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Oct 17 14:45

US & Russia work together to end conflict in Syria

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine how the Russian and US military appear to be coordinating their moves in Syria so as to prevent Turkey from moving further into Northern Syria, while using diplomacy to bring the Kurds into the framework of a united Syria.

According to AMN (https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/...), Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Mark Milley and Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov held a phone conversation on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria, the JCS press service said.

“The two military leaders exchanged their views on issues of mutual concern in Syria,” the JCS said in a statement. “The two leaders have agreed to keep the specific details of their conversation secret.”

The Russian Defense Ministry issued a similar statement earlier in the day, providing no details as well.

Oct 17 09:33

Graham Threatens, I Will Be 'Trump's Worst Nightmare' If He Abandons Kurds

GRAHAM: “I don’t know, but Erdogan’s not your friend. Pat, you’ve done a great job. To your viewers, if you are not praying for the Kurds, we should all be ashamed of ourselves. It was the Kurds who worked with the American military to destroy ISIS.

If we abandon the Kurds, it will be dishonorable, it will be a disaster. Erdogan invaded Turkey — excuse me — Syria, he has created a vacuum for ISIS to come back.

The Kurds cannot fight Turkey and control the 10,000 ISIS prisoners. I am looking to President Trump to change this.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Lindsey...

Oct 17 07:46

Israel demands that US should maintain strategic base in Syria

Israel has called on the United States to maintain a military base in south-eastern Syria for strategic and geopolitical reasons, Israeli TV channel Kan reported yesterday.

Al-Tanf base, set up and controlled by the US military in 2016 during the ongoing Syrian conflict, lies in a strategically important area near Syria’s borders with Jordan and Iraq. It serves as a base for a group known as the Revolutionary Commando Army which opposes both the Syrian regime and Daesh and has received training from the US in Jordan.

Israel stressed that the US military presence in Al-Tanf is of paramount importance due to its location near the Syria-Iraq border in particular, making it an obstacle to the creation of a land corridor by Iran. Such a corridor, which Israel has long warned about, will reportedly help Iran to transport arms, fighters and supplies via the Shia militias that it controls in Iraq all the way through Syria to Lebanon where Tehran’s powerful proxy Hezbollah is based.

Oct 17 07:44

Full Video Inside 'Secretive' US Special Forces Base In Syria Released By Russian Media

After early this week American forces hastily abandoned their base in Manbij amid a general US draw down from the region, and a Damascus-Syrian Kurdish deal for reunion to fight the invading Turks, hawkish CNN pundit Michael Weiss lamented that "the Russian takeover of the U.S. base in Manbij is the first instance of Moscow claiming an abandoned U.S. military installation since World War II" (though Vietnam may have actually been the last instance).

The Russians did immediately roll in to Manbij, surprisingly in some degree of coordination with the Pentagon. A US defense official admitted, "It is essentially a handover" and added, "it’s a quick out, not something that will include walk-throughs, etc. Everything is about making out with as much as possible of our things while destroying any sensitive equipment that cannot be moved."

Oct 17 07:41

Trump dismisses Turkey's invasion of Syria: 'It's not our border'

President Donald Trump on Wednesday downplayed the escalating tensions in the Middle East in the aftermath of his abrupt withdrawal of American troops from northeastern Syria, referring to the area as "not our border" and to Kurdish forces as "no angels."

"If Turkey goes into Syria, that’s between Turkey and Syria," he said to reporters in the Oval Office. "It’s not between Turkey and the United States, like a lot of stupid people would like us to — would like you to believe."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

FYI the media misquoted Trump on this.

Oct 17 07:38

Turkey's Erdogan threw Trump's 'don't be a fool' letter in the trash and considered it 'the final straw' before launching his offensive in Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan trashed a letter from Donald Trump which urged him not to 'be a fool' over Syria, it was revealed today.

Turkish officials told the BBC that the letter was 'thoroughly rejected' by Erdogan last week, who promptly placed it in the trash and considered it 'the final straw'.

In Trump's October 9 letter, written as Erdogan's forces prepared to cross into Syria, the president wrote: 'History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen ... Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!'

Oct 17 07:37

House Dems Unanimously Vote to Condemn Withdrawal From Syria

Positions from Democrat leaders suggested an unconditional opposition to Trump ending any war and withdrawing any troops under any circumstances. They also objected to the notion that a president could end a war without their permission.

Oct 17 07:36

US Destroys Former Syria Base, Leaves More Cities

US forces continue to withdraw from Syria, and on their way out the door are trying to take various measures to either destroy facilities or to spite Russian troops who are moving in.

One former US base, near Kobane, has been totally destroyed by US airstrikes. Some officials presented this as a “show of force,” though against whom was unclear. This base was the one the US accused Turkey of bracketing with artillery fire early in the invasion.

Another US base, near Manbij, was not destroyed in time. The US stripped it of gear, and left it for Russia. The US also drew crude pictures of penises on the walls, along with insulting phrases.

The US coalition also issued a statement on Wednesday reporting that they’d withdrawn from the cities of Tabqah and Raqqa. US forces also left a cement factory belonging to Lafarge.

Oct 17 07:31

U.S. Coalition - forces have left Syrian cities of Raqqa, Tabqah, Lafarge factory

The U.S.-led coalition said on Wednesday that its forces had left the Syrian cities of Tabqah and Raqqa as well as a Lafarge cement factory as part of the withdrawal from northeast Syria.

“Coalition forces continue a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria. On Oct. 16, we vacated the Lafarge Cement Factory, Raqqa, and Tabqah,” coalition spokesman Colonel Myles B. Caggins said on Twitter.

Oct 17 07:30

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 17, 2019: SYRIAN ARMY ENTERING KOBANI AND RAQQA

On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time since 2014. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled the city since 2017, when they with help from the United States seized it from ISIS. The Syrian Army reportedly established several observation posts in the area and continued deployment within the SDF-held area.

According to pro-government sources, government troops are also preparing to enter the Omar oil fields. A day earlier, on October 15, Syrian troops and Russian Military Police units started patrolling the contact line between Turkish-backed forces and the SDF near Manbij.

On October 16, US-led coalition forces withdrew from the Kharab Ashk military base where dozens of US and French troops had been deployed. US-led forces burned the base in order to destroy equipment that they were not able to evacuate.

Oct 17 06:35

Covering the tracks? US jets BOMB own base in Syria as troops retreat

A major US base in northern Syria was destroyed by an air strike after the troops pulled out, likely to prevent more embarrassing videos of the abandoned facility once it is reclaimed by Syrian government troops.

The Lafarge cement factory near Kobani was the site of a joint US-French base, which was abandoned on Wednesday as part of a general withdrawal ordered by US President Donald Trump. Local sources reported the facility at Kharab'Ashaq was bombed shortly thereafter.

US officials confirmed the strike on Wednesday evening, saying it was previously planned and intended “to prevent the coalition operation center from being utilized by outside forces.”

Oct 16 22:42

Manbij is ours! US military left a message

Inside the US base. The cokes were still cold.

