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Dec 24 13:04

Intel: Why Israel plans to fill in US void in Syria

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared today that Israel would increase its efforts against Iran’s influence in Syria "in a very decisive way and with support and backup from the US.” The comments come after US President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he was pulling US troops out of Syria caught Israel by surprise, just as it did other US allies as well as Congress and key figures in the Trump administration itself. The United States had previously promised Netanyahu that US troops would remain in Syria until Iran and its proxies were removed. The Israeli leader, after speaking with Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said that the pullout will be coordinated with Israel.

Dec 24 11:47

Saudi Arabia Agrees to Finance Rebuilding of Syria - Trump

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

US President Donald Trump said in a statement on Monday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to pay for the reconstruction of Syria rather than the United States financing the reconstruction of that country.

"Saudi Arabia has now agreed to spend the necessary money needed to help rebuild Syria, instead of the United States," Trump said via Twitter.

Trump has welcomed Riyadh's decision, adding that it is "nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbors rather than a Great Country, the US, that is 5000 miles away."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

All good and well; but when will the Butcher of Yemen get started on rebuilding the country it and the US have bombed and destroyed so completely?!?

Dec 24 08:10

'Allies should be reliable': Macron 'regrets' Trump's decision to pull out of Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron has bemoaned the decision by his US counterpart to withdraw troops from Syria. Such a move is unbecoming of any "ally," since they should be "reliable" and "fight shoulder to shoulder," he said.
"I very deeply regret the decision made on Syria," Macron said on Sunday, speaking at a news conference during his visit to Chad.

Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced his move to withdraw US troops from the country, citing the "defeat" of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). While the US president had promised to do this previously, the actual decision apparently caught many by surprise.

Dec 24 08:10

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 24, 2018: FRANCE PLANS TO REPLACE US FORCES IN SYRIA

Syrian government and pro-Iranian sources have increased their activity in the eastern part of Syria in response to the announced decision of the US administration to withdraw troops from the country.

On December 22, a spokesperson for Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah, Jafar al-Husseini, told al-Mayadeen TV that the group is ready to coordinate with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in order to protect Syrian Kurds.

He noted that the U.S. withdrawal had been expected and revealed that Kata’ib’ Hezbollah has “continuous and intensive communications” with Kurdish commanders in northeastern Syria. According to al-Husseini, the U.S. is planning to hand over its role in the country to Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Dec 24 08:05

Breaking: US Coalition bombs bridge being reconstructed by Syrian Army in Deir Ezzor

The U.S. Coalition carried out a new airstrike in the Euphrates River Valley region of Deir Ezzor, today, targeting an area near the front-lines of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

According to a military source in Damascus, the U.S. Coalition bombed the Halbiyah-Zalbiyah Bridge that links the territories controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Arab Army in western Deir Ezzor.

Dec 24 07:59

Pondering the Fate of Syria and the Will of God

All people, religious or not, who care about humanity will take strength from the resilience of the Syrian people in the face of overwhelming odds.

"In my lifetime, there has never been a greater force of evil than the terror rained down on Syria by foreign nations. Its cruelty and savagery have had no bounds. Nonetheless, Syria has defended itself against the economic might of 2/3 of the world’s great powers and has beaten them all. As a career military officer and student of military affairs, I cannot explain how Syria could accomplish this if it were not the will of God.”

These were words spoken by U.S. Virginia state Senator Richard Black during a recent visit to Syria. Here is a link to more of what he said.

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Dec 24 06:56

Here’s what may be driving a US troop withdrawal from Syria

Reports of a total and immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria come amid heightening tensions — and growing risk of military confrontation — between the U.S. and Turkey.

Turkish forces want to push their troops into Syria. The U.S.-backed Syrian Kurds want to keep the Turkish forces out. And the U.S. has struggled for months to keep both players happy.

A confrontation between the U.S and Turkey, officially NATO allies, would create a geopolitical crisis at the heart of the world’s most powerful military alliance

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Dec 24 06:47

Defense Ministry Dismisses Report on US Demand for Deployment of Iraqi Forces in Syria

The Iraqi defense ministry rejected media reports claiming that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has asked Baghdad to station the country's forces in Syria after withdrawal of the American military men.

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Dec 23 11:54

"Flashback -- Syrian Gas "Victim" Takes a Timeout to Pose for an Instagram Selfie

(up and coming actors need to build a portfolio and fan base to catch the eye of Spielberg): http://12160.info/photo/2f96e4

Dec 23 10:44

Elites United in Panic Over Syria Pullout, Afghanistan Drawdown

Open-ended war continuation has so much momentum in the US that President Trump’s announced pullout from Syria shocked the nation. Followed up the same week with a drawdown from Afghanistan, the mainstream is now completely apoplectic.

On the left and right, comfort with the status quo was virtually uniform. The arguments behind condemning the drawdowns vary depending on the side of the aisle the commenter is on, but the message is uniform opposition to ending a war Congress never authorized in the first place.

Conservative hawks are playing the usual fear-mongering about threats that have been ongoing since 2001, with suggestions that either not being in Syria, or being in Afghanistan but at a lower troop number, will lead to “the next 9/11.”

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OF COURSE, they are panicked; imagine how much of their collective portfolios are heavily invested in the military industrial complex, and how these withdrawals will affect their collective portfolios!!

The monied LOVE perpetual war (as long as they, themselves are not threatened), because it fattens their collective bottom lines; this is an absolute no-brainer.

Dec 23 09:56

HILLARY CLINTON SCOLDS TRUMP OVER SYRIA, EXPLAINS WHY WE NEED PERMANENT WAR

Hillary Clinton gave a full-throated defense of the war machine Friday on Twitter while attacking President Trump for moving to pull out of Syria.

The Resistance icon said: "Actions have consequences, and whether we’re in Syria or not, the people who want to harm us are there & at war. Isolationism is weakness. Empowering ISIS is dangerous. Playing into Russia & Iran’s hands is foolish. This President is putting our national security at grave risk."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This woman is every US Deep State Warmonger's and military industrial complex's wet dream, and is desperately attempting to capitalize on Trump's pullout of Syria with Netenyahu and his cronies who see US perpetual war in the Middle East, (only to be fought, of course, with American blood and American money) as their only way to to accomplish their goals of complete annihilation of the Palestinian people, and the way forward toward building Eretz Israel.

