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  • u.s. willing to supply turkey with military aid in its fight against syria, white house says

    03/03/2020 5:58:23 PM PST · by RomanSoldier19 · 53 replies
    newsweek ^ | 3/3/20 AT 3:55 PM EST | BY TOM O'CONNOR ON
    he White House is willing to offer some military assistance to Turkey to assist an insurgency against neighboring Syria, which has received support from Russia and Iran, a senior U.S. diplomat said Tuesday. James Jeffrey, who serves as both the State Department's special representative for Syria and the presidential envoy to the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) told reporters in Turkey's southern border province of Hatay that the Turkish forces "mainly use our equipment, we want to make sure the equipment is ready when they need to use it," according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. "We're willing...
  • Putin urges Syria's Assad to invite Trump for visit

    01/12/2020 7:18:05 PM PST · by rintintin · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/20 | ZACK BUDRYK
    Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly suggested during a meeting with Bashar al-Assad last week that the Syrian president invite President Trump to Damascus. In a video of the conversation between Assad and Putin at the Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary in Damascus, Assad mentions the Apostle Paul’s conversion to Christianity after a vision at the gate of Damascus, Axios reported. “If Trump arrives along this road, everything will become normal with him too," the Syrian leader said, according to the news outlet.
  • RUSSIA the peacekeepers: Putin's troops 'will not allow' Syria and Turkey to enter direct [tr]

    10/15/2019 8:22:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 15, 2019 | Chris Pleasance
    Russia has stationed troops between the Syrian army and Turkish forces in an attempt to prevent fresh clashes in northern Syria. Moscow said its soldiers are now patrolling land outside the flashpoint city of Manbij, which was taken over by Syrian government forces on Tuesday, to prevent an anticipated Turkish attack. Russia, which backs the Syrian government, said 'no one is interested' in fighting between Syrian government troops and Turkish forces and that Moscow 'is not going to allow it.'
  • After Victory, Putin Steps Into Syrian Minefield

    05/01/2019 9:41:13 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 14 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 29, 2019 | Zvi Bar`el
    Caught between a stalling U.S. pullout, Israeli 'alliance' and Idlib militias, Russian president finds his monopoly over Assad's resurgence may require some flexibility. Russian President Vladimir Putin can indeed credit himself with an important military accomplishment after transferring control of most of Syria’s territory to Syrian President Bashar Assad, but it seems this diplomatic minefield is presenting new and unexpected challenges for him that could erode the military achievements. The diplomatic plan Russia drew up looks, on its face, to be orderly and logical. According to the plan, Russia was already meant to be withdrawing some of its forces from...
  • Media Darling Buttigieg Accused of Sexual Assault

    04/29/2019 10:44:10 AM PDT · by TexasGurl24 · 217 replies
    BigLeaguePolitics ^ | 04-29-2019 | Peter D'Abrosca
    The mayor of South Bend, Indiana and an upstart 2020 presidential candidate has been accused of sexual assault. “My name is Hunter Kelly. I am 21 years old. This is by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do. For the past three nights, I have not slept even a single hour. I have vomited eight times,” Kelly said in a Medium blog post.
  • US military mission in Somalia could take seven years to complete

    04/14/2019 5:28:20 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    cnn ^ | 04/14/2019 | Ryan Browne,
    This week President Donald Trump signed an executive order extending a presidential declaration of a national emergency concerning Somalia for another year, calling the Islamist insurgency plaguing that country an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to the US. But even if that is the last extension of the declaration, US defense officials say the mission in the country is likely to take years to complete. The fight there hinges on US Special Operations Forces being able to train an elite Somali army unit capable of defeating al Qaeda-linked militants on the ground. The commitment to the East African nation comes after...
  • At least 25 killed in assault on Afghan government building

    12/24/2018 3:07:38 PM PST · by McGruff · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | December 24, 2018 | Ray Sanchez and Ehsan Popalzai
    At least 25 people were killed Monday during a a seven-hour assault that began with a car bomb at a government building in the Afghan capital, authorities said. A police officer and four attackers were among the dead after the standoff at the National Authority for Disabled People and Martyrs' Families in Kabul, according to Najib Danish, an Interior Ministry spokesman. The attack began Monday afternoon with the detonation of a vehicle bomb at the gates to the building, Danish said. Three gunmen then stormed the building, where hundreds were working.
  • Putin on Downed Plane: On Second Thought, Maybe Israel Isn’t To Blame For “Tragic Chance Events”

