Middle East update: October 17-18 2017

ISIS It shouldn’t be breaking news that ISIS is losing ground fast. It also shouldn’t be breaking news that the group has plans for reverting back to its roots as a predominantly terrorist organization now that its territorial insurgency is being defeated. ISIS isn’t going anywhere, is the point. Even after losing every major city… Continue reading Middle East update: October 17-18 2017

Middle East update: October 12-13 2017

I’m posting this early to get my thoughts about Trump’s Iran policy out in a timely fashion for once. I will update as needed throughout the day. SYRIA A Turkish military convoy entered Syria’s Idlib province for the first time on Thursday. Remember how I guessed that the Turks and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham would probably… Continue reading Middle East update: October 12-13 2017

Middle East update: August 3-4 2017

IRAQ There’s been a bit of ISIS activity in Ninewa province over the past couple of days–for example, ISIS forces in Tal Afar unsuccessfully attacked a couple of villages outside that city, undoubtedly an attempt to forestall the coming Iraqi operation there. The Tal Afar operation should begin fairly soon and is unlikely to be… Continue reading Middle East update: August 3-4 2017

Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 7-9 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The New York Times reports on the astonishingly horrific situation for women in Afghanistan’s anarchic Ghor province: If Afghanistan is one of the worst places to be a woman, then Ghor, a province so lawless that people often wonder if there is a government there at all, may be the country’s capital of gender-based… Continue reading Asia/Australia/Africa update: July 7-9 2017

Middle East update: July 7-9 2017

IRAQ We might as well start with some good news: Mosul has been fully liberated. Mostly. Probably. I mean, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited the city on Sunday to celebrate the victory with Iraqi troops–while carefully avoiding the parts of the city where fighting was still going on. But if we were trying to… Continue reading Middle East update: July 7-9 2017

Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

I know it’s a little early this evening, but I’m beat and so I’m deciding to call it a night barring some major thing happening. EUROPE CYPRUS There has apparently been progress in Cyprus reunification talks, but not enough to say if or when there might be a deal: Progress has been slow in high-level… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: June 30 2017

Conflict update: December 14, 2016

Just a short one tonight. I’m traveling and it’s late. Syria Schrödinger’s Ceasefire appears to be back on.  First Aleppo was under ceasefire, then it wasn’t, and then rebel forces announced this evening (well, technically tomorrow in Syria, I guess) that it is again. Though so far there’s been no confirmation of the resumption of the… Continue reading Conflict update: December 14, 2016