World update: April 6-7 2019

Well friends, we’ve reached the end of the line, at least for now (never say never), here at attwiw. I want to thank you all for reading what I’ve had to write for the last few years and to say I hope you’ll join me at my new home at Substack and subscribe today! I’m running… Continue reading World update: April 6-7 2019

Asia/Africa update: October 9 2018

ASIA ARMENIA Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has managed to convince the leader of a small party called Prosperous Armenia, plus several individual members of the opposition Republican Party, to agree to hold a snap election in December. This gives Pashinyan the election he’s wanted in order to build a genuine parliamentary majority and eases what… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: October 9 2018

Middle East update: October 4 2018

attwiw is taking the long weekend off, so these will be our last updates until Tuesday. Thanks for reading! SYRIA The US is very miffed at Russia for selling its S-300 air defense system to the Syrian government. General Joseph Votel, the head of Central Command, referred to the sale as a “needless escalation” that… Continue reading Middle East update: October 4 2018

World update: September 27 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visited the city of Ghazni on Thursday and was greeted by two Taliban rockets that landed near the facility where he was meeting with local officials. There’s been no report of any casualties. In happier news, the US used an F-35 in combat for the first time on Thursday… Continue reading World update: September 27 2018

World update: September 22-23 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN At least eight children were killed by a roadside bomb, presumably planted by the Taliban, in Faryab province on Saturday. It’s nearly impossible to get an official count of the number of Afghan police and soldiers killed by the Taliban and ISIS, mostly because the number is so high that actually releasing it… Continue reading World update: September 22-23 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 29 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Contrary to what the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday, the Chinese government insisted on Wednesday that it is not preparing to build a new military facility in Afghanistan, let alone planning to send its own soldiers to man that facility. Of course there’s no particular reason to believe anything Beijing says, so… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 29 2018

Asia/Africa update: August 28 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Secretary of Defense James Mattis seemed to rule out privatizing US military operations in Afghanistan on Tuesday. Of course he’s not the guy who would be making that decision. According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing is planning to build a military “training camp” in Afghanistan: Once the camp is completed, the People’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: August 28 2018