Night Watch

Posted November 22, 2014

The Russians appear to have bought into the North Korean line that "without preconditions" absolves a multitude of misdeeds.

Posted November 21, 2014

Even with limited US air support, the Kurdish fighters at Kobani have blunted the offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and captured most of Kobani.

Posted November 20, 2014

Russia has called for "a 100% guarantee that no-one would think about Ukraine joining NATO," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told the BBC.

Posted November 19, 2014

President Putin appears to be drawing on historic patterns of interaction to project an image of closer cooperation than actually exists. The optics are impressive...

Posted November 18, 2014

News services reported Iraqi forces, supported by a local militia force, drove fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from Baiji over the weekend.

Posted November 15, 2014

The key feature of the YPG's terms is that the Kurdish state it envisions would include Kurdish regions in multiple states, similar in concept to the claims of ISIL.

Posted November 14, 2014

Putin Announced a Nuclear deal with Iran. The timing of the announcement, during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, appears designed to reinforce the perception that Western sanctions are not damaging Russian economic prospects.

Posted November 13, 2014

The Taliban apparently have mounted an offensive against the most visible evidence of government authority.

Posted November 12, 2014

In the 13 years of fighting in Afghanistan, the police have taken most of the casualties of any security force, foreign or Afghan.

Posted November 11, 2014

This weekend North Korea released the two US citizens remaining in custody. No American citizens, except POWs from the Korean War, are now in North Korean custody.

Posted November 08, 2014

At a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today, the Russian representative questioned Kiev's adherence to the Minsk and Geneva agreements for settling the Ukrainian crisis.

Posted November 07, 2014

Mubi reportedly is the largest town seized by Boko Haram. The terrorists have renamed it Madinatul Islam, which is translated the City of Islam.

Posted November 06, 2014

The deployments show that the Kyiv authorities sense the need for defensive vigilance, but, beyond that, they have no idea what to do about the rebel regions.

Posted November 05, 2014

This situation is heading for a resumption of fighting. If the self-government law is rescinded, Luhansk and Donetsk will secede.

Posted November 04, 2014

The Russian position appears to support whatever the separatists decide. Ukraine might yet fracture again with Russian support.

Posted November 01, 2014

Local media reported yesterday that Egypt already has begun ordering forced evacuations and demolishing homes in the buffer zone Egypt is creating along the border of the Gaza Strip.

Posted October 31, 2014

A Syrian Kurdish spokesman admitted that the contingents would not turn the tide, but said they represented an expansion of support for the fighters in Kobani.

Posted October 30, 2014

In some provinces, the Taliban appear to be trying to make substantial gains before winter sets in. In others, they are probing and testing the strength and reaction time of Afghan forces.

Posted October 29, 2014

Russians might have gotten control of all of Ukraine by proxy had it simply supported new general elections.

Posted October 28, 2014

The pace of both Kurdish and government forces in launching counter-attacks is glacial. The extent of the ISIL threat from south of Baghdad has not been described in detail, but it seems less serious than the threat from ISIL forces west of Baghdad.

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