MIDDLE EAST SYRIA ISIS's Amaq news agency is claiming that ISIS carried out an attack against Syrian Democratic Forces personnel in Raqqa on Thursday, which if true would be the group's first attack in the city since leaving it last October. So far I've seen no independent confirmation of anything like this having happened. Meanwhile, … Continue reading World update: June 22 2018
UNITED KINGDOM At least 29 people were injured on Friday when an improvised explosive device went off on a London metro train at the Parsons Green station. The device only "partially" exploded, apparently, so things could have been substantially worse. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, and British authorities raised their terror alert level to … Continue reading World update: September 15 2017
EUROPE CYPRUS Cypriot leaders and UN representatives are meeting in Switzerland on Wednesday for "open-ended" talks to try to settle the island's reunification issues once and for all. As nobody has yet proposed a way to break the main deadlock that currently separates the two sides--Greek Cypriots want Turkey to remove its troops from the … Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 26 2017
A group of Chechen insurgents seized control of buildings in the Chechen capital city of Grozny on Wednesday night, then engaged in a gun battle with police that appears to have killed at least 19, 9 fighters and 10 police officers (nobody with the Chechen Republic seems prepared to say whether there were any civilian … Continue reading Is Russia on the verge of a new Chechen conflict?