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Ohmsen Avatar

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Posted: Oct 21, 2019 - 2:36pm


sirdroseph Avatar

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Posted: Oct 15, 2019 - 8:24am

Any more excuses, Neocons?  Afghanistan next please.


Washington’s Sum of All Fears: Kurdish Militants Cut a Deal with Damascus


"Last night, Kurdish officials in northeastern Syria issued a statement that an agreement has been reached with the government in Damascus allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to takeover key strategic positions along the Syria’s northern border with Turkey.

Not surprisingly, cheers can he heard from Damascus to Moscow, and Tehran too, while leaving Washington’s foreign policy blob visibly moaning in agony.

The reality of the situation is that Turkey sprung a trap set by Damascus and its allies. In doing so, Turkey helped to cleaned up what was previously a near impossible situation for Damascus."




Ohmsen Avatar

Location: Valhalla Mists

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 - 12:53pm

In Turkey, Trump has a ‘conflict of interest’

US leader’s foreign business dealings back in spotlight after he greenlights Turkish military moves in Syria. 

“I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major major building in Istanbul,” Trump told Breitbart News in December 2015 during the heat of his campaign for the presidency. Upon assuming the presidency, Trump pledged to insulate himself from the running of his businesses but declined to relinquish ownership.

“It’s called Trump Towers – two towers instead of one; not the usual one – it’s two,” Trump continued, calling the multipurpose retail, office and residential enterprise “tremendously successful.”


Ohmsen Avatar

Location: Valhalla Mists

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 - 12:22pm

Trump Defends Abandoning the Kurds: They ‘Didn’t Help Us With Normandy’

                                                                                                                                         - VS. -

Trump wasn’t born when we fought the Nazis


Ohmsen Avatar

Location: Valhalla Mists

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 - 11:00am

At least 750 Isis affiliates escape Syria camp after Turkish shelling

... & the Prez couldn't care less.

And as for the Kurds, Western media are pretending it be a novelty, that Turkey is going after the Kurds now. What a disgrace, what an awful invasion! - Emperialism all over. - OMG.

One of the main points of the Turkish public rhetoric is the oppression of Arab locals by Kurdish militias.


R_P Avatar

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 - 10:52am

The U.S. Is Now Betraying the Kurds for the Eighth Time

R_P Avatar

Posted: Jan 11, 2019 - 3:58pm

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever
In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump’s claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating  the commentariat’s shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washington’s alleged right and duty to decide other countries’ fates, and in the forever war the US supposedly has to wage in the Middle East.


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Posted: Jan 9, 2019 - 2:30pm

War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
War, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again, why'all

War, huh, good god
What is it good for
Absolutely nothing, listen to me
Oh, war, I despise
'Cause it means destruction of innocent lives
War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes
When their sons go to fight
And lose their lives


R_P Avatar

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 - 12:41pm

Bolton Counters Syria Withdrawal, Hires Iran Hawk
National Security Advisor John Bolton is bringing reinforcements into the White House to bolster his push for war with Iran, just weeks after Donald Trump announced U.S. troops will be leaving Syria.

Iran hawks were furious with Trump’s announcement to pull out of Syria, largely because it throws a wrench in their plans for the U.S. military to attack Iranian targets inside the war-ravaged country and beyond.

One such hawk is Bolton, who spent the better part of this week walking back Trump’s announcement on Syria. He has also kept his plan for war with Iran on track by hiring allies like Foundation for Defense of Democracies staffer Richard Goldberg with the sole purpose of, according to Jewish Insider, “countering Iranian weapons of mass destruction.” (Remember: Bolton said last year that the U.S. goal in Iran should be regime change.) (...)


R_P Avatar

Posted: Jan 3, 2019 - 12:27pm

U.S. Ramps Up Bombing of ISIS in Eastern Syria Following Trump Withdrawal Announcement
The ISIS-held villages along the Euphrates have been the targets of U.S. bombing sorties since November as part of Operation Roundup. In addition to military targets, Operation Roundup bombed civilian areas, including a hospital, The Intercept and Al Jazeera reported last month.

Trump’s abrupt December 19 decision to quickly withdraw U.S. ground troops involved in the fight against ISIS in Syria took even the Defense Department by surprise. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the president declined to give a timeline for the pullout and said instead that it would happen “over a period of time.” The increased intensity of the bombings, however, belie claims by Trump and others that ISIS has been defeated or that the U.S. war in Syria, which has largely been carried out from the skies, is over. It remains unclear whether U.S. airstrikes will continue once the troops leave.


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Posted: Apr 21, 2018 - 10:54pm

Pentagon acknowledges US contractor presence in Syria for first time (13/4)

The US military is using more than 5,500 contractors in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon revealed in a quarterly report this week that acknowledges the use of contractors in the Syrian war zone for the first time.

The latest figures from US Central Command indicate that 5,508 US and foreign contractors are working alongside US troops in the two combat zones. That’s an increase of 581, or 12%, over January’s numbers, which did not include Syria. About half of the contractors are US citizens, while the rest are local or third-country hires.

