Syriaously??

Twin_Moose
Conservative
#361
Deputy to ISIS leader Baghdadi is sentenced to death by Iraqi court

Quote:

A top aide to the leader of the Islamic State was sentenced to death by hanging by an Iraqi court Wednesday, becoming the highest-ranking member of the extremist group to be tried and sentenced in a court of law.
Ismail al-Ithawi was part of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s inner circle and was responsible for religious edicts, finances and designing the educational curriculum for the Islamic State’s once-vast area of control across Iraq and Syria. He is also thought to be the group’s only operative in custody to have seen Baghdadi alive last year.

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Ithawi, who used the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in a joint operation by Iraqi, U.S. and Turkish intelligence agencies in February and had been providing information to Iraqi authorities, including coordinates for airstrikes on targets in Syria, Iraqi officials said.
His capture, along with four other important figures he helped authorities track down, was touted by President Trump in a tweet in May, and experts believed he could help authorities locate Baghdadi. Last month, Baghdadi released an audiotape, apparently intending to prove that he was still alive.

Ithawi is the most prominent member of the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS and at its peak controlled one-third of Iraq, to have faced trial in Iraq and is among more than 300 Iraqis and foreigners, including women, to have been given death sentences.
It was not clear why Ithawi was given a death sentence despite his cooperation with authorities.
An Iraqi judge with knowledge of Ithawi’s trial, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss legal deliberations, said Ithawi’s cooperation had indeed helped authorities track down other Islamic State figures. But under Iraq’s anti-terrorism law, cooperation does not guarantee immunity from prosecution or from a maximum sentence, the judge said.
“If we arrest Baghdadi, no matter how much he cooperates, he will get the death sentence,” the judge said in an interview. “This is the least we can do for the victims of the Islamic State.”
The judge added that Ithawi was represented by a public defender but declined to say how long the proceedings took.
Human rights groups have criticized Iraq’s anti-terrorism law as giving prosecutors too wide a berth. Scores of people who were coerced into helping the Islamic State, working as cooks, cleaners or doctors for the group, have faced trial and have been sentenced to life in prison or death.
Terrorism trials in Iraq typically last only minutes, with judges handing down harsh sentences on the basis of coerced confessions. Defense attorneys have complained that they are often not given any opportunity to mount a case.
Over the course of several days late last year, The Washington Post observed numerous trials of foreigners accused of joining the Islamic State that lasted less than 20 minutes each before those defendants were sentenced to death.

Thanks for the help Buh Bye
 
MHz
#362
No best selling book coming out first??
 
MHz
#363
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...stile-targets/
Syrian air defences have downed several "hostile targets" over the country's southern region, Syrian news agency SANA reported. A Syrian security source reported that the air defences downed an Israeli combat plane and four missiles. Israeli military has refuted the claims about the downing.

A Syrian security source reported that Syrian air defences have downed an Israeli military plane as well as four missiles over the country's al-Kiswah area. The downed missiles have failed to reach their targets, the source added.
Later, Israeli military refuted the claims of downed plane in a statement.

​Earlier, Syrian Arab News Agency reported citing a military source that Syria's air defence forces have intercepted several "hostile targets" over al-Kiswah and downed them.
"Our air defense systems repelled an attack by several enemy targets over the Al-Kiswah area in the south of the country and shot them down," the Ikhbariya television said, citing a Syrian military source.
 
