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Russia and Iran have had an enemy in their camp, with Erdogan's claims to support Syrian territorial integrity being a sick joke. His actions have mirrored the US' actions. He will leave Syria when it suits him, and not before.
We saw clues to this move with the high number of bombing sorties flown by the SAA and Russia against troop and supply concentrations in Idlib.
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,
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.
Jim W. Dean - Developments are happening fast now in Syria, as the name of the game now is "If you snooze you lose"
Jim W. Dean - Egypt comes out of the blue to offer its mediation services to the SDF, which is caught in a pickle with the US pullout. Syria is forced to do something to maintain its position that no part of Syria will be dismembered.
Jim W. Dean - If MSB goes down he might want some company, like Pompeo, and Gina Haskel, and maybe even Trump.
The Jamal Khashoggi debacle exposes the covert and diabolical activities of the United States and Saudi Arabia. What we are seeing here is that Trump is once again part of the Deep State, the very diabolical entity he presumably or superficially sought to destroy.
Jim W. Dean - VT readers know how much time we have spent watching Turkey with its roller coaster policy of supporting Syria.
The US continues to play its poker game of “Economic Show Down” with a growing list of unhappy countries.
Jim W. Dean - Fifteen billion is nothing to sneeze at, as it is way more than Saudi Arabia ever did for Egypt during its financial crunches
Unilateralism, which the US champions, is an outdated way of conducting global politics.
Investing in organizations and institutions based in East Jerusalem reportedly remains among Turkey's efforts to increase its influence in the city.
In the wake of Erdogan's predictable victory, the NYT should be apologizing for its delusional projection of a likely Ince win.
It seems Turkey may well have awakened, and now recognizes that playing it safe by hanging out with the US and Israel isn't going to work.
This latest mass sacking of Turkish officers is a body blow to a military that lost a large number of officers and personnel in the wake of the 2016 coup attempt.