Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A roadside bomb in Kandahar province killed three Afghan civilians on Sunday. Presumably the Taliban was responsible. On Friday, the Taliban attacked an Afghan border outpost in Kandahar and killed all 32 border guards posted there. So far it appears that one Taliban fighter–the one who drove the truck bomb that was used… Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: February 16-17 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 26-27 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A group of Taliban accidentally blew themselves up, at least according to Afghan authorities, at a volleyball match in Baghlan province on Saturday. Four of the group’s fighters and one civilian were killed. Also on Saturday, one person was killed in a bombing in Nangarhar province. US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad sure sounded… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 26-27 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 19-20 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban carried out a car bombing in Logar province on Sunday morning that killed at least eight Afghan security forces. Meanwhile, in northern Afghanistan’s Sar-e Pul province, a recent surge in Taliban activity has displaced about 40 families from the province’s Kohistan hinterland into the provincial capital. The Taliban is trying to… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 19-20 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 17 2019

ASIA ARMENIA The Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers met on Wednesday in Paris and apparently–somewhat incredibly–had an extremely positive discussion: Following the meeting, the official statement included several unusual elements that cheered advocates for peace between the two sides. “Here is the most positive statement of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs in a very long… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 17 2019

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

Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban issued a statement on Tuesday warning that it will withdraw from peace talks with the US unless Washington commits to the talks with “sincere intentions.” I’m going to be honest here and say I have no idea what they’re talking about and in fact it’s beginning to seem like the Taliban… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 15 2019

Asia/Africa update: October 10 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan says he’ll be tendering his resignation in the next few days, by October 16, with an eye toward holding a snap election in early-mid December. Pashinyan finally seems to have enough parliamentary support to call for a new election, which he’s expecting will break the power of Armenia’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 10 2018