Middle East update: March 25 2019

Hello and welcome to our next-to-last week here at WordPress! I’m packing things up and moving to Substack starting next week, when I’ll be posting in both places by way of transitioning to the new site. I’m also, in case you haven’t noticed, returning from an unplanned week away due to the flu. As with… Continue reading Middle East update: March 25 2019

Middle East update: March 14-15 2019

SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces once again slowed their assault on Baghouz on Friday, partly out of concern for the civilians still inside the town (many believed to be held there by ISIS) and partly because the SDF is having trouble figuring out where its enemy is. As it’s done in previous battles, ISIS has… Continue reading Middle East update: March 14-15 2019

Middle East update: March 13 2019

SYRIA Syrian and Russian forces commenced a sustained attack on rebel-held Idlib province on Wednesday, with at least 12 airstrikes reportedly hitting Idlib city alone. At least 13 people were killed and that number may well go up. Russian officials say they conducted the strikes against weapons and drone facilities used by the jihadi group… Continue reading Middle East update: March 13 2019

Middle East update: March 11 2019

SYRIA Reuters says that ISIS is getting “pounded” in Baghouz, which is not nearly as hot as it sounds. The Syrian Democratic Forces militia earlier on Monday said it was advancing slowly into the town due to mines and other traps laid by ISIS along with the danger posed by ISIS snipers. I’m not sure… Continue reading Middle East update: March 11 2019

Middle East update: March 9-10 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces militia resumed its offensive to capture ISIS’s last Syrian enclave around the town of Baghouz on Sunday evening, with reports of airstrikes on the town and clashes between ISIS and SDF fighters. The SDF had previously announced a Saturday deadline for civilians to flee Baghouz and/or ISIS fighters… Continue reading Middle East update: March 9-10 2019

Middle East update: March 5 2019

SYRIA Somewhere in the neighborhood of 6500 people have fled Baghouz over the past two days, as the Syrian Democratic Forces militia assaults the last bit (sort of–see below) of Syrian territory still under ISIS control. Several hundred of those have been ISIS fighters, whom the SDF took into custody (there’s certainly a chance that… Continue reading Middle East update: March 5 2019

World update part 1: March 1 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces on Friday began what should be their final offensive to capture Baghouz and close off the last ISIS-controlled enclave in Syria. The SDF has spent the past couple of weeks evacuating thousands of civilians, escaped slaves, and even some fleeing ISIS fighters from the town–some 10,000 people are… Continue reading World update part 1: March 1 2019