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September 07, 2018

Syria - U.S. Reveals Underpants Plan For Indefinite Occupation

Today the United States officially announced a new policy in its war on Syria. It is an equivalent to the three step business plan (vid) of the underpants gnomes:

The new U.S. plan is to: 1. keep north-east Syria indefinitely occupied, 2. ???, 3. Iran leaves Syria and the 'regime' in Damascus falls:

President Trump, who just five months ago said he wanted “to get out” of Syria and bring U.S. troops home soon, has agreed to a new strategy that indefinitely extends the military effort there and launches a major diplomatic push to achieve American objectives, according to senior State Department officials.

Although the military campaign against the Islamic State has been nearly completed, the administration has redefined its goals to include the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces from Syria, and establishment of a stable, nonthreatening government acceptable to all Syrians and the international community.

The first major step of the "diplomatic push" is to prevent the imminent Syrian army operation against al-Qaeda aligned groups in Idleb province:

While the United States agrees that those forces must be wiped out, it rejects “the idea that we have to go in there . . . to clean out the terrorists, most of the people fighting . . . they’re not terrorists, but people fighting a civil war against a brutal dictator,” as well as millions of civilians, [U.S. special representative for Syria James] Jeffrey said. Instead, the United States has called for a cooperative approach with other outside actors.

“We’ve started using new language,” Jeffrey said, referring to previous warnings against the use of chemical weapons. Now, he said, the United States will not tolerate “an attack. Period.

Jeffrey just visited Turkey. The intent was to stiffen Turkey's objection to the upcoming Idleb attack. The result was a plan that the Turkish president Erdogan presented today at the Tehran summit with President Putin of Russian and President Rohani of Iran. It included:

  • prolongation of the deescalation ceasefire
  • 12 armed groups, including Hayat Tahrir al Sham to be disbanded
  • Turkey will train a new rebel force to control Idleb under Turkish command
  • Groups who resist will be targeted in counter terrorism operations
  • ...

The plan is nonsense. It is a copy of the task list Erdogan was given when the deescalation zone in Idleb was established at an earlier summit in the Astana format. Erdogan failed to implement it. HTS still rules Idelb province. HTS still rejects to dissolve. The observation posts Turkey established around Idleb still depend on the goodwill and protection of HTS fighters.

Erdogan has no way to implement his plan. Accordingly today's summit in Tehran ended with a mealymouthed statement. It failed to come up with a common way forward for Idleb.


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Syria and its allies Russia and Iran should proceed with their plans to cleanse Idleb of terrorist. The U.S. is bluffing. It has no realistic means to prevent the operation. Any U.S. attack on Syrian and Russian forces involved in it would likely escalate into a conflict between nuclear powers. That is a risk the U.S. military is unwilling to take. It knows that the forces it planted into Syria are vulnerable to attacks.

The U.S. is now screaming of imminent chemical attacks by the Syrian army on "civilians" in Idleb:

“If they want to continue to go the route of taking over Syria, they can do that,” said Nikki Haley at a UN press conference today, without explaining how a nation’s only recognized government can ‘take over’ the country it governs. “But they cannot do it with chemical weapons. They can’t do it assaulting their people. And we’re not gonna fall for it. If there are chemical weapons that are used, we know exactly who’s gonna use them.

If a chemical incident occurs the U.S. will know who did it because it provided the chemicals to the terrorist. The Syrian army will of course not use any such weapons. Sun Tzu never gave this advice:


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Chemical warfare is ineffective. That is why everyone agreed to ban it. Like in east-Ghouta the U.S. obviously plans to again fake such a "chemical attack on civilians" to have a propaganda pretext to attack Syrian forces.

Tomorrow the Russian fleet will finish its ongoing maneuver in the eastern Mediterranean. All Syrian army units have taken up their launching positions for the Idleb operation and are ready to go. The shaping operations by artillery and air forces have been ongoing for a while. Any hold off now would only deteriorate the readiness of the troops and give the U.S. more time to implement counter measures.

