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  • Why are US troops in the Syrian city of Manbij?

    01/16/2019 12:59:07 PM PST · by McGruff · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 16, 2019 | Luis Martinez
    The location of Wednesday's bomb blast that killed American service members -- the northern Syrian city of Manbij -- has proven vitally strategic for U.S. forces who have had a highly visible presence there for nearly two years. The Americans have conducted patrols in the city, in vehicles, and on foot, to act as a buffer between Turkey and the U.S.-led coalition's Kurdish partners, a group that's been critical to the fight against ISIS but which Ankara classifies as terrorists. Manbij has long had a historic population mix of Arabs, Kurds, and other minority groups and was part of a...
  • Trump mocks: Why would I expand energy production and hurt Russia if I 'worked for Kremlin?'

    01/14/2019 7:18:08 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 14, 2019 07:46 AM | Katelyn Caralle
    President Trump on Monday asked why he would hurt Russia by expanding U.S. energy production if he was in cahoots with the Kremlin, as most Democrats suspect. “‘Gas prices drop across the United States because President Trump has deregulated Energy and we are now producing a great deal more oil than ever before.’ @foxandfriends But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? Thought he worked for Kremlin?” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning. On Friday, the New York Times reported that the FBI opened an investigation into whether President Trump was working with...
  • Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they...

    01/13/2019 5:36:08 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 13 Jan 2019 | Nicole Darrah
    FULL TITLE: Trump touts 'long overdue' Syria pullout, says US 'will devastate Turkey economically' if they attack Kurds President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted that the "long overdue pullout from Syria" is starting, and threatened that the U.S. will "devastate Turkey economically" if they attack Kurdish forces in the war-torn country. Trump said the removal of troops, which he announced via Twitter in December, is happening "while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions." The president also vowed that the U.S. "Will attack [ISIS] again from existing nearby base if it reforms." Trump promised the...
  • Saudi Prince al-Faisal warns against US Syria pullout

    01/13/2019 4:09:12 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 14 replies
    Prince Turki al-Faisal told the BBC the action would have a negative impact, further entrenching Iran, Russia and the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. US President Donald Trump announced in December that it was time to bring US troops home from Syria. Prince Turki was speaking just before US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a visit to Riyadh.
  • Latest Trump Tweets on Syria pullout (1/13/2019)

    01/13/2019 3:49:49 PM PST · by McGruff · 19 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/13/2019 | President Trump
    Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms. Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone.... 5:53 PM - 13 Jan 2019 ....Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria - natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS! 6:02...
  • 13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Smiling After She's Reunited with Aunt

    01/11/2019 6:52:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    tmz.com ^ | 1/11/19 | tmz
    3:55 PM -- The first photo of Jayme has surfaced ... showing her smiling with her aunt and godmother, Jennifer Naiberg Smith. As we told you ... they were reunited this afternoon at the hospital where Jayme was being evaluated. 1:57 PM -- Officials say cops recovered a shotgun consistent with what was used at the scene of the homicide. Cops say Patterson -- who shaved his head after allegedly killing Jayme's parents to hide from cops -- shot the door open. Cops say Patterson had a small connection to Jayme's parents -- working at the same turkey processing plant...
  • Erdogan's Turkey is No American Ally

    01/09/2019 12:43:53 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Rubin
    President Donald TrumpÂ’s about-face toward his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip ErdoÄźan is enough to give whiplash. Just 5-months ago, Trump was criticizing Turkey and undercutting its economy to bring ErdoÄźan to his knees over the imprisonment of Pastor Andrew Brunson. Behind-the-scenes, American officials/U.S. intelligence had grown exacerbated with ErdoÄźan for his enabling of the Islamic State as well as terrorist groups ranging from Hamas to Boko Haram . Now, of course, ErdoÄźan is TrumpÂ’s confidant and friend. The irony of this about-face is the prickly Trump has absolutely no idea the disdain with which ErdoÄźan and the Turkish press view...
  • Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking

