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  1. #241
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    The goat-strokers are masters of pushing things right to the edge.

    Constant conflict, it's what they live for...I think they are incapable of living in a peaceful state existence.

    IMO, the Iranians have a nuke already. Thank the NORKs for that.

    If/when this gets really sporty, we will get sucked in.

    They will do something in the CONUS that forces us to.
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    Um, well this can't be good.

    The link is here.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...ses-warns-iran


    Israel "Preparing For War In North", Boosts Air Defenses; Warns Iran
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    Sun, 02/11/2018 - 12:41


    One day after the most "significant escalation" in tensions between Israel and Syria/Iran, when an Israeli F-16 was shot down over the Golan Heights after it attacked a Syrian base which allegedly launched a drone into Israeli airspace, Israel appears to be "preparing for war in the North" according to the Jerusalem Post, which reports that the Jewish state has boosted its air defense in the region along the Syrian border following the "significant confrontation between the Jewish State, Syria and Iran."

    Witnesses cited by JPost reported seeing a convoy of missile-defense batteries heading north near the Israeli-Arab city of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photos of several trucks carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.

    Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets.

    Additionally there is the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km. to 300 km.

    The Arrow system was first reportedly used in April when it was launched to intercept three surface-to-air missiles fired toward IAF jets by Syrian-regime air defense.

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    Meanwhile, according to AFP, Israel issued a stark warning on Sunday over Iran's presence in neighbouring Syria after the previously reported confrontation between the neighboring nations threatened to open a new and unpredictable period in Syria's seven-year civil war, which now appears to also be engaged in de facto war against Israel.

    In a dramatic escalation, Israel carried out major air raids in Syria on Saturday, including against what it described as Iranian targets - the first time it had publicly acknowledged doing so since the war began. The raids came after an Israeli F16 fighter was shot down by Syrian air defenses. The pilots survived, but it was Israel's first loss of a warplane in battle since 1982.

    Commenting on the escalation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday's cabinet meeting that "we inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces," adding that "w made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy."

    Other Israeli ministers spoke of refusing to accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in Syria, as Netanyahu has said repeatedly. Tehran denies it is doing so.

    And while several analysts said they did not expect a further escalation in the coming days, some spoke of the possibility of the Syrian war entering a new phase. While we have yet to see how oil will trade after the tension filled weekend, Israel’s stocks dropped as much as 1.3%, after Israel and Iran moved closer to confrontation in Syria.

    Quoted by Bloomberg, Ilanit Sherf, head of equity research at Israel’s largest institutional investor, Psagot Investment House said that the drop in Israeli stocks on Sunday is "mainly due to developments in the security arena over the weekend," and that "the confrontation in Syria was “irregular in a number of ways, and there is concern, of course, of further entanglement."

    In a surprise to some, Ofer Zalzberg of the International Crisis Group think tank said that Syria has become more emboldened to try to stop Israeli strikes inside the country, while Israel wants to maintain its ability to operate there when it sees fit. Imagine that: a country daring to defend its sovereignty.

    * * *

    Still, optimists believe that the latest escalation will remain contained: "I think this incident is more likely to be contained because fundamentally it is a gradual attempt to renegotiate the so-called rules of the game," Zalzberg said, adding that Russia should mediate.

    Furthermore, on Saturday, Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus warned that Syria and Iran were "playing with fire", but stressed that Israel was not seeking an escalation. "This is the most blatant and severe Iranian violation of Israeli sovereignty" in recent years, Conricus said.

    After Saturday's escalation, Iran dismissed Israeli "lies" and said Syria had the right to defend itself against Israeli attacks. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said "Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government."

    Meanwhile, Russia stressed the need to "avoid any measure that could lead to a dangerous escalation".

    As reported last night, Netanyahu spoke with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Saturday's confrontation.

    Naturally, Washington backed Israel and blamed Iran for the escalation. Tillerson on Sunday begins a Middle East tour that will take him to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt and Kuwait.

    Ultimately the decision whether a full-blown war emerges from the latest conflict will fall on Netanyahu and Putin: The Israeli PM has met regularly with the Russian president in recent months in a bid to convince Russia to keep Iranian forces away from Israeli territory. Russia and Israel have also established a hotline to avoid accidental clashes in Syria.
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    I wonder what our soldiers are doing, over in Israel, now....last I heard, they were there for some kind of military exercises. I can only presume they will be joining in that battle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiana MaJo View Post
    I wonder what our soldiers are doing, over in Israel, now....last I heard, they were there for some kind of military exercises. I can only presume they will be joining in that battle.
    The reported exercise they're involved in is an air defense/ballistic missile defense one.

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    I'm thinking the exercise part is soon going to change to a live fire one, Housecarl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    I'm thinking the exercise part is soon going to change to a live fire one, Housecarl!
    Oh yeah.......

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    US Secretary of State in Egypt at start of Mideast tour


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    Quote Originally Posted by danielboon View Post
    Don't be too sure of that....

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    For links see article source.....
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    #World News February 10, 2018 / 11:15 PM / Updated 2 hours ago

    Friend or foe? Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

    Laila Bassam, Tom Perry
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    ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria’s U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad.

    Pro-government forces and Kurdish-led forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria and Damascus opposes the Kurds’ demands for autonomy. But in Afrin they have a common enemy and a mutual interest in blocking Turkish advances.

    Turkey, which regards the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin as a threat on its southern border, launched an assault on the region last month. Seeking to shield Afrin, the Kurds asked Damascus to send forces into action to defend the border.

    The government shows no sign of doing so, but it is providing indirect help by allowing Kurdish fighters, civilians and politicians to reach Afrin through territory it holds, representatives of both sides told Reuters.

    Assad stands to gain while doing little.

    The arrival of reinforcements is likely to sustain Kurdish resistance, bog down the Turkish forces and prolong a conflict that is sapping the resources of military powers that rival him for control of Syrian territory.