The Russian President Putin seems to understand that. At the press conference at the Tehran summit he said:

"Regarding a ceasefire, we consider it unacceptable when, under pretext of protecting the civilian population, they want to withdraw terrorists from being under attack, as well as inflict damage on Syrian government troops."

Russia is not in the mood to compromise. It warned the U.S. military that it would soon launch an operation against ISIS forces under protection of the small U.S. garrison in al-Tanf. Those forces recently launched another attempt to recapture Palmyra but were caught and defeated before they could achieve their aim:

Russian complaints about the presence of potential Al Qaeda or ISIS fighters in the buffer zone are not new, the US officials point out. But with an imminent Russian-backed assault by Syrian regime forces in the Idlib area in the north, there is concern Moscow could see this as an optimum time to conduct multiple offensive operations.

And there is the problem of the new U.S. strategy in Syria. The position in al-Tanf is untenable. The U.S could put a full brigade there, including anti-air assets, and it would still be too vulnerable. That is why today the U.S. launched a rescue and exfiltration exercise in al-Tanf. The place is too far away from other U.S. assets to withstand a committed attack.

In the north-east of Syria the U.S. positions is likewise endangered. Since early August 1,900 trucks brought in weapons and equipment for its Kurdish proxy forces, the SDF. The Saudis have committed to pay some money for reconstruction and the U.S. surely hopes to use the oil fields there to finance a future occupation. It will soon start to announce some 'independent' regional government that will be under its complete control.

But Turkey is against such empowerment of Kurds. The supply lines through Iraq are vulnerable. The population is diverse with many Syrian Arab tribes unwilling to live under Kurdish/U.S. control. They will resist the sectarian and ethnic cleansing the Kurds have planned. That makes it easy to instigate a guerilla war against the U.S. occupiers and their proxy forces. What happens when the U.S. forces start to take serious casualties?

The U.S. presence in Syria is costly heap of underpants with no chance to ever turn it into a profit. It was a mistake by Trump to fall for the siren songs of the neo-conservatives and Zionists who pressed for this plan. It is he who will have to pay the political price.

Posted by b on September 7, 2018 at 15:53 UTC | Permalink

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@99 pogohere...

i understand what you are suggesting - the kutuzov strategy, and i don't doubt russias desire to offer an opportunity for it's opponents to exit.. however i don't really believe trump is all that bright when it comes to middle east and foreign affairs strategy.. i just read pat langs article on nikki haley - to which i agree with him on, and i am going to quote you a bit of it here as i think it is relevant - "So, where does she get ideas like the ones quoted above? IMO she is trying to out-Trump Trump. DJT is a remarkably ignorant man concerning the geo-politics of just about everything in the ME. He appears to have once seen the film, "Exodus" and to have decided on the basis of Paul Newman's performance as Begin that the situation was and is quite simple - Israel good! Everyone else bad! Nikki's depth of knowledge appears to be just about the same."

you might want to read some of the comments too - blue peacock in particular and pls response to it..

i don't doubt russias strategic mindset and flair for resolving issues diplomatically, but if you are a chess player playing with someone who doesn't appear capable with even checkers, it is the wrong framework to be operating in.. the guy playing checkers is going to flip the board when they see they are losing.. that is the predicament the usa finds itself in today which bozos for leaders.. this is not a gorbochev=trump moment..

Posted by: james | Sep 8 2018 17:52 utc | 101

this is a 'usa' as roman empire falling moment.. it might take another 50 or more years, but we are definitely in the empire in decline phase..

Posted by: james | Sep 8 2018 17:53 utc | 102

Whatever Erdogan may be saying, I doubt that he will go to war to defend the jihadis in Idlib, against the upcoming offensive. It's a bit out of his territory, and risks a long fight.

