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...from SouthFront The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have made more gains against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province. Northwest of Mayadin...
Jim W. Dean - We have already seen the Syrian Kurds, under the guise of fighting ISIS, grabbing the oil wealth in the Arabic areas of eastern Deir Ezzor and openly claiming they aim to keep them, which ties US forces into their war of conquest inside Syria
If people like Max Boot aren’t dangerous to America and much of the world, then no one is. It was good that Tucker Carlson told Boot to pick up a decent job like changing tires.
Sputnik/Moscow: Evidence continues to emerge that the US military forces in Syria and Iraq are cooperating with the Daesh terrorist group, Iranian political analyst...
Sudden death is indeed a frightening thing, and mass shootings, in particular, always bring pain and suffering.
After a FOIA request by the ACLU and a subsequent long legal battle, a US District Court judge ordered the Dept of Defense to...
Abadi - We will apply the constitution to all areas taken over after 2003 and after the entry of the Islamic State in 2014, and we will do that without shedding any blood.
Jim W. Dean - What I have been posing in my interviews over the last few days, that with only Israel supporting the Iraqi Kurdish separatist move, there will be no international group to oppose the sanctions that will be coming down on Kurdistan.
Jim W. Dean - This move by Abadi begins the sanctions pressure we had anticipated, but does not explain why he has to ask for oil sanctions when Iraq, Turkey and Syria can block the export routes.
Jim W. Dean - Turkey's main concern is seeing the referendum trigger an uprising in its own unhappy Kurdish regions, when it already has serious concerns with a Kurdish independent state being carved out on its southern border with Syria.
Jim W. Dean - Standard current US geopolitical propaganda psyops focuses on framing anyone being able to defend themselves from American domination and aggression as a threat, so they can be subjected to financial sanctions and military action.
Jim W. Dean - Turkey has armored forces deployed north of Idlib province on the Syrian border, and on the Iraqi border, also. Both are invasion forces but there has been little press on the infantry and air cover that would be needed for them.
Trump is causing trouble in the Middle East because the Israeli regime tells him what to do. If fighting terrorism was his main goal, he would almost certainly go after terrorist states like Saudi Arabia, which destroyed Yemen and imposed a blockade on Qatar.
Jim W. Dean - The SAA struggles logistically with too many key tasks that all need to be done right away, like clearing ISIS from Deir Ezzor, widening the airport perimeter, and getting its forces west of the Euphrates to keep the Kurds from taking the oil fields there.
Jim W. Dean - More in-your-face Netanyahu duplicity here, pushing for the Kurds "to attain a state of their own", while he has always blocked such for the Palestinians, despite the UN resolutions supporting it, and none for the Kurds.
Jim W. Dean - Iraq needs a civil war now like it needs a hole in the head. But the Balkanization of the country would be worse; so its decision, though an unpleasant one, will be simple...better and less costly to fight now than later.
Jim W. Dean - Iraq could find itself between a rock and a hard place on this Kurdish referendum provocation. If it is not a real call for secession, then the goal may be as a show of political force to renegotiate keeping a bigger share of their oil revenues.
Jim W. Dean - The current Syrian Arab Army offensive is a wonderful display of combined operations, good target Intel over a fluid battlefield, with artillery, air power... both fighter bombers and helicopters, supporting infantry and armor on the ground.
A senior Iranian official has called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to forgo a planned referendum for secession, warning that a possible breakup of the Arab country could have grave consequences for the security of the region.
The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it would start taking into account temporarily deployed military units when reporting troop numbers in Afghanistan, with updated numbers for Iraq and Syria to follow.
A Kurdish militant group claimed today that it has captured Turkish intelligence officers. Diyar Xerib, a Kurdish leader linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), said the PKK had “arrested” two Turkish nationals working for Turkey’s national spy agency MIT, but had refrained from publicizing the incident so as not to create problems for the local government.
...from SouthFront In June 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS) occupied about one-third of Iraq’s territory, including Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. It meant the...
America had no legal or constitutional right to be involved in any of them!
Jim W. Dean - What Abadi is doing is allowing all combat groups to participate in the battle so they can share the credit. The US fear of the PMUs gaining more combat experience was silly, as they are already are a proven counter-insurgency force.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to add a simple sum. You cannot destroy a nation with help from allies and terrorists, attack its neighbors, and then offer aid to rebuild it. Saudi Arabia has done just that.
Studying history, as we all know, is sometimes not a pleasant enterprise. It can bring to light painful wounds and memories. Yet it is largely through a study of history that the present can make more sense.