World update: March 6 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN ISIS attacked the offices of a construction company in the city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, killing at least 17 people. The five ISIS attackers were all killed in the ensuing fight with Afghan security forces. CHINA United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet delivered her annual report to the Human Rights Council… Continue reading World update: March 6 2019

World update: February 18 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN It would appear that a Taliban delegation’s planned trip to Islamabad this week, which maybe/probably would have included a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, fell through for a host of reasons. A formal Afghan government complaint to the United Nations about the Taliban’s violations of its travel ban was part… Continue reading World update: February 18 2019

Asia/Africa update: February 1 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban attacked a military checkpoint in Sar-e Pol Province on Thursday night, killing at least six soldiers according to provincial officials. Nine Taliban fighters are believed to have been killed in the battle. PHILIPPINES The Washington Post reports on Marawi, the Philippine city that was effectively captured by jihadist fighters in May 2017… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 1 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 31 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The latest report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) is out and, well, you know how they tell you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say anything at all? The report, by the agency of the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction, or Sigar, said… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 31 2019

World update: January 30 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN The Taliban is trying to assure other Afghans that, if it does conclude a peace deal with the US and US forces do withdraw from Afghanistan, they’re not looking to seize total control of the country again: The statement Wednesday by Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen appears aimed at easing fears among those worried… Continue reading World update: January 30 2019

World update: January 28 2019

MIDDLE EAST SYRIA The Syrian Democratic Forces’ commander in Baghouz, Heval Roni, says that ISIS is down to its last four square kilometers of territory in Syria, a stretch of territory from the Baghouz area to the Iraqi border. The SDF believes there are “some high-ranking” ISIS bigwigs in that enclave, but doesn’t know if… Continue reading World update: January 28 2019

Asia/Africa update: January 26-27 2019

ASIA AFGHANISTAN A group of Taliban accidentally blew themselves up, at least according to Afghan authorities, at a volleyball match in Baghlan province on Saturday. Four of the group’s fighters and one civilian were killed. Also on Saturday, one person was killed in a bombing in Nangarhar province. US Afghan envoy Zalmay Khalilzad sure sounded… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 26-27 2019