Sorry, Mrs. Clinton: what may be seen as "good" for Israel, may definitely not good for the future of this country, and you seem pathologically incapable of distinguishing between the two, which means that as President, just as President Trump has done, up until he had that "come to logic moment" on Syria, you will be planning to outsource America's foreign policy in the Middle East to Israel.

This would continue to be immeasurably costly, because as you are well aware, Israel is a nuclear armed country bristling with American made weapons, and has the full capability of defending itself, should something nasty come down against it.

Dec 23 09:42

Why is the US pulling out of Syria?

S President Donald Trump's sudden decision to withdraw US forces from Syria is a reminder that this is not an ordinary time in Washington.

The political establishment and Congress have been forcing the president's hand on key foreign policy challenges, from Russia to Saudi Arabia, but Trump had a trick up his sleeve on Syria. He has reasserted his executive power at home by effectively moving to limit US power abroad.

Now 2,000 US troops are scheduled to withdraw from northern Syria within the next 100 days, leaving behind much uncertainty for both allies and foes.

Dec 23 09:05

ENDLESS WAR HAS BEEN NORMALIZED AND EVERYONE IS CRAZY

Endless war and military expansionism has become so normalized in establishment thought that even a slight scale-down is treated as something abnormal and shocking. The talking heads of the corporate state media had been almost entirely ignoring the buildup of US troops in Syria and the operations they’ve been carrying out there, but as soon as the possibility of those troops leaving emerged, all the alarm bells started ringing.

Dec 22 13:09

Russia Laughs Off US Claims It Defeated ISIS, Does Not Trust US Withdrawal From Syria

The presence of United States forces in Syria does not contribute to a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis in the Arab country, spokesman for the Russian presidency Dmitry Peskov said.

“The presence of the US forces on the Syrian soil does not help reach the political and diplomatic settlement. Of course, the involvement of Washington in the relevant talks under the UN bumbershoot, the harmonious work of the US officials with [UN Envoy for Syria Staffan] de Mistura in the interests of this settlement would contribute to reaching this final goal,” Peskov told Russia’s Channel One.

According to Peskov, the main efforts around Syria at the moment are focused on forming the commission that will rewrite the country’s constitution, which for the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, can be completed early next year.

Dec 22 13:08

Syrian withdrawal and homeless at Christmas

President Trump’s announcement of a more or less immediate withdrawal of US forces from Syria is of great significance, if he means that is what he says, and if what General Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex allows him to implement it. The president says that ISIS has been defeated and, even more questionable, he says it was defeated by him. So, as Father Christmas joyfully cavorts in Damascus and Aleppo where last year he would’ve had his head cut off, we ask: “Has Islamist fanaticism actually been defeated, and if so, by whom?” To help us, we invited a distinguished Canadian journalist and Arab affairs expert Sharmine Narwani.

Dec 22 13:02

Deranged Neocons Lie To Keep Us In Syrían Wár

Dec 22 12:50

Veterans For Peace Statement on Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Syria

Veterans For Peace is pleased to hear that President Trump has ordered a total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, where they had no legal right to be in the first place. Whatever the reasoning, withdrawing U.S. troops is the right thing to do.

It is incorrect to characterize the U.S. military intervention in Syria as “fighting terrorism,” as much of the media is doing. Although the U.S. fought against the ISIL Caliphate (aka “ISIS”), it also armed and trained Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda aligned forces, who are seeking to destroy the secular, multi-religious Syrian state and establish a harsh fundamentalist order of their own.

Dec 22 11:39

Priorities: 'Syria Is Crumbling And We're Talking About A F**king Wall,' GOP Senator Laments

If you want a snapshot at how out of touch the GOP establishment is with the base, look no further than this anonymous GOP senator who attacked President Trump in Politico on Friday for caring more about protecting America than saving Syria from "crumbling."

Dec 22 10:35

Maness: The Foreign Policy Swamp: Why They are Wrong and President Trump Is Right on Syria

The President understands what I understand: The Middle East will never be a liberal democracy and our foreign policy should never be guided by grand ideological goals, but rather by a simple doctrine that asks: What is best for America and its people?

In the case of Syria, it’s clear to me that there is no tangible American interest left in staying. As a 32 year military man, I say President Trump is right, we completed our mission, destroyed the enemy and it’s finally time to bring our troops home and declare victory.

Dec 22 09:32

Russian Forces to Set up Military Base Near Al-Tanf in Southeastern Syria

The Russian Army is planning to set up a military base near the US-run base in Al-Tanf region in Southeastern Homs near the border with Jordan, field media activists reported on Saturday.
The activists in Syria's Desert reported that a number of Russian military vehicles along with military hardware and pre-fabricated rooms have been dispatched to the Syria Desert in Southeastern Syria.

They further said that a number of Syrian soldiers have been accompanying the Russian convoy.

The sources went on to say that the Russian convoy was sent to Zaza strategic region between Syria Desert and the small towns of Eastern Qalamoun along the Damascus-Baghdad international highway almost 50 km away from the US-run Al-Tanf base.

In the meantime, Arabic Sky News pointed to the Russian convoy, and said that the Russian forces are planning to build a military base in the region.

Dec 22 09:30

Scott Adams: The Steel Slat Barrier, Google Images Update, and Syria

Chuck Schumer now stuck in a great trap by President Trump
President wants strong border security…like everyone
Chuck wants to deny a President Trump “win”
Google offending images update
As of this morning, they are all gone, thank you!
Leaving Syria, possibly the greatest example of leadership ever seen
How is it that suddenly everyone became a Syria expert?
Weighing options, managing risk, creative solutions

Read and leave comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076493801261133824

Dec 22 07:52

Backlash over Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria grows

(*the 3 stooges rendition of Deck The Halls has some new found relevance with Congress' reaction to Trump's pull out of Syria announcement)

Dec 22 07:44

Buchanan: Will Trump Hold Firm on Syrian Pullout?

(*a legitimate question deserving a legitimate answer !)

Dec 22 06:52

US Army Sets up Military Airport in Iraq's Kurdistan Region

The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumah news website quoted a well-informed source as disclosing that the US army has built a military airport in Arbat region in Sulaymaniyah province in Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

It went on to say that the US spent almost $8mln to build the base that will solely work on monitoring movement and traffic of the US forces.

