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  • Macron: NATO experiencing 'brain death'

    11/07/2019 8:53:38 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 07 2019 | John Bowden
    French President Emmanuel Macron warned in a new interview that NATO is undergoing "brain death" due to a lack of commitment from its primary benefactor, the United States. In an interview published Thursday with The Economist, Macron warned that the Trump administration's decision to conduct unilateral military actions such as the withdrawal of troops from Syria indicated that nations in the alliance were less committed to upholding longstanding mutual defense agreements. "What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of NATO," Macron said. "I don't know [whether Article Five remains in effect]," Macron said, referring to the collective defense...
  • Trump to meet with Erdoğan at White House following tensions

    11/06/2019 12:45:47 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 2 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 06 2019 | Brett Samuels
    President Trump will meet with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Washington next week, ending weeks of uncertainty over whether Erdoğan would make the trip amid tensions over Syria. Erdoğan committed to visiting Trump at the White House following a phone call between the two leaders on Wednesday. Trump tweeted that the two discussed the situation in Syria, "the ending of hostilities with the Kurds" and the Turkish capture of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters. He added that he looked forward to welcoming Erdoğan to the White House. Erdoğan had been expected to make the trip, but...
  • Rand Paul praises President Trump's 'extraordinary breakthrough' in Syria

    10/24/2019 6:02:29 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 24, 2019 | Julia Musto
    Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., said that President Trump's Wednesday announcement of a "permanent ceasefire" between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is an "extraordinary breakthrough." Speaking at the White House, the president said that the conditions had been met by both sides and that the U.S. is lifting sanctions on Ankara that were implemented following the invasion of northern Syria. "I do believe it will be permanent," he said. "This was an outcome created by us, the United States, and nobody else...we've done something very, very special."
  • Trump announces 'permanent ceasefire' in Syria between Turkey and Kurds; lifts sanctions on Ankara

    10/23/2019 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/23/2019 | Ronn Blitzer, Andrew O'Reilly
    President Trump announced on Wednesday that conditions have been met between Turkey and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for what he called a " permanent ceasefire" between the two sides and that the United States is lifting sanctions on Ankara that were implemented following the invasion of northern Syria. Speaking at the White House, Trump said that while a "permanent ceasefire" will be tough to maintain in the volatile region, he hopes that it will last and end the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds. "I do believe it will be permanent," he said. "This was an outcome created...
  • Trump Claims Prison Escape Of ISIS Terrorists Was Manufactured

    10/17/2019 10:29:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    News Wars ^ | 10/17/19 | Steve Watson
    President Trump claimed Wednesday that the purported ‘escape‘ of hundreds of ISIS terrorists from a prison in northern Syria was purposefully manufactured in order to draw US troops back into the conflict there.While speaking in front of the press at the White House, Trump described the withdrawal of troops from Syria as “strategically brilliant,” adding that as far as ISIS is concerned “you have a lot of countries over there that hate ISIS as much as we do…So they can take care of ISIS.”“We have them captured. The United States captured them,” Trump urged before making the claim about the...
  • Mitch McConnell steps up Republican rebellion over Syria saying he wants 'something STRONGER' than..

    10/17/2019 11:36:14 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 63 replies
    dm ^ | 10/17/2019 | By KATELYN CARALLE, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    Mitch McConnell said Thursday that he wants 'something even stronger' in the Senate than the House's resolution formally opposing Donald Trump's troop withdrawal from northern Syria last week. The Senate Majority Leader said he was 'encouraged' by the House, including 129 Republican members, voting to condemn the president's highly contested decision. 'I believe it's important that we make a strong forward-looking strategic statement. For that reason my preference would be for something even stronger than the resolution that the House passed yesterday which has some serious weaknesses,' McConnell said from the Senate floor Thursday. The vote Wednesday where more...
  • Pence, Pompeo secure cease-fire agreement in Syria after meeting with Turkish president

  • Turkey agrees to Syria ceasefire: Vice President Mike Pence

    10/17/2019 10:51:35 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 125 replies
    abc ^ | October 17, 2019 | ByCONOR FINNEGANandBEN GITTLESON
    Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria between its forces and their allied rebels and U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds, Vice President Mike Pence announced.
  • Turkish President Erdogan 'threw Trump's Syria letter in bin'

    10/17/2019 3:18:53 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 30 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Oct 16 ,2019 | BBC World News
    President Erdogan received the letter, thoroughly rejected it and put it in the bin.
  • Dems have NO policy, just sheer LAZINESS: John Haywards thread on Trump pulling troops

    10/17/2019 7:10:39 AM PDT · by digger48 · 8 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 10/17/2019 | Sam J
    Trump pulling troops from Syria has been controversial at best, and many people on both the Left and the Right have been concerned, angry, outraged, you name it. There are some talking heads saying this move will be far more damaging to Trumps presidency than even the fake impeachment nonsense Democrats have been pushing for three years. Breitbarts John Hayward put together a pretty eye-opening thread on Trumps decision in Syria and its definitely worth a read.
  • CNN Mocks Trump Letter to Erdogan: 'Isn't Exactly Ph.D. Level'

    10/17/2019 7:09:02 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    New Day co-hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota on Thursday took turns reading out loud a letter that President Trump recently sent to Turkish President Recep Erdogan. The letter contained blunt language in which Trump urged Erdogan not to be a "tough guy" or a "fool." Berman then turned to Jim Acosta, CNN's White House correspondent, and Trump antagonist extraordinaire, and sneeringly said: "We have this letter with this language that isn't exactly at Ph.D. level."Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Kurdish commander: Trump approved deal with Russia, Damascus

