Middle East update: June 16-18 2018

SYRIA Syrian and Iraqi paramilitary groups say that the US-led coalition attacked them late Sunday night. The groups say that drones, which they believe to belong to the US, struck a Syrian military base near the border town of al-Harra, southeast of al-Bukamal, at around 10 PM. The Iraqis claim the attack killed 22 of… Continue reading Middle East update: June 16-18 2018

World update: June 1 2018

I’m planning to do something crazy later today and have a nice evening with my family, so we’re shortening things up a bit today. If anything huge happens, please check back later for possible updates. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA According to Rudaw, the YPG is claiming to have attacked two Turkish military bases in Afrin on… Continue reading World update: June 1 2018

World update: May 11 2018

Just one and done tonight, sorry. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA If you’re terrified that Israel and Iran are about to go to war in Syria, Ha’aretz reporter Anshel Pfeffer is here to tell you it’s all going to be OK: This year, the Iran-Israel war has suddenly come out in to the open, with both sides directly challenging… Continue reading World update: May 11 2018

Middle East update: March 8 2018

SYRIA Yesterday the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that pro-government forces had split Eastern Ghouta in two, but today the word is they’re only “poised” to split it in two, so I guess the SOHR jumped the gun a bit. On the other hand this new report is coming from the rebels, so they… Continue reading Middle East update: March 8 2018

Middle East update: March 7 2018

SYRIA The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that the Syrian government has captured about 50 percent of Eastern Ghouta, and all it took was 850 or so dead civilians. The rebels’ ability to resist may be approaching a tipping point, as the amount of territory pro-government forces have been able to take each day… Continue reading Middle East update: March 7 2018

Middle East update: February 19-20 2018

SYRIA Before we talk about Turkey and Syria potentially going to war in Afrin, I think we should say something about Eastern Ghouta, where over 250 people are believed to have been killed since Sunday thanks primarily to airstrikes and artillery blasts from forces aligned with Bashar al-Assad. Assuming these figures are accurate, always a… Continue reading Middle East update: February 19-20 2018

Middle East update: January 4 2018

IRAQ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is apparently going to try some sleight of hand in an effort to disarm and cut the size of the paramilitary Popular Mobilization Units: Abadi’s plan envisages taking back the militias’ heavy weapons and cutting their strength by half, according to military and intelligence sources.   The army is… Continue reading Middle East update: January 4 2018