Night Watch

Posted October 01, 2014

Twenty-five years have passed since the Tianmen Square massacre in June 1989. That period is time enough for a new generation of activists to reach maturity believing they can achieve what their forbears could not using the same tactics.

Posted September 30, 2014

The most ominous feature of the Ajristan attack is that the Taliban leaders adopted the practice of beheading. That is an export from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Posted September 27, 2014

Authorities severely restricted public displays of Islamic devotion during Ramadan this year. The new court guidelines extend the ban on public displays of religious observance

Posted September 26, 2014

ISIS appears to be isolating and destroying Iraqi camps that it bypassed during its "blitz" offensive. Now it is consolidating its hold in western Iraq and completing unfinished business in reducing government outposts.

Posted September 25, 2014

ISIS seized more Iraqi territory and humiliated the Iraqi army before Abadi completed his cabinet. A functioning political coalition in Baghdad has no direct relationship to the ability of the armed forces to defend Baghdad.

Posted September 24, 2014

The Australian raids against ISIL supporters last week add poignancy and credibility to calls for "lone wolf" and organized attacks.

Posted September 23, 2014

Afghanistan has a president, but it might not have a working government.

Posted September 20, 2014

Clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government militias in Sana'a, the capital, resulted in at least 38 people killed.

Posted September 19, 2014

The Ukrainian parliament did what Ukraine has been doing since its withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact. It moved forward on both the pro-Western and the pro-Russian tracks.

Posted September 18, 2014

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) press office in Kabul confirmed that three ISAF soldiers were killed as a result of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul today.

Posted September 17, 2014

The government submitted a draft bill to the parliament that would bestow "special status" for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions until a new constitution is drafted, and grant partial amnesty for militants who would lay down arms voluntarily and who committed no serious crimes.

Posted September 13, 2014

This week senior US officials provided contradictory information about the threat to the US from ISIL.

Posted September 12, 2014

The introduction of elections and of modern technology has not changed the foundations of Afghan political culture. One way or another, Pashtuns always rule.

Posted September 11, 2014

This attack shows that ISIL knows it still has rivals in Syria and has pretty good intelligence on their leaderships' activities.

Posted September 10, 2014

With the formation of a government, the most urgent task will be the fight against the Islamists, which includes the challenge of rebuilding the confidence of the Sunni Arab tribes in the central government.

Posted September 09, 2014

The government forces are losing in at least four districts in Helmand province. "The situation is deteriorating and the Taliban are almost in the bazaar," the governor of Musa Qala district, Haji-Mohammad Sharif, said Friday night.

Posted September 06, 2014

One of the big differences between Russian strategic ambitions and ISIL's strategic goals is that ISIL has announced its mission as converting the entire world to Islam and killing those who resist. Today's announcement advances the mission. Putin has made no comparable claim.

Posted September 05, 2014

The Russian propagandists almost lost control of the spin on Putin's talk with Poroshenko. Evidently, the Russians recognized the error and had Russian media publish corrections. Now, Russia continues to adhere to the fiction that it is not a party to the fighting.

Posted September 04, 2014

The separatists restated their new goal of creating an autonomous state within Ukraine. The Kyiv regime continues to reject negotiations with them.

Posted September 03, 2014

With the introduction of Russian "volunteer" units in southeast Ukraine, the momentum has switched back to the rebels.

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