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Geopolitics in the Middle East: What About the Kurds?

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SDF recaptures eight villages in northern Al-Hasakah from Turkish SNA

This video shows the SDF taking out an SNA armored vehicle attacking the M-4 highway today, in a sitting-duck position and at an easy close range for the SDF shooters.

NEO – Did America’s crystal ball show this Russian-Turkey surprise in...

The Kurds’ deal with Russia and Syria means that the US has lost its only ground ally in the region; the US no longer has any means to influence the ground situation without the Kurds.

Breaking: Turkish, Russian troops begin joint patrols in northern Syria

Jim W. Dean - The Deep State actors, as always, will be the biggest threat to peace. Look to see them trying to run their own terror attacks inside north Syria, and blaming it on a suitable patsy.

Syria – Seven Syrian soldiers killed in clashes with Turkish troops

Jim W. Dean - The future will not be determined by what Erdogan does, but what the Syrians and Kurds can, and will do. Will the Kurds deal straight up with Damascus, or play Assad off against the US?

Fake Raid? Abu Mohammad Salama Killed? Did Zionists & Kurds Schlong...

Q. Within minutes of President Donald Trump’s announcement of an alleged raid that allegedly killed an alleged ISIS leader known as Abu Bakr...

Syrian Oil Scam: Netanyahu and Jared Kushner Meeting in Saudi Arabia...

ISIS leaders, formerly imprisoned in Syria, were "sprung" by private military special operations groups and are forming a new base of operations that will have strong ties to the powerful Israeli military and intelligence clandestine group inside the Kurdish region of Iraq. Financing it will be stolen Syrian oil....

Breaking: Erdogan agrees to Syrian-Russia-Turkish border patrols

Jim W. Dean - The big winner here is Syria. Once it knows that it does not have to put half its army into north Syria to fight Turkey, it can proceed at full speed with its Latakia and Idlib offensive.

Trump wants to end the “Stupid Wars”?

by Phil Giraldi, ...with The Unz Review - First published ... October 15, 2029 - The discussion, if one might even call it that, regarding the...

US troops withdrawing from Syria have no permission to stay in...

Jim W. Dean - Once the troops returning from Syria get to their main base in Iraq, is the Iraqi military going to get ID's and photos on them and pass out trackable bar-coded wrist bands.

Kurds angry over US withdrawal and the end to having their...

The US has made a tactical retreat to Western Iraq...for now.

Trump’s word worthless – US still plays with Kurds and Syrian...

Pentagon chief confirms plan to keep some troops in Syria to control oil fields.

More endless nonsense from Trump

Jim W. Dean - Dear Mr. Trump, Enough already. I appreciate your validating my early prediction that you would run the White House like a reality TV program, but...

Erdogan acknowledges Syrian control of any safe zone

Jim W. Dean - Questions will still remain about Kurdish units integrated with the Syrian military "securing" the area. Will the YPG be shifted to other less sensitive areas, or will it be disbanded and absorbed into the Syrian military?

The truce that did not last a day – Welcome to...

Jim W. Dean - We are witnessing the usual scam, where they grab the headlines for being a reasonable participant, but then they "interpret the agreement" to accomplish what they wanted.

As expected, Trump wants all credit for Syria ceasefire deal

Jim W. Dean - No modesty at all, Trump is claiming "millions of lives will be saved...due to his tough love.

Breaking: Turkey, US agree to temporary ceasefire in Syria

Turkey has agreed to temporarily halt its military operation against Syria’s Kurdish-led militias, allowing them to withdraw from the country’s border.

NEO – The Scramble of October 2019, a New World

Gordon Duff - American mischief is at an end, leaving things as they were before 9/11, at the brink of a very different war with nothing changed.

Live Updates: Turkey’s offensive in Northern Syria enters its second week

...by Sputnik News, Moscow - First published ... October 16, 2019 - 15:48 Russian Forces Have Crossed the Euphrates River in Northern Syria, Moving East With...

US Forces Intervene to Stop Damascus from Aiding Slaughtered Kurds

Sources said U.S. forces stationed at a bridge prevented movement between cities in an attempt to prevent pro-Assad forces from entering the area and helping the Kurdish civilians.

Geopolitical Roulette, Syria 2018-2019

The next round of the geopolitical standoff will likely take place in a larger part of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and the stakes will grow, involving more resources of nations in geopolitical roulette.

NEO – What Happens Now with Syria?

The Syria withdrawal story has taken almost daily twists and turns, even with Bolton and Trump seeming to be going in separate directions.

Trump and Bolton play good and bad cop game on Syria

Jim W. Dean - The free and democratic US now insists, without any input from Syria, that it will decide Syria's foreign policy with the Turks on the Kurds,

Kurdish fighters withdraw from Manbij: Syria

Jim W. Dean - The YPG has been wasting troops in Manbij, when they could have been put to better use clearing ISIS out of eastern Deir Ezzor province faster.

Iraq to play bigger role in Syria to fight Daesh: PM

... from Press TV, Tehran - First published ... January 01, 2018 - The Iraqi prime minister has hinted that his country would play a...

Erdogan reneges on staying out of Kurdish Syria if SAA takes...