It further said that the airport has a very large runway which is suitable for the landing and take off of military and non-military planes, adding that the US army has claimed that the airport has been built for

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(*wait for it!)

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agricultural purposes.

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Dec 22 06:51

FIRST FALLOUT OF TRUMP'S DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM SYRIA

Defense Secretary James "Mad Dog" Mattis resigned from his position effective February 28. He disagreed with the president's decision. It was the second time in five years that an elected commander in chief had a serious conflict with Mattis' hawkishness. President Obama fired him as Central Command chief for urging a more aggressive Iran policy. Mattis is also extremely hawkish towards Russia and China.

President Trump campaigned on lessening U.S. involvement in wars abroad. He wants to get reelected. He does not need a Secretary of Defense that involves him in more wars that have little to none defined purpose.

Mattis is an ingrained imperialist. He always asked for more money for the military and for more meddling abroad. One of Mattis' little notice acts as Defense Secretary was a unannounced change in the mission of the Pentagon:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please reread that last sentence until it absolutely sinks in......

And again, if there was ever a time that this US government needed a Department of Peace, it is right the heck now!!

Dec 22 06:35

Cleric: US Withdrawal from Syria Due to Defeat

Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani said today that the reason that the US is withdrawing its troops from Syria is that Washington has failed in realizing its goals in the region.

Emami Kashani said that the American troops are leaving Syria after their failure, expressing the hope that foreign troops will leave other countries in the region.

“When the Americans say that they need to leave Syria it means that they have failed in the country. They have also failed in Yemen, Iraq and other areas. And God willing, both the United States and the Zionist regime and their milk cow, Saudi Arabia, will also be discredited and destroyed">>>

(*WE'RE LEAVING! forcryingoutloud !
whitehorse souce)

Dec 22 06:22

More Turkish Forces, Allied Militants Killed in Clashes with Kurds in Northern Syria

A number of Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed militants were killed or wounded in the Kurdish militias' attacks in occupied Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo, a Kurdish media outlet reported on Saturday.

(* The "Thank You Kurds and Turks alike for standing with us , but we no longer have need of your services" pink slip from Trump , has yet to flash by on any US Fake NEWS media outlet's bottom line ticker )

Dec 22 06:09

Iran Says US Presence In Syria 'WRONG' From The Start

In first Iranian comments on Trump's pull-out plan, Tehran says US caused 'instability and insecurity' in the region.
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Trump vowed on Thursday that the US would no longer be the "policeman of the Middle East" as he ordered troops back from Syria.

"The presence of American forces was from the very start, in principle, a wrong and illogical move and a primary cause of instability and insecurity in the region," Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said>>>

(*Hey , we had a good run and now we're allowing somebody else the honor of cleaning up after our mess . We are , after all , as we remind everybody , from time to time , #1 !
whitehorse souce )

Dec 21 16:12

MATTIS IS OUT, AND BLACKWATER IS BACK: ‘WE ARE COMING’

Mattis' resignation comes amid news that President Donald Trump has directed the drawdown of 2,000 U.S. forces in Syria, and 7,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan, a U.S. official confirmed to Military Times, a story first reported by the Wall Street Journal.This month, in the January/February print issue of the gun and hunting magazine “Recoil," the former contractor security firm Blackwater USA published a full-page ad, in all black with a simple message: “We are coming.”

Dec 21 13:17

Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have sent military forces to areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG group in north-east Syria, Turkey’s Yenisafak newspaper reported.

Scott Adams is right -- a lot of the time. See also:

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1076195738122481664

Dec 21 12:06

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due – Trump Is Right on Syria

"Impulsive, irresponsible, and dangerous." Such was the way, just this morning on CNN, that Democratic Representative, and House Minority Whip, Steny Hoyer described President Trump’s recent announcement that he’s bringing home the 2,000 U.S. troops currently in Syria. Last night, Republican Senator Lindsay Graham – a true hawk’s hawk – declared on the Senate floor that Trump’s decision is a "disaster," and a "stain on the honor of the United States." Two points here, one minor, one major – let’s begin with a semantic quibble: when maintaining national "honor" becomes a last ditch argument for continuing indecisive, perpetual war, perhaps it really is time to leave. And, more importantly, there’s this: anytime that Steny Hoyer and Lindsay Graham are in agreement and share a disdain for a foreign policy decision – even a Trump decision – well, then, the president might just be on to something.

Dec 21 12:05

Will Trump Hold Firm on Syrian Pullout?

"We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there," wrote President Donald Trump, as he ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Syria, stunning the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Trump overruled his secretaries of state and defense, and jolted this city and capitals across NATO Europe and the Middle East.

Yet, Trump is doing exactly what he promised to do in his campaign. And what his decision seems to say is this:

We are extricating America from the forever war of the Middle East so foolishly begun by previous presidents. We are coming home. The rulers and peoples of this region are going to have to find their own way and fight their own wars. We are not so powerful that we can fight their wars while we also confront Iran and North Korea and face new Cold Wars with Russia and China.

Dec 21 12:04

Officials: US Will End Air War in Syria After Troops Withdraw

According to officials familiar with the situation, the announcement that the US is ending its war in Syria and withdrawing all ground troops also applies to the air war. US warplanes will stop striking Syria after the troops have left.

The Pentagon refused to confirm the decision officially, saying that they will keep conducting airstrikes so long as US troops are on the ground. After that, they said they “would not speculate.”

US warplanes have been killing a large number of civilians in recent weeks, focusing on strikes against ISIS-held towns along the Iraqi border. Those strikes have been hitting populated areas.

Dec 21 12:04

Defense Officials: Trump Decided to Leave Syria After Call to Turkey’s Erdogan

According to US defense officials familiar with the situation, President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria was made following a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

This talk came following Erdogan’s threat last week to invade Kurdish eastern Syria, where US forces are deployed. Officials say that Erdogan essentially warned the US forces to “get out of the way” of the invasion.

US officials had been warning Erdogan against the invasion before that call. Immediately following the call, Erdogan claimed to have been given Trump’s blessing to go ahead with the invasion. It’s not clear, but the implication seems to be that Trump has agreed to get out of the way.

