SYRIA Turkey seems to be walking back a bit from its "imminent" attack on the YPG in Afrin and Manbij. On Wednesday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ told reporters that Turkey will take action in northern Syria unless its demands are met, which is a bit less provocative than "the shooting should commence any minute … Continue reading Middle East update: January 17 2018
SYRIA Russian media is reporting that at least seven Russian aircraft were destroyed on December 31 by rebel shelling at Khmeimim airbase, just south of Latakia. If true, it's Russia's biggest loss of materiel in one incident in their 2+ year long Syrian intervention. It also suggests some rebel movement in northwestern Syria that's gone otherwise … Continue reading Middle East update: January 3 2018
Hey, so I know I said earlier that there likely wouldn't be any updates tonight, but I finally got WordPress to work again and blogging has prevented me from throwing something at my television, and plus writing these things is much easier if I keep up with things on a nightly basis, so I managed … Continue reading Middle East update: June 10-11 2017
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees issued a report today and the findings aren't pretty: Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time since records began to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere, according to a new report from the UN refugee agency. UNHCR's annual Global Trends … Continue reading The worldwide refugee/displaced situation is terrible and getting worse
If there is a line, Israel has crossed it. For the sixth time since fighting in Gaza began, the IDF has dropped ordinance on a UNRWA school where thousands of displaced Palestinian civilians had sought shelter. Today's attack killed at least 10 people, and Sunday's total of 71 Palestinians killed brought the Operation Protective Edge's … Continue reading The line between “appalling” and “crime against humanity”
I mean, there's kind of a pattern emerging: The United Nations and the White House on Wednesday condemned the shelling of a United Nations school in the Jabalya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip overnight, which killed 16 people. ... The United Nations Work and Relief Agency, which runs the Abu Haseen school, issued a … Continue reading At what point are we allowed to ask if it’s deliberate?