Oct 16 22:38

How The Win-Win-Win-Win Plan For Syria's Northeast Succeeds

The Syrian and Russian operations in the northeast of Syria are going well.

Russian troops prevented attempts by Turkish supported Jihadis to attack Manbij. Russian and Syrian units now also entered Ayn al-Arab/Kobani. Syrian government troops took control of the electricity producing dam in Tabqah and some units set up posts in Raqqa. Other units entered the Conoco and Al-Umar oil fields north of Abu Kahmal and east of Deir Ezzor. Some local tribe which profited from the oil explorations there held a small protest against the return of government control.

The Russian air force in Syria is preventing the use of the Turkish air-force in support of the Turkish attacks. Yesterday a Turkish F-16 entered Syrian air space but retreated when some Russian fighters appeared to hunt for it.

Oct 16 21:59

The Russian Masterpiece in Syria: Everyone Wins

Putin is a genius!

Russia’s operation was complicated and required a lot of patience; but thanks to negotiations supervised by Russia, together with the bravery and courage of Syrian soldiers, almost all of the terrorist pockets scattered around Syria have been progressively overcome.

Erdogan currently finds himself boxed in, squeezed in by a collapsing economy, threatened by his allies (the purchase of the Russian S-400 system irritated many in Washington and in NATO): he desperately needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

With Trump, he is desperate to shift attention away from the impeachment proceedings (a hoax), and similarly needs to present some kind of victory to his base.

Erdogan and Trump have also solved the embarrassing internal conflict within NATO between Turkey and the US, probably reestablishing personal relationships (the tough talk from the White House notwithstanding).

Oct 16 19:33

Trump warned Erdogan in letter: 'Don't be a tough guy' or 'a fool'

This is a damn good letter Trump sent to the would be Caliph of a revived Ottoman Empire!
Some peoples reaction to it makes me put a palm to my forehead!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -

Trump had the letter released to bolster his view that he did not give Turkey a green light to invade Syria. Many lawmakers have been sharply critical of his decision to remove American forces from the conflict zone.

“I have worked hard to solve some of your problems. Don’t let the world down. You can make a great deal,” said Trump in the letter.

He said he had confidentially enclosed to Erdogan a copy of a letter Mazloum had sent him.

Oct 16 16:36

Media and politicians didn’t care about chaos the US caused in Syria for years, but now that Trump can be blamed, they’re outraged

Mainstream US media has been the biggest cheerleader for Washington’s chaos production in Syria for years, but now, as Donald Trump pulls troops out of the northeast, they’re suddenly outraged. Spare us the crocodile tears.

Oct 16 14:52

'Don't be a tough guy!' What Donald Trump wrote to Turkey's president while Syria invasion began - as he promised 'concessions' from Kurds and warned history would see Edrogan as 'the devil' if he attacked

President Donald Trump tried to cajole Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Turkish counterpart, into negotiating with Syrian Kurds instead of invading, a letter released by the White House reveals.

'History will look upon you favorably if you get this done the right and humane way. It will look upon you forever as the devil if good things don't happen,' the president wrote on October 9, as Erdogan's forces prepared to cross into Syria.

'Don't be a tough guy. Don't be a fool!' he wrote. 'I will call you later.'

Trump told reporters during a press conference Wednesday that he hadn't given Erdogan 'a green light' to invade, and claimed releasing 'a very powerful letter' would dispel misconceptions about the impact of his troop withdrawal from Syria days before he wrote it.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sitting at my desk here, and having a palm-to-forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this.

That President Trump believed that he could influence Erdogan by insulting him, painfully demonstrates a reckless professional idiocy, writ large, under his watch.

This... is really painful, to watch a President of the United States behaving in this manor, and actually thinking he could "save the day" by doing so.

Oct 16 14:31

Russia patrols will not allow conflict between Turkish, Syrian armies

Good on Russia's leadership!! And I know this will happen when pigs discover that they are aerodynamic, but I think, right now, for his intelligent, adult work in and for Syria, Putin really deserves a Nobel peace prize.

Oct 16 14:26

Turkish invasion creates better conditions for Islamic State terrorists as it creates chaos, Assad’s key adviser tells RT

There is a risk of an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) resurgence in Syria, and it is Turkey’s invasion of the northeast that should be blamed, Bouthaina Shaaban, a political adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, told RT.
“Every war creates chaos and chaos is a good climate for terrorism. So this invasion creates better climate for ISIS terrorists,” she said, referring to the terrorist group by its old name. “But the major force that is fighting for Turkey now are the Jabhat al-Nusra. So the terrorists are led by Turkey now to occupy part of the Syrian land.”

And from beginning it was Turkey, who allowed terrorists from all over the world to cross the border and fight this war against the Syrian people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You mean, the US-funded and trained and armed jihadists groups, sometimes called ISIS?!?

Operational scope Weapons sales, training of Syrian rebel forces
Location Eastern Europe, Jordan, Syria
Planned by Central Intelligence Agency
Target Syrian Army
Date 2012 – 2017
Executed by Central Intelligence Agency
United States Department of Defense
Jordanian Armed Forces
General Intelligence Directorate (Jordan)
Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah (Saudi Arabia)
Qatar State Security
Secret Intelligence Service (UK)

us GOVERNMENT created Al Qaeda and the Isis Terrorist Group

THOSE GUYS?!?

Looking at this, one has to wonder if this very public "spat" between DC and Istanbul, is not a "cover" for bringing ISIS back into Syria for a decap strike against Damascus.

The big question is, what will Russia do now, and what will happen in Sochi next week, when Edrogan will be having some face time with Russia's President Putin?!?

Oct 16 14:04

Turkish President Plans to Visit Russia's Sochi on October 22 - Erdogan's Office

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to visit Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on October 22, the Turkish presidential administration announced on Wednesday.

Erdogan spoke by phone with Putin on Tuesday. The leaders discussed the situation in Syria and the ongoing Turkish Operation Peace Spring on the Syrian territory. At the end of the conversation, Putin invited Erdogan to visit Russia in the coming days.

"Our president plans to pay a visit to Sochi on October 22," the Erdogan's administration said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier confirmed that Putin and Erdogan would discuss the developments in Syria in light of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria during the Turkish president's visit to Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, folks, that's next Tuesday.

And the decision to send VP Pence to Turkey this week, when President Trump had to know, that Erdogan would only talk to him, rather than to his "Second Lewie", was a thoroughly, and painfully, bone-headed decision.

One has to wonder if Putin is going to offer Erdogan an opportunity to join a major Defense Pact with Russia; suggest that Turkey resign its membership in NATO; and have both countries trading in local currencies, rather than in the US dollar.

But if any of this comes down as a result of this meeting, I have to blame it squarely on the head of President Trump, who absolutely misread Erdogan's intentions here.

And please note; as the US government throws former geopolitical friends under the proverbial bus, the more it is running those former friends into the arms of Russia and China, which I think is about to happen to Turkey very quickly, as Erdogan gets cozy with Putin at Sochi.