    01/09/2019 8:51:16 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Jan 09 2019 | none stated
    Turkey among biggest losers in global democracy ranking Out of almost 50 countries in greater Europe, only one performed worse than Turkey in The Economist’s latest Democracy Index, released on Wednesday. Just Italy, which fell 12 spots, outdid Turkey, which dropped 10 places last year.“Turkey’s score declined further in 2018 as the country consolidated amid weakening checks on the presidency,” the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote in its annual report. “A presidential election in June, won by the incumbent, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was held under a state of emergency and appeared mostly free, but largely unfair.”Countries in western Europe, where EIU...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 1/9/2019

    01/09/2019 5:20:35 AM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/9/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    President Trump making his case for a barrier on the nation's southern border in a speech Tuesday night, describing a crisis with illegal immigration that includes the deaths of thousands of Americans..... The co-leader of the anti-mass immigration Alternative for Germany party, Alice Weidel, says that the brutal attack on AfD parliament member Frank Magnitz was an attempted assassination. Weidel added that: "the hatred against the AfD and the media coverage against this democratically elected party is bearing fruit" At least three masked men beat Magnitz unconscious using a piece of wood Monday in the city of Bremen. He was...
  • The Latest: Erdogan not to meet Trump aide in apparent snub

    01/08/2019 2:49:42 AM PST · by McGruff · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 1/8/2019
    U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is set to depart Turkey without meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an apparent snub over disagreements about Kurdish fighters in Syria. National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said U.S. officials were told Erdogan cited local election season and a speech to parliament for not meeting with Bolton. In the speech to parliament Tuesday, Erdogan criticized the U.S. position that the Kurds must be protected, reiterating his government’s position that they are a terrorist group.
  • Turkey’s Erdogan shuts down White House’s Bolton on Syria, says he made a ‘serious mistake’

    01/08/2019 8:21:22 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 8, 2019 | Natasha Turak
    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a blunt put-down Tuesday against White House national security advisor John Bolton over his pledges to ensure Turkish nonaggression against Kurds who fought against the Islamic State in Syria. “We cannot accept Bolton’s messages given from Israel,” the Turkish president said, adding that Bolton made a “serious mistake,” Reuters reported. He was referring to statements by the senior Trump administration official, made from Israel over the weekend, promising safety for the U.S.-allied Kurdish militias — who dominate areas in Northern Syria and whom the Turks view as terrorists — in the event of a...
  • Bolton in Turkey to negotiate Kurds' fate amid Syria policy confusion

    01/07/2019 9:48:07 AM PST · by be-baw · 4 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 7, 2018 | CBS/AP
    Ankara, Turkey -- U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton arrived Monday in Turkey for negotiations on the fate of American-allied Kurdish fighters, who said they were unclear what to make of his recent comments about U.S. plans to withdraw troops from Syria. The Kurdish militiamen and women were central to the U.S. military's fight against ISIS in Syria, and many saw President Trump's recent announcement of a pull-out as potentially putting those allies at risk. ... Bolton will seek assurances from Turkey, a NATO ally, that it won't attack the Kurds when the U.S. withdraws troops from northeastern Syria. Monday's...
  • Kurds seize two Americans accused of joining ISIS

    01/07/2019 7:38:26 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 6, 2019 | Louisa Loveluck and Erin Cunningham
    Kurdish forces in Syria said Sunday that they had captured two American citizens hiding out in the country's final Islamic State stronghold. In a statement, the Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, identified the detainees as Warren Christopher Clark, 34, and Zaid Abed al-Hamid, 35. It said the pair had been captured alongside three others suspected of being foreign recruits in the extremist group.
  • Russian military police starts patrols around Syria’s Manbij

