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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #30 - Feb 9th, 2018 at 11:41am
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Well, this is an interesting development...

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...Kurdish officials, on their part, called on the Syrian military last month to protect the country’s borders and act as a buffer against the Turkish offensive. Syria’s seven-year-war has given Kurdish forces an unprecedented opportunity to establish autonomous areas across northern Syria. Many were captured with U.S. support.

Aldar Xelil, the co-president of a key group within the Kurdish Self Administration, the Democratic Society Movement, said talks with the Syrian government were ongoing, suggesting a potential deal that would allow Assad’s government to reassert a degree of control over the Kurdish area.

“There are negotiations with the regime now,” he said. “The regime didn’t give [us] any promises toward the democratic self administration but practically speaking, we have surpassed that level and we are moving towards the federal project.”

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So, Syrian rebels are joining forces with Turkey against the Kurds, and the Kurds are asking the Syrian government for assistance.
  
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Reply #31 - Feb 9th, 2018 at 3:16pm
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In May 2017, the nonprofit Protect Democracy filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the Trump administration's legal justification behind the U.S. airstrikes in Syria during April of that year. The litigation produced proof of a seven-page legal memo analyzing the legal basis for the strikes, which the Justice Department has not yet released. Months later, on February 8, 2018, Senator Tim Kaine requested the release of that memo in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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Reply #32 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:45pm
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As Turkey continues its intervention in Afrin and Russian-backed Assad regime forces bombard East Ghouta, fighting also erupted along the Syrian-Israeli border this past week. The clashes began when Israeli forces detected an Iranian drone, apparently based on the American RQ-170 that crashed in Iranian territory in 2011, entering Israeli airspace. The drone was quickly intercepted and destroyed by an Israeli Apache helicopter gunship. Israeli forces then responded with a series of airstrikes. Twelve targets were hit in all, including Syrian air-defense systems, a vehicle in Syria which Israeli officials believe was the mobile control center for the drone, and four sites that the IDF had identified as “part of Iran's military establishment in Syria.” One Israeli F-16 was shot down in the operation; both pilots were able to eject and land in Israel, though one was seriously injured. While Israel has periodically carried out airstrikes against military targets in Syria throughout the civil war, Haaretz reports that the strikes on Saturday are believed to be the first that Israel has launched against targets with Iranian military personnel.

Farther east, regime forces launched an attack against a headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces last week, despite the presence of U.S. troops. The Pentagon said that an estimated 500 regime forces participated in the attack, which involved an effort to cross the Euphrates River at Khusham and bombard the SDF position with artillery. U.S. officials told CNN that Russian contractors in the area may have participated in the assault, possibly to secure nearby oil fields. U.S. forces responded with strikes launched by mobile artillery, drones, and F-22 and F-15 jets; as many as 100 pro-regime fighters were killed as the attack was rebuffed. On Tuesday, Russian media reported that Russian miltary contractors operating with regime forces were killed in the attack. The skirmish was far and away the deadliest altercation between U.S. and Syrian regime forces in the conflict to date.

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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #33 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 1:25pm
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Demos wrote on Feb 13th, 2018 at 12:45pm:


I was looking for this thread to update with the news of some Russians being killed by American airstrikes.  But you appear to have beaten me to it.

I guess Russia didn't get everything they paid for with Trump eh?

Honestly this kind of escalation is part of my concerns about the nonstop pedal to the metal screaming about Russia/Trump collusion with sketchy evidence.  The Trump administration may be forced to be tough vs Russia to push back against this narrative.  That's a bit of a scary prospect.  If you want reasons for why Tillerson is saying we're staying there ... look no further.

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Reply #34 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:20pm
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This just gets better and better...

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Emmanuel Macron: 'France will strike' if proven chemical bombs used in Syria

PARIS (REUTERS) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (Feb 13) that "France will strike" if chemical weapons are used against civilians in the Syrian conflict but that he had not yet seen any evidence that this was the case.

"On chemical weapons, I set a red line and I reaffirm that red line," Macron told reporters...

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Reply #35 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:22pm
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Demos wrote on Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:20pm:
This just gets better and better...

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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #36 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:23pm
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Demos wrote on Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:20pm:

I thought Obama made a deal with Putin that Russia would make sure there were no more chemical weapons in Syria?

" BBC News examines the framework agreed by the US and Russia to remove or destroy Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons by the middle of 2014. ... the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is implementing an agreement, reached by the US and Russia on 14 September, to destroy Syria's chemical weapons arsenal."   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-23876085
  

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Reply #37 - Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:54pm
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The Kurds, the refugees, and the chemical weapons are all just being fielded as excuses, providing justification to the various powers jockeying for the high ground in Syria's civil war.

US troops are staying in Syria to keep the Russians and Iranians from dominating in the aftermath.
  

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forgotten centrist wrote on Feb 13th, 2018 at 3:54pm:
US troops are staying in Syria to keep the Russians and Iranians from dominating in the aftermath.


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Reply #39 - Feb 19th, 2018 at 12:44pm
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Iran's positions in Syria...



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Iran, Deeply Embedded in Syria, Expands ‘Axis of Resistance’

BEIRUT, Lebanon — When an Iranian drone flew into Israeli airspace this month, it set off a rapid series of strikes and counterstrikes that deepened fears over whether a new, catastrophic war was brewing in the Middle East.

That flare-up ended quickly, if violently, with the drone destroyed and an Israeli jet downed after bombing sites in Syria. But the day of fighting drew new attention to how deeply Iran has embedded itself in Syria, redrawing the strategic map of the region.

Tactical advisers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps are deployed at military bases across Syria. Its commanders regularly show up at the front lines to lead battles. Iran has built and continues to back powerful militias with thousands of fighters it has trained in Syria. And it has brought in new technologies, like drones, to spy on enemies and perhaps to attack them from the sky.

Both Israeli officials and Israel’s enemies say that any new conflict between Israel and Iran, or any of its allies, could mobilize Iran’s expanding network of militant proxies in multiple countries, what Iran refers to as “the axis of resistance"...

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