Oct 16 13:27

U.S. Sanctions Could Push Turkey to Leave NATO

Erdo?an’s next decision towards Syria will heavily impact the future of not only the region, but his relations with the U.S. and Russia. With murmurings existing for years now whether Turkey should leave the NATO alliance, these sanctions against Turkey, a country already in a deep economic crisis, will only bring this question to the forefront of debate.

Although the U.S. cites human right abuses as the reason for the sanctions, an allegation that cannot be taken seriously considering their own long list of war crimes, it is likely Trump is ‘punishing’ Erdo?an for his insistence and defiance in buying the Russian S-400 system. This means that the souring relations between Washington and Ankara provides the perfect moment for Russian President Vladimir Putin to consolidate his country’s relations with Turkey.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I do not know what the US government is thinking about the issue of Turkey, but I do think that Putin is laughing hysterically, at those people "advising" the President, that they never saw the possibility, outlined in the last paragraph, as seriously possible.

Oct 16 10:34

The Syrian Debacle Is Actually Well Planned Chaos

Op-Ed by Brandon Smith

For many years now I have focused a considerable amount of analysis on the subject of Syria, with an emphasis on the country’s importance to the global elites as a kind of geopolitical detonator; the first domino in a chain of dominoes that could lead to a war involving international powers. I believe this war will develop on multiple fronts, most importantly on the economic front, but it could very well turn into a shooting war involving numerous actors.

Syria is so important, in fact, that the establishment has been careful to smother all discussion about what is really going on there in a fog of propaganda. And make no mistake, BOTH Republicans and Democrats as well as Eastern and Western governments are participating in the lies and misdirection. Obviously, the first and most important lie is a multi-sided one, and we can’t continue forward until it’s dissected – I am speaking of the lie of US involvement in the region...

Oct 16 08:21

Syrian army gains full control of Manbij – Russian military

The Syrian Arab Army has established full control over the city of Manbij and nearby settlements, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

Russian military police continue to patrol the northwestern borders of Manbij District along the line of engagement of the Syrian and Turkish armed forces, TASS reported. “Cooperation with the Turkish side” has also been established, according to the statement.

Manbij, which is located some 85km east of Aleppo, was liberated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in August 2016. The city had earlier been an outpost for Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS).

Oct 16 08:05

Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs

‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail’ – General Wesley Clark comments about the US plan to go to war in 7 countries in 5 years.

Oct 16 07:48

Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs

‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem has to look like a nail’ – General Wesley Clark comments about the US plan to go to war in 7 countries in 5 years.

Oct 16 07:44

The Yinon plan: “Greater Israel”, Syria, Iraq, and ISIS

The Zionist Plan for the Middle East, also known as the Yinon Plan, is an Israeli strategic plan to ensure Israeli regional superiority. It insists and stipulates that Israel must reconfigure its geo-political environment through the balkanization of the surrounding Arab states into smaller and weaker states.

When viewed in the current context, the war on Iraq, the 2006 war on Lebanon, the 2011 war on Libya, the ongoing war on Syria, not to mention the process of regime change in Egypt, must be understood in relation to the Zionist Plan for the Middle East. The latter consists in weakening and eventually fracturing neighboring Arab states as part of an Israeli expansionist project.

“Greater Israel” consists in an area extending from the Nile Valley to the Euphrates.
http://defence.pk/pdf/threads/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-...

Oct 16 07:36

The Turkish Invasion of Kurdish-Occupied Syria

The Turkish invasion of Kurdish-controlled northern Syria has finally brought some much-needed media attention on the U.S. military presence in the war-torn country. The media reports, however, all fail to explain why U.S. troops are in Syria in the first place and the purpose of their presence.

The reason U.S. troops have helped the Kurds seize a quarter of the country is because the policy being pursued is a covert policy to support the non-Arab Kurds to fragment Syria along ethnic lines.

It is actually an Israeli strategy called the Yinon Plan, which was crafted in 1982 by an Israeli advisor to Ariel Sharon. The U.S. involvement in Syria began with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.

This policy was put into effect because it was seen as the best way to "help Israel", according to an email leaked from Hillary Clinton's account.

Oct 15 21:29

‘Show of force’: US jets & helicopters threaten Turkish-backed fighters who came VERY CLOSE to American troops in Syria

Earlier today the Russian Air Force scared Turkish F-16's away from an attempted bombing of a Syrian armored column. Tonight the USAF and US army put on a show of force and scared Turkish forces away from our guys. I like this!

US fighter jets and gunship helicopters were sent to scare off Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria after they came “very close” to US troops at Ain Issa, the Pentagon said. Washington has also sent a complaint to Ankara.
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A senior US official told reporters the following about the proxy force Turkey is relying on as part of its Syria invasion: "They could have used Turkish regular troops,...Instead they decided to use these thugs & bandits & pirates that should be wiped off the face of the earth"

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Oct 15 18:53

Jubilation! - TTG

If this works,Putin and Trump and Assad should get the Nobel Peace Prize.

Damascus is on her way in achieving her ultimate goal of regaining control over all her territory and achieving peace thanks to VV Putin and the welcome and necessary assistance of DJ Trump. There’s no other way to put it. Elijah Magnier has summarized the current situation in a series of tweets this afternoon. If his summary is accurate, it is indeed good news.

Oct 15 18:38

Lying New York Times Claims That Terrorist Cave Base Was Actually Hospital Bombed By Russia!

Russian Ministry of Defense commented on the article in the New York Times about alleged bombings of Syrian hospitals by the Russian Air Force. Major General Igor Konashenkov denied these allegations.

Oct 15 18:32

Locals Receiving SAA Units Coming to Protect them in Tal Tamr, Hasakah

After years of living under NATO terrorists of ISIS, Nusra Front, FSA, and SDF, this is how the locals received the advancing Syrian Arab Army units in the town of Tal Tamr, Hasakah province, northeast Syria, video report by Lebanese Al-Mayadeen News channel from Tal Tamr:

Oct 15 17:53

Forest fires in Homs, Lattakia and Tartous decimate Syrian environment

While everyone is focused on the dramatic events in north-eastern Syria, other areas of Syria are burning. Forest fires in Homs, Lattakia and Tartous are raging across much of the farmland and vast olive and fruit tree groves. This is a disaster for the smallholders who rely upon the yield from these trees for survival and warmth in the soon-to-be-here winter.

These fires are being fought and extinguished by the SYRIAN Civil Defence, the REAL one, the Syrian Civil Defence and Fire Brigades that were established in 1953. These brigades have been the quiet heroes in this 8 year proxy war waged against the Syrian people by the western imperialist alliance.

Oct 15 17:42

FLASHBACK: What we saw in Syria goes against everything we read in the United States

What I have been seeing online the last few days proves the point of this 3 year old article. Syrians are turning out by the thousands to greet their Syrian Army Forces. Reminds me of the people in France greeting the American Military in WW2 as they liberated France from the NAZI's!