MHz
#364
https://www.newsweek.com/syria-shoot...russia-1237719
The Syrian military claimed to have thwarted a suspected Israeli attack in the war-torn country's south that would come in defiance of newly installed Russian air defense systems.
The Syrian Defense Ministry stated Thursday, "Our air defenses are thwarting hostile targets over the area of Al-Kiswah and are shooting them down." Correspondents of the official Syrian Arab News Agency went on to report that the anti-air response was continuing, with a number of hostile targets destroyed without having achieved their goal.
Al Hadath, an Arabic channel based in the United Arab Emirates, cited a source as saying that Israeli warplanes were targeting positions held by Iranian militias in southern Syria. Russia's state-run RIA Novosti outlet cited a Syrian security source as saying the defenses downed an Israeli warplane and four missiles, but the Israeli Defense Ministry declined to comment.
"In the context of the firing of Syrian surface-to-air missiles, the air defense systems identified a single location at an open area in the Golan Heights," the official Israeli military spokesperson account tweeted, referring to region occupied by Israel on the border with Syria. "At this stage, it is not clear whether it actually fell in our territory. Our forces are combing the area. Reports of an Israeli aircraft or other Israeli aerial platform being hit are false."
Though Israel routinely neither confirms nor denies its involvement in Syria, the Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz revealed in September that "that in the last two years Israel has taken military action more than 200 times within Syria itself," mostly against targets allegedly associated with Israel's archrival Iran and the militias it sponsors. Israeli has argued these forces threaten its own national security.
During one such raid later that month, however, dated Syrian air defenses responding to a raid against a suspected weapons warehouse in Latakia, Syria, accidentally downed an allied Russian Ilyushin Il-20 surveillance plane, killing its entire crew. Russia and Syria both blamed the incident on Israel, which held Iran responsible. In response, Russia shipped upgraded S-300 anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems to Syria, upgraded the country's command and control system and enhanced its own electronic warfare capabilities in the country. The S-300 was expected to become operational sometime in January.
Since 2015, Moscow has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian allies against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and a 2011 rebel and jihadi uprising backed by the U.S. and regional allies, including Israel, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Though Israel reportedly abandoned its support for a former rebel enclave in southern Syria over the summer, Israel has repeatedly warned against the presence of Iran-backed forces near the border.
Damascus and Tehran have threatened a military response to any more Israeli strikes in Syria, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have vowed to continue covert missions in Syria. Late last month, Reuters cited a senior Israeli official as saying that Israel has "attacked in Syria, including after the downing of the Russian plane."
Russia delivers the S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Syria in this image shared by the Russian Ministry of Defense, on October 2. Moscow’s decision to supply Damascus with the improved anti-aircraft and missile defense system came after Syria accidentally shot down a Russian plane during an Israeli air raid. RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE
While U.S. officials have expressed concern over the installation of the S-300, Israeli Environmental Protection Minister and Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission co-chair Zeev Elkin warned that "practical actions" would "undoubtedly be taken" at these sites should Israeli aircraft be targeted and hoped that "there will be no Russian specialists" there.
 
Twin_Moose
Conservative
#365
US warns Turkey not to attack Syria

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The US called on Turkey to not follow through on threats to attack US-backed forces in Syria Wednesday, an incursion the Pentagon warned could threaten US personnel and derail the fight against ISIS.
"Unilateral military action into northeast Syria by any party, particularly as US personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern. We would find any such actions unacceptable," Commander Sean Robertson, a spokesman for the Department of Defense, told CNN.
We believe this dialogue is the only way to secure the border area in a sustainable manner, and believe that uncoordinated military operations will undermine that shared interest," he added.
Earlier on Wednesday, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised speech that Turkish troops would launch a military operation east of the Euphrates in Syria, an operation aimed at targeting Kurdish militants.
The US troops in Syria regularly work with Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as part of their campaign against ISIS.
Turkey sees all Kurdish forces in Northern Syria as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terror group by the US and the EU. The US does not share Turkey's view.
"Our target is definitely not American troops. It is the members of terror organization operating in the region. I want to emphasize this," Erdogan added, saying that he expected the operation to begin "in a couple of days."
Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently directed US troops to establish a series of observation posts in the northeast Syria border region as part of an effort to reduce tensions between Turkey and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Two US officials told CNN that while the US has observed additional Turkish forces arriving in the area, at this point in time it is assessed that Turkey does not have enough troops in the area to conduct the type of operation in the timeline outlined by Erdogan.
However, the threat of cross-border shelling remains, potentially putting US troops there at risk.
Previous cross-border clashes caused the Syrian Democratic Forces to suspend their hard-fought offensive against the ISIS-held town of Hajin, the terror group's last remaining redoubt east of the Euphrates River.
"The campaign against ISIS is not over. Coalition forces are working closely with the Syrian Democratic Forces who are in the midst of offensive operations against ISIS in the Middle Euphrates River Valley," Robertson, the Pentagon spokesman said.
"We should not and cannot allow ISIS to breathe at this critical point or we will jeopardize the significant gains we have made alongside our Coalition partners and risk allowing ISIS to resurge," he added.