Other reports indicate that there have been debates of US policy in Syria, with respect to Turkey, for awhile, with some arguing that the US alliance with the Syrian Kurds was always temporary, and that the US alliance with Turkey is a long-term priority.

Dec 21 12:01

Israel to escalate fight against Iran in Syria after U.S. exit - Netanyahu

Israel will escalate its fight against Iranian-aligned forces in Syria after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Several hours after he spoke, Netanyahu’s office said he had spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump about Syria and “discussed ways to continue cooperation between Israel and the United States against the Iranian aggression”.

Some Israeli officials have said Trump’s move, announced on Wednesday, could help Iran by removing a U.S. garrison that stems the movement of Iranian forces and weaponry into Syria from Iraq.

Israel also worries that its main ally’s exit could reduce its diplomatic leverage with Russia, the Syrian government’s big-power backer.

Dec 21 11:57

Trump To End Unconstitutional Syria War – Washington Heads Are Exploding

The warmongering Left has joined forces with the neocons to demand that President Trump reverse course in his recent decision to pull US troops from Syria. Neocons claim that ISIS will increase with the US absence, but it was the very US intervention in the region – that they supported – that led to the rise of extremist and terrorist groups. Meanwhile, some principled progressives are putting politics aside to praise the president’s move.

Dec 21 11:56

Trump Takes Decisive Stand Against The Military And Congress

Last Friday President Trump had another long phonecall with the Turkish President Erdogan. Thereafter he overruled all his advisors and decided to remove the U.S. boots from Syria and to also end the air war.

This was the first time Trump took a decisive stand against the borg, the permanent neoconservative and interventionist establishment in his administration, the military and congress, that usually dictates U.S. foreign policy.

It was this decision, and that he stuck to it, which finally made him presidential.

Dec 21 11:55

Why Trump’s Peace Signal in Syria Could See US Clash With Russia in Ukraine

Trump’s abrupt call for US troops to leave Syria is being lambasted by his domestic critics as “a gift to Russia.” The paradox is that peace signals on Syria could bode sharper conflict with Russia in Ukraine. Hardly a gift.

President Trump’s announcement via Twitter of a military pullout from Syria is best understood as a superficial political move.
The subsequent prompt resignation by his Defense Secretary James Mattis – within hours of Trump’s declared withdrawal – shows the president is deeply at odds with the Pentagon. Military officials say they were blindsided by Trump. Mattis’ resignation, therefore, came as a rebuke.

Dec 21 11:41

Kurdish-led Forces Report 'Huge' ISIS Assault in Southeast Syria

The Islamic State group launched an attack on Friday on Syrian Democratic Forces' positions in Hajin region in southeastern Syria, Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF media office said.

"ISIS is launching a huge attack, heavy clashes are taking place there," he tweeted. "Only 35 percent percent from Hajin is liberated by our forces."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A gambit to force Trump to reverse his stance of pulling out of Syria?

Dec 21 11:34

‘Organ traders, terrorists & looters’: Evidence against Syrian White Helmets presented at UN

The ‘White Helmets’ are not a rescue group but an extension of jihadist militants, and should be designated a terrorist organization, Russia’s envoy to the UN argued at the presentation of evidence into the group’s wrongdoing.

Praised in the West as humanitarian rescue volunteers, in reality the ‘White Helmets’ work with Islamist militants in Syria, harvest organs from the victims they pretend to be “rescuing,” stage false chemical weapons and other attacks for cameras, and loot the bodies and homes of Syrians killed and injured in the war, according to Maxim Grigoriev, director of the Russia-based Foundation for the Study of Democracy.

Dec 21 11:23

Putin welcomes US decision to pull troops out of Syria

Russian president says he agrees 'on the whole' with US president that ISIL has been defeated in Syria
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Nevertheless, Putin cast doubt on Washington's plans, saying "we don't see any signs of withdrawing US troops yet, but I concede that it is possible."

(*Putin: A Realist )

Dec 21 11:06

Kurds to Free Thousands of ISIL Terrorists after US Withdrawal from Syria

A number of military experts believe that this decision was made in reaction to the US betrayal of the SDF and withdrawal of American forces from Syria following an agreement with Turkey.

US President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he will withdraw the American forces from Syria after what he called victory against the ISIL and inflicting heavy defeat on the terrorist group.

Despite the US claims, the ISIL still occupies some regions in Eastern Euphrates, including the towns of al-Souseh, al-Sha'afeh and al-Baqouz as well as the villages of al-Shajleh, al-Safafiyeh, al-Budran, Albu Khater, Abu Hassan and al-Morashedeh in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

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Dec 21 10:03

US Withdrawal from Syria Ineffective in Regional Developments

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington is not playing a role in developments in Syria, and as a result the US’ possible withdrawal of troops from the Arab country will have no impact on relevant political equations, said a renowned Iranian analyst of the regional developments.

The US is currently having 3,000 troops on ground in Syria, and according to their military system, 1,000 out of them are combat forces and 2,000 others are logistics personnel,” said regional affairs analyst Saadollah Zareyee on Thursday.

His remarks came after some American news outlets relayed earlier that the US President Trump has ordered full withdrawal of Washington’s military from Syria.

Zareyee added that the US is currently having the minimum size of military presence in Syria in comparison with other players on the ground, highlighting that all American troops are stationed in Eastern borders of the Arab country at eight bases with the largest base in the North of Raqqa.

“The US is not on firm ground in Syria as it has no local ally in there. ..." >>>

(*so don't let the door . hit you in the ...)

Dec 21 09:41

Blackwater Founder Hopes Bolton Embraces Plan for Privatizing Afghan War

Founder of the war contractor formerly known as Blackwater, Erik Prince, during an interview said he hopes White House National Security Adviser John Bolton will be open to considering his plan for privatizing the war in Afghanistan.

Over the weekend, Bolton told ABC News that he was willing to mull new ideas on the war in Afghanistan including replacing US forces with private military contractors.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as Trump has put on those Presidential Brass Knuckles, it is time for him to remind Bolton just who the boss is!