“When you go to Syria, which I did last month, the popularity of the government and the Syrian Arab Army is rampant. It's not out of some dream fantasy. It comes obviously from the government and the army being the only thing between living a secular life on the one hand and the hatred and violence of ISIS and the various other terrorist groups underwritten by the terrorist Saudis and US and their allies on the other.

Oct 15 16:53

Update- Army units complete deployment in Manbej, enter new villages in Hasaka countryside

15 October? 2019

Aleppo, SANA – Syrian Arab Army units completed their deployment in the city of Manbej and its surroundings in Aleppo province’s northeastern countryside, where they were welcomed by the locals.

Oct 15 16:30

One Rocket Provoked the US Withdrawal: Details of the Kurdish-Russian-Syrian Deal

The killing of any US soldier in Syria would effectively have been a nail in the coffin of the US President Donald Trump’s electoral campaign in 2020. France and Britain, who maintain Special Forces in NES, will follow the US forces out of Syria.

The Syrian forces were given orders to deploy in NES following a deal between Russia and Turkey, and between Russia and the Syrian officials, to guarantee the safety of the separatist Syrian Kurds.

The Russian-Kurdish deal consists of the deployment of the Syrian army on all borders with Turkey and the return of all sources of energy (gas and oil) to the Syrian government-controlled forces.

A US withdrawal from the al-Tanaf border crossing between Iraq and Syria is also expected when a solution is found for the 64,000 refugees at the Rukhba camp.

Oct 15 16:02

Syrian Army enters strategic city in Al-Raqqa with heavy equipment: video

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – A Syrian Arab Army (SAA) convoy was filmed heading to the Al-Raqqa city of Al-Tabaqa this week after reaching an agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Oct 15 11:14

US Special Forces In Syria 'Mistakenly' Bombed By Turkey

Turkey has now given Trump every reason to unleash the newly authorized sanctions, as Newsweek reports that American special forces troops have come under Turkish fire.

According to the breaking exclusive: "A contingent of U.S. Special Forces has been caught up in Turkish shelling against U.S.-backed Kurdish positions in northern Syria." It was "apparently by mistake," the report adds.

Oct 15 10:46

'Treasury is ready to go': Trump says sanctions for Turkey may be coming

President Trump said that there is a “great consensus” among Republicans and Democrats in Congress over sanctioning Turkey after its incursion against the Kurds in northern Syria.

Trump said in a Sunday tweet that he has been in contact with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is highly critical of Trump’s decision to move troops out of northern Syria. Graham has called for Congress to sanction Turkey and suspend its membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization over attacks against the Kurdish people, whom the United States considers allies.

Oct 15 10:36

Syrian troops enter three towns after deal with Kurds

Syrian army troops have entered the towns of Tabqah, Ain Issa and Tel Tamer in northeastern Syria after Damascus reached an agreement with Kurds in the region to deploy troops in the area, state media report.

The deployment to Tabqah near Raqqah on Monday restores the state's foothold in an area that is home to a major hydroelectric dam.

The state television, in broadcasts from Ain Issa, showed residents welcoming the entry of the army troops.

Tel Tamer is 35 km southeast of Ras al-Ain which is currently under the control of Turkish troops. It is on a strategically important highway, the M4, that runs east to west. Turkish forces said they had seized the highway on Sunday.

Oct 15 09:03

Neo-Ottoman Turkey’s ‘String of Pearls’

Since 2015, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing for Syrian “safe zones” and “buffer zones” for humanitarian purposes. However, with the current media focus on the bombardment of Kurds amid the Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria, what remains submerged beneath the murky waters of Mideast politics may be Turkey’s back-door strategy to reclaim former Ottoman territories.

Oct 15 08:59

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 15, 2019: SYRIAN ARMY TAKING CONTROL OF KEY POSITIONS IN SDF-HELD AREA

On October 14, units of the Syrian Army started entering areas controlled by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria.

The terms and conditions of the deal made by the SDF and Damascus are yet to be revealed, but government troops already deployed in Tabqah, Tabqah Airport, Tabqah Dam, Ayn Issa and Tal Tamir, and in the Manbij area. Syrian Army troops also moved towards the border town of Kobani. However, the situation there remains unclear. According to pro-Kurdish sources, US troops deployed there have attempted to prevent Syrian troops from entering the town by blocking the Qaraqozak bridge.

Turkey reacted to the Damascus-SDF deal by increasing its military efforts against the SDF around Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ain. Furthermore, Turkish-led forces launched an advance towards Ain Assa and Manbij, where they clashes with detachments of the Syrian Army.

Oct 15 07:32

Syrian govt., not US, must protect Kurds against Turkey: Trump

I have to wonder now whether Putin,Trump,Assad and Erdogan made some kind of deal.

US President Donald Trump says the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other countries should be responsible for protecting the US-allied Kurds in northern Syria against a Turkish incursion, not the US which is "7,000 miles away" from Syria.

"Let Syria and Assad protect the Kurds and fight Turkey for their own land. I said to my Generals, why should we be fighting for Syria and Assad to protect the land of our enemy?" Trump tweeted on Monday.

"Anyone who wants to assist Syria in protecting the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte. I hope they all do great, we are 7,000 miles away!" he went on to say.

Oct 15 06:28

Cautious Optimism on Turks and Kurds

Amid the usual hysterics of ‘impending genocide’ and ‘brutal betrayal’, the long-expected Turkish operation in northeast Syria is rolling, and Turkish troops accompanied by their Syrian rebel allies quickly advance into the former US occupation zone east of the Euphrates River, pushing the Kurdish nationalist militias away from the border. The American soldiers withdrew from the area by the order of their Supreme Commander (save some Special Forces who came under fire but safely retreated).

Oct 15 05:49

Erdogan Holding 50 US Tactical Nukes 'Hostage' As Trump Authorizes Sanctions

Amid all the media and pundit outrage since Turkey's President Erdogan launched his so-called 'Operation Peace Spring' into northeast Syria last week, vowing to wipe out Syrian Kurdish forces who've long held the border areas, what's been largely missing is acknowledgement of the uncomfortable fact that NATO ally Turkey has long hosted a major portion of America's nuclear Cold War-era arsenal stored across Europe.

And as Erdogan threatens to "open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants" to Europe while under increased international criticism for the rapidly rising civilian death toll in Syria, The New York Times reports the following bombshell Monday: some 50 US tactical nukes are "now essentially Erdogan’s hostages".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The absolute lack of thinking, on the part of those who are supposed to be counseling President Trump on issues like this, is painfully on full display right now, with this horrific oversight being one of the more glaring examples.

So, what are Turkey and Edrogan, going to do with these weapons?!? Will Pakistan's Prime Minister Khan order some Pakistani nuclear scientists to reverse engineer the damned things, and make sure their Turkish counterparts understand precisely how to make them work, and how to aim them?!?

I don't know just how terrifying this prospect is to you; but it scares the very stuffing out of me.

