Middle East update: October 23 2017

SYRIA During the 20 days it controlled the town of Qaryatayn in Homs province this month, ISIS reportedly executed at least 116 people (in the past hour I’ve started seeing reports that it was 128, but not from anywhere credible enough to confidently relay it) it suspected of collaborating with the Syrian government. Rami Abdel Rahman,… Continue reading Middle East update: October 23 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 21-22 2017

PSA: This may very well be my last update until Monday. I’m traveling for the rest of the week and while ideally I would like to find time to pump out a little content while I’m doing so, realistically I don’t think it’s going to be possible. EUROPE RUSSIA In response to Russia’s decision to… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 21-22 2017

World update: August 17-18 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN One US soldier was killed late Wednesday in fighting with ISIS in Nangarhar province. On Friday, seven people were killed in two incidents in Herat province–one involving a roadside bomb, the other fighting between rival Taliban gangs. The influential governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, has been accused (along with his sons)… Continue reading World update: August 17-18 2017

Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA The European Union on Friday sanctioned three Russian firms and three Russian individuals accused of involvement in shipping gas turbines to Crimea. The turbines were legally sold to Russian buyers by the German firm Siemans, but as the EU doesn’t recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea shipping the items there is a violation of… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: August 3-4 2017

Conflict (i.e., Syria) update: April 6 2017

SYRIA Welp. I wrote a fair amount of stuff about the Khan Shaykhun incident this afternoon, some of which I’m going to leave in below even though it might not make complete sense anymore after this evening’s developments (I’ve tried to rewrite it but if anything seems incongruous then understand that it’s because I originally wrote it earlier… Continue reading Conflict (i.e., Syria) update: April 6 2017

NEEDED: Better Quality Lies

The White House fired Steve Bannon today. Well, not totally. He was removed from his controversial and wholly unwarranted seat on the National Security Council. Bannon has no, as in none, as in zero qualifications to sit on the NSC apart from the fact that he sets the white nationalist, xenophobic, anti-Islam agenda for the… Continue reading NEEDED: Better Quality Lies

Conflict update: February 20 2017

McMaster Gets the Gig Donald Trump has a new national security adviser, and it’s not a name that was on many candidate lists: Lt. General H. R. McMaster. I’ll confess that keeping track of general officers in the US military is not exactly a pastime of mine, so I don’t know much about McMaster. John… Continue reading Conflict update: February 20 2017