Middle East update: July 5 2018

Well, we’re back. As usual when I’ve been gone for a while this update will mostly stick to things that happened today with some pieces I flagged while I was gone in there for good measure. It will probably be long and there’s not much I can do about that. SYRIA Owing to a combination… Continue reading Middle East update: July 5 2018

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

Middle East update: June 12 2018

SYRIA The United Nations says that over 900,000 Syrians were displaced in the first four months of 2018. That figure blows past the highest number of displaced persons created in any four month period since the Syrian war–a war that has displaced almost 12 million people both internally and as refugees–began. A possible government offensive… Continue reading Middle East update: June 12 2018

Middle East update: June 11 2018

It may be a spare couple of days around here as I fulfill some freelance obligations, so please bear with me. SYRIA Syrian state media reported on Monday that the US-led coalition bombed a school in Syria’s Hasaka province and killed 18 Iraqi refugees in the process. The coalition is denying it, and here we’re once again… Continue reading Middle East update: June 11 2018

Middle East update: June 6 2018

SYRIA The Manbij Military Council, the Syrian Democratic Forces-created institution currently in charge of Manbij, says that it “will not accept” a Turkish presence in that town. This would appear to be a major complication to the roadmap to which the United States and Turkey just agreed on Monday for evacuating the YPG from the… Continue reading Middle East update: June 6 2018

Middle East update: June 4 2018

SYRIA US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have reportedly reached agreement on a “roadmap” for the Kurdish-occupied Syrian town of Manbij after a meeting in Washington on Monday. It’s unclear what exactly the roadmap entails beyond a phased YPG withdrawal from Manbij–it’s hard to imagine Turkey agreeing to anything less–with… Continue reading Middle East update: June 4 2018

Middle East update: May 26-27 2018

SYRIA A group of ISIS fighters attacked a Syrian military position in Deir Ezzor province overnight and, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killed 35 pro-government troops including nine Russian soldiers–not contractors, but actually active duty soldiers. Russia’s defense ministry has acknowledged four Russian deaths in the attack, which it says also left… Continue reading Middle East update: May 26-27 2018