    For the United States, it is yet another complication in Syria’s seven-year-old war, and a reminder of how its Syrian Kurdish ally must at times make deals with Assad even as it builds military ties with the United States.

    Lacking international protection, the Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria say they have reached agreements with Damascus to allow reinforcements to be sent to Afrin from other Kurdish-dominated areas -- Kobani and the Jazeera region.

    “There are different ways to get reinforcements to Afrin but the fundamental route is via regime forces. There are understandings between the two forces ... for the sake of delivering reinforcements to Afrin,” Kino Gabriel, spokesman for the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said.

    While the Kurds depend on Assad to reach Afrin, Kurdish sources say they also enjoy leverage over Damascus because it needs their cooperation to source grain and oil from areas of the northeast under Kurdish control.

    A commander in the military alliance fighting in support of Assad said “the Kurds have no option but coordination with the regime” to defend Afrin.

    “The Syrian regime is helping the Kurds with humanitarian support and some logistics, like turning a blind eye and allowing Kurdish support to reach some fronts,” said the commander, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    TURKISH CAMPAIGN MOVES SLOWLY

    The Turkish military is making slow gains nearly three weeks into the operation it calls “Olive Branch”.

    Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought a three-decade insurgency in Turkey and is regarded as a terrorist group by the United States and the European Union.

    The United States has relied on the YPG as a vital ground component of its war against Islamic State, and has backed the group in other Kurdish-run regions in northern Syria along the border with Turkey.

    But U.S. forces are not in Afrin, so have been unable to shield Afrin from the attack by Turkey, its NATO ally.

    The Kurds meanwhile accuse Russia of giving a green light for the Turkish attack by withdrawing observers it deployed in Afrin last year.

    The Afrin war marks another twist in the complicated story of relations between Assad and the Syrian Kurdish groups, spearheaded by the YPG, that have carved out autonomous regions in northern Syria since the war began in 2011.

    The YPG controls nearly all of Syria’s frontier with Turkey. But Afrin is separated from the bigger Kurdish-controlled region further east by a 100 km-wide zone controlled by the Turkish military and its Syrian militia allies.

    For much of the war, Damascus and the YPG have avoided confrontation, at times fighting common enemies, including the rebel groups that are now helping Turkey attack Afrin.

    But tensions have mounted in recent months, with Damascus threatening to march into parts of eastern and northern Syria captured by the SDF with support from the U.S.-led coalition.

    Underlining that, pro-Syrian government forces attacked the SDF in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, drawing coalition air strikes overnight that killed more than 100 of the attackers, the coalition said.

    “The regime has allowed the YPG to bring people into Afrin, while attacking it east of Euphrates (River). I think that is indicative of the state of relations right,” said Noah Bonsey, International Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst on Syria.

    He added: “There is still a significant gap between the YPG and regime positions on the future of northeastern Syria.”

    FIGHTING FOR AFRIN

    The main Syrian Kurdish groups remain wedded to their vision of a Syria where they enjoy autonomy in a form of federalism that is at odds with Assad’s determination to recover all Syria.

    Each side has allowed the other to maintain footholds in its territory. In Kurdish-held Qamishli, the government still controls the airport. In the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, a government city, Kurdish security forces patrol the streets.

    Scores of Kurds from Sheikh Maqsoud have gone to Afrin to support the fight, Kurdish officials there said. The short journey requires movement through areas held by the government or its Iran-backed Shi‘ite militia allies.

    “Of course people went from Sheikh Maqsoud - in the hundreds - to bear arms and defend Afrin,” said Badran Himo, a Kurdish official from Sheikh Maqsoud.

    “Around 10 of them were martyred (killed),” he told Reuters as Kurdish security forces held a rally to commemorate one of the dead.

    Earlier this week, witnesses say a civilian convoy of hundreds of cars drove to Afrin from other Kurdish-held areas in a show of solidarity.

    The Syrian government has ignored appeals by the Kurdish authorities to guard the Syrian border at Afrin.

    “We tried to convince them, via the Russians, to at least protect the borders, to take a position, but we did not reach a result,” Aldar Khalil, a top Kurdish politician, told Reuters.

    “If they don’t protect the borders, then at least they don’t have the right to block the way for Syrian patriots who are protecting these borders, regardless of other domestic issues.”

    Writing by Tom Perry, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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    The enemy of my enemy is my friend/acquaintance? Oh, how the wheels within the wheels spin in Syria. Assad junior, the one who never wanted to be a politician, he trained to be an eye doctor, and lived in London, has turned out to a real survivor, cunning, sly, devious and able to outplay Russia, Iran, Israel, the USA, NATO, and the EU for years now. Everybody has been trying to get rid of him for a decade, and he is still here.

    Assad commits very little in terms of actual support. He takes advantage of the chaos to expand his control east and south. He ties Turkey down. He messes with the USA, which hates him, and he shows the Kurds they will have to deal with him. And all of that is the result of letting some convoys drive through his territory in the middle of the night.

    Yeah, now if Assad junior can avoid a war with Israel, which he may not be able to, he is golden and ends up at the top of the heap a year from now.
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    Unfortunately I think Israel is going to be his demise. You can only get lucky for so long and I believe that his luck is about out.

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    What a shame, if you're right, danielboone.....I kind of admire the guy! His people love him, and he loves them back. He doesn't want any of the interlopers from other countries on his terrritory....why should he? Except for Russia, whom he invited. The rest of us are nothing but invaders!

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    3 Turkey assails US over ties with Syrian Kurdish militia

    ANKARA - Turkey's foreign minister is assailing the United States, claiming American forces in Syria are intentionally stalling the fight against Islamic State militants as an excuse not to cut ties with Syrian Kurdish fighters as Ankara has demanded.