IMO this is a big reason Erdogan is making a big deal in creating a division between the US and SA over killing of a journalist. A cover for their impending invasion of Northern Syria and march into Northern Iraq to clean out the Kurds
 
MHz
#366
Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

US warns Turkey not to attack Syria


I have to admit being a bit surprised at this thread being at the top of the list. You rate a raised eye-brow at the moment, we'll see how this goes, . . . .


Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

IMO this is a big reason Erdogan is making a big deal in creating a division between the US and SA over killing of a journalist.

It is all drama to fill in what would be 'empty-air', anything to do with Russia causing 'any drama' is the same thing. There seems to be a 1 year delay in events that should have started happening in Mid-Sept this year, there will be lots of soap-opera level drama coming to fill in 'the slack'. A big natural disaster would be good news for 'them'. 'KSA' is the correct term as I don't see that as not referencing South America or South Africa. The 'KSA' was part of the Arab Spring so there are a few other nations that are also 'partners in wars'. When wars stop war crimes trials start. Syria and Libya should be able to 'the group' for damages to the people as well as reconstructions costs. There would be a lot of dominoes falling at the same time, including Israel finding a place where she is also free from threats of physical harm. (Via the UN moving there)



Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

A cover for their impending invasion of Northern Syria and march into Northern Iraq to clean out the Kurds

My position hasn't changed much, The US and Co. will not get to rule Syria or Iran anytime this century. The same resources will be in demand in Europe and that is the home of the Would Bank and their oldest friends so the power will stay turned on.
Turkey is where she is positioned to prevent ISIS from retreating into Turkey, as well as being a supply hub in their attempt to set up an area that they could use to launch covert raid into Syria to the 'reconstruction' ran into all sorts of manufactured slow-downs. Anybody associated with sanctions on Iran since 1979 are not going to win any contracts for anything other than being being customers for raw products, paid for in the currency of the country making the sale. Turkey need to be on the side of the winners as her future with NATO would see her being the first one booted from 'the club'. She can grow more food than she needs and that is a better weapon that oil. Her rich neighbors in the area will take her in, right now she is a NATO member.
The Kurds in northern Iraq are an Israeli asset and have been for some time, they will simply change side when Syria/Iran/Iraq make them a better offer. Pipe-line kings or something along that line.
Russia moved the rebels that gave up to that region for a purpose, Syria can take them in and they would be the front-line against Turkey coming in from the north.



What is Israel doing in Lebanon, big, big landmines meant to take out roads. The prize will be getting the Golan Heights back.
 
Twin_Moose
Conservative
#367
How about the Shia and the Sunni sects shake hands and agree that both were just as close to Mohammod to be his heir apparent? All this killing and Jew hating over 2 peoples squabble about being who should be the leader of Islam disgraceful isn't it?
 
MHz
#368
Not as disgraceful as chasing 750,000 people from their homes so you can be the majority on 'the only democracy in the Mid-east'. Bibi will be lucky to not be in jail by this time next year. The only thing missing was the blankets with all the latest diseases embedded in them. That's a fine fuking motley crew you chose to follow. Says volumes about how low your personal morals are.

I thought you should know that and who gives as shit how it makes you feel.
 
MHz
#369
He looks like JT if he was dipped in starch.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2...hief-of-staff/
Reports: Jared Kushner Possible Candidate for White House Chief of Staff

 
MHz
#370
WTFuk would any NATO country expect to get any contracts anywhere in the Mid-East except with the only friend they have in the area, Israel. . . . . and then cry about it.

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...won-t-give-aid
The United States said Monday it was no longer seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but renewed warnings it would not fund reconstruction unless the regime is "fundamentally different."
James Jeffrey, the US special representative in Syria, said that Assad needed to compromise as he had not yet won the brutal seven-year civil war, estimating that some 100,000 armed opposition fighters remained in Syria.
"We want to see a regime that is fundamentally different. It's not regime change -- we're not trying to get rid of Assad," Jeffrey said at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank.
Estimating that Syria would need $300-400 billion to rebuild, Jeffrey warned that Western powers and international financial institutions would not commit funds without a change of course.
"There is a strong readiness on the part of Western nations not to ante up money for that disaster unless we have some kind of idea that the government is ready to compromise and thus not create yet another horror in the years ahead," he said.
 
MHz
#371
A picture is worth 10,000 words in this case.
 