Dec 21 09:24

Trump's Syria Withdrawal Order Came as Reaction to Admin Hawks Demanding Forever War

This time it's real. It isn't entirely impossible Trump will reverse himself later on yet again, or qualify the withdrawal in some other way, but for now it is clear that he has indeed given the order to Pentagon to get all its forces out of Syria. This has always been his instinct and inclination, but until now the Empire-first hawks he has surrounded himself with always in the end convinced him to keep the soldiers there after all:

“We know Trump’s instincts from the get-go were to get these guys out of Syria,” Tamara Wittes, a former State Department Middle East official now with the Brookings Institution, told Al-Monitor. “And yet, he has clearly been persuaded at several points 'not yet, ISIS is not quite defeated, but we can use [the troop presence] as leverage against Iran.' He becomes persuaded, and then at a certain point, … he decides enough is enough. He just changes his mind.”

Dec 21 09:23

Turkey to delay operation in Syria, Erdogan says as US plans to withdraw troops

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would postpone a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria as he “cautiously” welcomed Washington’s decision to withdraw its troops in the area. “We had decided last week to launch a military incursion in the east of the Euphrates river… Our phone call with [US President Donald Trump], along with contacts between our diplomats and security officials and statements by the US, have led us to wait a little longer,” he said in a speech in Istanbul, according to Reuters.

Dec 21 09:23

Hilarious! Euro-Poodles Were Not Told of Trump's Syria Withdrawal in Advance, Learned of It From the Media

UK and France have troops of their own illegally in Syria alongside the US. UK has a platoon of SAS commandos or so in Syria's south at Al-Tanf, and France has a few hundred of soldiers in the east with the Kurds.

Despite that Trump did not tell Macron, May and their defense officials, who earlier this year also helped him cruise-missile Syria, that he's withdrawing in advance. They had to learn about it from the media like the rest of us:

Dec 21 09:10

German Press Lays Out The Opposition To Trump’s Withdrawal From Syria

The US President is withdrawing the troops from Syria, he has apparently left out close associates. Contradiction comes from London and Trump’s own party.

Meanwhile, Interpol warns of a new IS terrorist wave. Britain disagrees with the US President’s assessment that the terrorist militia “Islamic State” (IS) has been defeated in Syria. IS continues to be a threat, even without territory, according to a statement by the British Foreign Ministry. There is still a lot to do in the fight against IS, “and we must not lose sight of the danger it poses.”

Previously, the US government had surprisingly announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria. It has already begun to withdraw soldiers from the country, said the White House on Wednesday. The US has defeated the “territorial caliphate” of the terrorist militia.

Dec 21 09:07

Trump orders Syria troop pull-out & Hollywood ‘liberals’ go bananas

The announcement by President Trump that US troops would be leaving Syria has been met with anger not just by neocons, but by Hollywood ‘liberals’ too. Aren’t progressives supposed to oppose wars and illegal occupations?

Of course, we have to be cautious. Trump’s announcement of a troop withdrawal from Syria, for now at least, is just words. We need to see evidence of soldiers leaving before we start to celebrate. We need to read the small print with a large Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass.

Even so, it’s a positive development as it marks a further winding down of the conflict. Some though don’t see it that way.

Dec 21 08:53

Trump Critics Call for Removal from Office over Syria Withdrawal

Critics of President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria have begun to call for his removal from office — with one even referring to a military coup.

Conservative pundit Erick Erickson, a “Never Trumper” who rallied to the president’s side during the fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, suggested on Twitter that Trump would face a “military coup” in a “lesser country.”

Dec 21 08:52

Report: Netanyahu Failed to Persuade Trump to Reverse Syria Decision

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have tried in vain to persuade President Donald Trump to walk back his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a move that was met with significant “disappointment” in Jerusalem, Israeli media reported.

Israeli political figures have said that the move represents a possible blow to regional security, leaving the Jewish state to single-handedly combat the threat posed by the Iranian presence in the embattled country.

In Netanyahu’s public remarks, he said that he had spoken with both Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who “made it clear that they had other ways to express their influence in the arena.”

Dec 21 08:51

US leaves Israel to fight its battles alone

Op-ed: Is Trump really the friendliest American president Israel has ever had? After the withdrawal of US army from Syria, no one will have Israel's back except itself

Dec 20 15:41

US Military Trucks Leaving Syria: Sputnik International

After years surrounded in the swamp, Trump finally figures out who and what got him in there, and how to remain in office.

Dec 20 12:24

BEXALERT!!!: Trump’s Syria surprise is a new attempt to distract from bad news at home

More Sedition.

Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria wasn’t vetted by the Pentagon, the State Department, Congress, or US allies, and his rationale for it is false, foreign policy experts and military veterans say.

Dec 20 10:46

Washington Finally Acknowledges Defeat In Syria

In a succinct tweet on Wednesday, Donald Trump has announced a momentous policy decision that the Trump administration will soon be pulling out the US troops from Syria and Iraq. Although the current redeployment of American troops will only be limited to northern Syria to appease the US-ally Turkey where it has been a longstanding demand of President Erdogan that Turkey will not tolerate the presence of the US-backed Kurdish forces west of Euphrates River, it can be expected in the coming months that Washington will withdraw American forces from eastern Syria and Iraq as well.

President Trump said in the tweet, “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” Thus, Washington has finally acknowledged its humiliating defeat in a country it never formally invaded, but where it waged a devastating proxy war for the last seven years that gave birth to myriads of militant groups, including the Islamic State.

Dec 20 10:17

Russian FM: US Troops Withdrawal Enables Outlook for Syria Political Settlement

The decision of the United States to withdraw its troops from Syria creates a real possibility for a political settlement in the crisis-torn Arab Republic, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

"A very important story that can follow this decision is a real prospect for a political settlement," Zakharova said.

She recalled that US troops had been present in Syria illegally, without a corresponding invitation from the government of the republic and without any resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Dec 20 10:17

‘Russia wins’: Fury in Washington as Trump announces withdrawal from Syria

President Donald Trump’s decision to declare ISIS defeated and order a full US withdrawal from Syria has been met with anger and disbelief by the Washington establishment that hoped for regime change in Damascus.
Trump declared victory over Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) on Wednesday morning, as media reported that some 2,000 or so US troops will leave Syria within 60 to 100 days. Though Trump had openly spoken about wanting to leave Syria back in March, senior officials in his administration have said that US forces would stay there indefinitely.