    Mevlut Cavusoglu says US forces are leaving "pockets" with ISIS militants intact to justify continued cooperation with the Kurdish militia.


    Cavusoglu says ties with the US are "at a critical stage" and that Washington needs to take "concrete steps" to regain Turkey's trust.


    Ankara is riled over Washington's support for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG—the top US ally in the anti-ISIS fight. Turkey considers the YPG a "terrorist" group linked to Kurdish insurgents within Turkey. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...109086,00.html

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    Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey

    The Kurds are better friends than foes ...... and the FUSA has been screwing them over since at least the 1960s...
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    One of the two tripwires in Syria has now been triggered. The first will be when Turkey attacks US Troops in Manbji. The other was when Russians get killed by Coalition forces.

    The link below tells that already happened on February 7th.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-...n-forces-syria


    Russian Fighters Killed In Clash With US-Led Coalition Forces In Syria
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    Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:54

    With the calm of global capital markets shattered in the past two weeks, the ongoing military conflict in the Middle East has taken an understandable back seat to monetary matters. And yet, tensions involving Syria, Iran and Israel continue to escalate, most notably with this weekend's outright attack by Israel on Syria, allegedly in retaliation for an Iranian drone launch from a Syrian army base, and which led to the first downing of an Israeli F-16 jet in decades.

    Yet what has so far prevented the proxy way from spinning out of control, was that Putin - as guarantor of the Syria-Iran axis on one hand, and Netanyahu as his nemesis on the other, had expressed restraint. For now.

    That may change, however, following a Reuters report that Russian fighters were among those killed when U.S.-led coalition forces clashed with pro-government forces in Syria earlier this month.

    While Russia’s Defense Ministry said at the time that pro-government militias involved in the incident had been carrying out reconnaissance "and no Russian servicemen had been in the area", the story changed on Monday when it emerged that at least two Russian men fighting informally with pro-government forces were killed in the incident in Deir al-Zor province, their associates told Reuters.

    One of the dead was named as Vladimir Loginov, a Cossack from Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Maxim Buga, a leader of the Cossack community there, said Loginov had been killed around Feb. 7 along with “dozens” of other Russian fighters.

    The other man killed was named as Kirill Ananiev, described as a radical Russian nationalist. Alexander Averin, a spokesman for the nationalist party he was linked to, told Reuters Ananiev had been killed in shelling in the same fighting on Feb. 7.

    If the deaths are confirmed, it could turn into a political scandal for Putin, with the public demanding why the government is keeping military deaths under wraps. Already Grigory Yavlinsky, a veteran liberal politician who is running for president in elections next month, has called on Putin to disclose how many Russians had been killed in Syria and in what circumstances.

    “If there was large-scale loss of life of Russian citizens, the relevant officials, including the commander-in-chief of our armed forces (Putin), are obliged to tell the country about it and decide who carries responsibility for this,” Yavlinsky said in a statement released by his Yabloko party.

    Of course, if indeed Russian soldiers were killed while fighting under covert circumstances - in the same way as killed US "military advisors" are kept under seal - that is the last thing Moscow would like to publicize. Unless of course the political calculus shifts, and Putin decides that it is time for a full-blown military escalation, in which case the deaths will be used as the justification behind any armed conflict.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    If the deaths are confirmed, it could turn into a political scandal for Putin, with the public demanding why the government is keeping military deaths under wraps. Already Grigory Yavlinsky, a veteran liberal politician who is running for president in elections next month, has called on Putin to disclose how many Russians had been killed in Syria and in what circumstances.
    Sounds more like neocon meme-creation within the Russian political scene - international "Mockingbird," of sorts. Sound familiar?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    Of course, if indeed Russian soldiers were killed while fighting under covert circumstances - in the same way as killed US "military advisors" are kept under seal - that is the last thing Moscow would like to publicize. Unless of course the political calculus shifts, and Putin decides that it is time for a full-blown military escalation, in which case the deaths will be used as the justification behind any armed conflict.
    Or, the "Russian soldiers" are actually mercs of one sort, or another.


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    Quote Originally Posted by intothatgoodnight View Post
    Sounds more like neocon meme-creation within the Russian political scene - international "Mockingbird," of sorts. Sound familiar?



    Or, the "Russian soldiers" are actually mercs of one sort, or another.


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    It all depends upon what Putin thinks will suit his purposes better....

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    U.S. Kills Russians in Syria Strikes, Reports Say

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    Recent U.S-led coalition airstrikes targeting forces supportive of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad killed a number of Russians fighting on behalf of the Syrian leader, according to associates of the slain fighters and independent researchers.

    Maxim Buga, a Cossack community leader in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, told Reuters Monday that local Vladimir Loginov was among "dozens" of Russian fighters killed by U.S.-led coalition forces, which clashed with pro-Syrian government forces on February 7 near the eastern Syrian town of Khusham, Deir Ezzor province.

    Alexander Averin, spokesperson for the far-left party The Other Russia, told the outlet that one of its members, Kirill Ananiev, had also been killed in the incident, which the U.S.-led coalition and pro-Syrian government forces have accused one another of provoking, as a new front threatened to open in the war-torn country.

    Related: U.S. Attack on Assad Allies In Syria Was ‘Unprecedented Act of Aggression,’ Russia Senator Says

    Conflict Intelligence Team, a Moscow-based military research site, has also highlighted other alleged casualties as Russia distanced itself from the violence and the presence of its private military contractors in Syria.

    Citing researchers on Twitter, Conflict Intelligence Team identified additional Russian casualties, including Alexey Ladygin from the city of Ryazan and Stanislav Matveev and Igor Kosoturov from the town of Asbest. The group said both Metveev and Kosoturov may have fought alongside pro-Russia separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine prior to joining the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and other insurgents challenging Assad's rule in Syria.

