Middle East update: January 30 2018

SYRIA Russia’s big Syrian congress in Sochi concluded on Tuesday–having accomplished, as expected, nothing–and it appears things went really, really well: Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, helped open the conference on Tuesday by reading out a statement from Vladimir Putin saying the conditions were ripe for Syria to turn “a tragic page” in its history.… Continue reading Middle East update: January 30 2018

Middle East update: August 17-18 2017

I’m posting this early because we’re supposed to get a major thunderstorm tonight and our electricity tends to go out during those. I may update later if something warrants it. I’ll try to post a world update later if nature and the electrical grid allow it. IRAQ Reuters has published another story on the imminent… Continue reading Middle East update: August 17-18 2017

Middle East update: August 16 2017

IRAQ Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the air campaign against Tal Afar continues to ratchet up in advance of the ground offensive that will begin…well, someday. Probably someday soon but I don’t want to overpromise. Anonymous Iraqi sources are still talking about weeks before the ground attack really begins. There’s less… Continue reading Middle East update: August 16 2017