Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

You may not have heard of the Republic of Mahabad. You may not even know anybody else who’s heard of the Republic of Mahabad. Maybe you’re looking askance at this blog right now, wondering if I’m telling the truth. Wondering if I’ve ever told the truth. Well let me assure you that the Republic of … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

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Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

For a while the Soviet-Afghan War was seen as the Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union, and while that may still be a fair description, I suspect we’d think of it a bit differently nowadays. The plucky Mujahideen who earned America’s support and admiration for their brave fight against the Communist Menace eventually … Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Hello readers! Today I'm very pleased to bring you the second attwiw guest post! Arms proliferation researcher Travis Haycraft joins us for the first part of a two-parter (coming next month) on Iraq. Part one looks at the Saddam Hussein-organized build up of the Iraqi military in the 1970s, leading up to the Iran-Iraq War. … Continue reading Bed, Ba’ath, and Beyond, part 1: Saddam’s Shopping Extravaganza

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

You may not have heard of the Republic of Mahabad. You may not even know anybody else who’s heard of the Republic of Mahabad. Maybe you’re looking askance at this blog right now, wondering if I’m telling the truth. Wondering if I’ve ever told the truth. Well let me assure you that the Republic of … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

For a while the Soviet-Afghan War was seen as the Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union, and while there may still be something to that, I suspect we’d think of it a bit differently nowadays. The plucky Mujahideen who earned America’s support and admiration for their brave fight against the Communist Menace eventually … Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

For a while the Soviet-Afghan War was seen as the Beginning of the End of the Soviet Union, and while there may still be something to that, I suspect we'd think of it a bit differently nowadays. The plucky Mujahideen who earned America's support and admiration for their brave fight against the Communist Menace eventually … Continue reading Today in Central Asian history: the Soviets invade Afghanistan (1979)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)

You may not have heard of the Republic of Mahabad. You may not even know anybody else who's heard of the Republic of Mahabad. Maybe you're looking askance at this blog right now, wondering if I'm telling the truth. Wondering if I've ever told the truth. Well let me assure you that the Republic of … Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Republic of Mahabad is born (1946)