Iraq Is About To Remove the “I” From “ISIS”

The Global Coalition against Daesh announced Iraq's final offensive today: The Coalition welcomes the commencement of the Iraqi Security Forces' offensive to liberate Al Qaim district from Daesh Oct. 26. Al Qaim is Daesh’s final stronghold in Iraq and approximately 1,500 Daesh fighters are estimated to remain in the immediate vicinity. Al-Qa'im is a dusty … Continue reading Iraq Is About To Remove the “I” From “ISIS”

The Future of an Unwieldy Iraq

As if Iraq didn't have enough to worry about, now come reports of its once-secured southern regions rumbling with unrest.  From Reuters: Worsening clashes among tribes and a political void is threatening security at oil installations in Iraq’s main southern oil producing region, officials and security sources said. Iraq has concentrated security forces in the … Continue reading The Future of an Unwieldy Iraq

The Weapons of Saudi’s Siege on Qatar

Anyone who's ever worked in the Gulf isn't shocked that Qatar missed a deadline.  Badiin, badiin, "later, later," in the local parlance, as yet another meeting fails to happen. In light of that, we shouldn't be so surprised that the Qatar's been given something of an extension.  Reuters reports: Four Arab states refrained on Wednesday … Continue reading The Weapons of Saudi’s Siege on Qatar

Egypt’s War On Sunni Supremacism Goes To Libya

From Reuters: Egyptian air strikes destroyed 12 vehicles loaded with arms, ammunition and explosive material trying to cross the border from Libya, the army spokesman said on Tuesday. The airforce acted after hearing that "criminal elements" had gathered to try and cross the western boundary, the army statement said, without giving details on exactly where … Continue reading Egypt’s War On Sunni Supremacism Goes To Libya

Bahrain is (still) in crisis as the UN slams the island-kingdom

Bahrain is one of the world's smallest countries, and is the 5th most dense country on Earth.  It has a starkly visible Shi'a-Sunni divide - one that can be seen plainly from space, as poor Shi'a slums bump up against plush Sunni ones. It is also a critical Middle Eastern bellwether.  It was the first … Continue reading Bahrain is (still) in crisis as the UN slams the island-kingdom

Israel’s Quiet War on Hezbollah

(Personal note:  Thanks everyone for the congratulations!  Daughter is doing well and of course exhausting, so I will shortly be changing up the posting schedule here to better reflect my reality.  I'm not going anywhere anytime soon; this is a fine outlet for me for now, I just need to find a new way to … Continue reading Israel’s Quiet War on Hezbollah

What the hell just happened to Turkey?

And "to" seems the right word, because this was done to Turkey by Recip Tayyip Erdogan and his political machine.  International electoral monitors cite fraud; so too does the powerful Republican People's Party.  That hardly matters, it seems.  Turkish election officials will not allow a recount. And so even if cheated, it is a victory for … Continue reading What the hell just happened to Turkey?

The Weird Worries of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the UAE’s De Facto Ruler

There he is again, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, stirring up all sorts of trouble on the global stage. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, has been putting his fingers into too many pies lately.  From mercenaries in Yemen to bombing runs in Libya to cozying … Continue reading The Weird Worries of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the UAE’s De Facto Ruler