World update: April 2 2019

Don’t forget I’m moving to Substack! For this first week at the new site I’m posting updates there and here, but as of next week attwiw.com will no longer be active. You’ll need to head over to Substack and subscribe, so why not do that today? MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Although they declared victory over ISIS more… Continue reading World update: April 2 2019

World update: March 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces militia has given the people remaining in Baghouz until Saturday afternoon to evacuate/surrender before it resumes its offensive to take the town from ISIS. Thousands of people have fled Baghouz over the past few weeks in response to the SDF’s advance, mostly civilians but with a few hundred… Continue reading World update: March 8 2019

Middle East update: February 13 2019

SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces have paused their operation in Baghouz to give the people remaining in ISIS’s last pocket of territory in Syria a chance to leave. An estimated 1200 have done so just in the past day or so. There were ISIS fighters among them, and the fact that they were able to… Continue reading Middle East update: February 13 2019

Middle East update: February 12 2019

SYRIA A car bomb hit a checkpoint near the Turkish border outside the town of al-Rai on Tuesday. Three police officers and four civilians were wounded. That area is controlled by Turkey and its proxies, so there are a number of possible suspects including the YPG, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, and of course ISIS. Speaking of… Continue reading Middle East update: February 12 2019

Middle East update: February 6 2019

SYRIA The United Nations sent a large (100 truck) humanitarian aid convoy to the Syrian displaced persons camp at Rukban, near the Jordanian border, which arrived on Wednesday. There are as many as 50,000 people at Rukban, most of them believed to be women and children displaced by ISIS who are now unwilling to leave… Continue reading Middle East update: February 6 2019

Middle East update: February 5 2019

SYRIA Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, declared on Tuesday that further Israeli attacks on Syria would lead to “a firm and appropriate response to teach a lesson” to the Israelis. I’m not sure what that means but it’s probably not good from a regional stability standpoint–though, to be fair, neither is… Continue reading Middle East update: February 5 2019

Middle East update: February 4 2019

We’re in the midst of Kumbh Mela, a major Hindu pilgrimage festival that began in mid-January and runs through early March. With apologies for not saying so earlier, best wishes to any Hindu readers who are celebrating. SYRIA The Syrian government is reportedly evacuating people from 10,000 residential buildings in Aleppo due to the possibility… Continue reading Middle East update: February 4 2019