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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #60 - Aug 17th, 2018 at 5:42pm
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Demos wrote on Aug 17th, 2018 at 3:45pm:

I suppose this is an encouraging step. I don't know why we can't just exit Syria completely, though.
  


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Reply #61 - Aug 27th, 2018 at 3:56pm
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Iran says it signed deal to rebuild Syria's military

BEIRUT (AP) — Iran has signed a deal to rebuild Syria's armed forces, which have been depleted by more than seven years civil war, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Monday.

Hatami, on a two-day visit to Syria, told the Beirut-based al-Mayadeen TV station that the agreement also stipulates helping rebuild Syria's military industry...

Hatami said Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the government.

The precise details of the agreement were not announced...

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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #62 - Aug 27th, 2018 at 4:40pm
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Let's just declare victory and leave already.
  

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Reply #63 - Sep 4th, 2018 at 2:21pm
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Russia Joins Iran in Support of Syrian Idlib Offensive

Russia on Tuesday joined Iran in expressing support for Syria's impending operation to retake control of rebel-held Idlib province, the last major opposition stronghold in the country.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Idlib is a pocket of terrorism, and that the situation there is undermining efforts to find a political resolution to the Syrian conflict.

That follows statements Monday by Iran's Foreign Ministry saying Idlib should be cleared of "terrorists." Iranian media also quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying during a visit to Syria that Idlib should be put back under the control of the Syrian people, and that reconstruction efforts in Syria and the return of refugees should go forward...

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Syria in a tweet Monday evening not to "recklessly attack" attack Idlib. He also called on two major backers of President Bashar al-Assad's military to also restrain their actions.

"The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take part in this potential human tragedy. Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed. Don't let that happen!" Trump said...

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This is pretty much the last rebel held region.
  
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Reply #64 - Sep 7th, 2018 at 12:19pm
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Trump agrees to an indefinite military effort and new diplomatic push in Syria, U.S. officials say

President Trump, who just five months ago said he wanted “to get out” of Syria and bring U.S. troops home soon, has agreed to a new strategy that indefinitely extends the military effort there and launches a major diplomatic push to achieve American objectives, according to senior State Department officials...

“The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year,” said James Jeffrey, a retired senior Foreign Service officer who last month was named Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s “representative for Syria engagement.” About 2,200 U.S. troops are serving in Syria, virtually all of them devoted to the war against the Islamic State in the eastern third of the country.

Jeffrey said U.S. forces are to remain in the country to ensure an Iranian departure and the “enduring defeat” of the Islamic State.

“That means we are not in a hurry,” he said. Asked whether Trump had signed off on what he called “a more active approach,” Jeffrey said, “I am confident the president is on board with this"...

Jeffrey and retired U.S. Army Col. Joel Rayburn, who transferred to the State Department from the National Security Council last month to become “special envoy for Syria,” were brought in to try to create a coherent blueprint that would prevent a repeat of what the administration sees as the mistakes of Iraq — where a precipitous U.S. pullout left the field open for Iran, and for a resurgence of Sunni militants that gave birth to the Islamic State...

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This thing is over. We have done nothing to stop Assad from retaking other rebel held areas, and we're not going to do anything now - nothing substantive at any rate. We're play acting at this point.
  
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Reply #65 - Sep 7th, 2018 at 2:01pm
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Idlib: Turkey's ceasefire call rejected by Russia, Iran

The leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey have been unable to find common ground at a high-stakes summit on the fate of Syria's last rebel stronghold, where the Syrian government is threatening a large-scale military offensive.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Friday hosted his Russian and Turkish counterparts - Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - amid growing international warnings over a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Idlib, a province hosting more than than three million people, half of whom are internally displaced...

"An attack on Idlib will result in disaster, massacre and a very big humanitarian tragedy," added Erdogan, whose has already taken in more than three million Syrian refugees and fears a new influx that could overwhelm its now-closed southern border Idlib.

But his proposal for a ceasefire was rejected by Putin, whose decision three years ago to intervene in Syria's war tilted the odds in Assad's favour...

For his part, Rouhani also warned against a "scorched earth" policy, but said "fighting terrorism in Idlib is an unavoidable part of the mission of restoring peace and stability to Syria"...

However, in a joint statement, Iran, Russia and Turkey reiterated that the Syria crisis can only reach a final resolution through a "negotiated political process", not military means...

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Reply #66 - Sep 7th, 2018 at 5:46pm
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Marines conduct show of force exercise amid Russian warnings in Syria

A company size element of Marines conducted an aerial assault exercise in vicinity of a small U.S. base in southeastern Syria known as the At Tanf garrison amid concerns of a potential Russian military operation in the region...

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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #67 - Sep 17th, 2018 at 1:08pm
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Russia, Turkey agree to 'demilitarised zone' along Idlib border

SOCHI, RUSSIA (AFP) - Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a "demilitarised zone" around Syria's rebel-held province of Idlib, President Vladimir Putin said Monday (Sept 17) after lengthy talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We have decided to create a demilitarised zone some 15 to 20km deep along the line of contact between the armed opposition and regime troops by Oct 15 of this year," he said.

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Also, from the BBC: Syria war: Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib
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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #68 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 12:27pm
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War-weary Syrians eye Idlib deal with uneasy relief

BINNISH, Syria (AFP) - A Russian-Turkish deal over Idlib has been met with distrust from war-weary Syrians in the rebel bastion. While relieved a regime offensive appears off the table, they have little faith Moscow or Damascus will uphold it.

Moments after Russia and Turkey announced they would create a "de-militarised zone" ringing Idlib, hundreds of people descended into the streets of the northwestern province...

Although the new agreement seems to have averted for now the "bloodbath" that many feared could happen in Idlib, protesters say it does not go far enough...

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Putin Calls Downing of Russian Plane in Syria ‘Tragic,’ Absolves Israel

JERUSALEM — Syrian antiaircraft batteries responding to an Israeli airstrike Monday night downed a Russian military plane, killing 15 of its service members, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The downing of the plane in what Russia called a case of “friendly fire” raised immediate questions about the Israeli military’s freedom of action inside Syria, where Israel has been able to mount more than 200 airstrikes in two years thanks in large part to Russian forbearance.

But that speculation was dampened on Tuesday by Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, who laid blame for the crash of the Russian Ilyushin Il-20 surveillance aircraft on “a chain of tragic accidental circumstances” and not just on Israel...

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A few hours earlier, Israel was reportedly being blamed (Source). The French had also been blamed at one point (Source).
  
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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #69 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 4:02pm
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Some interesting history on US intervention in Syria:

Once Upon a Time, America Needed Syria

  
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