Middle East update: October 26 2017

If this is a little abbreviated it’s because I’m getting a really late start, apologies. SYRIA Probably today’s biggest story is that the United Nations’ Joint Investigative Mechanism made its report on the Khan Shaykhun chemical weapons attack to the UN Security Council and found the Syrian government responsible. Hey, I said it was a big… Continue reading Middle East update: October 26 2017

Middle East update: September 6 2017

SYRIA At least one international investigation into the April 4 Khan Shaykhun chemical weapons attack has concluded that the Syrian government was responsible for the incident. The United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report released Wednesday that the incident was one of 27 times they’ve concluded that Bashar al-Assad’s forces have… Continue reading Middle East update: September 6 2017

Middle East update: August 12-13 2017

IRAQ Preparations continue for the eventual Tal Afar operation, but it’s not clear at this point what the hold up is. Iraqi forces are in place to begin attacking the city but the order hasn’t come down from Baghdad yet. On Sunday, two American soldiers were killed east of Tal Afar in what the anti-ISIS… Continue reading Middle East update: August 12-13 2017

Middle East update: July 6 2017

As I said on Sunday, this week was going to be a little abbreviated around here, and in that vein today’s updates will be our last until Sunday evening. Thanks for reading! IRAQ Yesterday there were signs that Iraqi authorities might (prematurely, of course) declare victory in Mosul today, but as far as I know… Continue reading Middle East update: July 6 2017

Conflict update: May 5 2017

FRANCE France’s runoff election is this Sunday, and active campaigning ended today, so there shouldn’t be any more major developme– With mere minutes to go before the end of active campaigning in France’s presidential election on Friday evening, front-runner Emmanuel Macron’s campaign released a statement saying it had been the victim of a “massive” computer… Continue reading Conflict update: May 5 2017

Conflict update: April 19 2017

Hey! So, instead of finishing this and posting it at 11:58 like I usually do, tonight I’m going to try, you know, not doing that, and hopefully being asleep at 11:58 instead. I’d like to make that the new normal with these posts going forward, but we’ll see. SYRIA At The Nation, James Carden asks whether… Continue reading Conflict update: April 19 2017

Conflict update: April 8-9 2017

First a note to readers: I’m probably going to take a few days off from writing about current events, unless something major happens while I’m away. Everybody needs a break here and there and I sense I’m approaching that point right now. Plus it’s my daughter’s spring break week so she’ll be home from school,… Continue reading Conflict update: April 8-9 2017