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I won’t be around most of this afternoon and evening, so please accept this midday update to tide you over until tomorrow. Please check out my latest appearance on Chapo Trap House. I spent part of the interview in some kind of strange fugue state unaware…
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ASIA ARMENIA Armenians who are struggling to make ends meet are hoping that whatever government emerges from this week’s parliament vote can do a better job of managing the country’s economy: AFGHANISTAN The Taliban’s spring offensive continues to be an…
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SYRIA The Iraqi air force conducted another round of airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria over the weekend. The Iraqis claim that the positions they hit were used by the group’s leaders, though of course that doesn’t mean any of them were killed. A cynic…
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Who are the Mujahedin-e Khalq?

Evan requested an essay about the Mujahedin-e Khalq. I assume a general history will do, and this is a small enough topic where that should be manageable in a single post. The People’s Mujahedin, or Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) was founded way back in the…
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Patrick Nolan asked for an explanation of the Suez Crisis. This is something we covered in a recent podcast, but we can certainly get a little more detailed here. The first thing I guess we should talk about is why the Suez Canal was so damn important to…
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ASIA AFGHANISTAN Taliban fighters on Thursday night took control of the district of Kohistan, in Badakhshan province. At least 15 Afghan security officers were killed in the fighting before the Afghans were forced to retreat when requested supplies and…
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SYRIA The State Department announced on Friday that it’s suspending its funding for several civil society groups in Syria, including and most prominently the Syrian civil defense organization known as the “White Helmets”: Less than two months ago the…
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ASIA ARMENIA Armenia’s Republican Party said on Thursday that the country will have a new prime minister after next week’s parliamentary vote. And while they didn’t specify it seems pretty likely that opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan is finally going to…
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SYRIA It was one step forward and one step back in Syria on Thursday. Rebel fighters in the enclave around Yarmouk finally began to evacuate that area (ISIS is still holding out in Yarmouk itself) under the terms of a deal they reached with Damascus and…
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Sorry, we’ve got another relatively brief update today. It’s been a busy day at HQ and your blog host isn’t feeling well to boot. MIDDLE EAST SYRIA Rebels controlling an enclave near Homs said on Wednesday that they have reached agreement with Damascus…
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