Middle East 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 Middle East update: November 18-19 2017

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Middle East update: November 8 2017

SYRIA There's been no official confirmation as I write this, but "pro-government sources" are saying that the Syrian army and its allied militias (including at least one--Kataib Hezbollah--that has crossed into Syria from Iraq) have captured al-Bukamal, the last ISIS position of any significance in eastern Syria and along the Syria-Iraq border. If true, this means … Continue reading Middle East update: November 8 2017

Conflict update, April 26 2017

SYRIA UPDATE: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that there's been an explosion and fire at Damascus International Airport. No cause has been suggested. As promised, the French government has produced proof that Bashar al-Assad's government was behind the April 4 chemical weapons attack in Khan Shaykhun--and as expected, it's somewhat less than meets … Continue reading Conflict update, April 26 2017