Dec 20 09:44

Klein: U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Be Victory for Iran, Russia and Turkey

President Donald Trump’s reported decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria could negatively impact the campaign to rid the country of Iranian influence while telegraphing a message of abandonment to our Kurdish allies as Russia solidifies control in Syria.

Numerous news media reports on Wednesday cited anonymous sources stating that Trump decided to remove the U.S. forces, although it was not immediately clear whether that meant all 2,000 U.S. troops stationed in Syria, most of whom have been advising and training local militias fighting the Islamic State.

“Full withdrawal, all means all,” one U.S. official told AFP when asked if U.S. forces would completely vacate the country.

The New York Times reported on a full withdrawal phased out over a period of several weeks, while the U.S air campaign against IS would continue.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, it was Russia and Syria who defeated the territorial caliphate.

Dec 20 09:18

Berlin Slams Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria, Paris Stays to Fight Daesh

US President Donald Trump recently announced in a Twitter statement that the Daesh* terrorist group has been defeated in Syria, adding that this was the only reason for the United States to be in the Middle Eastern country during his presidency.

"Daesh is weaker than ever. Daesh has gone into hiding and insurgency in its manner of fighting. Daesh has lost more than 90% of its territory. Daesh has no more logistics as it could have had. But Daesh is not removed from the map, nor its roots, it is necessary to definitively defeat militarily the last pockets of this terrorist organization", French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly said on Twitter.

Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria could hurt fight against the Daesh terror group in the country, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated.

Dec 20 09:16

Putin agrees with Trump’s ‘correct’ decision to order US troop pullout from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he concurred with his US counterpart Donald Trump that the terrorist group, the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) had been defeated in Syria on the whole.

"As for the victory over the Islamic State, I agree with the US president by and large," Putin told Thursday’s annual news conference. "We’ve achieved considerable changes in the struggle against terrorism in that area and dealt severe blows to the Islamic State in Syria."

Dec 20 09:02

Israel Complaining Can't Hit Syria Targets Because They're Flying Russian Flags -- Report

Moscow is allowing fighters from Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian Shiite groups operating in Syria to carry Russian flags in order to protect them from Israeli airstrikes, Russia's Kommersant newspaper reported Wednesday.

The report follows a Russian snub earlier this week to Israeli military officials, as Moscow appears reluctant to ease its anger over the loss of one of its planes during an IAF bombing raid in Syria in September. The plane was brought down by Syrian missiles targeting the Israelis, but Moscow insists that Jerusalem did not provide sufficient warning of its strike to allow its aircraft to reach safety.

Dec 20 08:52

France Says to Stay in Syria after US Troops Ordered Home

France will maintain its participation in the coalition purportedly fighting Daesh terrorists in Syria, government officials said Thursday after US President Donald Trump surprised Washington's allies by ordering American troops home.....

Dec 20 08:14

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 20, 2018: U.S. IS WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM SYRIA

On December 19, President Donald Trump once again used Twitter to announce that the US had defeated ISIS and that the US would be withdrawing its troops from Syria.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that the US has started returning troops home and transiting to “the next phase of this campaign”. She recalled that “the United States and our allies stand ready to re-engage at all levels to defend American interests whenever necessary, and we will continue to work together to deny radical Islamist terrorists’ territory, funding, support and many means of infiltrating our borders”.

No further details were provided officially. According to media reports, State Department personnel were set to be evacuated from Syria within 24 hours. The alleged timeframe for troops pull-out, there are at least 2,000 US service members, is 60-100 days.

Dec 20 07:48

Putin Says Doesn't Know What US Withdrawal from Syria Really Means

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Commenting on Trump ordering US troops home from Syria, Putin said, "I don't know what US withdrawal from Syria means, Americans have been in Afghanistan for 17 years and every year they say they're withdrawing"
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(*it means you've got him in CHECK , for the time being , but also that you shouldn't get 'cocky' , because it looks obvious that he's going to try to line up his Turkish rook in retaliation )

Dec 20 07:29

US Forced to Withdraw from Syria after Failure in Plots

Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khaled al-Abboud underlined that Washington has lost all its instruments to pressure Damascus, adding that failure of the US plots forced the country to leave Syria.

Abboud was quoted as saying by the Arabic-language service of Sputnik news agency on Thursday that the US decision to retreat from Syria was the result of its major defeat in the region, specially in plots against Damascus.

He added that Syria is the key to regional stability, noting that the US has lost all instruments used against Damascus.

Abboud said that Washington had no other option but to declare withdrawal from Syria after loosing all its keys and tools to attain goals.

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Dec 20 07:17

Trump’s Syria Pullout Fuels Backlash Across DC

President Trump’s announcement of an immediate withdrawal of US forces from Syria seems to have taken a lot of people by surprise. Such big news is fueling both a predictable backlash from hawks, and angry criticism from political rivals who are portraying the announcement as a reckless shift from the open-ended military engagement everyone was expecting.

Trump presented the move as a natural response to he defeat of ISIS, which is leading a lot of hawks to deny that ISIS is really defeated. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) compared this to the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, and said Congress must make Trump explain the policy.

Still, since the war has been spun as being sort of about Iran, analysts are still predicting anger among Iran hawks, both in the cabinet and in the party leadership. Charles Lister from the Middle East Institute said it might plant the seeds for rebellion among Republicans to not be in the war.

Dec 20 07:17

US to Withdraw From Syria-Turkey Border Outposts to Buy Time for Pullout

Having just built multiple observation posts in Syria, along the Turkey border, US officials say the military is going to quickly withdraw from them, as part of an effort to buy some time with Turkey as they complete a full US pullout from Syria.

The observation posts were presented by the Pentagon as a confidence-builder for Turkey, to give them warning if any Kurdish forces got too close to the border. Turkey’s President Erdogan was deeply critical of the move, saying the US was really observing the Turkish military to prevent them attacking the Kurds.

Ironically, ditching the posts is intended to prevent the exact same thing, with hopes that this will please Erdogan, and that the US will be able to keep Erdogan talking, and not invading, for awhile. At least long enough to get the US troops out of Syria.

Dec 20 07:05

Can America Fight Two Cold Wars at Once?

