Middle East update: November 16-17 2017

SYRIA At least 20 people were killed Friday in an ISIS car bombing near Deir Ezzor. To the west, continued fighting in Damascus’s Ghouta suburb has killed nearly 30 people this week. Another five civilians were killed on Friday, at least three of them by rebel artillery fire. The possibility of new fighting in northwestern… Continue reading Middle East update: November 16-17 2017

Middle East update: November 11-12 2017

IRAQ Iraqi forces are moving against Rawa, the last town of any size in Iraq still under ISIS’s control. Initially I have to admit I thought the Iraqis would take Rawa before Qaim and work their way west to the Syrian border, but instead they opted to go around Rawa, take Qaim and close off… Continue reading Middle East update: November 11-12 2017