    01/08/2019 7:45:27 AM PST · by McGruff · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 8 January 2019
    Russian military police have begun patrolling around the Syrian city of Manbij, a spokesman said Tuesday, moving into an area once held by US-backed Kurdish forces. Russian forces are acting in support of Syrian government troops who recently deployed in Manbij, in Aleppo province near the border with Turkey. Kurdish fighters, fearing a Turkish military assault, invited regime forces into Manbij late last month after US President Donald Trump’s shock announcement of a full American withdrawal from Syria.
  • Tahrir Al Sham (al Queda) seizes wider slices of Syria’s north

    01/08/2019 12:36:35 AM PST · by BeauBo · 19 replies
    The National ^ | January 7, 2019 | Hashem Osseiran
    The group are wiping out rivals and taking areas of strategic interest to Turkey and Bashar Al Assad's government. Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria are strengthening their grip on territory in western Aleppo’s rebel-held countryside, nearly 18 months after taking most of the neighbouring province of Idlib. A sudden campaign by Hayat Tahrir Al Sham last week caught Turkey and allied rebels by surprise (when they moved their forces to attack the Kurds near Manbij)... “Tahrir Al Sham chose the right moment to attack.”
  • How climate change caused the world's first empire to collapse

    01/07/2019 10:15:43 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Phys dot org (relying on non-science source for science article) ^ | January 3, 2019 | Vasile Ersek, The Conversation
    Gol-e-Zard Cave lies in the shadow of Mount Damavand, which at more than 5,000 metres dominates the landscape of northern Iran. In this cave, stalagmites and stalactites are growing slowly over millennia and preserve in them clues about past climate events. Changes in stalagmite chemistry from this cave have now linked the collapse of the Akkadian Empire to climate changes more than 4,000 years ago... It appears that the empire became increasingly dependent on the productivity of the northern lands and used the grains sourced from this region to feed the army and redistribute the food supplies to key supporters....
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Monday 1/7/2019

    01/07/2019 5:18:16 AM PST · by Nextrush · 7 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 1/7/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    Good morning. The latest from President Trump on the border wall funding talks is that there was a "productive meeting" between his representatives led by Vice-President Mike Pence and the representatives of the Congressional Democrats...... An 18-year old Saudi Arabian woman is holed up in a hotel room at the airport in Bangkok, Thailand resisting efforts to force her back to Kuwait where she says she will be forced back to Saudi Arabia..... The Google translation reads: "Macron you're screwed, chicks are in the street" That was part of the banner held by hundreds of women yellow vests protesters on...
  • Turkey seeks 'major' US military assistance in Syria: WSJ

    01/05/2019 9:38:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 34 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | 01/05/2018
    The substantial request for military support included air raids, logistics and transportation so Turkish forces could finish off the remaining fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in Syria, senior US officials were quoted as saying by the WSJ on Friday. "The Turkish requests are so extensive that, if fully met, the American military might be deepening its involvement in Syria instead of reducing it," the newspaper reported. The unidentified American officials told the Journal there was little chance Washington would agree to Ankara's requests in full. US President Donald Trump announced...
  • The Blob Is Lying About Trump’s Sudden Syria Withdrawal

    01/05/2019 7:14:24 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 24 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARK PERRY
    The president's shift in policy has been portrayed as a surprise—but America's foreign-policy machinery was quietly tasked with preparing for it months ago. ... “From 2011 and for the seven years that followed, the experts have been telling us that Assad’s days were numbered, that he was finished, even when it became obvious that wasn’t going to happen; it was a fairytale,” Middle East analyst Geoffrey Aronson said. “The result is that we were reduced to playing the role of spoiler. Listen, there are lots of reasons to not like Trump, but this was the right policy move to make....
  • Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

    01/05/2019 11:13:19 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 29 replies
    Rooters Propaganda Communique ^ | January 5, 2019 | Steve Holland
    U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending U.S. military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons. U.S. President Donald Trump said in December that U.S. troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country. The announcement, which took officials in Washington and allies abroad by surprise, contributed to Jim Mattis’ decision to resign as U.S. defense secretary and prompted concern that Islamic State could stage a comeback.