Middle East update: October 31-November 1 2017

IRAQ Well this is probably bad news: Iraq says negotiations with the Kurds over the deployment of federal forces along the borders of their autonomous region have failed. The body overseeing Iraq’s security forces said Wednesday that Kurdish forces had delayed talks in an effort to strengthen their defenses, and that as a result, both… Continue reading Middle East update: October 31-November 1 2017

Middle East update: September 12 2017

SYRIA Having opened up a corridor to relieve the besieged city and its similarly besieged airport, the Syrian army is now massing assets for a push to recapture all of Deir Ezzor city from ISIS. They’re also massing civilian casualties, with “dozens” of people (69, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights) reportedly killed… Continue reading Middle East update: September 12 2017