Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Another likely Taliban attack on a checkpoint in Farah province on Wednesday killed 10 members of the Afghan security services. Farah’s provincial council has requested reinforcements from Kabul to help stabilize the province. Additionally, a truck bombing on Wednesday in Helmand province reportedly killed at least two Afghan border guards. PAKISTAN The Pakistani… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 14-15 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

Obviously I’ve been away for a bit. I’m not going to even begin to cover everything that’s happened in the past week, but I will try to get caught up on a few major things. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghanistan’s next general election is scheduled for July, and as you may know Ashraf Ghani just canned the… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 27 2017

World update: November 18-19 2017

Reserving the right to pop back up if something major happens, and of course barring some kind of unforeseen problem on the back end, this is going to be our last set of updates until Monday, November 27. Thanksgiving is going to be extra challenging this year for a myriad of family reasons, and so… Continue reading World update: November 18-19 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 16-17 2017

ASIA CAUCASUS Under the radar, there seems to have been a bit of recent progress in peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh: With relative quiet continuing on the Armenian-Azerbaijani Line of Contact, bilateral negotiations were set to resume a full month after Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev held talks in Geneva, Switzerland, described as “constructive”… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 16-17 2017

Asia/Africa update: November 15 2017

ASIA UZBEKISTAN/CENTRAL ASIA Svante Cornell at The Diplomat hits back at the narrative of Central Asian radicalization by noting, for those who still don’t get it, that most Central Asian terrorists seem clearly to have been radicalized after they left Central Asia: Both in Europe and the United States, this argument is made with increasing frequency. Fingers… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 15 2017

World update: November 14 2017

Another short one today, both because I’m trying to recharge a bit and because I won’t be able to write this evening. Back to normal tomorrow. MIDDLE EAST IRAQ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his government “will take action” to regain control of Iraq’s entire border, if it can’t reach some kind of accommodation… Continue reading World update: November 14 2017

World update: November 13 2017

It’s going to be a busy couple of days here at attwiw HQ, so you’re going to have to make due with an abbreviated roundup today and possibly nothing tomorrow though I’ll see what I can do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA At least 47 civilians have reportedly been killed in an airstrike on the town of… Continue reading World update: November 13 2017