Middle East update: April 26 2018

MIDDLE EAST During his Tuesday press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump did the thing where you say the quiet part out loud and also in an extremely stupid way: “Countries that are in the area, some of which are immensely wealthy, would not be there except for the United States and, to… Continue reading Middle East update: April 26 2018

Middle East update: April 20 2018

SYRIA The Syrian military continues to pound away at Yarmouk and the surrounding areas in an effort to clear out the last area near Damascus that remains out of its control. Insurgents there–including ISIS, which has controlled most of Yarmouk since 2015–have reportedly agreed in principle to be relocated (ISIS fighters to the east, everybody… Continue reading Middle East update: April 20 2018

World update: April 18 2018

OK, so. WordPress has been down most of the day so I prepared a short update in case it came back online at some point. As you can undoubtedly tell, it is back, but it’s too late and I’m too fried to write anything else today so this will have to do. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA… Continue reading World update: April 18 2018

Europe/Americas update: November 29 2017

EUROPE UKRAINE Kiev and leaders of the Donbas rebellion have agreed on a prisoner swap including roughly 470 prisoners on both sides. The exchange is supposed to happen before the end of the year. BOSNIA A truly wild scene played out at The Hague earlier today: A former Bosnian Croat military commander swallowed what he… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: November 29 2017

Middle East update: November 10 2017

Best wishes to any readers who are commemorating Arbaʿeen. and/or Veteran’s Day (which is actually tomorrow, I know, but Saturday is typically attwiw’s rest day so I most likely won’t be here). SYRIA Well, it’s happening. With al-Bukamal now in Syrian hands, Bashar al-Assad’s army and its allies have turned their attention toward the Syrian… Continue reading Middle East update: November 10 2017

World update: October 16 2017

MIDDLE EAST IRAQ This is obviously the day’s big story. Last night’s Iraqi advance into Kirkuk province appears in the light of day to have ended with Baghdad in control of pretty much all of its targets–oil fields, the K1 military base, and even the city of Kirkuk itself. Aside from a few small skirmishes… Continue reading World update: October 16 2017

Middle East update: August 28 2017

IRAQ The Battle of Tal Afar is…over? Seriously? Eight days and the city is liberated? Well, yes, as it turns out. The battle ended on Sunday, after a lightning Iraqi offensive from three directions that cut through the city and then swept across it much faster than most analysts, yours truly included, expected it would.… Continue reading Middle East update: August 28 2017