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  • U.S. Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

    12/11/2019 2:09:47 PM PST · by BeauBo · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 11th, 2019 | Patricia Zengerle
    A U.S. Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in Syria and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system... The Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted by 18-4 to send the “Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of ISIS Act of 2019” for a vote in the full Senate. “Now’s the time for the Senate to come together and take this opportunity to change Turkey’s behaviour,” said Senator Jim Risch, the panel’s Republican chairman, a lead sponsor of the bill with Senator Bob Menendez, the panel’s top Democrat.... “This is not...
  • U.S. Resumes Large-Scale Operations Against ISIS in Northern Syria

    11/25/2019 10:49:44 AM PST · by BeauBo · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 25 Nov, 2019 | Eric Schmitt
    United States troops have resumed large-scale counterterrorism missions against the Islamic State in northern Syria, military officials say... On Friday, American soldiers and hundreds of Syrian Kurdish fighters... reunited to conduct what the Pentagon said was a large-scale mission to kill and capture ISIS fighters in Deir al-Zour province, about 120 miles south of the Turkish border. “Over the next days and weeks, the pace will pick back up against remnants of ISIS,” Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the commander of the military’s Central Command, told reporters... When the dust settles on all of the troop movements, General McKenzie said he...
  • Germany takes back 'Islamic State' mother and her three children from Syria

    11/23/2019 9:42:05 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.23.2019 | jsi, dj/sms (AFP, dpa)
    A German woman suspected of being an “Islamic State” member has been repatriated along with her three children, according to German media and a Kurdish official. A child from the US has gone through the same process. Syria’s Kurds completed the handover of three German children and their mother, as well as a toddler from the US, to their respective ministries, a Kurdish official confirmed on Saturday. Abdelkarim Omar, a senior official with the Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria, said the transfer of the individuals had taken place on Friday. […] German authorities had previously ordered for the mother, who...
  • Liz Cheney urges Pompeo to 'immediately expel' Erdoğan guards who beat Americans

    11/11/2019 8:22:55 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 7 replies
    W ^ | Nov. 11, 2019
    The third-ranking House Republican is calling for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's security men to be denied entry to the United States — or expelled — for beating U.S. citizens after his last visit to the White House. Fifteen of Erdoğan's guards were criminally charged for attacking Americans in Washington in May 2017. The guards were allowed to flee, but two Turkish-American collaborators were sentenced to one year in prison. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus, wrote Monday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that those involved in 2017 attacks should be barred from returning this...
  • We Can Strike a Balance Between Supporting Kurds and Protecting American Assets

    11/09/2019 6:33:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/09/2019 | Timothy Head
    President Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria last month kicked up a hornet’s nest, resulting in bitter backlash from members of both parties in Congress, the media, and the American public. The president’s decision was quickly cast as a simplistic, binary decision – in which the removal of American troops all but guaranteed genocide for the abandoned Kurds who have fought valiantly in the battle against ISIS. But the true geopolitical situation is much more nuanced. Protecting Kurdish lives and preserving American troops and assets are not mutually exclusive. It is important to remember the initial motivation for the...
  • Iraqi Kurds turn to Zoroastrianism as faith, identity entwine

    11/05/2019 5:15:24 AM PST · by Cronos · 29 replies
    France 24 ^ | 22 October 2019 | France 24
    In a ceremony at an ancient, ruined temple in northern Iraq, Faiza Fuad joined a growing number of Kurds who are leaving Islam to embrace the faith of their ancestors -- Zoroastrianism.Years of violence by the Islamic State jihadis have left many disillusioned with Islam, while a much longer history of state oppression has pushed some in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region to see the millennia-old religion as a way of reasserting their identity."After Kurds witnessed the brutality of IS, many started to rethink their faith," said Asrawan Qadrok, the faith's top priest in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.During Fuad's conversion...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Sunday 11/3/2019

    11/03/2019 9:08:57 PM PST · by Nextrush · 4 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/3/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    "Patently in error" That's British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's view of President Trump..... Speaking to the media at the White House today the President urged Mr. Johnson to work towards an agreement with the EU that will allow large amounts of trade with the United States..... Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage will not stand as a candidate for the House of Commons in the December 12th General Election.... Tires burned and streets blocked Sunday in Baghdad.... In Lebanon on Sunday thousands rallied in support of President Michel Aoun....then anti-government forces came out onto the streets.... A very blunt message from...
  • Syria's Assad says Kurdish controlled northeast Syria must return to state authority

    11/01/2019 8:01:39 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/31/19 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday that his government’s ultimate goal was to restore state authority over Kurdish controlled areas in northeast Syria after an abrupt U.S. troop withdrawal but he expected it to happen gradually. In a state television interview Assad also said that a deal between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin to drive out the Kurdish-led YPG militia from a 30 km (19 mile) “safe zone” along the border was a “positive” step that would help Damascus achieve its goal. “It might not achieve everything ... it paves the road...
  • Saudi crown prince congratulates Trump on elimination of Al-Baghdadi

    10/29/2019 3:04:18 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/10/19
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has congratulated United States President Donald Trump on the elimination of Islamic State terror-movement leader Abu-Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Bin Salman said the historic operation was another step in the fight against terrorism...
  • Iran's mullahs begin to move billions from their collapsing 'New Slavery' country

    10/28/2019 8:00:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/28/2019 | Hassan Mahmoudi
    In Iran, Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi, the first vice president of the President Hassan Rouhani's regime, said on Oct. 22 that $22 billion of the country's resources were taken to Istanbul and Dubai under the pretext of increasing the value of the country's troubled rial currency. However, the miserable dollar price of the rial was not reduced from the act, and the $22 billion was not returned to the country. Something else was going on. Iran is facing unprecedented economic instability, a horrifying nightmare, along with corruption, embezzlement, and looting. It's institutionalized, so what we can infer from this is that...
  • Turkey’s Erdogan: Northeast Syria is suitable area for Arabs, not Kurds, to live

