Asia/Africa update: November 4-5 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN US airstrikes in Kunduz province on Saturday reportedly killed “scores” of Afghan civilians: The airstrikes in Kunduz on Friday night targeted three villages in Chardara, a district west of the provincial capital where Taliban fighters have long maintained a strong presence.   Afghan security forces prevented access to the bomb sites in Essa… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 4-5 2017

Conflict update, November 19

Yemen Here today: A Saudi Arabia-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government against Houthi rebels has declared a 48-hour ceasefire that began on Saturday, according to local media. “It has been decided to begin a 48-hour ceasefire from 12:00 noon in Yemen’s timing (09:00 GMT) on Saturday,” a coalition statement carried by Saudi Arabia’s official SPA news… Continue reading Conflict update, November 19

Conflict update, November 6

Oh, hi there. Been a while, huh? Sorry. Sometimes you just need a break, or a decent night’s sleep, or in my case both. Here are the latest updates from all the various places in the greater MENA region where people are currently killing each other, or thinking about killing each other: Syria The big… Continue reading Conflict update, November 6

Catching up: Afghanistan

I’m sorry to keep repeating myself, but I’m trying to get back to some regular blogging after an extended break. But in order to do that, I’ve got to make some sense of what’s been going on while I’ve been away–for my own sake far more than for yours. This is part of a series… Continue reading Catching up: Afghanistan

Afghanistan: dealing with the Taliban, ISIS, and the, ah, other Taliban

The fall of Kunduz was a big moment for the Afghan Taliban, coming as it did after the announcement of Mullah Omar’s death and his replacement by Mullah Akhtar Mansour, a guy who was believed to have something less than total support among the whole Taliban organization. Even though the Taliban abandoned Kunduz not long… Continue reading Afghanistan: dealing with the Taliban, ISIS, and the, ah, other Taliban

Did the US know that MSF facility in Kunduz was a hospital?

When US aircraft bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3, it was clear that something had gone terribly wrong, but it wasn’t clear what that was. Did the US deliberately attack a medical facility? Was there some kind of inexcusable error in the heat of battle that led to that… Continue reading Did the US know that MSF facility in Kunduz was a hospital?

The buck stops somewhere else

Hey, that hospital we blew up in Kunduz? We may have blown it up, but it was only because other people asked us to… Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said today that Afghan forces who were under attack by the Taliban requested the U.S. airstrikes that resulted in 22 deaths at… Continue reading The buck stops somewhere else