As for the USA. Yes, it's possible they will intervene, the way they are talking. It would be foolish, but the way the White House is now, rational policy-making is not on the cards. I still think they will hold back. War against Russia is not going to be fun for anyone. The Syrians and Russians have been preparing for just such an intervention for months now. Anything of value will have been protected, including the figure of Asad himself. It will be a sort of Battle of Kursk - the attack will make some progress, but then come to a halt.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 8 2018 18:51 utc | 103

Laguerre

If Erdogan decides to block SAA entry into Idlib he'll claim that he's protecting innocent civilians (esp. after a CW attack) NOT the jihadis, and ...

the Astana process will be DEAD (if it's not already) so only a UN peace process will remain (which favors 'Assad must go!'), and ...

UN will be inclined to "protect civilians" just like Golan Heights is occupied to protect civilians.

Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 8 2018 19:26 utc | 104

jackrabbit

"If Erdogan decides to block SAA entry into Idlib he'll claim that he's protecting innocent civilians"

Oh yeah. I was talking about what he'll do, not what he'll say. Idlib is a "bridge too far" for the Turks, and I think he understands that. Erdogan faces a lot of other problems. Adventurism abroad is not really on the cards. Afrin was a different matter; he's obsessed about the Kurds.

Posted by: Laguerre | Sep 8 2018 20:10 utc | 105

Excellent article b, as always, my gratitude for a very smart and unbiased article.

Posted by: Cantama | Sep 8 2018 20:23 utc | 106

Russia needs to realise that the Neocohens in the United Snakes represent an utterly vile, implacable, reckless, unbalanced, hate filled, ideologically driven enemy not open to any rational argument or attempts at engagement. They want to destroy Russia. Period. It's as simple as that. And this will not change until such time as they have reduced the whole planet to a smoking ruin.
They don't do diplomacy and they despise any negotiation or compromise as weakness. All they understand is threats, ultimatums, economic strangulation and military aggression. 40% of humanity is currently subject to US economic warfare.
If they could, they would reduce Russia to its state in the 1990s, when millions died and the rest of the population experienced desperate poverty. If they could, they would do to Russia what they did to Iraq, Libya, Syria and so many other countries - without a moment's hesitation.
Russia urgently needs to ditch the diplomatic language about "western partners and colleagues" and start talking about "enemies and aggressors." It should have broken off diplomatic relations immediately when its diplomatic premises and the homes of its diplomats were invaded. Failure to do so was not interpreted as measured restraint. It was just despised as weakness. All contact at presidential and foreign minister level and UN level should have been broken off. No visits by congressmen, nothing. Treat America as a rogue terrorist state.
Russia should have closed down the US/NATO supply route through Russia to Afghanistan.
It should have ended the joint space programme and banned exports to the US of rocket engines, titanium, nuclear fuel, and rare earth.
It should have imposed stringent counter sanctions on all countries supporting US economic warfare against Russia. Particularly the EU, Switzerland and Japan. Impose a real cost on them. Ban imports from them of cars, motorcycles, alcohol, tobacco, clothing, footwear, watches, jewellery, cosmetics, perfume, electrical goods. Nothing should be imported from them that can be produced domestically or obtained from friendly countries, China, India, Iran, S. America, S. Korea, This is an opportunity to expand and diversify the Russian economy without having to worry about the WTO.
Ban all loan repayments to western banks for the duration of sanctions. Put the money in a blocked Moscow account. If this causes another western banking crisis, so be it.
Advise all Russian citizens not to travel to hostile western countries for vacations, education or medical treatment, and repatriate all assets held there to protect them from arbitrary confiscation. Bank accounts, property, equity and bond holdings, and businesses domiciled there.
Complete the construction of an alternative financial architecture with China, comprising banks, payment systems and ratings agencies. Make this available to all other countries targeted by US economic warfare, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, DPRK, Syria.
Stop facilitating US aggression and economic warfare against other states at the UN and elsewhere as has been done on so many occasions in the past. Actively assist those countries. Supply them with the military equipment they need for their defence.
Forget about arms control and other agreements with the US. No agreement with the US is worth the paper its printed on - ABM Treaty, NATO expansion, Iran nuclear deal, the list is endless. Any diplomatic engagement with the US is pointless and harmful. Agreements with the US over Syria were broken in less than 24 hours. There is no need for cooperation on terrorism, drugs, or anything else. The US is the biggest terrorist state on the planet. It has actively supported Islamist terror in Russia, China and elsewhere. The CIA (Cocaine Import Agency) is the biggest drug pedlar on the planet.
Time to take off the gloves, get down and dirty, and kick Uncle Sam in the balls. Teach him some manners. Long overdue.