MHz
#372
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...-troops-syria/
The statement comes after the White House announced that it is withdrawing US troops from Syria and moving on to the next phase of its campaign against the Daesh* terrorist group.

The armed Kurdish-led coalition that compromises the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has commented on the US' decision to withdraw its troops from Syria, calling the move "a stab in the back," Sky News Arabia reported on Wednesday, citing an SDF representative.
"This is a betrayal and a stab in the back," Sky News Arabia cited the SDF representative as saying.
At the same time, The National newspaper reported that Kurdish forces had not received notice regarding US President Donald Trump's move to pull American troops from Syria.
The US State Department has not yet commented on the announcement.
Earlier in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the US was moving on to the next phase of its campaign in Syria against the Daesh* terrorist group, adding that Washington will continue to work with its allies to fight the radical organisation.
Prior to that, US President Donald said in a Tweet that the Daesh terror group has been defeated in Syria, stressing that this was the only reason for the United States to be in the Arab Republic during his presidency.


https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...iran-in-syria/
The statement comes after US President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post that the US has defeated the Daesh* terrorist group in Syria adding that this was the only reason for Trump to be in the Middle Eastern country during his presidency.

Israel will continue fighting Iranian troops in Syria even if the United States withdraws its forces from the country, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
"We have our concerns about Syria, about the presence of Iranian troops in Syria and we will do whatever is necessary to protect our people regardless if you have American troops, Russian troops or any other nations. We will continue to follow our policy of not allowing the Iranians to build their bases next to our borders," Danon told reporters.


https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/40...e-on-jerusalem
CAIRO: The Arab League on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on Australia and Brazil to "abide by international law" concerning the status of Jerusalem.
It comes after Brazil´s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced in November his intention to move his country´s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
And on Saturday Australia announced its recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel´s capital, although a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved.
Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.
The Arab League decided Tuesday to dispatch a "high-ranking delegation" to Brazil and Australia to inform officials there on the need to "abide by international law" concerning Jerusalem.
The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting at the League´s Cairo headquarters attended by delegates from member countries.
The pan-Arab body also called on the UN Security Council to "assume its responsibilities by putting pressure on Israel... and stop its aggression against the Palestinian people".
Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day war and later annexed it, declaring the entire city its "eternal and indivisible capital", in a move not recognised by most of the international community.
Palestinians claim the eastern part as the capital of a future Palestinian state.


https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-C...r-Golan-574695
Cruz, Cotton push U.S. to recognize Israeli sovereignty over Golan

It’s past time for the United States to recognize reality by affirming Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” the senators said.

WASHINGTON – 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.”
 
MHz
#373
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...ut-settlement/
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Russia and Turkey have to play a more vigorous role in a political settlement of the Syrian conflict after the US troops withdraw, a current member of the Syrian Negotiation Commission and a member of the Political Committee of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces told Sputnik on Wednesday.

"As for the stabilization, reconstruction and refugees return, all of these cannot be achieved in practical and non-reversible way, without reuniting the Syrians through a political settlement that leads to the full implementation of the UNSC resolution 2254," al-Bahra said. "Now Turkey and Russia have to play much more active role to achieve that."
Meanwhile, Coordinating the US troops pullout from Syria with Ankara will empower Turkey to have a stronger role within the Astana group, Hadi al-Bahra told Sputnik.
"Empowering the Turkish role in this withdrawal operation and having full coordination with the US will empower Turkey to play a stronger role with in the Astana group, and in pushing for a political solution," Hadi al-Bahra said. "At the end, Turkey has no ambitions in Syria and does not aspire to remain there after a political solution leading to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 has been reached."
 
Twin_Moose
Conservative
+2
#374
Time for you to go home and help rebuild yet?
 
MHz
#375
Time for me to watch Canada become a 4th world country because that is what happens when the people bury their heads in their ass. Great job guys. Goes to show what happens when you don't hire professionals. The only question is which foreign nation we blame it on, the KSA or Syria or Russia??? or all 3, wthell.
 
MHz
#376
Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

Time for you to go home and help rebuild yet?

Your heart is already in Israel, it is you who should be moving your ass there.
 
MHz
#377
Shouldn't the US flags be flying at 1/2 mast. Are the people throwing flowers at them??
https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/2...ry-withdrawal/
ANKARA (Sputnik) - A column of US military trucks reportedly leaving Syria is shown in a video that Turkey’s Anadolu news agency posted on Thursday, showed.

