Asia/Africa update: October 31-November 1 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN The big story of the day is obviously the aftermath of Tuesday’s terror attack in New York, and we’ll get to that later but here I wanted to try to say something about the US media’s immediate obsession with Uzbekistan. The attacker, alleged I guess, was an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, and… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 31-November 1 2017

Conflict update: May 2 2017

AFGHANISTAN UPDATE/BREAKING: Right after I hit post on this, as often happens, I saw this Reuters report that a “large explosion” had reportedly occurred in central Kabul, near the American embassy. Al Jazeera is reporting that it was a suicide attack and that there are “several” casualties. Earlier, a suspected Taliban attack in Faryab province late on Monday reportedly killed five… Continue reading Conflict update: May 2 2017

Who would actually read a US alternative to Dabiq?

One of the keys to taking down a terrorist/paramilitary organization like ISIS is drying up its pool of recruits by combating “radicalization.” ISIS is very, very good at getting its message out to potential recruits in ways that capture their attention, and the United States government, is…very, very bad at countering it: They say even… Continue reading Who would actually read a US alternative to Dabiq?