World update: March 8 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces militia has given the people remaining in Baghouz until Saturday afternoon to evacuate/surrender before it resumes its offensive to take the town from ISIS. Thousands of people have fled Baghouz over the past few weeks in response to the SDF’s advance, mostly civilians but with a few hundred… Continue reading World update: March 8 2019

World update: March 7 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS fired rockets at a gathering of Hazara in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least three people and wounding “dozens” more. The event was intended for several Afghan presidential candidates to speak with members of the predominantly Shiʿa community, and so there were some high profile targets there including Afghan “Chief Executive Officer”… Continue reading World update: March 7 2019

Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times highlights a budding split between urban and rural Afghans over peace talks with the Taliban: As American diplomats push for a peace deal with the Taliban to end the 18-year war, a strong voice of protest, largely coming from urban centers, has been cautioning against a rushed deal that could… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

World update: March 4 2019

I’ve got some things to take care of this evening, so today’s update is a little truncated and early. Back for more tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces are making slow progress in their offensive to capture the border town of Baghouz and with it ISIS’s last enclave of Syrian territory. Around 500… Continue reading World update: March 4 2019

World update: March 2-3 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban launched another attack on Camp Shorab in Helmand province on Friday night, killing at least 23 Afghan soldiers in an engagement that lasted into Saturday evening. At least 22 Taliban fighters were reportedly killed. In a separate attack in Sar-e Pol province on Saturday, the Taliban killed at least nine Afghan… Continue reading World update: March 2-3 2019

World update part 1: March 1 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces on Friday began what should be their final offensive to capture Baghouz and close off the last ISIS-controlled enclave in Syria. The SDF has spent the past couple of weeks evacuating thousands of civilians, escaped slaves, and even some fleeing ISIS fighters from the town–some 10,000 people are… Continue reading World update part 1: March 1 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 28 2019

AFGHANISTAN A group of Taliban fighters attacked a police outpost in Balkh province on Thursday, killing five police officers in what Afghan officials described as a five hour battle. US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad described this week’s meetings in Doha between his team and Taliban representatives as “productive” via Twitter on Thursday. The two sides… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 28 2019