… from Press TV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: It was no surprise to hear that Macron was jumping at the chance to claim anyway, that France would fill the US shoes with the Syrian Kurds. But where Erdogan was concerned about the US, he will not be about France.
The “support” term use by the French is a strong indication that Macron wanted to get some world stage news coverage while he is up to his fanny in yellow vest alligators, with the police unions threatening to go on strike next and protest themselves. They have endured austerity cutbacks, much like Ian reports from Britain, where 9-11 calls can go unanswered, and if you have a burglary, the police might not even respond.
US federal workers, the first to have their pay stopped in the shutdown, got coal in their stocking from Donald and Congress who were equally responsible. The border-wall standoff was made-to-order for a lame-duck Congress. The continued illegal immigration leakage has created a suction to draw more from Central America to roll the dice on crashing the gates into the US, most of the single males, tough guys.
I was shocked to read in one of the immigration background cases that we are now a repository for abused spouses, or ones that claim to be anyway, as a judge has ruled that as grounds for making an asylum application. I wonder what isn’t?
The Trump pull out from Syria is going to keep him in the news over the holidays. He might as well enjoy the fun now, because when the Dems get back from recess, Donald will be getting a different taste of the job, from the House anyway... Jim W. Dean]
– First published … December 22, 2018 –
A French official says his country has pledged backing for the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed anti-Damascus alliance of mainly Kurdish militants, amid the planned withdrawal of American troops from the Arab country.
The Elysee Palace official said that advisers to French President Emmanuel Macron had assured SDF of their support in a meeting with the group’s figures, including co-chairs Ilham Ahmed and Riad Darrar, in Paris on Friday.
“The advisers passed on a message of support and solidarity and explained to them the talks France had with US authorities to continue the fight against Daesh,” the official added.
The remarks came two days after President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced that the US would be pulling all its 2,000 forces out of Syria. He also claimed victory over the Daesh Takfiri terror outfit in the war-torn state.
However, France, a leading member of the US-led coalition, purportedly fighting Daesh in Syria, said that it would keep troops in Syria.
“For now of course we remain in Syria,” France’s European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said on CNews television, noting “the fight against terrorism is not over.”
Separately, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Paris had started talks with Washington on the timeframe and conditions for the US’s Syria withdrawal.
In a speech in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would mobilize to fight the remaining Daesh elements and temporarily delay plans to attack Kurdish militants in Syria’s northeast.
American and Turkish officials told The Associated Press that Trump had made the decision for the Syria pullout during the December 14 telephone conversation with Erdogan.
On Thursday, Turkish Defense Minister General Hulusi Akar warned that Kurdish militants operating east of the Euphrates River would be “buried in the ditches” they dig.
“Now we have Manbij and the east of the Euphrates in front of us. We are working intensively on this subject,” he was quoted as saying by Anadolu news agency.
“Right now it is being said that some ditches, tunnels were dug in Manbij and to the east of the Euphrates. They can dig tunnels or ditches if they want, they can go underground if they want, when the time and place comes, they will be buried in the ditches they dug. No one should doubt this.”
US soothes Iraq concerns
In another development on Saturday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi that Washington would continue operations in the Arab country despite the Syria exit.
Abdul-Mahdi’s office said in a statement that he had “received a phone call from Pompeo who explained the details of the upcoming withdrawal from Syria and affirmed the United States is still committed to fight Daesh and terrorism in Iraq and other areas.”
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The biggest problem the French are likely to have apart perhaps from logistics is air support, who will supply that? Especially as at the earliest possible moment the Syrians/Russians are likely to declare a no fly zone over the whole of Syrian airspace.
There are reports of a RuAF S-300 at the main airbase in Deir as well. That will be giving pretty good radar coverage east and north east.
Does anyone think it means something if the US pulls out of Afghanistan, and Iraq, we can add Ukraine to the list too, but back to the question. What will it say about US foreign policy if every country mentioned radically changes leadership after our departure? Will the message be heard in Washington?
Trump has to do it, pull out of these quagmires, as soon the national debt will be $25 trillions, and the gangster Banksters will be coming for our rail roads, our ports, our national parks, our water, and of course our social security funds, maybe even the furniture, and the silver service collection, in the Whitehouse. Think of Greece, and what happened there. Yes the Euro banks took everything, even the nations national treasure, the King’s jewels. Oh my! Gasp!
Somewhere a deal has been made between the French, Turkey, and our very own MIC. Profit will not be sacrificed.
Nice to see two NATO countries going at it, OUCH!
I don’t understand what does US pullout mean, this is a country with hundreds of overseas installations? Surely an overrated phrase in the 21st century. US military are everywhere, defacing and soiling. The definition of Wehrmacht. They can still attack from Incirlik or Iraq or Mediterranean any day.
Risible – “He (Trump) also claimed victory over the Daesh Takfiri terror outfit in the war-torn state.” Daesh is the rebranded Terrorist name that Obozo’s DOS/UK/IsRAHELL/France/Jordan/Qatar et al created. You just can’t make this stuff up. “Truth is the fiction inside the lie”. Feckless & reckless empire of lies. Trump & Macron both look like Rothschild Marionettes & it couldn’t be more obvious.
Farcical in reality. Trump accuses Obama of being founder of ISIS
These 2000 that Trump Decided to ” Pull Out ” must be ” The Best All Rounder ” Murderer , Each one of These Most Probably is a Cold Blooded Habitual Murderer ………
These 2000 Must be NONDiplomatic and I Don’t think many of the 2000 will be Diplomacy Staff ….. This 2000 must be the Wrongest Contingent Sent To send To Syria As a Diplomatic move by USA …….
US withdraws ground troops. Their praised virtual coalition of “60 countries” remains in Syria? I think that without the Americans there the French have nothing to do. They will be simply torn to pieces. Or cry for US help from the nearest air-bases.
Don’t forget the perfidious Brits as they will have assets in Syria as well.
Good, let Macron be Bibi’s b*tch for awhile, Just wait till the French are 25 Trillion Francs in debt with absolutely nothing to show for it. I pity any country that wants to be allied with Israel.
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