Oct 14 22:44

Russian Navy holds military drills off Syrian coast

The Russian Navy’s missile frigate Admiral Makarov held a gunnery exercise in the East Mediterranean, Ship Commander Captain 2nd Rank Anton Kuprin said on Monday.

Oct 14 22:28

With Turkey’s invasion of Syria, concerns mount over nukes at Incirlik

But concerns are growing over the reported presence of U.S. nuclear weapons at Incirlik, believed to be about 50 B61 gravity bombs. The New York Times on Monday reported that officials from the State and Energy departments over the weekend reviewed plans for evacuating the nuclear weapons there.

Not surprisingly, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek would not answer questions about possible nuclear weapons at Incirlik and whether they would be moved in a Monday email.

Oct 14 22:17

One out, another one in: Retreating US military meets advancing Syrian Army (VIDEO)

An unlikely road meeting of US and Syrian troops was captured in northern Syria as the American vehicles were retreating from the Kurdish-held town of Kobani, while the Syrians rushed to protect it from the Turkish-led offensive.
Getting American and Syrian government forces into a single image is quite a difficult task despite the protracted – and illegal – US military presence in the war-torn country.

Oct 14 12:02

100K flee as Turks hit Kurdish zones in Syria; White House threatens sanctions

Turkey ramped up its air and artillery strikes against the Kurds in northeast Syria Friday — forcing 100,000 people to flee the battle, as the White House threatened Turkey with harsh sanctions.

The Kurds, who recaptured swaths of northeastern Syria from ISIS as US allies, said the Turkish assault could allow the jihadist group to re-merge.

That warning was highlighted Friday as the terror group claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb in Qamishli, the biggest city in the Kurdish-held area, even as the city came under heavy ­Turkish shelling.

Oct 14 11:53

Trump OKs $50M to aid Syria amid outrage over US military pullout, Turkish offensive

President Trump announced Saturday that he had authorized the release of $50 million in aid to human rights groups and other aid organizations in Syria in an apparent attempt to counter criticism of his pullout of U.S. forces there.

“Other presidents would not be doing that, they’d be spending a lot more money but on things that wouldn’t make you happy," Trump said while addressing the Values Voters Summit's Faith, Family and Freedom gala dinner.

Oct 14 06:50

'Do people really think we should go to war with NATO member Turkey?' Trump defends Syria withdrawal

The US won't fight fellow NATO member Turkey over the Kurds in Syria, President Donald Trump has said, while also suggesting the Kurds may be releasing terrorist prisoners just to get the US involved.

Oct 14 03:57

CONVOY ATTACK Turkey ‘bombs convoy of foreign journalists and aid workers killing 14’ in Syria border town

AT least 14 people have been killed in a devastating Turkish air raid on a civilian convoy in Syria yesterday, according to reports.

Five civilians, including a journalist, died after they were attacked as they arrived at the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ain, that Turkish-allied forces have seized.

A Kurdish news agency Hawar said one of its reporters was killed in the attack which reportedly left dozens more injured.

Several foreign journalists were with the convoy - which was also carrying aid workers - when it was struck, according to France 2 television's Stéphanie Perez.

She tweeted: "We were in the convoy of Kurdish civilians targeted by Turkish forces and their allies at Ras al Ain. Our team is fine, but some colleagues are dead."

Armed men, who were reportedly guarding the convoy, were among those killed in the bombing.

Oct 14 03:18

'TERRIFYING AND TOTALLY PREDICTABLE': PENTAGON CONFIRMS US FORCES IN SYRIA CAME UNDER TURKISH ARTILLERY FIRE

According to the unnamed Pentagon official, "shelling by the Turkish forces was so heavy that the U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense." However, "instead of returning fire, the Special Forces withdrew once the shelling had ceased."

Jesus, this is terrifying and totally predictable.

"A senior Pentagon official said shelling by the Turkish forces was so heavy that the U.S. personnel considered firing back in self-defense."

Turkey "mistakenly" attacks US special forces in Syria https://t.co/DT7h23MCWX

— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 11, 2019
Following Newsweek's report, a Pentagon spokesperson, Navy Captain Brook DeWalt, said in a statement that "the explosion occurred within a few hundred meters of a location outside the Security Mechanism zone and in an area known by the Turks to have U.S. forces present."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF any Americans were, in fact, injured or killed by these Turkish incursions, I seriously doubt that the US government or military would want people here to know.

But there is a sister story, out of zerohedge.com, which I feel is important to share here;
"Compromise Or Genocide": Putin's 'Deal Of The Century' Rapidly Unfolding In Syria This article goes on to state:

"Currently Syrian Army convoys — including tanks and artillery — have begun deployment to northern Syrian battlefronts at a moment US troops have been confirmed in retreat. Syrian state media affirmed that Damascus is set to “confront a Turkish aggression” on Syrian territory, after what appears to be a major deal struck between Damascus and the main US-backed Syrian Kurdish groups.

This article is confirmed by a story in antiwar.com, leading with the following headline: Syrian MKurds,, Damascus reach a deal in Russian-backed talks

But here's the REALLY juicy bit:

"Kurds will hand key cities to Syrian Army to defend"

Syrian ground troops are moving north to confront invading Turkish forces per a deal that was reached by the Kurdish SDF and the Assad government, in talks brokered by Russia and held on a Russian air base.

The deal sees the Kurds unilaterally handing over two important cities, Kobane and Manbij, both in the Aleppo Province, to the central government to rule. This means Turkey’s invasion of those cities would be a direct invasion of Syrian cities under government control. Those two cities are also where Syria’s Army is heading first. This would make Turkey attacking those cities more controversial, and also raises the possibility of Russia intervening on the government’s behalf.

I can just see Russian President Vlad Putin, laughing his head off, that the none of the American decision-makers on this war, absolutely never saw this coming, after throwing our multi-year military partners, the Kurds, to the Turkish wolves.

Things are moving at the speed of greased lightning here; please keep your eyes open for the next "US-dealt Russian checkmate" in this confrontation, and you will probably know very quickly what Putin's vision is for the Syrian government, and the future of both the Kurdish, and Syrian people.

Oct 13 14:37

Putin Planning "Deal Of The Century" Between Syria & Turkey As US Exits

If he pulls it off,the Nobel Peace Prize and he will deserve it!

Lebanese Arabic news broadcaster Al-Mayadeen is reporting that Russia has begun organizing "reconciliation talks" between Syria and Turkey, in what would be an unprecedented development, given President Erdogan's position has long been that Turkey won't negotiate with Damascus so long as Assad is in power.

The Middle East broadcaster cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who said, "Moscow will ask for start of talks between Damascus and Ankara".

Russia's TASS has also confirmed the initiative, making it the first significant attempt to bring the two sides to the table, given Ankara severed diplomatic ties with Damascus in 2012. Turkey could indeed be ready given it has finally gotten its way in Syria — with a long planned attack on Syrian Kurds along the border in northern Syria, which began Wednesday with an air and ground offensive.

