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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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