    The group also said that Loginov appeared to have joined the Wagner Group, a private paramilitary company, before traveling to fight in Syria. Last October, ISIS released a video showing two Russian-speaking men the militants claimed to have captured, and subsequent research showed the two men were likely Wagner Group members fighting in Syria.

    "While the total number of 'Wagner' operatives killed in Coalition airstrikes is unlikely to ever be established, it is beyond doubt that this incident indeed took place. It is notable that the posts about their deaths emerged rather quickly—relatives and colleagues often learn of Russian mercenaries' deaths weeks or even months after the fact," the Conflict Intelligence Group wrote on Facebook Monday.

    "Russia's Ministry of Defense again distanced itself from those killed, stating there were no Russian soldiers in the area and the 'local militia' acted without coordination with the Russian command," it added.

    The exact death toll of the clashes have been disputed, but it may have risen as sporadic fighting reportedly continued in the days since. In a statement, the U.S. military claimed the strikes were a response to an "unprovoked attack" on the Pentagon-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a mostly Kurdish coalition of Arabs and ethnic minorities, by pro-Syrian government forces.

    In a statement sent to Newsweek on Wednesday, a coalition spokesman said the coalition could "not speculate on the exact make-up of the Syrian pro-regime forces who conducted the attack," nor "the number of Syrian pro-regime force casualties at this time." However, Reuters quoted one unnamed U.S. official as saying that "the coalition and its local allies killed more than 100 of them."

    Russian and Syrian officials have condemned the attack as an "act of aggression." The Russian Defense Ministry said that pro-Syrian government forces were conducting a surveillance mission near the oil fields when they suddenly came under Syrian Democratic Forces attack, followed by U.S. coalition airstrikes. It said 25 Syrian militia fighters had been injured, while the official Syrian Arab News Agency said scores had been killed. The U.K.-based, pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the dead had reached 48 among pro-government forces "of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities."

    Neither pro-government or pro-opposition sources mentioned whether Russian nationals were among the pro-Syrian government forces—which comprise a wide alliance of local and foreign militias—some of which received support from Iran. The Russian Defense Ministry, however, has denied the presence of the Russian military in the area.

    Both the Syrian military, backed by Russian air cover and allied militias, and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have all but defeated ISIS in Syria, but unprecedented tensions on the eastern front have threatened to work in the jihadis' favor. A joint Turkish and Syrian rebel offensive launched last month in the northwest and Israeli air raids on Syrian military defenses near Damascus have also complicated efforts to defeat ISIS.

    Despite recent setbacks, Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov hailed Wednesday new talks with fellow Assad supporter Iran and pro-opposition Turkey. He criticized the U.S.'s approach, however. Russia—along with Syria and Iran—has accused Washington of shielding ISIS and other jihadi groups in order to prolong its military presence, something the U.S. has denied.

    "As you may know, the Russian president has for the past few weeks maintained regular contacts with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts. This work will go on. It is expected to provide significant support for further peacemaking activity within the framework of U.N. efforts [in Syria]," Peskov said, according to the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.

    "As for the United States’ assistance in stabilizing the situation in Syria and advancing the search for a political and diplomatic solution, it has been in short supply," he added.

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    3 Russia accuses United States of undermining Syria integrity

    Reuters|Published: 02.13.18 , 14:26
    MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that in Syria the United States has been acting unilaterally in a "dangerous way", undermining the country's integrity, RIA news agency said.



    Lavrov also reiterated that Russia remains in favor of Kurdish participation in the Syrian peace process. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...111884,00.html

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    3 Syrian government rejects UN-led committee to alter constitution

    Reuters|Published: 02.13.18 , 14:32
    DAMASCUS – Syria's government on Tuesday rejected efforts led by the United Nations to form a committee to rewrite Syria's constitution, the main result of a peace congress among Syrian groups in Russia last month.



    "As a state, we are not bound by, nor have any relation with, any committee that is not Syrian formed, led and constituted," said Ayman Soussan, an assistant to the Syrian Foreign Minister, at a press conference in Damascus.



    "We are not bound by anything that is formed by foreign sides, whatever their name or state, we are not bound by it and it is of no concern to us," he added.



    Participants at the Sochi congress, a centerpiece of diplomatic efforts by Damascus' ally Russia to end the war, agreed on Jan. 30 to set up the constitutional committee in Geneva, and to hold democratic elections in Syria. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...111889,00.html

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    4 Erdogan says US funding of Syrian YPG will impact Turkey's decisions

    Reuters|Published: 02.13.18 , 11:27
    ANKARA – A decision by the United States to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia will affect Turkey's decisions, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a visit this week by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.



    Erdogan made the comment in a speech to members of his ruling AK Party in parliament. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...111444,00.html

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    3 Sorry Turkey: US will continue to train local Kurdish forces in Syria

    The United States will continue to train local security forces in Syria and maintain a military presence in the country as long as required to defeat Daesh, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

    “The United States will maintain a conditions-based and ISIS-focused military presence in Syria. As part of that presence, we will continue to train local security forces in Syria,” Tillerson said.

    In northern Syria, Turkey is fighting to dismantle the armed Kurdish presence along the border, heightening tensions between Ankara and Washington, which has supported the groups now being attacked by its fellow member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    “We are keenly aware of the legitimate security concerns of Turkey, our coalition partner and NATO ally,” Tillerson said. “We will continue to be completely transparent with Turkey about our efforts in Syria to defeat ISIS [Daesh], and we stand by our NATO ally in its counterterrorism efforts.”

    Tillerson announcement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the US earlier in the day to “stop this theater with Daesh in Syria,” adding that a decision by the US to continue to fund the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would affect Turkey’s decisions.

    The situation in the region escalated earlier this year, after US Col. Thomas Veale said that the US-led coalition had been training the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to create a 30,000-strong force to maintain security along Syria’s borders.