Kim Jong Un, angered by the newest U.S. sanctions, is warning that North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization could be imperiled and we could be headed for “exchanges of fire.”

Iran, warns Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is testing ballistic missiles that are forbidden to them by the U.N. Security Council.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that, within days, he will launch a military thrust against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria, regarding them as allies of the PKK terrorist organization inside Turkey.

Vladimir Putin just flew two Tu-160 nuclear capable bombers to Venezuela. Ukraine claims Russia is amassing tanks on its border.

How did the United States, triumphant in the Cold War, find itself beset on so many fronts?

Dec 20 07:03

Is Russia Learning?

Is Russia learning that Washington wants no deal with Russia except Russian vassalage and that relying on agreements with the West is delusional? There is some indication that Russia is learning, but it seems to be a slow process.

Russia Insider reports that the Russian government has told Israel that Israeli strikes inside Syria are no longer acceptable.

Dec 20 07:02

Russia Greenlights Retaliatory Syrian Attacks on Israeli Targets -- Report

Syria will adopt a new rule of engagement with Israel now that Russia has taken a tougher and clearer stance on the conflict between Israel and the “Axis of the Resistance”. Henceforth, Damascus will be responding to any Israeli strike. If it damages a specific military target it will reply with a strike against a similar objective in Israel. Decision makers in Damascus said “Syria will not hesitate to hit an Israeli airport if Damascus airport is targeted and hit by Israel. This will be with the consent of the Russian military based in the Levant”.

Dec 20 07:00

'Triumph for Erdogan' as US announces Syria pull-out

Trump's claim that ISIL has been defeated contradicted his own experts' assessments and shocked his Middle East allies.
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The departure of 2,000 US troops from Syria, where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have acted as the United States' boots on the ground in the war on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), will give Ankara greater scope to drive the Kurdish fighters away from its border.

Two days before the statement, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his US counterpart had responded positively to a his plan to invade the area of northeast Syria controlled by the SDF.

"There is little doubt that [Erdogan] welcomes it as a major diplomatic gain which clears the way for a third Turkish military advance into northern Syria," said Bulent Aliriza, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies' Turkey Project in Washington.

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(*Prior to The Trump 60 Patriot missile strike on Syria of 2017 , the president informed us his intention was to leave Syria , and let others clean up our mess , for us .)

Dec 20 06:42

Erdogan: New military operation in Syria to 'start at any moment'

Turkey may launch a new military operation in northern Syria at any moment, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding US President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey's plans.

Erdogan's remarks on Monday came days after he announced Turkish forces would launch a new cross-border operation against the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to the east of the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

The YPG is considered a terrorist organisation by Ankara. American troops are also located to the east of the Euphrates River.

US clears $3.5bn Patriot missile sale to Turkey

Dec 20 06:03

Putin Welcomes U.S.’s Syria Exit

Having Gained Critical Foothold in Mideast, Putin Welcomes U.S.’s Syria Exit
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In a wide-ranging press conference, Mr. Putin also blamed the U.S. for triggering a new arms race and raising the threat of a nuclear war, slamming Washington for abandoning Cold War-era missile treaties even as he boasted of Moscow’s ambitious plans to develop new weapons.

Mr. Putin’s hourslong exchange with over a thousand journalists capped a tense year in which Russia came under tightening Western sanctions, forged deeper ties with China and has struggled to revive its middling economy.
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“If the U.S. wants to withdraw its contingent, that would be correct,” he said, adding that their presence in the country was “illegitimate” because Washington’s presence wasn’t authorized by the United Nations or Mr. Assad.

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Dec 20 05:45

US TO PULL TROOPS FROM SYRIA

Trump Steals Prize For Defeating ISIS
U.S. To Pull Troops From Syria Immediately

(*which , considering the history on POTUS Trump 'double talk' , could translate into "X"mas Eve we bomb the ____ out of them .)

Dec 19 13:06

Marco Rubio Panics Over Trump's Syria Withdrawal: 'Turns Syria Over to Israel's Greatest Enemies'

Senator Marco Rubio is outraged that President Trump has decided to put America First and pull US troops out of the endless quagmire in Syria.

Dec 19 12:06

Syria Militants Create Hotbeds of Terror in Africa - Russian Security Council

Some militant groups, after their defeat in Syria and Iraq, have been relocating to Africa, where they create large enclaves of the Daesh terrorist group, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, Alexander Venediktov, the Russian Security Council secretary's assistant, told Sputnik.

"Let's take the problem of terrorism, which today is acute for African countries. After the defeat in Syria and Iraq, some militants have been on their way to the Sahel and further southward. As a result, bandit enclaves under the banners of ISIS [Daesh], al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, which has pledged allegiance to IS [Daesh] militants, are emerging on the vast territories," Venediktov said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is interesting to me what Venediktov didn't mention in his speech, and that is the following:

The US Created Al Qaeda, and the Isis Terror group


Islamic State
Now the truth emerges: how the US fuelled the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Syrian Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Behind the Sudden Death of a $1 Billion Secret C.I.A. War in Syria

OK, let's see how this plays out in Africa. And I have done these analyses for far too long, to believe in the "long arm of coincidence" here.

Russia, Iran, and Syria have been pretty much successful in getting rid of the Jihadis, so what do we hear today from the Trump administration ?!?

Trump administration plans to pull U.S. troops out of Syria immediately, officials say

Now, what other countries would the US government like to regime change? The answer is, many African countries, with resources the US government wants to control, and only have sold in US dollars.

And right on time, BOOM!! Here come those same US trained/funded/armed jihadis who got kicked out of Syria, working to undermine and destabilize many African countries, just as they had attempted to undermine and destabilize Syria.

Folks, the arrival of these jihadis in Africa is utterly no accident or coincidence.

They have arrived precisely on time, to do what they attempted in Syria, but got driven out successfully by the Syrian, Russian, and Iranian military.

Perhaps the group-think in DC, is that the African nations they wish to destabilize won't be anywhere near as lucky in calling in outside resources, such as those of Russia, or Iran.

But in light of the fact that China is doing a lot of deals in Africa China in Africa; Win/Win or a new colonialism? , one has to wonder if we will be seeing the Chinese military assisting governments getting rid of the jihadis to protect their investments.

