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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #70 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 5:22pm
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Thanks for the posts, Demos.

I get too caught up in the partisan politics sometimes and lose sight of the bigger picture (the geo-politics).

Even though hawks may disagree and our current policy towards Syria is essentially unknown to the greater public, I have to give Trump props™ for not escalating. Still a mess of an area but at least we're not part of the problem.
  

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Reply #71 - Sep 19th, 2018 at 2:06pm
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You can read the Turkey-Russia memorandum here:

https://twitter.com/LizSly/status/1042468323072585728

Not the best quality image, but still worth trying to read.
  
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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #72 - Sep 19th, 2018 at 2:34pm
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Future of U.S. Military in Syria Decision Coming Soon, Trump Says

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will soon make a decision on the future of American military forces in Syria, calling a downed Russian plane by Bashar al-Assad’s forces a “very sad thing"...

The U.S. commander in chief also signaled the U.S. fight against the Islamic State group in Syria could soon end.

“We’re very close to being finished with that job,” he said of the fight there against ISIS. “And then we’re going to make a determination as to what we’re going to do.”

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Reply #73 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 12:59pm
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In a blow to Israel, Russia says it will send Syria powerful antiaircraft missiles

MOSCOW — Russia said Monday it would equip Syria with sophisticated air defense systems, a move that could worsen a rift with Israel by limiting its ability to bomb across its northern border.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow would send Russia’s powerful S-300 ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, a longtime ally, in the next two weeks. Israel, which has repeatedly bombed Iranian targets in Syria, has long opposed such deliveries, and Russia up to now has refrained from supplying the weapons.

But the downing last week of a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 service members aboard changed the dynamic. The plane was shot down by a Syrian missile, but Russia faulted Israel for the crash because an Israeli fighter jet allegedly had used the Russian plane as a screen against Syria’s air defenses...

Shoigu said Russia will also jam military aircraft communications in the airspace next to Syria over the Mediterranean Sea, while upgrading Syria’s air-defense command systems...

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Long article, but worth the read (that is, if you're still interested in what's happening in Syria).
  
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Reply #74 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 1:00pm
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Kinda wild for Russia to be arming Syria with SAMs, given that Syria just killed 15 Russians with a SAM.
  

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Reply #75 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 1:32pm
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forgotten centrist wrote on Sep 24th, 2018 at 1:00pm:
Kinda wild for Russia to be arming Syria with SAMs, given that Syria just killed 15 Russians with a SAM.


Not if the new tech could help prevent this from happening:

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but Russia faulted Israel for the crash because an Israeli fighter jet allegedly had used the Russian plane as a screen against Syria’s air defenses...


I wouldn't doubt that the Russians would just use this as a convenient excuse but at the same time I wouldn't doubt that the Israelis would use whatever cover available over hostile territory.
  

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Reply #76 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 2:07pm
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forgotten centrist wrote on Sep 24th, 2018 at 1:00pm:
Kinda wild for Russia to be arming Syria with SAMs, given that Syria just killed 15 Russians with a SAM.

Only if you presume Russia cares more about its soldiers than solidifying and strengthening its presence in Syria (and since they're pretty much absolving Syria of any blame, I think it's safe to assume the latter is more important to them).
  
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Reply #77 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 2:14pm
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Israel, it seems, shall remain on the front lines of our proxy wars with Russia and the transnational gangs that did 9/11...
  

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Reply #78 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 2:19pm
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^ Their main concern - and ours - at this point seems to be Iran's presence in Syria, and we're both trying to engage Russia to move Iran out. Basically, we (Israel and the U.S.) can live with Russia in Syria and controlling Assad; we don't want Iran to get a stronger presence/hold in the country.
  
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Re: Tillerson: US Troops Will Stay in Syria
Reply #79 - Sep 24th, 2018 at 2:40pm
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Mattis visits Pentagon press room, says US troops can stay in Syria after ISIS to train locals, ensure stability.

https://twitter.com/paulmcleary/status/1044293257369452544

Even without that completely irrelevant thing known as Congressional authorization.

The administration seems to be all over the map on whether troops will remain in Syria or not.
  
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