    Following the revelation, Turkey launched an operation dubbed “Olive Branch” in Syria’s Kurds-dominated Afrin. The operation is carried out against Kurdish SDF-affiliated People’s Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara believes have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), designated as a terrorist organization in Turkey.On Daesh Influence in Afghanistan and West Africa

    Speaking further, the US top foreign affairs diplomat said that the US-led coalition must redouble its efforts as the terror group attempts to evolve into an insurgency that threatens Afghanistan, West Africa, the Philippines and other countries.

    “As ISIS [Daesh] continues to evolve, so must the coalition. ISIS is attempting to morph into an insurgency in places like Afghanistan, the Philippines, Libya, West Africa, and others, and is trying to carve our and secure safe havens,” Tillerson said.

    Tillerson continued by saying that the United States wanted quick implementation and enforcement of UN Security Council Resolution 2396 to help fight threats posed by foreign terrorist fighters in the next phase of the battle against Daesh.

    The resolution, adopted unanimously by the Security Council in 2017, calls on UN member states to step up coordinated efforts to prevent the travel, recruitment and financing of foreign terrorist fighters.

    Tillerson delivered his speech at the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ministerial that was held in Kuwait city earlier on Tuesday.Joint Communique

    Upon finishing the meeting, the minister adopted a joined statement, in which the top officials assured that the coalition would continue fighting Daesh in Iraq and Syria until it achieves an enduring defeat of the terrorist group.

    “Enduring defeat will come when ISIS/Daesh no longer has safe havens from which to operate; when it no longer poses a threat to our homelands; and when it can no longer convey its ideology of hate globally,” the statement said.The coalition said it must remain focused on the situation in both Iraq and Syria to secure gains, but also adapt in order to deal with the terror group’s “global ambitions.”

    The statement said the coalition would use a whole-of-government approach to interrupt Daesh networks, branches and affiliates, as well as deny fighters the freedom of movement around the world.

    The coalition also underlined the need to combat the ideology put forward by Daesh by doubling efforts to deny the group the opportunity to exploit social media and the internet.https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...-forces-syria/

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    4 Erdogan Warns U.S. Troops in Syria to Keep Away From Kurd Forces

    Turkey’s leader lashed out against U.S. support of Kurdish militants in Syria, brandishing the prospect of an “Ottoman slap” after an American general threatened retaliation if his forces were hit by Turkey.

    “It’s obvious that those who say, ‘If you hit us, we’ll hit back hard,’ have never in their lives gotten an Ottoman slap,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech at parliament on Tuesday, responding to remarks by the top U.S. commander in Syria to the New York Times. “If those who come and go as they like through Turkey think they’re going to go stirring things up in places without paying for it, they’ll soon see that’s not the case."

    The comments mark an escalation in rhetoric against the U.S., whose backing of the Syrian Kurdish YPG has enraged Turkey, which labels the group as a terrorist organization and has invaded Syria to combat it. That incursion has created an unprecedented military faceoff between the two largest armies in NATO, with U.S. forces fighting alongside the YPG while Turkey attacks it.

    “You hit us, we will respond aggressively. We will defend ourselves,” the U.S. commander, Lieutenant General Paul Funk, said in a direct warning to Turkey in the interview published on Feb. 7.Tillerson Visit
    Erdogan spoke two days before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Ankara for what he said would be “tough talks” about Syria and other issues. The U.S. has been trying to urge Turkey to rein back its offensive against the Kurds, who’ve been instrumental allies for the U.S. in helping to defeat Islamic State. On Sunday, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met in Istanbul with Erdogan’s aide Ibrahim Kalin, without word of a breakthrough.

    “They can say whatever they want. Their security representatives came and their secretary of state is going to come, we’ll talk to them too,” Erdogan said. “But if things don’t go according to law and rights, this can’t be called a partnership or an alliance.”

    While Erdogan said that Turkey wouldn’t deliberately target U.S. forces, he warned U.S. soldiers to keep their distance from the YPG on the battlefield.

    “We’re going to destroy every terrorist we see,” Erdogan said. “Then they’ll understand that it’d be better for them not to stand beside them.”https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...hters-in-syria

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    Why oh why is Turkey still in NATO? At what point do they get kicked out on their "Ottoman" backsides?...
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    4 Israeli minister warns Assad against allowing Iran to cross ‘red lines’

    Following the interception of an Iranian drone over the Golan Heights by the Israeli Defense Forces and the ensuing downing an Israeli F-16 fighter jet by Syrian air defense systems, Tel Aviv made it clear that it would defend itself by all means.

    In an interview with Army Radio, Yuval Steinitz, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister, hinted that Israel would take measures against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if Iran cross the “red lines” that Tel Aviv had drawn.

    As for the first red line, Steinitz said, it was transforming Syria into a “forward” military base for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, including intelligence, naval and air force bases.

    The second red line, in his view, was that Damascus would embolden Tehran to upgrade Hezbollah’s missile capabilities by making precision weapons out of those missiles. Such developments would jeopardize Israel’s national security even more.“Assad and Hezbollah are the same, and if there will be an attack against us, we will not be obligated to act only against the source of the attack,” he said. “We will reserve the right to choose the right front.”

    Steinitz did not distinguish between Syria and Lebanon, saying that the Syrian army and Hezbollah were doing Iran’s bidding.

    “The Assad regime is the weak link in the Iranian-Shi’a axis, and I think Assad should think very well whether he wants to turn Syria into a forward base for Iran or allow precision missiles through Syria to Lebanon, because he himself, his regime, his government and his army can be hurt in that situation.”An initial probe into the downing of the F-16 aircraft found that the altitude that the plane was flying at made it vulnerable.
    According to a report by Yediot Aharonot, Israeli newspaper, the jet was flying at a height of 10,000 feet when the Syrian anti-aircraft missile exploded near the aircraft. The pilot, who initiated the evacuation with his navigator, was seriously injured after shrapnel penetrated the cockpit.