Posted by: kemi | Sep 8 2018 22:36 utc | 107

James @101

I read the Lang link. Thanks

Re: "however i don't really believe trump is all that bright when it comes to middle east and foreign affairs strategy."

Trump is a PT Barnum real estate speculator who doesn't need any depth to deal with the deals he has to execute to stay in office, which I take to be his primary goal, being the utter narcissist he is. He knows what motivates the shysters he's been dealing with for decades. “He had seen the amoral hunger of more men during this breakthrough deal [the purchase and renovation of the Commodore Hotel, grand opening in 9/’80] than most people saw in a lifetime.” Barrett: Trump, 1992, p.146


Just now, he needs to maintain Republican majorities in the US congress. This midterm election election is crucial to him. If the Rs maintain their majorities, Trump will likely infer the Rs can't live without him and therefore he is even less subject to impeachment than he is now. It's a matter of having enough votes to be confident of blocking impeachment actions, whether pursuant to the US Constitution as written or as amended (see the 25th amendment).

Posted by: pogohere | Sep 9 2018 0:31 utc | 108

Syria made a huge mistake by waiting so long to attack Idlib.

Posted by: WE | Sep 9 2018 1:30 utc | 109

Everybody makes mistakes.

Posted by: Guerrero | Sep 9 2018 2:50 utc | 110

Re: Posted by: kemi | Sep 8, 2018 6:36:44 PM | 107

All very well.

Putin has Brexit, Ukrainian & EU Elections to look forward to coming up in March-May 2019 - about 6-8 months away - he is not going to rock the boat right ahead of these.

These EU Elections could see the end of Merkel and the rise of Salvini, Orban, Kurz and the populists generally - who have a reasoned view of Russia.

Putin is not going to stuff it up for them now.

Putin is a patient man - you should have realised that by now!

Posted by: Julian | Sep 9 2018 3:00 utc | 111

@ pogohere - #75 and subsequently

The article you excerpted with machine translation has now been translated in full by the hard-working and praise-worthy Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard at Stalkerzone:
Aleksandr Khaldey: Russia’s Asymmetric Response to the US in Syria

It's probably an easier read. I hope it gets traction - Saker has reprinted it. Personally I think it's a phenomenal interpretation of the situation. It may rise to the ethereal just a fraction, but I think not so far from the gritty that it lacks the power to make reality just as it describes. In simpler words, it's a great way for Russia to think about, and engage with, the situation.

@james - by the way, further to your comment on this piece at #98, I disagree that the article is implying that Trump is anywhere near as conscious as we say Gorbachev was in the destruction of empire - although as to Gorbachev's understanding of what he was doing, this seems to be a nuanced discussion even in Russia. It makes clear I think that Trump is an unconscious actor in the destruction of the hegemon, and therefore, Napoleon's maxim of never interrupting your enemy while he is making a mistake seems the obvious strategy.

Russia is no more "in control" of this unfolding story than is the judoka who appears to allow the opponent free rein, while actually being continuously in attack position, in case the chance should arise.

Posted by: Grieved | Sep 9 2018 3:26 utc | 112

It remains to be seen if Syria made a mistake in the preparations for the Battle of Idlib.

*Maybe* history will reveal reasons not easily visible to the eyes of a given contemporary.

If the False Flag Chemical Bomb Terrorist Incident fizzles Putin will seem to be a genius.

If the West blinks, it'll be better than to have attacked the Terrists in too big a hurry.

It is a dangerous business, making neo-cons think; it takes nerve. A mistake? We will see.

