Middle East update: June 16 2017

SYRIA And here we go: A pair of top White House officials is pushing to broaden the war in Syria, viewing it as an opportunity to confront Iran and its proxy forces on the ground there, according to two sources familiar with the debate inside the Donald Trump administration. Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for… Continue reading Middle East update: June 16 2017

Middle East update: June 2 2017

IRAQ ISIS may be down to three Mosul neighborhoods now, as Iraqi authorities said today that their forces have captured the city’s Sihha neighborhood from the insurgents. I know I keep saying this, but the Iraqis have a tendency to overestimate their progress, so Sihha may not quite be under full Iraqi control yet, but… Continue reading Middle East update: June 2 2017

Conflict update: December 13, 2016

Lots to cover today, unfortunately. Syria Russia’s UN ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the UN Security Council today that the Syrian government is now fully in control of Aleppo and that military operations in the city have stopped. Now, this is the second or third, or tenth or whatever, time that the Russians have said the… Continue reading Conflict update: December 13, 2016

Conflict update: December 12

Syria Aleppo is, for all practical purposes, back in the Syrian government’s hands: Syrian state media said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces had captured 98% of the eastern areas of Aleppo that have been largely rebel-held since 2012. The rebels and the opposition monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said regime forces were in control… Continue reading Conflict update: December 12