed to have been killed, including two senior figures and the son of the TTP’s top leader, Mullah Fazlullah. PAKISTAN Meanwhile, the US… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 8 2018

World update: February 24-25 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Three Taliban attacks overnight between Friday and Saturday left at least 20 Afghan soldiers dead across southern Afghanistan. Of those, at least 18 were killed in one attack on a checkpoint in Farah province early Saturday morning. Two suicide attacks in Helmand province resulted in the other casualties. Another three people were killed… Continue reading World update: February 24-25 2018

Asia/Africa update: February 19-20 2018

ASIA AZERBAIJAN James Dorsey writes that the contest between Iran and Saudi Arabia for influence in the Islamic world has expanded to Azerbaijan: The two countries’ latest battleground is oil-rich Azerbaijan, an authoritarian, majority Shia Muslim but secular former Soviet republic on Iran’s northern border with a substantial ethnic population in Iran itself. Recent Saudi… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 19-20 2018