Night Watch

Posted January 31, 2015

ISIL's claim of responsibility probably means that the group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis performed the attack. It is a deadly militant group that swore allegiance to ISIL last year.

Posted January 30, 2015

Kurdish success at Kobani does not fit in Erdogan's vision of a Sunni-dominated region governed by Sharia and led by Turks.

Posted January 29, 2015

The Ukrainian parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved a statement that named Russia as an aggressor country and named the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic as terrorist organizations.

Posted January 28, 2015

Kurdish forces fired 20 Grad rockets into Mosul. This is the first Kurdish attack against the main base of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) forces in Iraq. ISIL said the rockets killed 30 civilians.

Posted January 24, 2015

Be prepared for policy changes. The instinctive reaction of living systems is to contract during times of internal stress, and even more so during a leadership crisis.

Posted January 23, 2015

Ukrainian President Poroshenko told the World Economic Forum in Davos that 9,000 Russian regular soldiers are in eastern Ukraine. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov told him to prove it.

Posted January 22, 2015

News services are reluctant to describe the weekend actions as a coup d'tat, but the effect is nearly the same.

Posted January 21, 2015

Russia will not help the eastern regions to secede from Ukraine at least not yet nor will it allow them to be defeated.

Posted January 20, 2015

The Ukrainian military says it has reclaimed almost all of Donetsk airport from separatist rebels after launching what it described as a "massive operation" overnight on Saturday.

Posted January 16, 2015

Nigerian soldiers thwarted a Boko Haram attack Wednesday in the town of Biu. The Nigerian Defense Headquarters said five terrorists and two anti-aircraft guns had been captured.

Posted January 15, 2015

This is a variation of "broken windows" policing. Thus far, the Chinese appear to be trying to be civil in suppressing Uighur terrorism.

Posted January 14, 2015

North Korea is repackaging some old ideas for talks so as to promote itself as the leader in restoring peace and unity to Korea in 2015.

Posted January 10, 2015

Boko Haram militants killed dozens of people and burned down homes in Baga in the past two days, in a second killing spree since seizing control there over the weekend.

Posted January 09, 2015

The US and international media persist in asking how three guys could get the guns and other stuff needed to pull off a military commando-style attack in Paris and escape, at least for a while.

Posted January 08, 2015

Kim might be properly humble in deference to his father and grandfather, but he showed he has no insight about economic management of a socialist state. In most sectors, North Korea profits when the people do not work.

Posted January 07, 2015

Kurdish fighters have seized the security and government district of Kobani from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds and their allies now control 80 percent of the border town.

Posted January 01, 2015

West of Ukraine, Moldova is emerging as another potential flashpoint between Russia and the US.

Posted December 31, 2014

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the media today he sees a real opportunity to solve the Ukraine crisis in 2015. "But it should be understood that the crisis will continue until the Ukrainians, without prompters from Brussels or Washington, agree about it among themselves," Lavrov said.

Posted December 30, 2014

The Kurds continue to make slow progress against ISIL forces. The Kurds now control more than 60% of Kobani, primarily with the pathetically small number of US air attacks in support.

Posted December 25, 2014

After the loss of Crimea and Russian backing for eastern Ukrainian separatists, the Kyiv government and the Ukrainian people are no longer neutral about Russia.

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