World update: July 11 2018

It’s another hectic day at HQ so I’m going to try to be briefer and earlier than usual again. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian and Russian attention in Daraa province has focused on the Yarmouk Basin, where an ISIS affiliate called Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid has been ensconced since 2014. ISIS and its subdivisions aren’t covered under… Continue reading World update: July 11 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

ASIA KAZAKHSTAN The chair of Kazakhstan’s Senate (who functions sort of as a vice president), Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, told the BBC on Wednesday that incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev will not stand in the country’s 2020 election. Considering that Nazarbayev has been Kazakh president since 1990, that’s kind of a big deal if true. Tokayev stressed that he was only expressing… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 20 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Pentagon says it conducted an airstrike in Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Wednesday targeting “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.” They won’t release the name, but it’s believed they were targeting Mullah Fazlullah, one of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. It sure is going to be awkward if the US military… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 14 2018

World update: June 11 2018

It may be a spare couple of days around here as I fulfill some freelance obligations, so please bear with me. Also I wanted to get this update out before the Singapore meeting starts, so that’s why it’s a little early tonight. G7/SCO The Diplomat compares this weekend’s G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits, and it’s… Continue reading World update: June 11 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 4 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A suicide attacker struck a meeting of the Afghan Ulema (religious scholars) Council in Kabul on Monday, killing at least 14 people. The scholars had just issued edicts declaring that the Afghan insurgency has no religious basis and suicide bombings are counter to Islamic law. It’s unknown who was behind the attack but ISIS… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 4 2018

World update: May 15 2018

Remember that tonight’s updates are the last I’ll be doing until next Tuesday. Ramadan Mubarak to anyone who is observing the fast and thanks for reading. See you next week. ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban say they’ve captured Farah city, in western Afghanistan, after a daylong battle. Afghan authorities are promising to drive them out of… Continue reading World update: May 15 2018

World update: May 2 2016

Sorry, we’ve got another relatively brief update today. It’s been a busy day at HQ and your blog host isn’t feeling well to boot. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels controlling an enclave near Homs said on Wednesday that they have reached agreement with Damascus and Russia to evacuate that area, surrender their heavy weapons, and relocate north near… Continue reading World update: May 2 2016