The agency specified that the vehicles in the video had previously been involved in delivering weapons to the Kurdish-led militia operating in the country.
On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw its troops from Syria as the Daesh* terrorist group, which was the only reason for the American presence in the Arab country, had been defeated in Syria.


http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...ome-from-syria

US allies were stunned Thursday after President Donald Trump declared victory over the Islamic State group in Syria and abruptly ordered the withdrawal of US ground troops from the country.
The decision runs counter to long-established US policy for Syria and the region. It blindsided lawmakers, the Pentagon and international allies alike.
Britain and France warned on Thursday that the fight against jihadists in Syria was not finished.
Trump earlier said: "We've won against ISIS," in a short video posted on Twitter.
"We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly. We've taken back the land. And now it's time for our troops to come back home."
A withdrawal could have major geopolitical ramifications, and plunges into uncertainty the fate of US-backed Kurdish fighters who have been tackling Islamic State jihadists, thousands of whom are thought to remain in Syria.
A US official told AFP that Trump's decision was finalized Tuesday.
"Full withdrawal, all means all," the official said when asked if the troops would be pulled from across Syria.
Currently, about 2,000 US forces are in the country, most of them on a train-and-advise mission to support local forces fighting IS.
Pentagon officials scrambled for a reaction. A spokeswoman eventually said the Defense Department had "started the process" of bringing troops home.
Lawmakers assailed Trump's decision, saying it could embolden Ankara to attack US-backed Kurdish fighters.


http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...s-ordered-home


France will maintain its participation in the coalition fighting Islamic State forces in Syria, government officials said Thursday after President Donald Trump surprised Washington's allies by ordering US troops home.
"For now of course we remain in Syria," France's European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said on CNews television, adding "the fight against terrorism is not over."
"It's true that the coalition has made significant progress in Syria, but this fight continues, and we will continue it," she said.
France has stationed fighter jets in Jordan and artillery along the Syrian border in Iraq as part of the US-led coalition, as well as an undisclosed number of special forces on the ground.
On Wednesday Trump said in a Twitter video that "We've won against ISIS," another acronym for the Islamic State group, and that it was time to bring the roughly 2,000 US soldiers fighting the jihadists home.
It was a stunning reversal of a US policy which had vowed its support for Kurdish allies who have been key fighters against IS forces in Syria.
Its allies have warned that despite losing most of the territory it once controlled during the bloody Syrian civil war, the IS threat has not been totally eradicated.


http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50803.htm
December 19, 2018 " Information Clearing House " - 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.

It is an irrefutable fact that the United States sponsors militants, but only for a limited period of time in order to achieve certain policy objectives. For instance: the United States nurtured the Afghan jihadists during the Cold War against the former Soviet Union from 1979 to 1988, but after the signing of the Geneva Accords and consequent withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, the United States withdrew its support from the Afghan jihadists.
Similarly, the United States lent its support to the militants during the Libyan and Syrian proxy wars, but after achieving the policy objectives of toppling the Arab nationalist Gaddafi regime in Libya and weakening the anti-Israel Assad regime in Syria, the United States relinquished its blanket support to the militants and eventually declared a war against a faction of Sunni militants battling the Syrian government, the Islamic State, when the latter transgressed its mandate in Syria and dared to occupy Mosul and Anbar in Iraq in June 2014 from where the US had withdrawn its troops only a couple of years ago in December 2011.

The only difference between the Soviet-Afghan Jihad back in the 1980s that spawned Islamic jihadists such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda for the first time in history and the Libyan and Syrian proxy wars 2011-onward is that the Afghan jihad was an overt jihad: back then, the Western political establishments and their mouthpiece, the mainstream media, used to openly brag that the CIA provides all those AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and stingers to Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, which then distributes those deadly weapons among the Afghan so-called “freedom fighters” to combat the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.
 
DaSleeper
+1
#378
It's the Joos again!


Fool!
 
Curious Cdn
No Party Affiliation
#379
The Yanks have declared victory.

The war in Syria is officially over.
 
MHz
+1
#380
Guess that means their proxy army is safely put up in NATO countries. When do the victory parades start?? . . . . cough.