Oct 13 14:34

Turkey Warns Of War As Syrian Army Heads To Turkish Border

update2: A top Turkish official warns of bigger escalation now that Syrian Army units appear to be heading to besieged Kurdish towns along the border with Turkey.

It's as yet unclear what the Russian military's role in supporting its Syrian ally will be; however, we could be witnessing the beginnings of Putin's 'deal of the century' unfolding, as we explained previously.

Putin is capitalizing on the chaotic retreat of the US & Turkey's brutality toward the Kurds in order to assert Russia's leadership. He contrasts how Russia has stood beside its beleaguered ally, Syria, while the US has abandoned both its allies, the Kurds and the Turks. https://t.co/NjBYZzwKCG

— Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) October 13, 2019
But Russia is most definitely a lead player in the Damascus-YPG (and SDF) reunion that now appears to be unfolding.

Oct 13 14:25

Syrian army begins to move troops to 'confront' Turkey in northern Syria: state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - The Syrian army has begun deploying its troops to northern Syria battlefronts to “confront a Turkish aggression” on Syrian territory, state media said on Sunday.

Oct 13 14:23

Russia takes part in talks between Syria and Kurdish-led SDF

They have reached an agreement. Syria is rushing massive reinforcements to confront the Turks and force them out of Syria.

BEIRUT/QAMISHLI, Syria, (Reuters) - The Syrian government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding negotiations with Russian participation, a Syrian Kurdish politician said on Sunday, expressing hope for a deal that would halt a Turkish attack.

Oct 13 14:20

Kurdish-led forces retake most of key city in northern Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a swift counter-offensive against the Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria last night.

Oct 13 14:15

Live Updates: Turkey Conducts Offensive in Syria for 5th Day Amid Growing Pushback

22:16
Kurdish-Led Administration, Damascus Agree to Deploy Syrian Troops Along Turkish Border, Repel Ankara's Offensive
The Syrian army conducts mine clearance outside the town of Khan Sheikhoun after its liberation, Idlib province, Syria
Kurdish-Led Administration, Damascus Agree to Deploy Syrian Troops Along Turkish Border
22:08 13.10.2019
Kurdish-led authorities in the northern part of Syria have reached an agreement with the Syrian government in Damascus to deploy Syrian forces along the entire Turkish border to assist in repelling an ongoing military invasion by Damascus.

Oct 13 14:09

U.S.-allied Kurds strike deal to bring Assad’s Syrian troops back into Kurdish areas

Oct. 13, 2019 at 1:47 p.m. PDT
BEIRUT — Syrian government troops began moving into towns near the Turkish border Sunday night under a deal struck with Syrian Kurds, following a chaotic day that saw the unraveling of the U.S. mission in northeastern Syria.

By the time Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper appeared on Face the Nation to announce that President Trump had ordered the final withdrawal of the 1,000 U.S. troops in northeastern Syria, it was already clear that the U.S. presence had become unsustainable, U.S. officials said.

The announcement by the Syrian Democratic Forces that they had reached an agreement with the Iranian and Russian-backed government of President Bashar al-Assad further undermined the prospect of any continued U.S. presence in the country. The deal brings forces loyal to Assad back into towns and cities that have been under Kurdish control for seven years.

Oct 13 14:06

Syrian army units move north to 'confront Turkish aggression'

The Syrian army has dispatched several units to the northern part of the country to confront a ground offensive by the Turkish military and allied militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) on border towns under the control of Kurdish communities.

The new development came after reports emerged noting that representatives from the Damascus government and the Kurdish-led and so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been holding talks in the strategic Hmeimim air base in Syria's western coastal province of Latakia.

Oct 13 14:03

Turkish warplanes commit new massacre in Ras al-Ayn

13 October? 2019

Hasaka, SANA – The Turkish warplanes committed a new massacre against civilians and journalists in an airstrike that targeted a convoy in “Souq al-Mughlaq” marketplace in the city of Ras al-Ayn in Hasaka’s northwestern countryside.

Oct 13 14:01

Army units move north to confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory

Hasaka, SANA – Syrian Arab Army units began moving north to confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory, SANA’s reporter in Hasaka said on Sunday.

Oct 13 13:58

‘Others may want to come in and fight’: Trump calls withdrawal of remaining US troops from northern Syria ‘very smart’

Too late! The Turks have cut off numbers of US Troops!
Donald Trump has ordered an urgent evacuation of remaining US troops from northern Syria, saying that Washington won’t take sides in the conflict between Turkey and the Kurds.
“Very smart not to be involved in the intense fighting along the Turkish Border, for a change,” Trump wrote on Twitter. He added that his predecessors “made a bad decision” when they involved the US “into the Middle East Wars.”

Oct 13 13:55

Turkish-backed forces ‘CUT OFF US troops’ after seizing key highway in Syria

Turkish forces have taken control of a key supply route in northern Syria, as Ankara’s offensive against Kurdish militias continues. The seizure cuts off US forces in the region, amid a hasty American withdrawal.

The Turkish incursion reportedly isolates US troops stationed in the Kurdish stronghold of Kobani from those stationed in the eastern reaches of Kurdish territory.

Oct 13 13:53

Syrian army moving to face 'Turkish aggression' in country's north – state media

Tensions are mounting in northern Syria as Damascus started moving its forces to face the Turkish troops that are carrying out an operation against the Kurds in the area, state news agency Sana reports.
The Kurdish-led administration in northern Syria said in a statement that an agreement has been reached with Damascus for the Syrian government troops to be deployed along the border with Turkey.

The Syrian army already entered the city of Manbij in the northern province of Aleppo late on Sunday, al-Mayadeen reported. The Kurd militiamen let the government troops pass through their checkpoints unhampered.

Oct 13 10:40

Axis of Resistance.The West and its Allies Support al Qaeda and ISIS Globally

The real Axis of Evil consists of Washington-led NATO and its allies. The magnitude of the human and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable in scope. Western governments and their agencies send strong delusion to North Americans, who remain largely ignorant to the reality of the catastrophe being committed in their names.

The Western War Of Terror, to which our governments remain committed, loots public treasuries to commit and sustain an overseas holocaust, wherein the West and its agencies support, command and control the very same terrorism that they proclaim to be fighting.

Oct 13 10:30

ISIS terrorists are fighting alongside the Turkish regime forces in Syria

The TV channel asserted that ISIS terrorists are fighting alongside the Turkish regime against Syrian people. It pointed out that the SDF militia abandoned its task of guarding ISIS terrorists held in prisons in the northeast of Syria.

In addition, Over 700 people ran away from Ain Issa camp towards the Turkish border.

Oct 13 09:34

The Pentagon Threatening to Revive ISIS

ISIS and the Pentagon Coincidences: Do you believe in coincidences? If you do, at which number of repetitive coincidences you’ll start to see a pattern and even worse: a plot?