Posted by: Guerrero | Sep 9 2018 3:36 utc | 113

The US weakness is shown thru the rabid blowhard in the UN Nikkei Haley who always calls for war with Russia every time she opens her mouth. From a waitress in the waffle house restaurant chain she looks like the type who got her job by wearing a leather dress, high heels and a whip which she used to pleasure various politicians in their sick perversions. All of them were chicken hawks who wanted to feel the sting of her whip on their asses instead of the sting of war.

Posted by: dltravers | Sep 9 2018 3:59 utc | 114

The US weakness is shown thru the rabid blowhard in the UN Nikkei Haley who always calls for war with Russia every time she opens her mouth. From a waitress in the waffle house restaurant chain she looks like the type who got her job by wearing a leather dress, high heels and a whip which she used to pleasure various politicians in their sick perversions. All of them were chicken hawks who wanted to feel the sting of her whip on their asses instead of the sting of war.

Posted by: dltravers | Sep 9 2018 4:00 utc | 115

The US weakness is shown thru the rabid blowhard in the UN Nikkei Haley who always calls for war with Russia every time she opens her mouth. From a waitress in the waffle house restaurant chain she looks like the type who got her job by wearing a leather dress, high heels and a whip which she used to pleasure various politicians in their sick perversions. All of them were chicken hawks who wanted to feel the sting of her whip on their asses instead of the sting of war.

Posted by: dltravers | Sep 9 2018 4:00 utc | 116

...
Russia urgently needs to ditch the diplomatic language about "western partners and colleagues" and start talking about "enemies and aggressors." It should have broken off diplomatic relations immediately when its diplomatic premises and the homes of its diplomats were invaded. Failure to do so was not interpreted as measured restraint. It was just despised as weakness. All contact at presidential and foreign minister level and UN level should have been broken off. No visits by congressmen, nothing. Treat America as a rogue terrorist state.
Russia should have closed down the US/NATO supply route through Russia to Afghanistan.
It should have ...
...
Time to take off the gloves, get down and dirty, and kick Uncle Sam in the balls. Teach him some manners. Long overdue.
Posted by: kemi | Sep 8, 2018 6:36:44 PM | 107

In Oliver Stone's 4 part doco The Putin Interviews Putin explains on numerous occasions why he persists with the 'Our Partners' approach to conflict resolution with 'competitors.' Given Russia's perceived military competence and historical record, his reasons are compelling and logical. I urge you to take the time to watch all 4 episodes.
Russia has always maintained the ability to go to war, but its reluctance to do so is supremely sensible.
Imo.

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Sep 9 2018 4:35 utc | 117

@ Laguerre | 103

Whatever Erdogan may be saying, I doubt that he will go to war to defend the jihadis in Idlib, against the upcoming offensive. It's a bit out of his territory, and risks a long fight.

Erdogan will only protest and close the border to prevent new influx of refugess and especially they dont need more terrorists on its soil. But he most definitely WONT fight Syria/Russia/Iran militarily, even if US would help. I also wouldnt be surprised if actual deal was made in trilateral meeting and public disagreement was just a show as some experts imply.

As for the USA. Yes, it's possible they will intervene, the way they are talking.

Yes, but only symbolically. Soon we will see false flag CW and US/UK and maybe France will "have to act." Maybe this time instead of 110 they will launch 200-300 missiles, most of which wont reach the targets anyway (and even those will be agreed beforehand with Russia, hence no real harm for Syria).

Posted by: Harry | Sep 9 2018 5:46 utc | 118

Grieved @112

Thanks for the link to the new translation. The English syntax is much improved.

Of course, I fully agree with these excerpts:

"Russia has a difficult task in Idlib now. It consists not of repelling an American attack, but of not repelling it too strongly. Trump opts for an attack not because he wants to win against the Russians in Syria, but because he wants to win against the globalists back home in America, and to do this on the eve of congressional elections. I.e., the reasons for America’s attack against Syria are purely internal.