This is about where the 7 year trib starts isn't it??
 
justlooking
#381
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

The Yanks have declared victory.

The war in Syria is officially over.


Another campaign promise fulfilled.


Next is a drawdown in Afghanistan.
 
MHz
#382
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...om-afghanistan
US President Donald Trump has decided to pull a significant number of troops from Afghanistan, a US official has told AFP, but the Afghan presidency on Friday brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security.
Reports suggested as many as half of the 14,000 troops in the war-torn country could be leaving.
The surprise move stunned and dismayed foreign diplomats and officials in Kabul who are involved in an intensifying push to end the 17-year conflict with the Taliban, which already controls vast amounts of territory and is causing "unsustainable" Afghan troop casualties.
"If you're the Taliban, Christmas has come early," a senior foreign official in the Afghan capital told AFP on the condition of anonymity.
"Would you be thinking of a ceasefire if your main opponent has just withdrawn half their troops?"
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid would not comment about the troop withdrawal when contacted by AFP. But a senior Taliban commander welcomed the decision.
"Frankly speaking we weren't expecting that immediate US response," the official told AFP from an unknown location in northwest Pakistan.
"We are more than happy, they realised the truth. We are expecting more good news."
It is not clear if US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad or the Afghan government had been warned of Trump's plans in advance.
But a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani downplayed the effect of any pullout.
"If they withdraw from Afghanistan it will not have a security impact because in the last four and half years the Afghans have been in full control," presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said via social media.
 
MHz
#383
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...om-afghanistan
US President Donald Trump has decided to pull a significant number of troops from Afghanistan, a US official has told AFP, but the Afghan presidency on Friday brushed off concerns the drawdown would affect security.
Reports suggested as many as half of the 14,000 troops in the war-torn country could be leaving.
The surprise move stunned and dismayed foreign diplomats and officials in Kabul who are involved in an intensifying push to end the 17-year conflict with the Taliban, which already controls vast amounts of territory and is causing "unsustainable" Afghan troop casualties.
"If you're the Taliban, Christmas has come early," a senior foreign official in the Afghan capital told AFP on the condition of anonymity.
"Would you be thinking of a ceasefire if your main opponent has just withdrawn half their troops?"
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid would not comment about the troop withdrawal when contacted by AFP. But a senior Taliban commander welcomed the decision.
"Frankly speaking we weren't expecting that immediate US response," the official told AFP from an unknown location in northwest Pakistan.
"We are more than happy, they realised the truth. We are expecting more good news."
It is not clear if US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad or the Afghan government had been warned of Trump's plans in advance.
But a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani downplayed the effect of any pullout.
"If they withdraw from Afghanistan it will not have a security impact because in the last four and half years the Afghans have been in full control," presidential spokesman Haroon Chakhansuri said via social media.


http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...-us-withdrawal
The international coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) in Syria "has a job to finish" despite US President Donald Trump's "very serious" decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, the French defence minister said Friday.
"The decision taken by the US president changes things pretty radically," Florence Parly told RTL radio.
"President Trump says Daesh (an alternative name for IS) is dead, but we believe today that while the territory controlled by the caliphate is no longer what it was in 2014 (...) if it has been reduced to near nothing, there remains however a pocket where jihadists have bunkered down," she said.
"We consider that the job must be finished," she said, adding that failing to do so could mean IS groups might regroup.
Parly also suggested that implementing the withdrawal of 2,000 US soldiers from Syria should be discussed amongst the allied coalition, adding that "you can't withdraw troops from one day to another".
France has aircraft in the region, along with long-range artillery in position along the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Washington says France has also deployed special forces inside Syria, though France has never acknowledged this.
 
MHz
#384
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ElmG9bSYc
Trump To End Unconstitutional Syria War. Washington Heads Are Exploding

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYhSTQi-8-k
Mattis out: Afghanistan pullout is next – Max Blumenthal

http://12160.info/page/lindsey-graha...-of-afghanista

Lindsey Graham says if Trump pulls 3,000 troops out of Afghanistan, "we are setting in motion the loss of all our gains and paving the way toward a second 9/11.
 
Twin_Moose
Conservative
#385
Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Guess that means their proxy army is safely put up in NATO countries. When do the victory parades start?? . . . . cough.
This is about where the 7 year trib starts isn't it??