    09/20/2018 1:09:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/20/2018 | Ed Morrissey
    One doesn’t often see a climbdown from Moscow, especially not from strongman Vladimir Putin, and even more so this fast. Yesterday, Russia’s defense spokesman spoke ominously of “the right to take appropriate measures against hostile actions by Israel” after Syrian air defense forces shot down a Russian surveillance plane. Now however, Putin has danced away from the threat, calling the downing the result of “tragic chance events”: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday described the downing of a Russian plane in Syria as the result of “tragic chance events,” appearing to dial back a rare flare-up in tensions with...
  • Why did Putin disregard his Turkish partner? (Turkey, Russia, Iran summit)

    09/10/2018 9:29:08 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 10, 2018 | Cengiz Candar
    The trilateral summit in Tehran between the presidents of Turkey, Iran and Russia was one of the most unusual parades of international diplomacy yet. It was televised live. Let’s remember the scenes: All who watched it saw how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blundered and how Russian President Vladimir Putin ridiculed him. Then it was a rare — if not unique — case of international diplomacy where a trilateral partnership considered detrimental to the interests of the West displayed signs of failure on a burning international issue.What has had the West — the transatlantic security system — worried for some time is NATO-member Turkey’s partnership...
  • Turkish-Russian ‘strategic partnership’ will be tested in Idlib

    08/25/2018 3:03:21 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 6 replies
    All of this diplomatic traffic is about the impending Syrian military operation into the Idlib province of Syria where around three million are living. The Syrian army, backed by Russia, is aiming to eliminate the jihadist terrorists, which have been controlling the province since early 2017. Turkey has 12 military outposts around Idlib, as part of a three-way agreement with Russia and Iran. Turkey has three main concerns: First, a large-scale operation without distinguishing civilians from terrorists can create a huge catastrophe. Second, it can kick another influx from Syria towards Turkey, complicating the already difficult refugee problem in the...
  • The Big Story: Russian Say 'White Helmets' Plan "Chemical Attack" In Syria And Shootdown Aftermath

    09/19/2018 3:53:03 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 9/19/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    "Militants and activists of the White Helmets continue fabricating the sham scenes that will feature the alleged use of chemical weapons inside the Idlib zone of de-escalation. The filming of these fakes are already taken place in some Syrian districts. Notably, the organizers forced the Syrians abducted previously in Idlib and Aleppo Governates to take part in the filming." Russian UN Ambassador Vasily Nebanzya at UN Security Council 9/18/2018 Russia is moving forward with Turkey to clear out a buffer zone in the Idlib region by October 15th. But the Russians also say jihadists are planning a fake attack using...
  • Putin dials back the rhetoric against Israel after downing of spy plane but still vows action

    09/19/2018 4:02:11 PM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 9 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 9/19/18 | USA Features
    Putin’s dialing down of the rhetoric is an effort to mask his intentions. He — Russia — still has the same foreign policy interests in Syria as he did before the plane was shot down, and those aren’t going to change anytime soon. When journalists asked him about the much more hostile statement of his Defense Ministry, which also vowed a retaliatory response, Putin stated clearly that it was “fully coordinated” with him (of course it was). He defined what ‘retaliatory’ meant. “The retaliatory measures will be directed above all to boosting the security of military men and installations in...
  • National Security Advisor Bolton: Russia 'Stuck' in Syria, Iran must go.