Former top al-Qaeda commander said: ISIS is the creation of the USA, just like how it created al-Qaeda before. This insider reported that the US released al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, gave him $20 – $30 million and helped with military training camps in Jordan. Here’s his interview about this from more than 5 years ago:

Oct 13 09:18

Erdogan wants to gain some permanent hegemony over large parts of northern Syria: Tim Anderson

On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s objectives, Dr. Anderson said, “Erdogan’s goal seems to be to gain (or retain) some permanent hegemony over large parts of northern Syria, making use of a mixture of Syrians and international salafists who support his Muslim Brotherhood party in Turkey; and using as a target the pretext of what he sees as a PKK base across the border.”

The following is the full transcript of the interview:

Oct 13 08:56

Empire Uses Kurds as Pawns in its Imperial Pursuits in Syria

The situation in the North East of Syria regarding the Kurds seems to be a topic of confusion for most. Understandably so as they have been made to appear by US politicians and news outlets as the most effective fighters against terrorism in Syria. Although they have in fact been successful in driving out terrorists in some areas there is information that needs to be discussed that explains the other half of the story that is purposely hidden in the Kurdish and mainstream media news outlets. We have only been hearing from the Kurdish side now it’s time for the Syrians in Kurdish held areas to have their chance to tell us about the hardships they have been put under by the Kurds.

Oct 13 08:53

The Myth of the Kurdish YPG’s Moral Excellence

It’s difficult to determine with precision how many Kurds are in Syria, but it’s clear that the ethnic group comprises only a small percentage of the Syrian population (less than 10 percent according to the CIA, and 8.5 percent according to an estimate cited by Nikolaos Van Dam in his book The Struggle for Power in Syria.

While the estimates are rough, it’s clear that Kurds make up a fairly small proportion of the Syrian population and that the number of the group’s members living in Syria as a proportion of the Kurd community as a whole is very small.

Oct 13 08:43

Erdogan's isis Cooperation

The heroic Syrian Arab Army and its allies have been fighting a fierce war against multi-national terrorists from all over the globe. The battle against isis was the fiercest.

With the ongoing invasion by Turkey- the main backer of terrorists in Syria- of many towns and villages in North and East Syria, many of isis members and cells were given a boost!

According to different news outlets, many isis terrorists have broken out of prisons in northern Syria after Turkish shelling

Turkey is recruiting and retraining isis terrorists to lead its invasion of Afrin in northern Syria, according to an ex-isis source.

“Most of those who are fighting in Afrin against the Syrian Kurds are isis, though Turkey has trained them to change their assault tactics,” said Faraj, a former isis fighter from north-east Syria who remains in close touch with isis.

Oct 12 21:16

Assad Government Saves Christianity in Syria

Syria is being reborn, and its religious pluralism is being resurrected, sometimes literally from the ashes.

The ancient town of Maaloula, where Aramaic, the language of Christ, is still spoken, where St. Takla miraculously cured the sick, where NATO’s takfiri terrorists committed massacres, and destroyed shrines, churches, and mosques, is yet again an example of the religious pluralism typical of the Levant.

Yet again it is attracting people from Syria, Lebanon, and beyond to its sacred sites, ensconced, in the “land of the prophets.”

The twisted ideology and barbarity of the West’s terrorist proxies is gone now.

The Syrian Arab Army defeated Western imperialism here, and the Syrian government promises to continue its righteous fight until every inch of Syria has been liberated.

Oct 11 22:26

Pompeo Can’t Blame Iran For Attacking Itself

This frantic coup to impeach Trump on phony nebulous charges didn't materialize until after Trump refused to attack Iran over the drone shootdown. This is payback from the same people who gave us 911....Israel!!!

The people squawking the loudest about the President’s recent policy decisions in the Middle East are the ones most likely behind this.

The most likely candidate is the one actor who has consistently overstepped its bounds in attacking neighbors it considers hostile for any reason. Israel.

If the neocons and Israeli Firsters in Congress (and formerly in his cabinet) have turned on Trump to the point of starting impeachment proceedings against him for not going to war with Iran, then Trump is free to finally just blow it all wide open.

Which is exactly what he is doing. The Kurds were simply mercenaries to help us defeat ISIS. Job’s done, your beef with Turkey is your problem.

Oct 11 17:17

Debunking the Putin and Netanyahu/Israel work together canard (final installment)

This will not be an analysis or even a commentary. Neither am I siding with, or expressing support for, the Turkish military operation in norther Syria. Finally, I am not discussing the legitimacy (or lack thereof) of the Kurdish Independence movement. All I propose to do here, is to draw your attention to a series of facts and logical imperatives which, in my opinion debunk and falsify the disinformation campaign aimed at convincing us that Putin and Netanyahu are working hand in glove or, even better, that Putin is a puppet of the Israelis. So, with that in mind, here we go:

Oct 11 12:08

Russia, US veto European statement on Turkey's Syria action

Russian and the United States have used their veto power at the United Nations Security Council to vote down a European statement against Turkey's invasion of northern Syria.

The council held a closed meeting on Thursday to discuss Ankara's military incursion, which began on Wednesday despite widespread warnings by world leaders.

Moscow and Washington had their own reasons to veto the statement by five European members — France, Germany, Belgium, Britain and Poland — who had called the meeting to end the bilateral military action.

In a joint statement after the discussions, the European called on Ankara "to cease the unilateral military action," warning that the offensive threatens progress.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said his country would only support UNSC motions that address broader issues, including the presence of foreign forces in Syria.

Oct 11 12:07

Heavy fighting in northeastern Syria as civilians flee Turkish attacks

Turkish warplanes and artillery hit northeast Syria on the third day of an incursion that has forced tens of thousands to flee.

Heavy fighting was reported on Friday amid reports that Syrian Kurds had regained control of two of the 11 villages lost earlier.

"There is heavy fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turks on different fronts, mostly from Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ain," the so-called Syria Observatory for Human Rights said.

Oct 11 12:02

100,000 people displaced in NE Syria after Turkish incursion – UN

Some 100,000 people have left their homes in northeastern Syria with a growing number staying in shelters and schools following this week’s Turkish military incursion in the region, the UN said on Friday.

The autonomous Kurdish administration in northeast Syria said it started evacuating a camp housing 7,000 displaced people to protect them from Turkish shelling, AFP reported.

Oct 11 12:01

World reacts after Turkish offensive in Syria

With a US green light, Turkey has launched a military aggression in Kurdish-controlled areas in Syria.

Kurdish militants have described the US green light as a “stab in the back”.

Oct 11 12:00

Trump hopes to mediate between Turkey and the Kurds after US withdrawal from Syria allowed Turkish invasion, before saying 'troops have done their job...take a victory United States'

President Donald Trump said last night that he hopes he can mediate between Turkey and the Kurds following Turkey's offensive on US-allied Kurds in northeast Syria.

Trump, who pulled US troops out of the area at the start of the week before the Turkish attack, said on Twitter that the United States had three options.

He again defended his abrupt decision to pull out of northern Syria, allowing Turkey to attack Kurdish towns, at a campaign rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night.

Trump said he did not think Americans wanted to see the US military sent back into the region.