    On February 10, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) reported that an Apache attack helicopter had downed an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle over the disputed area of the Golan Heights, which has been at the center of conflict between Syria and Israel.

    Following the incident, an Israeli aircraft crossed the territory of Syria to attack the command post that was used to control the drone.

    In response, Syria’s air defense systems struck back and downed an F-16 fighter jet, prompting the Israeli military to launch another wave of attacks to strike “additional Iranian targets” in Syria.

    The Syrian Defense Ministry has stated its air defenses responded to the aerial attacks, foiling the aggression. Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi, for his part, denied the country’s military presence in Syria, lambasting claims about the downed drone.https://www.almasdarnews.com/article...oss-red-lines/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melodi View Post
    Why oh why is Turkey still in NATO? At what point do they get kicked out on their "Ottoman" backsides?...
    I think that is why Tillerson is going there..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melodi View Post
    Why oh why is Turkey still in NATO? At what point do they get kicked out on their "Ottoman" backsides?...
    It is the neocons that run NATO - it was the neocons who determined that Turkey was too strategic of a location to NOT invite them into NATO. The Turks will be kicked out of NATO when the neocons want them kicked out, and not a moment sooner.

    Understand the several "teams" that are wrestling for control of the Middle East's steering wheel, here.

    Each have they own, sometimes overlapping, agendas in play.


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    The reality is the US Coalition Forces killed up to 100 Russian private mercs, hired by Assad Junior to protect the oil refinery there. The result will be Putin is badly embarrassed by being caught with his covert forces hanging out. Between the Turkish threats to engage US troops embedded with the Kurds in Manbji, and the threat of combat between US/Kurdish forces with Russian forces, mostly private contractors like Blackwater, the pucker factor just skyrocketed. Assad junior is sowing his oats now because he has a free hand in Southern Syria, even if that leads to conflict with Israel.

    Oh yeah, things are moving south fast now.
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    Erdogan really is quite mad. He just threatened the USA with the so called "Ottoman slap." He is going to start World War Three.
    http://www.rudaw.net/english/middlee...rkey/130220181


    Erdogan threatens US with ‘Ottoman slap’
    By Rudaw 6 hours ago

    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The United States and Turkey appear to be headed towards a showdown over Syria when America’s top diplomat visits Ankara later this week after US military personnel visited Manbij last week and the Department of Defense requested funding for Syrian operations in 2019, drawing Turkey’s ire.

    “We will destroy every terrorist we have seen, starting with the ones standing by their side. Then they will understand that it is better for them to not to stand alongside the terrorists,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his AKP parliamentary members on Tuesday, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

    In the war against ISIS in northern Syria, the Kurdish YPG and the umbrella force SDF are key US allies on the ground. Ankara, however, considers these groups extensions of the PKK, a named terror organization. The clash of opinion over the Syrian Kurds has strained ties between the NATO allies.

    Turkey launched its Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish groups in the northwestern Syrian canton of Afrin and has threatened to take the fight to Manbij, where the US has troops.

    The Manbij Military Council has been building up its forces in the face of Turkey’s threats. On Tuesday, it announced the completion of training of a 250-strong regiment “ready and equipped” to quickly respond to any threats.

    Last week, Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk, commander of the US-led Coalition, visited Manbij where he commented on Turkey’s threats against the town. “You hit us, we will respond aggressively. We will defend ourselves,” he said.

    Erdogan hit back at Funk. “It is clear that those who say ‘we will respond aggressively if you hit us’ have never experienced an Ottoman slap,” he said.

    The Ottoman slap is a bare, opened-handed potentially lethal slap to the face that was used by soldiers in the Ottoman army.

    During a US Department of State press briefing, a question of whether the US had ever experienced an “Ottoman slap” drew laughs.

    Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the government is “used to” the anti-US rhetoric and they “don’t get too riled up about that.”

    She reiterated that the United States understands Turkey’s legitimate security concerns, but that the escalating violence in Afrin is “one of the areas of deep, deep concern.”

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s planned visit to Turkey this week is an indication of how serious the matter is for Washington, she asserted. He will speak with Turkish officials to find a solution that will work for Turkey, people in Syria, and the US.

    It appears likely, however, he may not get a warm welcome.

    “They have mistaken Turkey for the kind of place where they can come and go as they please without giving an account. They will soon see that it’s not such a place,” said Erdogan.

    Turkey’s indignation was stoked when the Department of Defense, in its recently published budget request for 2019, asked for $300 million for training and equipping vetted Syrian opposition forces and $250 million for “border security requirements” as part of anti-ISIS operations.

    Ankara has taken this to mean $550 million to fund the YPG.

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called on the United States to “cut its support to those murders and stop giving them weapons,” referring to the Syrian Kurdish forces.

    “This is a dark, dead-end-street. You still have time to correct your mistake,” he told an AKP conference, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Tillerson told the coalition ministerial meeting in Kuwait that “the end of major combat operations does not mean we have achieved the enduring defeat of ISIS.”

    "ISIS remains a serious threat to the stability of the region, our homelands and other parts of the globe," he said, and warned that Turkey’s operation in Afrin was pulling vital resources away from the war with ISIS.

    Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch "has detracted from our fight to defeat Islamic State in eastern Syria,” Tillerson said.

    The SDF are currently battling ISIS in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

    "Forces have diverted from there to Afrin," he said. The United States is concerned about the situation in Afrin, he added, and urged everyone to remain focused on the main threat – ISIS.

    He reiterated Washington’s understanding of Turkey’s security concerns and right to “counterterrorism efforts” on its border, but said US forces would remain in Syria and continue its training of the local forces.

    Erdogan said that the United States can no longer use fighting ISIS as an excuse to remain the region because the terror group has been largely defeated in Syria.

    “From now on, nobody has the right to use the Daesh [as an excuse],” he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS, according to Hurriyet Daily News. “We are now at the end of the Daesh theatre in Syria.”