Jim W. Dean - We still do not have the details on the deal Trump made with Erdogan, and we cannot be sure that one or the other, or both, will not break it.

Militants leaving last strongholds in Syria’s Homs, Hama

What makes this Northern Homs clearing story special is that it opens Highway 5, the main route to Aleppo, giving the SAA more flexible and faster internal lines for shifting forces around in future combat in the Idlib area.

Victories and Diplomacy of Turkey, What to expect next

Despite declaring Crimea's sovereignty referendum to be illegitimate, Ankara seeks to maintain at least neutral relations with Moscow and to further the economic cooperation with it, as Turkey's TurkStream pipeline is strategically important to allow control of natural gas transport into southern Europe.

NEO – Teetering on the Edge of Nuclear War

Gordon Duff - As this is written, the US, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, is bringing carrier battle groups into both the Red Sea and Mediterranean to attack both Syrian and Russian Forces inside Syria.

Syria facing ‘new wave’ of US intervention, Iran’s Zarif says

Jim W. Dean - Zarif hit the nail on the head with his assertion that the US' hoax of being in Syria to eliminate Daesh in the Kurdish areas of Syria was merely a Plan B for Balkanizing Syria.

Turkey wins showdown with US over Syrian Kurds

... by  Press TV, Tehran - First published ... January, 27, 2018 - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says US military forces need to immediately withdraw...

Former SDF spokesman rats out U.S. using SDF front org to...

Jim W. Dean - This is a wonderful story about a top SDF source spilling the beans on how the US used the SDF as a front to pass weapons through to "other combatants", with no bookkeeping bread crumb trail for aiding and abetting proxy terrorism.

Syrian Kurds ‘Determined to Retaliate Against Turkish Invasion of Afrin’

Amid the military buildup on the Syrian-Turkish border near Kurdish-controlled Afrin, Foza Yusuf, executive council co-chair of the self-proclaimed Democratic Federation of Northern Syria...

Presidents of Iran, Russia, Turkey hold Syria talks in Sochi

Jim W. Dean - The post ISIS-defeat shadow-boxing continues to crank up with the latest Sochi meeting of the Syrian guarantors' ceasefire, absent the US of course, due to its blatant undermining of all those it had previously been a part of.

Y2K continues to affect America

How do the creation of Department of Homeland Security in 2000 relate to the war economy and the attempt to bankrupt the United States at behest of corporate?

US representatives question State Dept policy in Iraq favoring Iran over...

US Congressional representatives and others gather in front of the Capitol to support Kurds in Iraq. WASHINGTON, D.C. - Several US congressmen including war veterans...

Kurds’ Retreat from Kirkuk Foils Barzani’s Plot against Region: Iranian Official

A member of Iran’s Expediency Council said the Kurdish Peshmerga forces’ withdrawal from the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk put an end to a dangerous plot hatched against regional security.

Israel Giving the Kurds an Air Force to Fight Baghdad (updated)

By Gordon Duff and Nahed al Husaini Minutes ago, 30 Hezbollah fighters were killed inside Syria.  The US claims none of its planes were involved.   Up...

NEO: A Scorching Hot Cold War

Jim W. Dean - I chose this title and the subject matter to get onto the table that it might be time to take a new look at our using the term "New Cold War", because it is anything but that.

Turkey agrees to ‘only deal with Baghdad’ over oil exports

Jim W. Dean - As I watched the Kurdish people dance in the streets with joy, I was astounded to see the unconcern over losing their oil export revenue or control of their airspace and borders, even for imports.

Erdogan – Turkey will close border with Iraqi Kurdish region

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.

Iraqi parliament votes military action against Kurdish referendum

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.

Iraqi PM slams Kurdish referendum as ‘unconstitutional’

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.

Washington bets on Kurds

A few days ago The Washington Post referring to two anonymous sources, members of Trump's administration, reported that the White House had decided to end a covert CIA program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels.

The Kurds: Washington’s Weapon of Mass Destabilization

The pop singer, HellyLuv is a willing marketing tool for the Kurds. The Kurds are often portrayed by mainstream media as gallant freedom fighters, with cute girls fighting in their ranks. By and large they have cast their lot with the US in its efforts at regime change in Syria. This places the Kurds in what would seem to be some atrocious alliances, including with Israel, the Saudis, and… ISIS.

Kurds May Face Turkish Army in Syria One-to-One

Recently Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his readiness to conduct a new military operation in the north of Syria to prevent the emergence...

NEO: Syrian Coalition Must End US-Kurdish Aggression Now

Jim W. Dean - I used the Syrian plane shootdown to focus much needed attention on the US using the SDF Kurds to take much of the traditional Arab areas of Syria, especially where there were economic resources, to potentially become part of their new state.

Erdogan to fight US arrest warrants (re: DC brawl)

I find it hard to believe that Erdogan's security is so poorly trained that they would just spontaneously leap into a crowd like that in the middle of the US capital.

The Three-way Tug of War that’s Pulling Syria Apart

In order to simplify the Syrian theater of proxy wars, it can be divided into three separate and distinct zones: that are, the Syrian government-controlled areas, the regions administered by the Syrian Kurds and the areas that have been occupied by the Syrian opposition.

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