If Russia hits Trump in Syria too strongly, it risks drowning him instead of somehow supporting his menacing image and helping him to win [in elections – ed]. Simply because Trump is favorable to Russia – he breaks too well everything that the American power of the last few decades has been based on. To help the impeachment of such a guy is outside of the national interests of Russia. We can’t now overstep the mark in Syria. Trump has to leave the line of fire as a fine fellow, but not as a fool and a loser. [emphasis added]

Trump is accelerating the demise of the empire. I'm certain he doesn't see it that way. But that doesn't matter. The player at the poker card table who doesn't know who the patsy is, is the patsy.

Posted by: pogohere | Sep 9 2018 6:05 utc | 119

@ pogohere who writes that Trump does not see his acceleration of the demise of the US centered empire.

I disagree. The demise of American empire is the first phase and then default on US debt is 2nd. That is when the fun really starts and Trump is an experienced default on debt negotiator.....he is an experienced TV personality who knows the game he is playing and hopes to parlay his "apprenticeship" into oligarch family status.

Whatever Russia does in Syria represents an existential threat to those who own empire and it is that threat they are using to throw America under the bus in hopes it will save their private finance coddled asses in the long run.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Sep 9 2018 6:40 utc | 120


Israel’s Fifth Column Exercising Control from Within the US Government

“Referring to Israel during an interview in August 1983, U.S. Navy Admiral and former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Thomas Moorer said:

“I’ve never seen a President — I don’t care who he is — stand up to them. It just boggles the mind. They always get what they want. The Israelis know what is going on all the time. I got to the point where I wasn’t writing anything down. If the American people understood what a grip these people have got on our government, they would rise up in arms. Our citizens certainly don’t have any idea what goes on.”

Moorer was speaking generally but he had something specific in mind, namely the June 8, 1967, Israeli attack on the American intelligence ship, U.S.S. Liberty, which killed 34 American crewmen and wounded 174 more.

The ship was operating in international waters and was displaying a huge stars and stripes but Israeli warplanes, which had identified the vessel as American, even strafed the life rafts to kill those who were fleeing the sinking ship. It was the bloodiest attack on a U.S. Naval vessel ever outside of wartime and the crew deservedly received the most medals every awarded to a single ship based on one action.

Yes, it is one hell of a story of courage under fire, but don’t hold your breath waiting for Hollywood to make a movie out of it.

https://israelpalestinenews.org/israels-fifth-column-exercising-control-from-inside-the-government/

Posted by: Nicolau | Sep 9 2018 12:44 utc | 121

My compliments to b for another incisive article that illuminates critical aspects of the reality on the ground against the backdrop of the greater geopolitical goals and capabilities of the principals operating in Syria.

Parsing through public statements, looking for a hint of intention or a grain of truth to emerge is a lot of work with usually little cashable reward. Nikki Haley is good at making partisan, bellicose statements on the UN stage and various politicians, including Trump, can say whatever they wish about Syria. What is important is to appreciate what is happening on the ground. The bottom line - as b points out - is that the US military position, the only position that matters in creating realities on the ground, is weak and ultimately untenable. It has always appeared to me that since the Russians intervened forcefully in Syria, the US military and whatever clandestine agencies are in Syria, probably divided in their own goals and strategies, have been reacting to that intervention and creating makeshift plans as they go along. This is called losing the initiative.

Weak position + poor plan = loser. The worry I have is what a sore loser will do - the US can still prolong the suffering.

Ironically, Russia is now the "empire" in Syria and the US is watching, commenting, and reacting to Russia. Only provoking a world war, with full engagement by the US military AND their allies can change the course. And I'm not sure that even then it would.

Posted by: Activist Potato | Sep 9 2018 15:12 utc | 122

Laguerre (14): "What the US wants is a US-agreed PM in Iraq, and moderate stability." -- The US and "moderate stability" next to each other? Dream on.

Posted by: Anya | Sep 9 2018 15:35 utc | 123

ALAN (62): "About which sovereignty of the Syrian state you are talking about? Putin model?"

And what is your model? The US/Israeli successful model in Libya? The US/Israeli successful model in Iraq? You make a pretense that the Russian Federation has shown up in Syria out of a blue, without any cause.