The disclosure comes as President Donald Trump has signaled his desire to pull US troops out of Syria “very soon” after the end of the counter-IS mission. The role of contractors in Syria is also under increasing scrutiny after hundreds of Russian contractors died in a battle with US troops and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in the oil-rich Deir ez-Zor province, as CIA Director and Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo publicly confirmed in his Senate confirmation hearing April 12.

Unlike the Russians, however, the US contractors are mostly focused on supporting the 2,000 US troops in Syria by delivering hot meals, gasoline and other supplies. More than 30% of them support logistics and maintenance, according to the quarterly Pentagon report, and another 27% help with support and construction of US military outposts in the region.

“It’s not the Russian contractor role in Syria, which is … deploying tactical military units of squad company size,” said Peter Singer, a senior fellow and strategist at the New America think tank in Washington. “It’s the old stuff that Halliburton used to do.”

More than 400 “security” contractors are also involved in the fight in both countries, but “you’re not seeing the 163rd private US military group invading a city in Syria,” Singer said. Russian military contractors are also helping to protect oil fields across the country, protecting an industry that represented a quarter of Syria’s government revenue in 2010.

Though previous Defense Department personnel reports in the region hadn’t mentioned a Pentagon contractor presence in Syria, the US Department of Labor acknowledged in a report last year that two contractors were killed and six injured in fiscal year 2017. The Pentagon numbers don’t represent contractors working for other US agencies, such as the State Department, which assists with demining.

The Pentagon’s admission comes after an awkward back-and-forth between Trump and his top military and diplomatic advisers at a National Security Council meeting last week. While the president wants to declare victory on IS and pull out, the Pentagon has asked the commander-in-chief to leave US forces in Syria to prevent insurgent cells from regrouping along Syria’s border with Iraq.

Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of US Central Command, said at a public event last week, “The hard part is in front of us” in the war-torn country. Less than a mile away at the White House, Trump appeared to contradict US pledges to stay in the Syria fight at an open Cabinet meeting after long expressing his frustration over US military spending in the Middle East. The White House also recently announced a $200 million cut in funds earmarked for stabilizing Syria.

Despite their nonkinetic role, some experts say contractors face many of the same dangers as the US troops and Syrian forces who battled Russian mercenaries in February. With IS on the run and multiple US antagonists ready to push out the United States and its allies, civilian personnel risk getting caught in the crossfire.

“I would give America a six-month honeymoon here,” said Joshua Landis, the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Middle East Studies. “Turkey, Syria and Iran are just sitting there, waiting to stick shivs in us.”


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Posted: Apr 20, 2018 - 12:05pm


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Posted: Apr 18, 2018 - 8:29pm

Beware. Naughty language.

R_P Avatar

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 5:36pm

Saudi in talks with US over troop deployment in Syria
Foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir says Riyadh is willing to send soldiers amid reports Trump is looking to exit Syria.

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Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 4:50pm

 black321 wrote:
who is blocking the inspectors?  Assad?  doesnt make sense syria would block if it wasnt actually a gas attack?  Wouldnt Assad want to show evidence there was no attack? 
Not clear from the article. But wouldn't anyone want to actually see the evidence before (illegally) bombing a country? Esp. seeing how the OPCW was supposed to arrive the next day. Maybe the bombs were about to expire?


black321 Avatar

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Posted: Apr 17, 2018 - 8:47am

 R_P wrote: 
who is blocking the inspectors?  Assad?  doesnt make sense syria would block if it wasnt actually a gas attack?  Wouldnt Assad want to show evidence there was no attack?  

R_P Avatar

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 11:16pm

Fisk: The search for truth in the rubble of Douma – and one doctor’s doubts over the chemical attack

R_P Avatar

Posted: Apr 16, 2018 - 6:55pm

Nikki Haley Seems To Be Saying US Will Remain In Syria As Long As Iran Exists

R_P Avatar

Posted: Apr 14, 2018 - 12:47pm

 sirdroseph wrote:
I'm telling you man, The Walrus is behind all this. What I want to know is what birdie flew in Trump's ear to out of the blue put this guy in charge of foreign policy?  The Neo Cons have assumed control, this is tantamount to coup d' etat and not that I was not before, but I am profoundly concerned now.{#Eek}
As someone, somewhere commented recently in modern vernacular: the alt-right got cucked by the neocons.

Despite the rhetoric, media circus, kinetics and illegality, nothing much happened. According to Russian and Syrian sources, supposedly most rockets were shot down and very little actual damage was done.

sirdroseph Avatar

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Posted: Apr 14, 2018 - 4:25am

 R_P wrote:

I'm telling you man, The Walrus is behind all this. What I want to know is what birdie flew in Trump's ear to out of the blue put this guy in charge of foreign policy?  The Neo Cons have assumed control, this is tantamount to coup d' etat and not that I was not before, but I am profoundly concerned now.{#Eek}
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