    Russia is also expressing doubts about the US’ goal in Syria. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in a press conference on Tuesday, said he was suspicious the United States wanted to remain in Syria for a long time, “if not forever.”

    He said that ignoring Turkey’s position on the Kurdish groups is “short-sighted.”

    Lavrov stressed, however, that Kurds must be included in finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, despite Turkey’s objections.

    “Without the participation of the Kurds, we will not be able to resolve the Syrian crisis definitively,” Lavrov said. The way forward is be inclusive and find a common consensus, he explained, condemning the Americans’ tendency to “unilateral steps.”

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    Got to ask the obvious question, in light of what is going on with Turkey, as of late.

    Are the U.S. nuclear weapons, purported to have been stored at the Incirlik Air Base in past times, STILL being stored at Incirlik?

    Or, have they been moved OUT of Turkey, and back to a western country/control?

    Inquiring minds want to know . . .


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    Quote Originally Posted by intothatgoodnight View Post
    Got to ask the obvious question, in light of what is going on with Turkey, as of late.

    Are the U.S. nuclear weapons, purported to have been stored at the Incirlik Air Base in past times, STILL being stored at Incirlik?

    Or, have they been moved OUT of Turkey, and back to a western country/control?

    Inquiring minds want to know . . .


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    Officially they are still there. I would assume they are gone

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    My Country embarrasses me when I rationally can not come up with a reason to cheer against those folks who have been determined to be opponents.

    cf: Kurds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doomer Doug View Post
    The enemy of my enemy is my friend/acquaintance? Oh, how the wheels within the wheels spin in Syria. Assad junior, the one who never wanted to be a politician, he trained to be an eye doctor, and lived in London, has turned out to a real survivor, cunning, sly, devious and able to outplay Russia, Iran, Israel, the USA, NATO, and the EU for years now. Everybody has been trying to get rid of him for a decade, and he is still here.

    Assad commits very little in terms of actual support. He takes advantage of the chaos to expand his control east and south. He ties Turkey down. He messes with the USA, which hates him, and he shows the Kurds they will have to deal with him. And all of that is the result of letting some convoys drive through his territory in the middle of the night.

    Yeah, now if Assad junior can avoid a war with Israel, which he may not be able to, he is golden and ends up at the top of the heap a year from now.
    The biggest problem Assad has isn't the Russians, the Kurds or even the Turks (to a degree in their case) but the Iranians and their Hezbollah proxies "going for it" while "hiding behind" Assad and the Russians for a perceived opening advantage.

    When this "balloon goes up" things are going to rapidly escalate beyond anyone who started it will expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielboon View Post
    I think that is why Tillerson is going there..
    Tillerson ( and McMaster ) is an Islamist kiss ass
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    Turkey tries to turn Russia, Iran against the U.S. - Turkey expert

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    Feb 14 2018

    Turkey is trying to bring Iran and Russia around to its side in its confrontation with the United States, Gönül Tol, founding director of The Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies said in an article in the National Interest Magazine.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said last week he did not believe U.S. shipments of arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters were for use against Islamic State, “it means you have calculations against Turkey and Iran, and maybe Russia,” he said.

    By making such remarks, Tol said, Erdoğan was trying to “galvanise a common front of anti-U.S. sentiment” in Turkey, Iran and Russia, and downplay its escalating tensions with those countries over the war in Syria. If successful, she said, Turkey would be less likely to compromise with Washington when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visits Ankara on Friday.

    Turkey's opaque relations with al Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the Syrian rebel-held province of Idlib appear to be creating tension between Russia and Turkey, Tol said. The militant group claimed responsibility for shooting down a Russian fighter jet using a surface-to-air missile on Feb. 3.

    "Russia is frustrated with Turkey’s failure to roll back the al Qaeda–linked Hayat Tahrir al Sham’s influence in Idlib while Iran and the (Syrian President Bashar) Assad regime have grown increasingly uncomfortable with Turkey’s move into Afrin."

    Iran asked Turkey this week to stop its three-week-old military incursion into the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin, a sign tension between the countries is increasing. Syrian and Iranian forces also attacked a Turkish convoy in Aleppo province this week.

    Turkey's growing isolation, according to Tol, is worrying Erdoğan as well. "He also hopes this will keep the pressure on Washington at a time when Turkish and U.S. forces might clash in Syria," said Tol. The Turkish leader understands the country "cannot take on Russia and the United States at the same time," she said.

    "If (Erdoğan) manages to ease tensions with Russia, Ankara will be less interested in what Secretary Tillerson has to offer to prevent a Turkish incursion into Manbij."

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    Well, this will certainly stir the pot even more.

    http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/iran-...strike-israel/

    Iran Unveils Series Of Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missiles And Threatens To Strike Israel Over Syria Attack
    Iranian military leaders bragged the ballistic missile "can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability," according to reports in Iran's state-controlled media.

    Iran unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held over the weekend, a move that experts view as a bid to bolster the hardline ruling regime as dissidents continue efforts to stir protest.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Iran, armed with an ever-increasing battery of missiles and a firm alliance with Russia, is doggedly pursuing a confrontation with Israel. The Iranian drone incursion that triggered a series of Syrian airstrikes over the weekend that resulted in the loss of an Israel f-16 is proof of that. The policies of the Obama administration allowed Iranian technology to advance to the point now where Israel has no choice but to prepare to attack.

    On the heels of an encounter between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces, Iranian leaders showcased their ballistic missile capabilities, which includes a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts.

    The nuclear-capable missile can strike Israel even when fired from Iranian territory, raising concerns about an impending conflict between Tehran and the Jewish state that could further inflame the region.

    Iranian military leaders bragged the ballistic missile “can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled media.

