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  • The Year We Lost Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Most of the Middle East

    01/01/2012 4:28:48 AM PST · by expat1000 · 29 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, December 31, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    About the only people having a Happy New Year in the Muslim world aren't the Christians who are huddling and waiting out the storm, but the Islamists who use a different calendar but are having the best time of their lives since the last Caliphate. The news that the Obama Administration has brought in genocidal Muslim Brotherhood honcho Yusuf Al-Qaradawi to discuss terms of surrender for the transfer of Afghanistan to the Taliban caps a year in which the Brotherhood and the Salafists are looking up carve up Egypt, the Islamists won Tunisia's elections, Turkey's Islamist AKP Party purged the...
  • The terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad reason the military wants to stay in Syria

    12/29/2018 1:26:58 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 104 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 29, 2018 | Steven W. Mosher
    On December 19, 2018, President Trump declared correctly that “we have won against ISIS,” and announced that the remaining 2,000 American troops in Syria would be withdrawn. The president has made the right decision. Having won the war against ISIS, he does not want to lose the peace by getting into a military conflict with the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s forces, or with the Iranians or the Russians, or even with the Turks for that matter. As the father of an Army officer who is in theater right now, I think I have a right to an opinion. And in...
  • Liz Cheney Throws in Digs at Rand in Her Critique of Syria Withdrawal

    12/29/2018 11:30:13 AM PST · by rintintin · 71 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 27 2019 | Cortney O'Brien
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) added her name to the long list of lawmakers to publicly oppose President Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria. She minced no words during her appearance on "Face the Nation" over the weekend. "I am deeply, deeply concerned, and I oppose strongly the president's decision apparently to withdraw troops from Syria, the apparent decision that we're now going to be looking to withdraw troops from Afghanistan," Cheney said. "I think the president has done a lot of very good things in terms of beginning to rebuild our military, getting out of the Iranian...
  • Narrow majority backs Trump on Syria, Afghanistan troop reductions

    12/29/2018 3:18:07 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | Dec 29, 2018
    A narrow majority of U.S. voters support President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and reduce the country's military presence in Afghanistan, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they back the moves in Syria and Afghanistan, which came as a surprise to the president's own national security advisers when it was announced last week. By contrast, 48 percent said they oppose the troop withdrawals and reductions, the poll found. Trump announced he would completely remove the approximately 2,000 troops in Syria battling ISIS, while he said he...
  • Syrian regime, Turkey, maneuver to take key Syrian city as U.S. withdraws

    12/29/2018 4:41:20 AM PST · by McGruff · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | December 29, 2018 | Seth J. Frantzman
    Rumors began on Friday morning that the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Kurdish group that had been partners with the US in fighting ISIS, was withdrawing from Manbij. Manbij was liberated from ISIS in 2016 by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), of which the YPG is a part. However Turkey, which views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) vowed to stop the SDF’s progress, launching an operation in the fall of 2016 dubbed Euphrates Shield. Since then Turkey has agitated for the US and the SDF to hand over Manbij. In the summer...
  • UAE 're-opens embassy in Syria' as Arab leaders begin to welcome Assad back from the cold

    12/27/2018 5:33:13 AM PST · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Dec 2018 | Raf Sanchez
    The United Arab Emirates is re-opening its embassy in Damascus, the Syrian regime said Thursday, in a major public step towards welcoming Bashar al-Assad back into the fold of Arab leaders after years of estrangement...as it has become increasingly clear that Assad is likely to stay in power and prevail over downtrodden rebel forces, Syria’s Arab neighbours have begun moving to restore diplomatic ties with the former pariah. The re-opening of the UAE’s embassy in Damascus would be the most significant public step so far towards Assad’s rehabilitation in the Arab world. The move is likely to have been coordinated...
  • We Know How Trump’s War Game Ends

    12/21/2018 10:59:34 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 37 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | December 21, 2018 | Matt Taibbi
    Nothing unites our political class like the threat of ending our never-ending war So we’re withdrawing troops from the Middle East. GOOD! What’s the War on Terror death count by now, a half-million? How much have we spent, $5 trillion? Five-and-a-half? Unless Donald Trump decides to reverse his decision to begin withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan, cable news for the next few weeks is going to be one long Scanners marathon of exploding heads. “Today’s decision would cheer Moscow, ISIS, and Iran!” yelped Nicole Wallace, former George W. Bush communications director. “Maybe Trump will bring Republicans and Democrats together,” said...
  • Rand Paul: Promise To End The War In Syria Is Why Trump Won The Election

    12/21/2018 6:50:25 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 60 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 20, 2018 | Tim Hains
    On 'America's Newsroom' Senator Rand Paul backed President Trump in the face of harsh criticism from Republicans over his decision to withdraw the 2,000-strong U.S. force from Syria. RAND PAUL: This is a very bold move for President Trump. It is exactly what he promised the American people -- in fact it is one of the reasons he won the election. Because he is different from so many Republicans who want us to be everywhere all the time around the world. They want us to be the world policeman, that every war on the planet we have to have our...
  • U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria

    12/19/2018 6:33:59 AM PST · by Old Teufel Hunden · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/19/2018 | Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East. U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said. “The Pentagon has an order to get to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible, “ a U.S. official said.
  • U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria

    12/19/2018 6:30:45 AM PST · by Mariner · 101 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19thm 2018 | By Dion Nissenbaum and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East. U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said.
  • Left Wing Pulitzer Prize Winner Exposes Obama as a Traitor, but is Afraid to Use that Word