Dec 19 11:15

Sudanese President Arrives in Syria Aboard Russian Plane as Mailman of the Saudis

The Arab world (in the past largely pro-Soviet and staunchly independent, these days subservient to the West and on the payroll of the Saudis) is getting ready to normalize relations with previously ostracized Assad. Russia is facilitating. Sudanese President Omar el-Bashir made a historical visit to Syria, the first for an Arab leader since war was imposed on Syria in 2011. El-Bashir landed onboard a Russian airplane at Damascus airport, an indication of Moscow’s efforts to bring Syria back into the Arab – and international – fold. During seven years of war, Sudan never closed its embassy in Damascus. El-Bashir was not travelling alone. Sudan would not take such a huge step without the support of its allies. The Sudanese president is a close partner of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates in their destructive war on Yemen. The purpose of his visit is to lay down the road to Damascus for more Arab leaders, who are expected to pay tribute to president Bashar al-Assad in 2019.

Dec 19 10:10

Flores: Is The U.S Really ‘Withdrawing’ From Syria? Here’s Why Not

The White House predictably announced a new phase of the military campaign in Syria and the withdrawal of troops from the country. This was unceremoniously announced by the press secretary of the White House, Sarah Sanders on Wednesday, December 19th. Sanders noted that five years ago, ISIS was a very powerful and dangerous force in the Middle East, but the United States managed to destroy their territorial caliphate. The representative of the White House added that the victory of the international coalition of countries led by the United States over ISIS in Syria does not mean the end of the coalition or its campaign. “The United States and our allies stand together to re-engage in the defense of American interests at all levels if necessary, and we will continue to work together to prevent the spread of radical Islamism, its sponsorship, support in any form or its penetration beyond our borders”, read the statement of the press secretary, Sanders.

Dec 19 09:33

CRUZ, COTTON PUSH U.S. TO RECOGNIZE ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN

Two of the Senate’s most conservative members proposed a non-binding resolution on Tuesday encouraging US recognition of Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights as punishment for Bashar Assad in Syria.

According to a draft of the resolution, first obtained by Jewish Insider, a Washington-based newsletter, the move would “ensure that the Assad regime faces diplomatic and geopolitical consequences for the killing of civilians, the ethnic cleansing of Syrian Sunnis, and the use of weapons of mass destruction.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Isn't it wonderful that things are so good in the United States that our members of Congress have lots of free time to worry about Israel!

Dec 19 09:07

U.S. Military Preparing for a Full Withdrawal of Its Forces From Syria

The U.S. military is preparing to withdraw its forces from Syria, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, a move that marks an abrupt reversal of the American military strategy in the Middle East.

U.S. officials began informing partners in northeastern Syria of their plans to begin an immediate pullout of American forces from the region where they have been trying to wrap up the campaign against Islamic State, the people said.

“The Pentagon has an order to move troops out of Syria as quickly as possible, “ a U.S. official said.

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the move. But Mr. Trumpwrote on Twitter Wednesday morning that “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.”

Dec 19 08:57

AFTER GHADDAFI MURDER, WEAPONS SHIPPED TO SYRIA VIA AL-QAEDA, QATAR, US

While the United States continues to deny providing support to terrorists in Syria in terms of money, training, or weapons without the “rebels” first being “moderate,” the truth is that it has been proven time and time again that the US did indeed arm jihadists in Syria from the very beginning and even before the alleged “protests” began in 2011.

Even taking the admitted 2013 arming of terrorists out of the equation – the infamous initiative that took place after the Obama administration cooked up an accusation that the Syrian government used “chemical weapons” on civilians in Ghouta that year – the evidence is clear that the United States had been arming fighters before that time. This is clearly seen when anyone follows the trail of weapons that found their way into Syria early on.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised at this revelation.

Dec 19 08:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – DEC. 19, 2018: RUSSIAN PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTOR KILLED IN NEW ROUND OF ESCALATION IN NORTHERN LATAKIA

A former servicemen of the Russian Airborne Troops, Aleksandr Dudchenko, has been killed by a mortar shelling in northern Latakia, according to reports in Russian media outlets.

The incident reportedly took place near the town of Kinsaba, where Dudchenko came under fire from the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL). Local sources say that he was among Russian private military contractors that operate in the country.

During the past few weeks, the NFL, other pro-Turkish militant groups as well as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its allies violated the ceasefire regime in the Idlib de-escalation zone multiple times. On some parts of the contact line, such as northern Hama, they even carried out limited ground attacks, which were repelled.

Dec 19 08:17

In Drastic Reversal, US Set For "Full Withdrawal" From Syria As Trump Claims Victory Over ISIS

It's official, within an hour after the first headline the president tweeted "We have defeated ISIS in Syria" and in reference to reports of a planned US troop withdrawal from Syria which unnamed officials say is to be initiated "immediately," he added that the terror group's defeat was "my only reason for being there".

Dec 18 12:43

MILITARY SITUATION IN SYRIA ON DECEMBER 17, 2018 (MAP UPDATE)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria on December 17, 2018.

Sporadic clashes between the Syrian Arab Army and militants continue in northern Hama;

The situation in the northern region of Afrin is further deteriorating;

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces continue their operation against ISIS in the area of Hajin.

Dec 18 12:11

When Will Trump Bring Home U.S. Forces from Syria?

"I think we are very close to finishing the physical destruction of the caliphate,” said Lt. Gen. Frank McKenzie, nominated to head U.S. Central Command. Some two thousand ISIS fighters are limited to about one percent of the territory once held by the Islamic State. It is time to bring home U.S. forces and allow Syria and its neighbors to finish the job.

Dec 18 11:44

Russia to build shipyard in Syria’s Tartus 

Russian Deputy Minister of Defence Timur Ivanov said the Russian ministries of defence, industry and trade are working on a project to build a shipyard in the Syrian port of Tartus.

“We have a joint project to build a shipyard in cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Tartus, for the maintenance of vessels of different categories,” Ivanov said in an interview with Russian Kommersant newspaper.

The agreement to expand and modernise Russia’s naval facility in the Syrian port gives full immunity to Russian military personnel and their families, allowing Russia to deploy up to 11 warships at one time. Tartus is Russia’s only base in the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia has supported the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad providing ground and air forces to regain control of areas his forces had lost.

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