Night Watch

Posted February 24, 2015

The Ukrainian army has shown that it is incapable of preventing additional fragmentation of Ukraine east of the Dnieper River, if that is Russia's intention.

Posted February 21, 2015

News interviews with soldiers who fought their way out of the Debal'tseve pocket have exposed the extent of the debacle. The rebels succeeded in encircling a force of at least 1,000 soldiers.

Posted February 19, 2015

In Bamiyan Province in central Afghanistan, a local mullah who claims to represent the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ordered his acolytes to close a clinic and a girl's school.

Posted February 18, 2015

It is now obvious that the uncivilized strain of Islamic fundamentalist practice has not been contained in Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq. It is not on the defensive.

Posted February 17, 2015

Ukrainian and rebel sources agree that the new ceasefire is holding in most regions. Both also agree that fighting continues for control of the Debal'tseve pocket.

Posted February 14, 2015

Yemen looks like a banana republic in which the army stays neutral, but is willing to serve the winner of the political struggle, provided it gets paid.

Posted February 13, 2015

In contrast to the Minsk talks, Ukrainian government and rebel spokesmen agreed that Debal'tseve is the hottest spot in the east.

Posted February 12, 2015

The rebels also used rockets to attack Mariupol in January. They enlarge the battle space and target rear areas that the Ukrainians had considered safe. This attack reinforces the judgment that the rebels intend to take back the entire region

Posted February 11, 2015

ISIL has not yet put a fighting force in combat, apparently, but reports of its presence or of groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIL have rattled the Taliban.

Posted February 10, 2015

On Saturday, UAE and Jordanian officials announced that the United Arab Emirates will participate in airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Posted February 08, 2015

On 6 February, for the first time Islamist Boko Haram terrorists attacked Bosso, in Diffa Region. Nigerien and Chadian forces with Chadian air support drove off the terrorists after an hour long exchange of fire.

Posted February 07, 2015

: The Abe government wants permanent authority for sending Japanese forces on logistic missions for multi-national troops.

Posted February 06, 2015

On 4 February the Korean Central News Agency published in English yet another rant against the US. The National Defense Commission wrote," US imperialists will face final doom."

Posted February 05, 2015

Kurdish peshmerga defenders beat back the attack, but not before ISIL fighters had reached the center of the town and entered a prominent hotel before being killed.

Posted February 04, 2015

Over the weekend, a senior Japanese diplomat described the beheading of the two Japanese nationals by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as Japan's 9/11.

Posted February 03, 2015

In the more than 40 years that NightWatch has followed North Korean propaganda, this is the first time that we have read a North Korean description of an exercise involving a coordinated joint service attack against a US aircraft carrier task group.

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.


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