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: May 28 2018

In the interest of the Memorial Day holiday, today’s update(s) may be a little shorter and/or earlier than usual. SYRIA Presumably confirming that a Syrian offensive against Daraa is imminent, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Monday that only Syrian military personnel should occupy that area, which abuts Syria’s disputed border with Israel.… Continue reading Middle East update: May 28 2018

Middle East update: May 24 2018

SYRIA Both Syrian state media and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights are saying that the US-led coalition struck two Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor province overnight, killing at least 12 pro-government militia fighters. The Pentagon says it has “no information” about any such strikes. State media also says that the Syrian military intercepted a… Continue reading Middle East update: May 24 2018

Middle East update: April 10 2018

I’m posting a little earlier than usual this evening because I’ve decided to give this whole “sleep” thing another look. In fact if I can manage it this might become the norm going forward. SYRIA If you believe in fate, and also that we already live in a kind of eternal damnation, then the fact… Continue reading Middle East update: April 10 2018

Middle East update: March 14-15 2018

SYRIA Thousands of civilians poured out of the Eastern Ghouta town of Hamouriyah on Thursday after a heavy bombardment from pro-government forces reportedly broke rebel defensive positions and left much of the town in ruins. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated that 12,500 people evacuated the town and fled toward government-controlled territory. It’s unclear… Continue reading Middle East update: March 14-15 2018

Middle East update: March 5 2018

SYRIA All you fans of superfluous American missile strikes might want to start getting ready for Operation Do Something About Syria, Volume 2: The Trump administration has considered new military action against the Syrian government in response to reports of ongoing chemical weapons use, officials said, raising the prospect of a second U.S. strike on… Continue reading Middle East update: March 5 2018

Middle East update: March 3-4 2018

SYRIA Independent monitors, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, say that the Syrian government and its allies have captured between 10 and 25 percent of Eastern Ghouta in their latest ground offensive, which began on Wednesday. They’re close to cutting the suburb in two, as you can see: Amid this offensive both the government and… Continue reading Middle East update: March 3-4 2018