    01/14/2016 10:49:30 AM PST · by Shery · 19 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | 12 January, 2016 | Keith Davies
    A former senior adviser to the Joint Chiefs told me that the document was an ‘all-source’ appraisal, drawing on information from signals, satellite and human intelligence, and took a dim view of the Obama administration’s insistence on continuing to finance and arm the so-called moderate rebel groups. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling...
  • To confront Iran in Syria, Israel may have to defy Russia

    12/04/2018 12:05:19 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec 4, 2018 | Charles Bybelezer
    Russia has completed an elaborate air defense system in Syria that curbs the operational capabilities of both the United States and Israel, according to a report by the Washington- based Institute for the Study of War. The deployments throughout the conflict-ravaged country include variations of the advanced S-300 and S-400 systems in addition to other cutting-edge technologies. Moscow long ago exported such systems to Syria, however, they remained under the control of its own army. Only after the accidental downing in September by Syrian forces of a Russian reconnaissance plane, an incident the Kremlin blamed on Jerusalem which minutes earlier...
  • Crimea has a solution for its poor economy: Tourism by Syrians

    10/17/2018 11:18:48 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Oct 16, 2018 | Anna Ferris-Rotman
    MOSCOW — It would be one of the world’s more unusual direct flights. But bringing Syrian soldiers and civilians to a Black Sea resort is exactly what was on offer Tuesday, when a delegation from Crimea visited Damascus, the Syrian capital. “We understand that restrictions related to trade, money transfers and tourism are similar to what we have in Crimea,” said Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov, Russia’s top official there. Both Syria and Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine four years ago, have been hit by Western sanctions, and their economies are struggling. “We should turn our minuses into our advantages,”...
  • Congress Tightens Noose on Assad Regime

    10/03/2018 1:40:26 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | Sep 27, 2018 | Adam Kredo
    Congress moved this week to tighten the economic noose on the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, passing new sanctions that directly target his military alliance with Russia and Iran that has resulted in scores of civilian casualties. The new sanctions on Assad seek to "halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people" by hitting the regime's financial and military alliances with Russia and Iran, both of which have provided Assad and his allies with military hardware and manpower. It also authorized Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to provide U.S. support to entities that are gathering and preserving...
  • Russia is a Fake Partner against Terrorism

    09/22/2018 2:48:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Europe's Edge ^ | June 2017 | Janusz Bugajski
    Connections between the Kremlin and international terrorism extend back for decades. The KGB helped develop modern terrorism. It provided weapons to terrorist groups, including Hezbollah, helped devise aircraft hijackings during the 1960s, and promoted the concept of suicide bombings against both military and civilian targets. According to KGB defectors, the FSB successor has continued to sponsor terrorists such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, who trained in Russia in the 1990s before joining Osama bin Laden. During its proxy attack on Ukraine, Moscow supplied the missile system to separatists who shot down a Malaysian Airlines jet, killing nearly 300 civilians. The West has...
  • The Iran Deal’s Disastrous Legacy Has Nothing to Do with Nukes

    09/18/2018 6:45:59 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | May 2018 | Noah Rothmans
    In March, State Department veteran and former adviser to Barack Obama, Frederic Hof, bid farewell to public life with a stunning admission. Amid a confession regarding his failure to prevent the expansion of the Syrian civil war into a regional crisis, Hof laid the blame for that all-consuming conflict (as well as a notable uptick in Russian aggression) at the feet of Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The administration sacrificed Syrian civilians and American credibility for the mistaken notion that Iran required appeasement in Syria as the price for a nuclear agreement,” Hof wrote. Today, with 500,000 dead, millions...
  • Last stand: Syria's rebel Idlib prepares for a losing battle

    09/17/2018 9:12:59 AM PDT · by Mariner · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | September 17th, 2018 | SARAH EL DEEB
    BEIRUT (AP) — They dug trenches around towns, reinforced caves for cover and put up sand bags around their positions. They issued calls to arms, urging young men to join in the defense of Idlib, the Syrian province where opposition fighters expect to make their last stand against Russian- and Iranian-backed government troops they have fought for years. This time, it's "surrender or die." As the decisive stand for their last stronghold looms, this motley crew of tens of thousands of opposition fighters, including some of the world's most radical groups, is looking for ways to salvage whatever is possible...
  • Trump Adviser Threatens Syria With 'Much Stronger' Military Assault If It Uses Chemical Weapons

    09/10/2018 7:05:49 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 18 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 10 Sept 2018 | By W.J. Hennigan
    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned the Syrian government against using chemical weapons in the impending battle for Idlib Province, the last remaining rebel stronghold populated by more than 2 million people. If chemical weapons are used, National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the U.S. would deliver a counterattack ...
  • Syria's Assad approves gas attack in Idlib despite warning, report says

    09/10/2018 7:45:35 AM PDT · by raiderboy · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/10/2018 | Edmund DeMarche
    President Bashar al-Assad has approved a gas attack in the Idlib province, which is the country’s last rebel stronghold, a report on Sunday said. Reports of Assad's approval comes about a week after President Trump warned the strongman and his allies not to “recklessly attack” the province. Trump called any gas attack a potential “grave humanitarian mistake.” The Wall Street Journal, citing U.S. officials, was first to report on Assad.
  • Syria's Assad approves gas attack in Idlib despite warning, report says

    09/10/2018 4:20:00 AM PDT · by familyop · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 10, 2018 | Edmund DeMarche
    President Bashar al-Assad has approved a gas attack in the Idlib province, which is the country’s last rebel stronghold, a report on Sunday said...The Wall Street Journal reported that the international pressure did little to sway Assad, who benefits from support from Russia and Iran. The report said Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas...Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a “total annihilation of terrorists in Syria,” while Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke of “cleansing the Idlib region of terrorists.”