Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times highlights a budding split between urban and rural Afghans over peace talks with the Taliban: As American diplomats push for a peace deal with the Taliban to end the 18-year war, a strong voice of protest, largely coming from urban centers, has been cautioning against a rushed deal that could… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 5 2019

Asia/Africa: December 5-6 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters killed at least four people, three of them civilians, in a raid on a police checkpoint in Herat province late Tuesday. Insurgents, either Taliban or ISIS, also kidnapped the head of a local TV station in Nangarhar province, killing his driver in the process. With peace talks potentially looming, the US… Continue reading Asia/Africa: December 5-6 2018

World update: November 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least 9 Afghan soldiers were killed in Maidan Wardak province and 3 Afghan police officers were killed in Takhar province late Tuesday in separate Taliban attacks. Meanwhile, at least 7000 Hazara are believed to have been displaced by recent Taliban advances in Ghazni province’s Jaghori and Malistan districts. They’ve gone either to… Continue reading World update: November 14 2018

World update: July 11 2018

It’s another hectic day at HQ so I’m going to try to be briefer and earlier than usual again. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Syrian and Russian attention in Daraa province has focused on the Yarmouk Basin, where an ISIS affiliate called Jaysh Khalid ibn al-Walid has been ensconced since 2014. ISIS and its subdivisions aren’t covered under… Continue reading World update: July 11 2018

Europe/Americas update: April 26 2018

EUROPE The head of the World Food Program, David Beasley, says that returning ISIS fighters are trying to exacerbate hunger in the Sahel to drive a wave of migrants toward Europe: Speaking to the Guardian during a visit to Brussels for a two-day Syria summit, Beasley said: “You are going to face a similar pattern… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: April 26 2018

Asia/Africa update: March 2 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armen Sarkissian, former prime minister and ambassador, is your new Armenian president. Congrats to him, even though the job has been mostly downgraded to ceremonial levels now. AFGHANISTAN At least two people were killed in Kabul on Friday when a car bomb, apparently targeting a NATO convoy, detonated in the Afghan capital. There’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: March 2 2018

Middle East update: December 14 2017

SYRIA United Nations-brokered peace talks in Geneva–stop me if you’ve heard this one before–collapsed on Thursday having made no progress. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura laid the blame squarely on Damascus, saying that its delegates were “not willing to meet anyone who has a different opinion” and had squandered “a golden big opportunity.” That last… Continue reading Middle East update: December 14 2017