Quick hits from around the region.
Afghanistan: The incident isn’t necessarily unusual, but the methodology is a change. A new trend? Does it complicate the fight against the Taliban?
South Sudan: For a country that began with such promise, a rapid and often-fatal breakdown.
Iraq: More on The Surge, from NPR.
Yemen: That the Houthi advance would be stopped was likely, what follows after that was/is the unknown.
Lebanon: An interesting retrospective from a British diplomat, via NPR.