Conflict update: November 21

Iraq If you’ve been keeping up with Joel Wing’s neighborhood-by-neighborhood accounting of the Mosul fighting, you’ll likely notice that the Iraqis have been declaring a bunch of neighborhoods “liberated” for the second or third time since they entered the city. This, as much as anything else, should tell you how quickly the operation is progressing,… Continue reading Conflict update: November 21

Another group claims responsibility for the Bamako hotel attack

A deadly attack on a hotel in Mali kills several people, many of them foreigners, and leaves the country unsettled. Very quickly, the al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group al-Mourabitoun claims responsibility for the attack in a statement delivered to the media. But in the aftermath of the attack, a second group comes forward to claim responsibility for… Continue reading Another group claims responsibility for the Bamako hotel attack

Some early thoughts on the Mali hotel attack

The Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali, was struck by gunmen earlier today in an attack that so far has killed at least 27 people. The situation is still unfolding (though it may be nearing a resolution), with gunmen still believed to be inside the hotel, though a “special forces raid,” possibly… Continue reading Some early thoughts on the Mali hotel attack

One terrorist probably dead, another probably not

Writing about alleged terrorist deaths means being ready to retract what you’ve written if, as happens pretty frequently, the report of their death turns out to be wrong. One minute you’re talking about Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri kicking the bucket, the next his organization is releasing new recordings that may (but also may not!) be him… Continue reading One terrorist probably dead, another probably not