Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 20 2018

As always when I take a few days off we're going to skip over what happened while I was gone unless absolutely necessary. ASIA AFGHANISTAN Over the weekend, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani extended an offer for a months-long ceasefire to the Taliban contingent on their favorable response. On Monday, they responded, but not favorably: The … Continue reading Asia/Oceania/Africa update: August 20 2018

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Middle East update: June 9-10 2018

SYRIA According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Syrian rebels launched new attacks overnight on the predominantly Shiʿa Idlib province towns of Fuʿah and Kefraya, but were driven back. Rebels have been besieging both towns for over three years. The Syrian Democratic Council, which is the political wing of the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces organization, says … Continue reading Middle East update: June 9-10 2018

Middle East update: June 4 2018

SYRIA US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu have reportedly reached agreement on a "roadmap" for the Kurdish-occupied Syrian town of Manbij after a meeting in Washington on Monday. It's unclear what exactly the roadmap entails beyond a phased YPG withdrawal from Manbij--it's hard to imagine Turkey agreeing to anything less--with … Continue reading Middle East update: June 4 2018