Asia/Africa update: December 18 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS attacked a training ground for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security in Kabul on Monday. Fortunately nobody apart from the attackers appears to have been killed. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani sacked Balkh Governor Atta Muhammad Nur on Monday. Technically Ghani’s people say he accepted Atta’s resignation–which must come as news to Atta, who’s… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: December 18 2017

Asia/Africa/Americas update: May 27-29 2017

PHILIPPINES The Philippine military says that it’s “close” to defeating a group of ISIS-aligned militants who have dug themselves in to part of the southern city of Marawi over the past week. Over 100 people have been killed in the fighting, most of them Maute Group fighters, and of course there’s no way to tell… Continue reading Asia/Africa/Americas update: May 27-29 2017

Europe/Americas update: May 12-15 2017

WANNA CRY? The weekend’s big news was the huge WannaCry cyber attack that hit an estimated 300,000 computers across 150 companies, locking them up and demanding ransom payments for releasing them. Major corporations and government offices–in particular Britain’s National Health Service–were crippled for much of the weekend. The outbreak appears to have been brought under control… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: May 12-15 2017

Asia/Africa update, May 12-15 2017

AZERBAIJAN The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Monday that it destroyed an Armenian air-defense system, plus crew, in its breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. Separatist sources reported that the system was damaged but that there were no casualties, and then seemed to suggest there would be a reprisal of some sort. AFGHANISTAN China held its big Belt… Continue reading Asia/Africa update, May 12-15 2017