Conflict update: February 17 2017

Somalia The United States of America This is Donald Trump’s America, and people are prepared to go to great lengths to get the hell out of it: A man from Somalia who risked the freezing temperatures of Manitoba as he crossed into Canada was discovered out in the cold by a CBC journalist. The chance… Continue reading Conflict update: February 17 2017

Conflict update: January 3 2017

Happy New Year, everybody! I had some grand vision of leaping right back into blogging today, but some car trouble (a false alarm, luckily) and a little “I need a vacation from my vacation” syndrome combined to stifle most of those plans. It is a new year though, so I assume that all the bad… Continue reading Conflict update: January 3 2017

In Memoriam, I guess

The Egyptian government is saying that it has killed the leader of ISIS-Sinai, Abu Duaa al-Ansari, in an airstrike: Dead is the head of the Ansar Bait al-Maqdis movement, identified as Abu Duaa al-Ansari, and a number of his aides in airstrikes targeting the ISIS affiliate’s strongholds, the army statement said. “They managed to destroy… Continue reading In Memoriam, I guess

Egypt may have a suspect in the Metrojet bombing

Despite their insistence that terrorism did not cause the crash of Metrojet 9268 last October, an insistence with which pretty much nobody else agrees, it appears that Egypt may now have a suspect in the, um, terrorist bombing of Metrojet 9268: An EgyptAir mechanic whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria is suspected of planting… Continue reading Egypt may have a suspect in the Metrojet bombing

ISIS and Kogalymavia Flight 9268

Now that both the UK Prime Minister and US President are on record talking about the “possibility” that Kogalymavia Flight 9268 was brought down by a bomb, we have to treat that possibility at least somewhat seriously. To be sure, the fact that the US and UK governments appear to agree on a thing does… Continue reading ISIS and Kogalymavia Flight 9268

US, UK both suggesting that Kogalymavia Flight 9268 was bombed (UPDATED)

The British government announced today that it’s “delaying” flights from Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh airport to the UK on account of how that Russian jet that crashed in the Sinai over the weekend “may well have been brought down by an explosive device.” The two most obvious explanations for this move are panic and prudence. You… Continue reading US, UK both suggesting that Kogalymavia Flight 9268 was bombed (UPDATED)

What happened to Kogalymavia Flight 9268? (UPDATED)

A Russian plane, Kogalymavia Flight 9268, carrying 224 people from Sharm el-Sheikh, the Egyptian Red Sea resort destination, to St. Petersburg, Russia, crashed in the Sinai on Saturday, killing everyone on board. ISIS immediately claimed responsibility, and several international air carriers quickly changed their routes to avoid Sinai airspace, but it’s unlikely that ISIS shot this… Continue reading What happened to Kogalymavia Flight 9268? (UPDATED)