Middle East update: March 28 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. SYRIA According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Wednesday’s Israeli airstrike (confirmed by Israel) in Aleppo killed one… Continue reading Middle East update: March 28 2019

World update, part 1: March 27 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Israeli warplanes targeted an industrial area north of Aleppo on Wednesday, presumably going after facilities linked… Continue reading World update, part 1: March 27 2019

Middle East update: March 26 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. SYRIA ISIS conducted an overnight attack against a Syrian Democratic Forces checkpoint in Manbij, killing at least seven people.… Continue reading Middle East update: March 26 2019

Middle East update: March 25 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Middle East update: March 25 2019

Middle East update: March 14-15 2019

SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces once again slowed their assault on Baghouz on Friday, partly out of concern for the civilians still inside the town (many believed to be held there by ISIS) and partly because the SDF is having trouble figuring out where its enemy is. As it’s done in previous battles, ISIS has… Continue reading Middle East update: March 14-15 2019

Middle East update: March 13 2019

SYRIA Syrian and Russian forces commenced a sustained attack on rebel-held Idlib province on Wednesday, with at least 12 airstrikes reportedly hitting Idlib city alone. At least 13 people were killed and that number may well go up. Russian officials say they conducted the strikes against weapons and drone facilities used by the jihadi group… Continue reading Middle East update: March 13 2019

Middle East update: March 12 2019

SYRIA ISIS’s defeat in Baghouz is “imminent,” according to Reuters, as hundreds of the group’s remaining fighters and their families (perhaps as many as 2000 people total) reportedly surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday. At least 25 ISIS fighters have reportedly been killed so far in the SDF operation. The Turkish government, meanwhile,… Continue reading Middle East update: March 12 2019