Middle East update: March 6 2019

SYRIA At least 2000 more people evacuated Baghouz on Wednesday to escape the Syrian Democratic Forces’ assault on the town. Among these were reportedly “hundreds” of ISIS fighters who surrendered to SDF fighters. Another 400 or so ISIS fighters were caught attempting to hide themselves among the crowd of evacuees, and while it would be… Continue reading Middle East update: March 6 2019

Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Today is the anniversary of the initial airstrikes of Operation Desert Storm, the “oh, it’s just one play on the slots–what could go wrong?” of America’s full-blown addiction to blowing things up in the Middle East. Thanks to YouTube, you kids out there can relive it as it happened…or, at least, “as it happened” to… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: Operation Desert Storm begins (1991)

Middle East update: October 19 2018

SYRIA Syrian media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights are both reporting that multiple civilians (the SOHR says at least 46) have been killed in US airstrikes on the town of Sousa over the past two days. Sousa is in the pocket of territory still controlled by ISIS around the town of Hajin, where… Continue reading Middle East update: October 19 2018

Middle East update: October 4 2018

attwiw is taking the long weekend off, so these will be our last updates until Tuesday. Thanks for reading! SYRIA The US is very miffed at Russia for selling its S-300 air defense system to the Syrian government. General Joseph Votel, the head of Central Command, referred to the sale as a “needless escalation” that… Continue reading Middle East update: October 4 2018

Middle East update: October 1 2018

SYRIA A day after reports (well, one report) said it was quitting the demilitarized zone that Russian and Turkey established in Idlib province–making it the first rebel faction to do so–a spokesman for Faylaq al-Sham said on Monday that the group has done no such thing. In another development that augurs poorly for the success… Continue reading Middle East update: October 1 2018

Middle East update: September 17 2018

SYRIA Astoundingly, Monday’s meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi appears to have produced a tangible, potentially huge result. The two leaders pledged to establish a 15-20 kilometer wide “demilitarized zone” in Idlib province that will separate rebel and government lines and will be patrolled by Russian and Turkish… Continue reading Middle East update: September 17 2018

Middle East update: September 5 2018

This evening’s updates may be a little less verbose than usual because I’ll be out for a while watching some people do a live podcast or something in DC. I’m not quite sure what to make of it. SYRIA The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported another day of widespread shelling across Idlib as the… Continue reading Middle East update: September 5 2018