'We have one of three choices: Send in thousands of troops and win Militarily, hit Turkey very hard Financially and with Sanctions, or mediate a deal between Turkey and the Kurds!' Trump tweeted.

Oct 11 11:42

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 11, 2019: TURKISH FORCES STORMING TELL ABYAD, RAS AL-AYN

Since October 9, the Turkish Armed Forces and Turkish-backed militants have been developing a ground phase of their operation against Kurdish armed groups in northeastern Syria.

The main Turkish efforts were focused on the towns of Ras al-Ayn and Tell Abyad. Turkey-led forces captured several villages surrounding the towns and event entered Tell Abyad. Nonetheless, the situation in the area remains unstable. It is expected that the Syrian Democratic Forces, a brand used by mainstream media to describe the YPG and the YPJ, will be able to defend fortified urban areas until they are not encircled.

Oct 11 05:39

Damascus vows to confront 'brutal' Turkish aggression by all legal means

“After his continuous support for terrorism in Syria, training, arming, protecting and sending terrorists to kill Syrians, the head of the Turkish regime came up today with statements that can only be made by a person detached from reality. He speaks of his commitment to protect Syrian people whilst he has the blood of the Syrian people killed by terrorists on his hands,” Syria’s official news agency SANA cited an unnamed source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates as saying in a statement on Thursday.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

The YPG constitutes the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish militants.

Oct 10 19:57

U.S. “Military Aid” to Al Qaeda, ISIS-Daesh

Author’s Note and Update

This article was first published by Global Research on October 2, 2016.

The United States and its allies use arms trafficking –i.e. the unregulated illicit trade in light weapons through private traders including organized crime–, to channel large amounts of weapons and ammunition to the terrorists inside Syria.

The US led coalition uses the illicit trade in light weaponry produced in Eastern Europe, the Balkans, China, etc. for delivery to rebel groups inside Syria, including ISIS-Daesh and Al Nusra. In turn, operating out of the occupied Golan Heights, Israel’s IDF has provided weapons, ammunition, logistical support to Al Qaeda rebels operating in Southern Syria.

Oct 10 16:15

Syrian gov’t rules out peace talks with Kurdish forces

Looks like The Kurds screwed themselves again.

“The armed factions betrayed their country and committed crimes against it. We will not accept dialogue with those who became hostages of foreign forces. There will not be any foothold for agents of Washington on Syrian soil,” Mikdad said.

Oct 10 11:28

Trump Suggests Ending US Involvement in Syria, Gets Hounded by Neocons and Liberals

Democrats and neocons are mad that the US will not stay in Northern Syria indefinitely to protect the illegal Kurdish annexation of N. Syria. They also ignore the political realities with Turkey a NATO ally with much to offer or take away. Kurds are like but we stole this fair and square. Trump just wants to get out of the other one of Obama’s messes.

Oct 10 11:27

Turkey Threatens to Send 3.6 Million 'Refugees' to Europe If EU Frames Syria Op As An 'Invasion'

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe against criticizing his country's newly-launched military incursion into Syria, claiming he could allow millions of refugees to pour into the EU if he so chooses.

In a speech to lawmakers from his AK party, Erdogan warned that there would be repercussions if Europe viewed Turkey’s operation in Syria as an invasion.
Hey EU, wake up. I say it again: if you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: we will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you.

Oct 10 11:13

Turkey’s Syria assault triggers war within GOP, as Trump battles neocon wing

Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria following President Trump’s unexpected pullback of troops from the border region has reignited a fight within the Republican Party over America's role in the Middle East -- and seen the president face withering criticism from some of his otherwise staunchest allies in Congress.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday that Ankara had launched its offensive against Kurdish fighters in Syria – a key U.S. ally in the battle against the Islamic State. As convoys of Turkish Armed Forces vehicles rolled toward the border with Syria, Turkey launched airstrikes and artillery fire at Kurdish strongholds in the country.

Oct 09 10:39

SYRIAN WAR REPORT – OCTOBER 9, 2019: SDF SEEKS COOPERATION WITH ‘BLOODY ASSAD’ AGAINST TURKEY

The withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish border has caused a kind of panic among the leadership of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which mostly consist of Kurdish militias.

On October 7, the group already speculated that the Syrian Army is preparing to capture the town of Manbij taking an upper hand of the US troops’ withdrawal. The Syrian military in fact deployed reinforcements near the area. Pro-government sources say the army is preparing to act in response to a possible Turkish military operation.

On October 8, the Turkish Armed Forces announced that they had carried out strikes on the Syrian-Iraqi border in order to prevent Kurdish groups from using the route to reinforce their positions in northeastern Syria. Ankara expects that units of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which it recognizes as a terrorist group, could be re-deployed from northern Iraq to the Syrian-Turkish border.

Oct 09 10:03

As Syrians Flee Turkish Airstrikes, Congressional Leaders Vow Erdogan Will "Pay A Heavy Price"

The Kurdish-led and (formerly) US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have begun firing back on invading Turkish forces, which are being supported by F-16 jets, already bombarding densely packed civilian areas inside Syria near the border. Now busy defending themselves against Turkish air and ground forces, the SDF has announced "the suspension of all operations against ISIS."

Turkey's Anadolu Agency reports multiple rockets were launched from Kurdish positions in Syria's Qamishli, landing in the center of the Turkish border town of Nusaybin. Turkey will use the Kurdish response as justification for a more aggressive aerial response, with reports suggesting there could already be up to 200 Turkish warplanes in the air currently.

Turkish state media has claimed its invading forces have killed 6 SDF fighters, which it labeled "terrorists", and further cited sporadic shelling on its border towns from SDF positions.

Oct 09 06:10

US cuts Turkey’s access to north-east Syria airspace ahead of military campaign

The United States (US) military has severely limited Turkey’s access to the airspace over north-east Syria, making the upcoming Turkish military operation into the area difficult without the benefit of air cover.

The US has taken a series of actions since yesterday which would potentially hinder the operation, with Pentagon spokeswoman Carla Gleason informing reporters that the Combined Air Operations Centre has removed Turkey from the anti-ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) coalition’s air tasking order, through which it coordinates the flights of member nations.

Oct 09 05:47

US forces filmed withdrawing from key border areas in Syria: videos

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Armed Forces were filmed withdrawing from several border points in northern Syria on Monday, putting an end to their long presence in this part of the country.

Oct 09 05:35

Syrian Army deploys large number of soldiers to Deir Ezzor for potential Euphrates offensive

Hence the rebridging of The Euphrates 2 weeks ago by Russian Special Forces.S-300
SAM systems have been in place for months now near The Euphrates to prevent the US from bombing the bridge as they did in 2017. Looks likeThe Kurds are now back with Damascus! Checkmate!

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has deployed a large number of soldiers to the Deir Ezzor Governorate today as they prepare for a potential offensive east of the Euphrates.

According to an army source in Deir Ezzor, the Syrian military deployed several units, including personnel from the National Defense Forces (NDF), to front-lines with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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