    The latest technology could further inflame tensions between Israel and Iran, which funds and controls terror organizations operating along Israel’s border. Concerns that this nuclear-capable technology could be shared by Iran with its terrorist proxies are fueling longstanding concerns among the Israelis that an attack is imminent.

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    by Geoffrey Grider February 13, 2018
    Iran unveiled a series of new homemade nuclear-capable ballistic missiles during military parades held over the weekend, a move that experts view as a bid to bolster the hardline ruling regime as dissidents continue efforts to stir protest.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Iran, armed with an ever-increasing battery of missiles and a firm alliance with Russia, is doggedly pursuing a confrontation with Israel. The Iranian drone incursion that triggered a series of Syrian airstrikes over the weekend that resulted in the loss of an Israel f-16 is proof of that. The policies of the Obama administration allowed Iranian technology to advance to the point now where Israel has no choice but to prepare to attack.

    On the heels of an encounter between an Iranian drone and Israeli forces, Iranian leaders showcased their ballistic missile capabilities, which includes a nuclear-capable medium-range missile that appears to share similarities with North Korean technology, according to experts.

    The nuclear-capable missile can strike Israel even when fired from Iranian territory, raising concerns about an impending conflict between Tehran and the Jewish state that could further inflame the region.

    Iranian military leaders bragged the ballistic missile “can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to their radar-evading capability,” according to reports in Iran’s state-controlled media.

    The latest technology could further inflame tensions between Israel and Iran, which funds and controls terror organizations operating along Israel’s border. Concerns that this nuclear-capable technology could be shared by Iran with its terrorist proxies are fueling longstanding concerns among the Israelis that an attack is imminent.

    As Iranian dissidents continue to protest over the country’s ailing economy, the ruling regime continues to invest millions of dollars it received as part of the landmark nuclear deal with the United States on its military technology, specifically ballistic missiles, which are subject to a ban under international statutes.

    However, Iran has not only continued this work but also invested heavily in it since receiving the cash windfalls from the nuclear deal. Conservative estimates from open sources indicate the Iranian regime has spent at least $16 billion in recent years on its military buildup and rogue operations in Syria, as well as other countries.

    “Thirty-nine years in, the Islamic Revolution has little to show for its decades in power other than growing the country’s asymmetric military capabilities in order to continue their export of the revolution,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, an Iran expert with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Washington Free Beacon. “The Islamic Republic has considerably grown the country’s missile and rocket arsenal, both through production and procurement.”
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    FRANCE IS GETTING NERVOUS ABOUT SYRIA

    Macron seems to be getting increasingly concerned Syria is about to blow up. I wonder why?

    http://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/syria/140220183

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    France: Syria risks becoming ‘international confrontation’
    By Rudaw 2 hours ago

    NEW YORK – The conflict in Syria could expand to a “regional and international confrontation,” warned France’s ambassador to the United Nations.

    “Look at the situation in Syria: all the ingredients are present, if we do nothing about it urgently, for a major regional and international confrontation,” Ambassador Francois Delattre said on Wednesday in answer to a question from Rudaw’s Majeed Gly.

    Delattre was on his way into a session of the UN Security Council that will discuss a resolution proposing a one-month humanitarian ceasefire in Syria.

    The UN requested a ceasefire in order to allow delivery of humanitarian aid to desperate civilian populations after nearly seven years of war in the country that has drawn international actors into its complicated battle field. Russia and Iran are backing Damascus, the US and the global coalition are backing the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight ISIS, and Turkey is backing elements within Syrian rebel forces to combat ISIS and the Kurdish forces.

    The potential for conflict between the United States and Russia was highlighted when reports emerged of possible Russian casualties in US-led coalition airstrikes on Syrian regime allies in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province.

    NATO allies Turkey and the United States have verbally sparred over the northern Syrian town of Manbij, where the United States has forces training and assisting its Syrian allies in the war against ISIS – forces that Ankara alleges are a branch of the PKK, a named terror organization.

    Last week, an Israeli jet crashed during retaliatory operations in Syria after an Iranian drone allegedly entered Israel’s airspace from Syria.

    The threat of confrontation between the various international actors combined with the humanitarian emergency “is enough to call for a strong reaction” and support for the ceasefire, Delattre explained. “We believe that the strategic component of all this is now another source of great emergency and extreme concern for us and also, I guess, for many of my colleagues.”

    Asked if Turkey would be obliged to cease its Operation Olive Branch in Afrin if the Security Council passes the resolution, the ambassador from Sweden, which is a co-sponsor of the draft resolution, declined to comment.

    Russia said last week that a ceasefire was "not realistic."
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    The biggest problem Assad has isn't the Russians, the Kurds or even the Turks (to a degree in their case) but the Iranians and their Hezbollah proxies "going for it" while "hiding behind" Assad and the Russians for a perceived opening advantage.


    It's one thing for your enemies to play "Let's you and him fight." But it's something else when your supposed friends do it.

    With friends like that you don't need enemies.


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    3 Syrian ambassador rebuffs UN envoy's efforts

    Syria's ambassador to the UN says his government will not recognize any constitutional reform body formed outside the framework of a Russian-led peace initiative for his country.


    Bashar Jaafari's remarks to the UN Security Council on Wednesday appeared to rebuff efforts by UN Envoy Staffan De Mistura to facilitate and mediate constitutional reform for Syria, one of the guiding principles of a 2015 Security Council roadmap for peace for Syria.


    Jaafari's remarks echoed an earlier statement by Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan who said de Mistura had no authority to select delegates to a constitutional committee for Syria.


    Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan said Tuesday that only participants in a Russian-led "Syrian Congress of National Dialogue" convened in Sochi last month could be delegates on a constitutional committee. Several members of the Syrian opposition refused to attend the Sochi conference.


    De Mistura has said the Sochi congress delivered a mandate to allow him to convene a constitutional committee with members from the broader Syrian opposition. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...114146,00.html

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