Middle East update: January 16 2018

SYRIA Welp, start your engines: Turkey’s president has warned of imminent military offensives on two Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, as tanks and troops mass on the border.   Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Syrian rebels would support Turkish efforts to clear the “terror nests” of Afrin and Manbij.   The areas are controlled by the… Continue reading Middle East update: January 16 2018

Middle East/Europe/Americas update: November 15 2017

It’s a bit of an odd day for the blog in that there was huge news from Africa and comparatively not so much news from the Middle East, so I’ve rejiggered our regular format to try to keep everything at a reasonable length. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA There’s been considerable fighting over the past two days… Continue reading Middle East/Europe/Americas update: November 15 2017

Middle East update: October 30 2017

IRAQ Masoud Barzani’s supporters didn’t take the news of his kind-of-resignation very well: Barzani’s statements incited his followers in Irbil, Zakho and Dohuk to attack opposition politicians, storm the parliament building, and go after the media and political offices. First, parliamentarian Rabum Maruf of Change was attacked while he was giving a speech to reporters… Continue reading Middle East update: October 30 2017

Middle East update: June 8-9 2017

IRAN We’ve learned a bit more about five of the men who, along with two other men and one woman, attacked Iran’s parliament building and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum on Wednesday, killing 17 people in the process. On Thursday, the Iranian government said that these five attackers had been recruited by ISIS from inside Iran. They were… Continue reading Middle East update: June 8-9 2017