If you have not read PNAC and Oded Yinon plan for Eretz Israel, this is the time to do that.

Posted by: Anya | Sep 9 2018 15:43 utc | 124

I'm more interested in how the problem of At-Tanf, as well as the entire north of Syria, will be solved.
Idlib is not that important. It will be liberated anyway. Like Aleppo, Palmyra, Deir-ez-Zor, the southern de-escalation zone etc.

It's just a matter of time. I hope that the issue of Idlib will be closed before the New Year.
Although, must admit that resistance in Idlib, apparently, will be especially strong.

The operation for liberation has not even begun(!) yet, but Western MSM and various "activists" are already in a state of hysterical grief over "monstrous civilian casualties", "indiscriminate bombings", "terrible humanitarian catastrophe" and so on and so on...

A new reception of the Western anti-Assad camp deserves a special attention - undisguised censorship (one, two, three...) of alternative sources of information.
I don't remember this [kind of dirty tricks] during the liberation of Aleppo. At least not in such quantity.

It is much more important to remove the American occupation forces from At-Tanf. I really doubt that they will leave voluntarily.
Probably, they will have to be expelled by force. And this is very interesting moment.

The situation in the north of the country is even more interesting. So far, it is not clear how Assad intends to restore control over this territory, and whether he is going at all.

Posted by: alaff | Sep 9 2018 15:46 utc | 125

Assad said every inch of Syria would be liberated.
He's serious as are the Russians.
As long as the US fights wars for Zionists the whole world is endangered.

Posted by: Kelli | Sep 9 2018 17:04 utc | 126

The political dynamic within Iraq has dramatically changed over the past 24 hours. Sadr has aligned with al-Ameri and Maliki's coalition and called on Abadi to resign. This was reported by Garrie at EuraisaFuture, but I can't supply a link as its being attacked for the second time in two weeks. Instead, here's Canthama's report as posted at SyrPers:

"As events continue to evolve in Iraq, a serious set back for US/KSA/Israel stooge in Iraq, Abadi, has just taken place. Moqtada al-Sadr and Hadi al-Ameri call for Abadi to resign and decide to join their MPs to form a new government. With Moqtada 54 seats, the 153 seats of Maliki-Ameri will have the largest coalition and no longer in need to compromise with the Kurds to form a government. Sadr is no saint, with ties to KSA and US, but clearly he did not face the rage of Iraqi populace if he sided with the US, he jumped ship and is now allowing a Government to be formed that is not US backed."

I'll try to get more info on this important development.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 9 2018 17:15 utc | 127

@112 grieved.. i agree with what you say.. trump as an unconscious actor makes sense... i am not sure what i said previously, but as i recall, i didn't go along with the idea that trump was knowingly playing some major role in redefining the usa on the world stage.. anything he does here is by accident as i see it..

Posted by: james | Sep 9 2018 18:21 utc | 128

@127 karlof1.. thanks for the updates!

Posted by: james | Sep 9 2018 18:21 utc | 129

@125 alaff.. i agree with much of what you say.. i guess we have to wait and see how that unfolds..

Posted by: james | Sep 9 2018 18:22 utc | 130

@127, please do.. txs.

Posted by: Lozion | Sep 9 2018 18:22 utc | 131

@125 alaff - here is a good part of a clue from ttg at pat langs place..

Posted by: james | Sep 9 2018 18:27 utc | 132

wake up time!
Recall ---7 middle east countries need to be destroyed for security of Israel. That was given to Bill Clinton 1996 by AIPAC
USA will not let Syria Iran live in peace until Israel and American Jews get the job done.

Posted by: george Archers | Sep 10 2018 0:19 utc | 133

So the Mexican army setting up bases inside Texas and Arizona to protect "immigrants" is fine with Washington?
We set the precedent with our illegal invasion of Syria.

Posted by: Albert | Sep 10 2018 11:25 utc | 134

Ah yes, Wikileaks provides us with docs showing Google generated a plan to oust Assad and sent it to HRC.

If you're still using goggle for anything, please cease doing so as you're abetting war criminals!