    10/17/2019 6:44:40 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 10 17 2019 | LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and SARAH EL DEEB
    The U.S. President Donald Trump did not oppose a deal struck between the Syrian Kurdish-led forces, Russia and the Syrian government in Damascus to protect against a Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria, the commander of the force said as his fighters battled a new push by Ankara-backed fighters to seize a strategic border town. The commander of the Kurdish-led forces, Mazloum Abdi, said Trump essentially gave the go-ahead for the deal in a phone call Monday. The Kurds deal, announced Sunday, came after Trump ordered U.S. troops to step aside as Turkey launched its attack last week. Under the agreement,...
  • Turkey's Erdogan 'threw Trump's Syria letter in bin'

    10/17/2019 6:20:43 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    BBC ^ | 10 17 2019 | Staff
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put US President Donald Trump's letter "in the bin", the BBC has been told. In the letter dated 9 October, and sent after US troops were pulled out of Syria, Mr Trump told Mr Erdogan: "Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!" President Trump was urging Turkey not to launch a military offensive against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria, but Mr Erdogan ignored this request. US Vice President Mike Pence is now in Ankara to push for a ceasefire. The US has faced intense criticism for the withdrawal of troops, which critics say...
  • Erdogan says Turkey's Syria offensive will end if Kurdish fighters withdraw

    10/16/2019 5:45:03 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 16, 2019 | Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkeys offensive into northeast Syria will end if Kurdish fighters in the region drop their weapons and withdraw from a planned safe zone, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, but warned that no power could stop it until then. Erdogan said the quickest solution was for militants to drop their weapons and pull back from the area by Wednesday evening. The operation will end when the safe zone is established, he said, and Turkey was not open to negotiating this.
  • Turkey's Syria invasion: Member of US Special Forces says, 'I am ashamed for the first time (tr)

    10/10/2019 5:58:37 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 112 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 10, 2019 | Jennifer Griffin, Melissa Leon
    PENTAGON A member of U.S. Special Forces serving alongside the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria told Fox News on Wednesday they were witnessing Turkish atrocities on the frontlines. I am ashamed for the first time in my career, said the distraught soldier, who has been involved in the training of indigenous forces on multiple continents. The hardened service member is among the 1,000 or so U.S. troops who remain in Syria. Turkey is not doing what it agreed to. Its horrible, the military source on the ground said. We met every single security agreement. The Kurds met...
  • Congress set for showdown with Trump over Kurds

    10/10/2019 2:04:53 AM PDT · by robowombat · 196 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/09/19 06:11 PM EDT | JORDAIN CARNEY AND REBECCA KHEEL
    President Trump is barreling toward a showdown with Congress over his decision to pull back U.S. troops in northern Syria despite widespread opposition. The announcement, which caught leadership and traditional GOP allies flatfooted, sparked a wave of condemnation, with Republicans calling it a “disaster in the making,” a “catastrophic mistake” and a “terrible decision.” Lawmakers are already weighing how to respond to Trump’s decision, setting the stage for a high-profile clash with Trump as soon as Congress returns from a two-week break on Monday. “Congress must and will act to limit the catastrophic impact of this decision,” said Rep. Liz...
  • Critics Aghast As Trump Keeps Word About No More Wars

    10/09/2019 12:58:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2019 | Kurt Schlichter
    Donald Trump came into office promising to not start any new wars and to get us out of the old ones our feckless elite had dragged us into, and now that hes doing it in Syria the usual suspects are outraged. How dare he actually deliver on his promise not to have anymore of our precious warriors shipped home in boxes after getting killed on battlefields we cant even pronounce, while refereeing conflicts that began long before America was a thing, in campaigns without any kind of coherent objective? Conservatives like me still think of ourselves as hawks, but...
  • Turkish military operation launched in northern Syria, Erdogan says

    10/09/2019 9:21:41 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 40 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | October 9, 2019 | Theresa Seiger
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday the beginning of a military operation in northeastern Syria, days after President Donald Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the region. "The Turkish Armed Forces, together with the Syrian National Army, just launched #OperationPeaceSpring," Erdogan wrote Wednesday in a tweet. "Our mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border, and to bring peace to the area." Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said Turkish warplanes started carrying out airstrikes on civilian targets Wednesday. "There is a huge panic among people of the...
  • Turkey launches offensive in northern Syria with air strikes

    10/09/2019 9:49:32 AM PDT · by tkocur · 91 replies
    Turkish warplanes have bombed parts of north-eastern Syria at the start of an offensive which could lead to conflict with Kurdish-led allies of the US. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was to create a "safe zone" cleared of Kurdish militias which will also house Syrian refugees. The strikes have killed at least two civilians, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said. The group vowed to resist any Turkish advance across the border. It asked the US and the coalition against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) to establish a no-fly zone in the area to stop "attacks on...
  • Rand Paul: It's Not U.S. Responsibility 'to Fight Every War and Find Every Peace'

    10/08/2019 10:01:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 67 replies
    CNS ^ | October 8, 2019 | Susan Jones
    Some Republicans, including Trump allies such as Sen Lindsey Graham, have joined Democrats in sharply criticizing the president's decision to withdraw an unannounced number of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) strongly supports the president's move, even if the "neocon war caucus of the Senate" -- Paul's words -- does not. "We haven't been able to find peace for 18 years in Afghanistan," Paul told Fox News's Neil Cavuto in a telephone interview on Monday. "So I certainly don't think we're going to find peace in Syria. But I do think a couple of hundred people...