Asia/Africa update: August 30 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A NATO helicopter attack in Afghanistan’s eastern Logar province killed at least 11 civilians on Wednesday. The target was a Taliban unit that reportedly took shelter in a civilian home and began firing on the copter. This new atrocity comes at a very convenient time, with the US preparing to significantly increase its… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 30 2017

Conflict update: May 2 2017

AFGHANISTAN UPDATE/BREAKING: Right after I hit post on this, as often happens, I saw this Reuters report that a “large explosion” had reportedly occurred in central Kabul, near the American embassy. Al Jazeera is reporting that it was a suicide attack and that there are “several” casualties. Earlier, a suspected Taliban attack in Faryab province late on Monday reportedly killed five… Continue reading Conflict update: May 2 2017

Conflict update: March 7 2017

WIKILEAKS WikiLeaks, the organization whose involvement in the Edward Snowden affair, the Chelsea Manning affair, and last summer’s DNC/Podesta hack launched the careers of a thousand self-declared national security experts, has released a whole new batch of classified information, this time from the CIA: The new documents appear to be from the CIA’s 200-strong Center… Continue reading Conflict update: March 7 2017

Conflict update: January 6 2017

Iraq Here’s one terrifying side-effect of the Mosul campaign that, to be honest, I hadn’t really thought much about: With the launch of the second phase of the Mosul operations Dec. 29, tens of bodies of killed Islamic State (IS) fighters were strewn across the streets in the neighborhoods of al-Salam, al-Intisar, al-Wihda, Palestine and… Continue reading Conflict update: January 6 2017