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2018 15:52 utc | 135

Further update on Iraq--Abadi is history! This article describes Abadi's undoing was due to his being the Outlaw US Empire's stooge as defined by the events in Basra. The article's conclusion asks some important questions regarding Iraq's future:

"The rider Abadi fell off the US horse and Iran won influence in Iraq when its consulate was torched in Basra. Important questions remain: Is Iraq capable of avoiding a US embargo if it doesn’t abide by US sanctions on Iran? Will the US accept failure in its efforts to dominate Iraq? Will the US support Mesopotamia in its war against ISIS, or will it allow those who created ISIS to once again undermine the stability of the country?"

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2018 16:05 utc | 136

Apparently, The American Herald Tribune story I linked to above was picked up from Elijah Magnier's site and republished without attribution. The pic used for the header is from Basra and suggests the final outcome the Neocons never imagined.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2018 16:20 utc | 137

@136 karlof1.. thanks for that.. it is slightly encouraging for iraq, but i will quote the last 3 questions that elijah magneir asks to keep it in perspective...

"Is Iraq capable of avoiding a US embargo if it doesn’t abide by US sanctions on Iran? Will the US accept failure in its efforts to dominate Iraq? Will the US support Mesopotamia in its war against ISIS, or will it allow those who created ISIS to once again undermine the stability of the country?"

i can't see the usa going quietly into the night... they always meddle.. i can't see that changing here..

Posted by: james | Sep 10 2018 17:06 utc | 138

james @137--

The Outlaw US Empire will continue its interventions as long as it has resources available or until it becomes politically impossible, the latter having a much better chance of occurring before the former. It's difficult to say how far the cat's out of the bag--how well informed the international public is about Russia's False Flag warnings and that White Helmets are al-Qaeda--which relates to how much further credibility it will lose with its continued support for those terrorists and retaliating after the False Flag attack. The scenario I've promoted--the False Flag being caught on film then broadcast by opposition media to immediately debunk BigLie Media's terrorist provided video--is even more likely than I initially thought given the footage aired from SAA spies within Idlib. The last FF was almost revealed that way, was clearly a FF, yet FUKUS still criminally attacked. So, the question being raised by many is: Will FUKUS criminally attack again even without the FF as cover? F&UK govts. are very much out-of-favor with their citizenry; if they criminally attack again, will that be enough to make their governments fall? Does Trump know it's all a charade and if so does he care?

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2018 18:45 utc | 139

@138 karlof1... would be nice if any FF was caught in the making... regardless, as you note - the usa attacks.. so, i think the given here is the usa hasn't gotten it's regime change and will justify it's actions without question, even when confronted with the illegality of them... in other words - usa is above international law and any questioning of their actions on the world stage will not be tolerated!! that is exceptional nation status, lol... the usa is a pariah state at this point..

as for trump.. he looks like he is headed for life support politically..

Posted by: james | Sep 10 2018 19:15 utc | 140

Nice to see the curtain being pulled back in ever more places! What the world needs is a lot more of that--AND--its dissemination occurring globally in all languages, not just English.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2018 21:24 utc | 141

Perhaps Turks doing their own thing? Hard to know given fog of war. We'll soon discover if Erdogan's flipped yet again. Either way, he's made a massive number of enemies.

Posted by: karlof1 | Sep 10 2018 23:27 utc | 142

#Youtube shuts down all pro Syrian channels including, Sama TV, Syrian MoD, Sana news agency, Syrian presidency
https://twitter.com/Ibra_Joudeh/status/1038373111480164352
Posted by: Zanon | Sep 8, 2018 10:41:33 AM | 88

Nothing could be more SURREAL:

Verified Account @Ibra_Joudeh #Youtube shuts down all pro Syrian channels including, Sama TV, Syrian MoD, Sana news agency, Syrian presidency pic.twitter.com/D0LiPhdKmo 3:26 am - 8 Sep 2018
"This account has been terminated for a violation of YouTube's Terms of Service"

Posted by: BM | Sep 11 2018 7:02 utc | 143

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