    10/26/2019 7:54:08 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 14 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Friday, 25 October 2019 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya English
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that northeastern Syria is suitable for Arab people to live, but not Kurdish people, because of the area’s desert topography. “What is important is to prepare a controlled life in this enormous area, and the most suitable people for it are Arabs. These areas are not suitable for the lifestyle of Kurds ... because these areas are virtually desert,” Erdogan said, pointing to a map of the Syria, in an interview with Turkish television channel TRT. Erdogan’s remarks attempt to defend Ankara’s military offensive, “Operation Peace Spring,” against Kurdish-led militias in Syria,...
  • Russia decries US decision to secure oil fields in eastern Syria

    10/26/2019 7:57:49 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 91 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 7 hours ago | Al Jazeera and news agencies
    Russia's Defence Ministry has criticised the United States' decision to send armoured vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to protect oil fields, calling it "banditry." US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said the move is aimed at keeping the fields from potentially falling into the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group. The decision was the latest sign that extracting the US military from Syria is more uncertain and complicated than President Donald Trump has made it out to be. On Saturday, there were several troop movements in Syria...
  • As Trump pulls out of Syria, his voters are following along. That’s ominous.

    10/25/2019 2:59:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 25, 2019 | Greg Sargent
    A new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds a sharp rise in the percentage of Trump voters who do not think the U.S. bears responsibility to do anything about the fighting in Syria. Apparently, President Trump’s pullout -- which has created an unfolding disaster there, including the threat of a reconstituted Islamic State -- may be driving Trump voters away from any sense of responsibility for that region. Which raises a question: What will happen to the GOP in the After Trump era? Will it become a more nationalist party, along the lines of the “America first” vision that Trump has been articulating...
  • Imperial Capital but America-First Nation

    10/25/2019 4:12:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2019 | Pat Buchanan
    "Let someone else fight over this long blood-stained sand," said President Donald Trump in an impassioned defense of his decision to cut ties to the Syrian Kurds, withdraw and end these "endless wars." Are our troops in Syria, then, on their way home? Well, not exactly. Those leaving northern Syria went into Iraq. Other U.S. soldiers will stay in Syria to guard oil wells that we and the Kurds captured in the war with ISIS. Another 150 U.S. troops will remain in al-Tanf to guard Syria's border with Iraq, at the request of Jordan and Israel. And 2,000 more U.S....
  • 10 Questions To Ask About Trump’s Removal Of Troops From Syria

    10/24/2019 10:29:45 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/24/2019 | Lee Smith
    The U.S. foreign policy establishment has gone into meltdown mode since President Trump announced last week a withdrawal of several dozen troops from a corridor in northern Syria. American forces had been there since 2014, joined with a Kurdish splinter group to fight the notorious Sunni Arab terrorist organization, the Islamic State (ISIS). Trump made his decision after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but it was a long time coming. The Turks have been critical of U.S. support for an armed Kurdish organization they have considered the country’s most serious national security threat for five years....
  • Trump Surrenders 2.5 Billion Barrels Of Oil To Syria

    10/24/2019 6:11:32 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 56 replies
    The American president just gifted 2.5 billion barrels of oil to long-time Syrian enemy Bashar Al-Assad and, by default, Iran and Russia. As far as gifts go, it was both well-received and unexpected given the ‘Deep State’ designs on Syria for years. To recap: Last week, Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, and then had them stand down and step aside while the Turkish military poured across the border into Northern Syria, taking down any Kurds that stood in their way. After five days of bloodshed, Turkey agreed to a temporary ceasefire at the behest of the...
  • Unidentified Drones Attack Iranian-Backed Militia in Eastern Syria - Report

    10/23/2019 5:53:49 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 3 replies
    jpost ^ | 10/22/19 | Tzvi Joffre
    Unidentified drones attacked Syrian areas controlled by the Assad regime and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias at the Hamdan airport near the town of Al-Bukamal in the eastern region of Deir ez-Zor, according to opposition-affiliated TV station Halab Today. Before the attack, three drones were seen flying from the direction of areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces militia, according to Step News, a news agency founded by Syrian activists and journalists. At noon, explosions were heard at the Hamdan airport. Ambulances were sent to the airport, but the number of causalities is unknown. Iranian-backed militias in Al-Bukamal have been...
  • 10 Questions To Ask About Trump’s Removal Of Troops From Syria

    10/24/2019 8:00:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/24/2019 | Lee Smith
    Trump’s critics appear to believe that backing a Marxist splinter group aligned with the anti-American, pro-Iranian axis in its war against a NATO ally is sound policy. The U.S. foreign policy establishment has gone into meltdown mode since President Trump announced last week a withdrawal of several dozen troops from a corridor in northern Syria. American forces had been there since 2014, joined with a Kurdish splinter group to fight the notorious Sunni Arab terrorist organization, the Islamic State (ISIS).Trump made his decision after a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but it was a long time coming....
  • 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...
  • Turkey And Russia Are Declaring Peace In Syria

    10/23/2019 7:55:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/23/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s all over but the shouting, and there really doesn’t even seem to be much of that. Yesterday was supposed to be the end of the ceasefire in northeastern Syria, at which point we expected the Turks to begin “cleansing” the twenty-mile wide border region of any remaining Kurdish fighters. But dawn broke and the fighting still seems to be on hold. The reason was announced earlier this morning and it seems that the Russians have stepped in and put all the combatants back in their respective corners. (Associated Press) Turkey’s Defense Ministry is signaling it won’t resume its...