Sputnik and Russia today are reporting Syria is safe now, with the help of Turkey and Iran, time for the refugees, and ex patriots to go home and help Syria rebuild.
 
justlooking
+1
#386
Quote: Originally Posted by Twin_Moose View Post

time for the refugees, and ex patriots to go home and help Syria rebuild.




Talking about things that are never going to happen.
 
MHz
#387
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHh3...7zwXCg&index=2
Syrian War Report – Dec. 20, 2018: U.S. Is Withdrawing Troops From Syria

This is the one that shows the troops going home will be replaced with 'private contractors' which would be x-ISIS members now becoming covert terrorists that will blow things up here and there with civilians being the targets. The Kurds have been an Israeli asset so without a full blown defection that will not have changed. What will have changed is Syria's ability to track who comes and goes from Jordan. The new HQ.


https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...urds-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.
The paper said the forces will be stationed with US-led coalition troops and will support its tasks with huge military enforcements as well as heavy and light weapons.
Quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the newspaper reported that a convoy of troops belonging to an Arab Gulf state recently arrived in the contact area between the Kurdish PKK/YPG and Daesh in the Deir Ez-Zor countryside.
This comes at a time when Ankara is preparing to launch an expanded military operation with the Free Syrian Army against the Kurdish PKK group in the northeast of Syria.


http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/2...-us-withdrawal

The international coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) in Syria "has a job to finish" despite US President Donald Trump's "very serious" decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, the French defence minister said Friday.
"The decision taken by the US president changes things pretty radically," Florence Parly told RTL radio.
"President Trump says Daesh (an alternative name for IS) is dead, but we believe today that while the territory controlled by the caliphate is no longer what it was in 2014 (...) if it has been reduced to near nothing, there remains however a pocket where jihadists have bunkered down," she said.
"We consider that the job must be finished," she said, adding that failing to do so could mean IS groups might regroup.
Parly also suggested that implementing the withdrawal of 2,000 US soldiers from Syria should be discussed amongst the allied coalition, adding that "you can't withdraw troops from one day to another".
France has aircraft in the region, along with long-range artillery in position along the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Washington says France has also deployed special forces inside Syria, though France has never acknowledged this.


https://www.blacklistednews.com/arti...ck-we-are.html
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.”

Is the war in Afghanistan — and possibly elsewhere ― about to be privatized?

If Blackwater returns, it would be the return of a private security contractor that was banned from Iraq, but re-branded and never really went away. By 2016 Blackwater had been re-branded several times and was known at the time as Constellis Group, when it was purchased by the Apollo Holdings Group. Reuters reported earlier this year that Apollo had put Constellis up for sale, but in June the sale was put on hold.

Blackwater’s founder and former CEO Erik Prince has courted President Donald Trump’s administration since he took office with the idea that the now 17-year Afghan War will never be won by a traditional military campaign. Prince has also argued that the logistical footprint required to support that now multi-trillion dollar endeavor has become too burdensome. Over the summer and into this fall Prince has engaged heavily with the media to promote the privatization; particularly as the Trump administration’s new South Asia Strategy, which was crafted with Mattis, passed the one-year mark.

Prince has no connection to the current Constellis group; if Blackwater does return to operations, it is not clear what, if any tie, Prince would have to the endeavor.

Constellis, which had maintained a footprint at Camp Integrity by the Kabul Airport through its previous iteration as “Academi” has leased land at the facility to hold another 800 personnel, Military Times learned.
 
Curious Cdn
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#388
This is what Trump tweeted about himself and Syria, last night.

"I’ve done more damage to ISIS than all recent presidents....not even close!"

"Me!" ... "Mine!" ... "I've!"

It's all about HIM!

War's over! Bone Spurs SINGLEHANDEDLY defeated ISIS!
 
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#389
Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post


War's over! Bone Spurs SINGLEHANDEDLY defeated ISIS!

Just America's part, there is still the anti-christ and Rome corrupting the EU elite so that God himself, . . . cough, can come and designate, 'his people' as having earned the right to run 'the place' until further notice. If it appears they are fuking up big time that is just because their ways are so much higher than 'your minion-like ways'. Clear enough??

Do not exit the drama theater before the credits start rolling.
 
Curious Cdn
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#390
Mabus is in control ... at least until the Saudi uprising begins.