Middle East update: May 22 2018

Hi. Perhaps you’ve noticed that I’ve been gone for a while. I’m not going to recap everything that happened while I was gone, but be forewarned that this is going to be a long post. And by “long,” I mean I’m at 1800 words as I write this and I haven’t even gotten to Iran… Continue reading Middle East update: May 22 2018

Middle East update: April 6 2018

SYRIA It looks like the situation has completely broken down in the city of Douma, in Eastern Ghouta. As noted yesterday, Jaysh al-Islam has halted its evacuation of the city and is asking for new talks with the Syrian government and Russia. It’s not clear why, but chances are pretty good they want a different… Continue reading Middle East update: April 6 2018

Middle East update: January 13-14 2018

By way of a site update, with tomorrow being a holiday in the US I’m not 100 percent sure I’ll be blogging. If not then I’ll be back on Tuesday with two days’ worth of bad news. IRAQ I have bad news, good news, and political news, which is probably bad but also silly. Baghdad… Continue reading Middle East update: January 13-14 2018

Middle East update: November 9 2017

SYRIA The Syrian army made it official on Thursday: it (with some help from its allies) has taken al-Bukamal from ISIS. This occasioned a dramatic declaration of victory from Damascus, but ISIS still controls enough Syrian countryside to disappear and go underground if that’s what its leaders want to do. That’s not really a clear victory.… Continue reading Middle East update: November 9 2017