Europe/Americas update: June 19-20 2017

BELGIUM This is still sort of breaking so it goes first: Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Prosecutors later said the man had… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 19-20 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 6 2017

FRANCE What appears to have been an attempted terrorist attack was thwarted by French police on Tuesday outside Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. A man carrying knives and a hammer approached officers and began striking one with the hammer, while reportedly shouting “this is for Syria,” before at least one of the officers shot and wounded… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 6 2017

Conflict update: April 21 2017

Hopefully a short one tonight. I’m getting a bit of a late start and actually don’t think there’s much to report for a change. SYRIA The first phase of that major four-town evacuation (Fuʿah, Kefraya, Zabadani, and Madaya) has concluded successfully with an additional agreement for the Syrian government to release hundreds of detainees. The… Continue reading Conflict update: April 21 2017

Conflict update: April 20 2017

FRANCE Details are still sketchy, but a gunman earlier this evening shot and killed a police officer on the Champs-Élysées in Paris before being shot and killed in turn by other police officers. There was a search for accomplices immediately after the shooting, but it seems at this point like the shooter was acting alone.… Continue reading Conflict update: April 20 2017

Conflict update: March 20-21 2017

Because there’s so much to cover tonight, you’re getting two updates. This one covers everything but the Greater Middle East, the other covers nothing but the Greater Middle East. Enjoy…? COMING SOON TO A SECURITY THEATER NEAR YOU Effective as of yesterday, people trying to fly into the US from airports in Morocco, Egypt, Turkey,… Continue reading Conflict update: March 20-21 2017

Conflict update: March 18-19 2017

BOILING IT DOWN If you’re one of those folks who are convinced that climate change is a Chinese hoax or whatever, I’ve got great news: it snowed in the US last week. Problem solved, am I right? Anyway, for the rest of us, things are not so hot. Or, rather, they’re extremely hot, and that’s… Continue reading Conflict update: March 18-19 2017

Conflict update: February 24 2017

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: A LAND OF CONTRADICTIONS TOTAL BULLSHIT Say, this is interesting: Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States. A draft document obtained by The Associated Press concludes that… Continue reading Conflict update: February 24 2017