    08/23/2018 11:57:56 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug 22, 2018A | Reuters
    Russia is "stuck" in Syria and looking for others to fund its post-war reconstruction, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said, describing this as an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit the civil war-wracked country. Bolton said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had told the United States that Moscow could not compel the Iranians to leave Syria. "But he also told us that his interest and Iran's were not exactly the same. So we're obviously going to talk to him about what role they can play," said Bolton, who meets his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, in...
  • He had $55,000 in student loans, now he owes $330,000 ... Here's how it happened

    05/06/2018 10:57:14 PM PDT · by Wally_Kalbacken · 46 replies
    MSN.COM/CNBC ^ | 5/6/2018 | Annie Nova
    Rick Tallini didn't worry much about the $55,000 in federal student loans he took out for law school in the 1990s. His future seemed bright. Yet in the decades since he graduated, he's struggled to find employment and pay the bills. His original student loan balance, meanwhile, has soared to well over $300,000. "They'll tack this thing to my coffin at this point," Tallini, 61, said.
  • RUSSIA HAS WON IN SYRIA, WILL IT CHALLENGE U.S. IN LEBANON NEXT?

    05/06/2018 1:42:16 PM PDT · by mac_truck · 66 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 5/6/2018 | Tom O'Connor
    Lebanon held on Sunday its first parliamentary elections in nine years, as citizens expressed cautious optimism that the country's rigid, oft-deadlocked sectarian political system could be swayed. Behind the scenes, however, one of the world's leading powers has quietly eyed the small state as a potential ground to project its power in the Middle East and into the Mediterranean. But it won't be easy. With Syrian rebels and jihadis at bay, and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government set to further extend its comeback, Russia has pursued a cautious overture across the border into Lebanon—a $1 billion dollar arms deal, including...
  • Haley Says U.S. Won't Pull Troops Until Goals Accomplished

    04/15/2018 1:52:25 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 123 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4-15-2018 | Haaretz
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the United States would not pull its troops out of Syria until its goals were accomplished. Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Haley listed three aims for the United States: ensuring that chemical weapons are not used in any way that pose a risk to U.S. interests, that Islamic State is defeated and that there is a good vantage point to watch what Iran is doing.
  • Resisting calls to ‘do something’ about Syria

    03/03/2018 10:03:59 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 16 replies
    https://nexusnewsfeed.com ^ | 03/03/2018 | Caitlin Johnstone
    “We’ve got to do something about Syria!” goes the common Western refrain. Actually, no you don’t. “What? You’re saying we should just do nothing??” goes the common response. Yeah that’d be great. Definitely please get as far away from Syria as possible, thanks. Arguing that the Western war machine is a good way to bring about peace and justice in Syria is like arguing that the gasoline which was used to start a house fire can also be used to extinguish it. The cutesy fairy tale you will hear from empire loyalists is that what started out as peaceful protests...
  • Putin’s Syrian Dilemma: Back Israel or Iran?

    02/22/2018 1:41:06 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 19 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 19 Feb 2018 | Anshel Pfeffer
    With perfect timing, and taking advantage of the vacuum left by Obama’s decision not to get involved in Syria, Putin had put Russia back on the geopolitical map. He made a surprise visit to Damascus in December to declare: Mission accomplished. He should have learned from former U.S. President George W. Bush never to say that – because now everything is starting to fall apart for the Russians.
  • Putin's Bay of Pigs? Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded

    02/15/2018 1:11:53 PM PST · by BeauBo · 90 replies
    Reuters ^ | Maria Tsvetkova
    About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm (Wagner Group) were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. ...A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said last week that a force aligned with Assad, backed with artillery, tanks, rockets and mortars, had on Feb. 7 attacked fighters with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces near Deir al-Zor. U.S. special forces were accompanying the SDF forces that came under attack, officials in Washington said. The U.S.-led coalition in Syria retaliated, killing about 100 of the pro-Assad forces, according to...
  • The Muslim Woman Challenging Putin: Aina Gamzatova

    02/04/2018 1:45:24 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 17 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | Mansur Mirovalev
    Aina Gamzatova, a 46-year-old woman from Dagestan, has made it official. She wants to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the March 2018 election. Some see her campaign - irrespective of its results - as a way to boost the image of Muslim women in Russia and to attract attention to the needs of impoverished, overpopulated and multi-ethnic Dagestan. Her husband, Akhmad Abdulaev, is the Mufti of Dagestan, Russia's troubled province where a confrontation between fighters, clans and federal forces has killed thousands. She belongs to a Sufi order that has tens of thousands of followers and whose leader,...