Middle East update: March 12 2019

SYRIA ISIS’s defeat in Baghouz is “imminent,” according to Reuters, as hundreds of the group’s remaining fighters and their families (perhaps as many as 2000 people total) reportedly surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday. At least 25 ISIS fighters have reportedly been killed so far in the SDF operation. The Turkish government, meanwhile,… Continue reading Middle East update: March 12 2019

Middle East update: February 26 2019

SYRIA Activists in Idlib province are saying that the Syrian government conducted an airstrike on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday that killed at least three people. Monitor groups, like the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, are claiming that the Syrian military has stepped up the frequency of its air and artillery strikes against Khan… Continue reading Middle East update: February 26 2019

Middle East update: February 21 2019

SYRIA There were several bombings across northern Syria on Thursday, likely perpetrated by at least a couple of different parties. At least two civilians were killed in a car bombing in Afrin and four Turkish proxy fighters in a bombing in Jarabulus. It wouldn’t be a big stretch to suggest the YPG was responsible for… Continue reading Middle East update: February 21 2019

World update: February 20 2019

We’re having a snow day here and the news seems a little slow today anyway (or maybe my brain just isn’t working very well). So today’s update will be a little shorter than usual. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Increasingly it looks like ISIS’s remaining fighters in Baghouz are down to their last few days or even hours. The convoy sent into town by the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday to evacuate the area’s remaining civilian population finally left on Wednesday, with a number… Continue reading World update: February 20 2019

Middle East update: February 6 2019

SYRIA The United Nations sent a large (100 truck) humanitarian aid convoy to the Syrian displaced persons camp at Rukban, near the Jordanian border, which arrived on Wednesday. There are as many as 50,000 people at Rukban, most of them believed to be women and children displaced by ISIS who are now unwilling to leave… Continue reading Middle East update: February 6 2019

Middle East update: February 5 2019

SYRIA Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, declared on Tuesday that further Israeli attacks on Syria would lead to “a firm and appropriate response to teach a lesson” to the Israelis. I’m not sure what that means but it’s probably not good from a regional stability standpoint–though, to be fair, neither is… Continue reading Middle East update: February 5 2019