Asia/Africa update: February 26 2018

ASIA PAKISTAN In a real curiosity, the BBC has apparently found three men who still speak Badeshi, an Indo-Iranian language spoken in Pakistan’s Bishigram valley that was previously believed to have gone completely extinct three generations ago. Obviously it’s still on its way out, but nevertheless it’s an interesting story and might mean that linguists… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 26 2018

World update: February 24-25 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Three Taliban attacks overnight between Friday and Saturday left at least 20 Afghan soldiers dead across southern Afghanistan. Of those, at least 18 were killed in one attack on a checkpoint in Farah province early Saturday morning. Two suicide attacks in Helmand province resulted in the other casualties. Another three people were killed… Continue reading World update: February 24-25 2018

World update: February 23 2018

We’re going to go with a single update again today, mostly because your bloghost is not feeling so hot today but also because I think we can get away with it. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Turkish forces shelled a convoy heading into Afrin on Friday (killing at least one person) that was carrying…well, take your pick.… Continue reading World update: February 23 2018

World update: December 11 2017

ASIA MYANMAR The AP has conducted an in-depth investigation into the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar soldiers. It is absolutely chilling and should be read as widely as possible, so please go do that: The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar’s security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press found in interviews… Continue reading World update: December 11 2017

Asia/Africa update: October 20 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 72 people were killed on Friday in two suicide bombings targeting mosques in Kabul and in Ghor province. The Kabul bombing, in which at least 39 people were killed, struck a Shiʿa mosque, and while there’s been no claim of responsibility this may well have been ISIS’s work given the choice of target.… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 20 2017

World update: October 16 2017

MIDDLE EAST IRAQ This is obviously the day’s big story. Last night’s Iraqi advance into Kirkuk province appears in the light of day to have ended with Baghdad in control of pretty much all of its targets–oil fields, the K1 military base, and even the city of Kirkuk itself. Aside from a few small skirmishes… Continue reading World update: October 16 2017

Asia/Africa update: June 22 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A car bomb killed at least 34 people on Thursday outside a bank in the city of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand province. The Taliban took credit for the attack, though the location indicated as much anyway. One of the Taliban’s favorite tactics in recent months has been to attack banks on payday, when… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 22 2017