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

Asia/Africa update: September 26 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The United Nations mission in Afghanistan says that 21 Afghan civilians were killed over the weekend in two airstrikes–nine in a Saturday strike in Kapisa province and 12 on Sunday in Maidan Wardak province. It does not know whether these were Afghan or NATO/US airstrikes. MALDIVES So remember how Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: September 26 2018

World update: August 15 2018

attwiw is taking a few days off, so today’s condensed and early update will be the last until Monday. Thanks for reading! MIDDLE EAST YEMEN At least 18 civilians have been killed in the past 24 hours of fighting in Yemen. Along with the 13 civilians killed on Tuesday by coalition airstrikes on the town… Continue reading World update: August 15 2018

Asia/Africa update: June 14 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Pentagon says it conducted an airstrike in Afghanistan’s Kunar province on Wednesday targeting “a senior leader of a designated terrorist organization.” They won’t release the name, but it’s believed they were targeting Mullah Fazlullah, one of the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. It sure is going to be awkward if the US military… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: June 14 2018

Asia/North Korea update: June 12 2018

AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani government on Monday showed off (via photo) its swanky new missile systems purchased from Belarus and Israel. Both acquisitions are a little surprising–the latter because there was no indication Azerbaijan was in the market for Israeli missiles, and the former because Belarus is a treaty ally of Armenia, and Armenia and Azerbaijan… Continue reading Asia/North Korea update: June 12 2018

World 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. Also I wanted to get this update out before the Singapore meeting starts, so that’s why it’s a little early tonight. G7/SCO The Diplomat compares this weekend’s G7 and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits, and it’s… Continue reading World update: June 11 2018

World update: June 2-3 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN An archeologist was killed and four other people wounded on Saturday by a roadside bomb near the Mes Aynak dig site. No group has claimed responsibility but the goal may be to delay or undermine plans to mine copper at the site. Mes Aynak contains Afghanistan’s largest copper reserves but it’s also a… Continue reading World update: June 2-3 2018