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Jim W. Dean - Turkey continues to attack SDF and SAA lines in N Syria to test their response, and so far the Russians have been quiet about these probes, and not used their air power to discourage Turkish advances.
Jim W. Dean - As VT has been saying, at the end of the day it is the major criminal orgs against us all, and sadly our government institutions seem to be their favorite tools.
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.
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?
Jim W. Dean - We are far enough along in the Erdogan incursion into Syria to look at some of the early reporting to see who understood what was happening.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced that the withdrawal of Kurdish militia forces from the safe zone in north-eastern region Syria has been completed
Syria welcomes pullout of Kurdish armed groups to depth of 30 km from Turkish border - First published ... October 27, 2019 - Damascus welcomes the...
Jim W. Dean - Having refugees return to places with no infrastructure or jobs is a dead-on-arrival program, which is exactly what the US coalition wants, so they will then be "anti-Assad". Welcome to the fake US spreading of freedom and democracy.
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.
Jim W. Dean - The Kurds are only 30% of the population in Northern Syria, and their playing local henchmen for the US over the other 70% of the population is a crime, which the MSM has not covered.
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?
It is not likely that government forces and the SDF will carry out large-scale joint operations attacking positions of the Turkish Army.
Jim W. Dean - These combined Syrian units are attacking west to push the Turkish militias away from their M-4 highway blocking position, as the road needs to be cleared.
Jim W. Dean - Trump will be on the spot today, to put up or shut up on his bold "red line" threats he made to Erdogan about doing anything to the Kurds that was not necessary.
Jim W. Dean - We have dozens of people on the ground there with both the Arab and Kurdish fighters who regularly report to VT in Damascus, sources for years.
Why do I sense that maybe the Kurds think they can play everybody off against each other and come out on top? Is the American backing the tipping point for their making that play?
Jim W. Dean - So today we have the news of the SDF Kurds, obviously under the control of the US, destroying their fortifications, but we are given nothing on what the YPG Kurds are doing.