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    fake news, old news, who cares? sounds good though


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    Delivering supplies in Syria
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverharp View Post
    fake news, old news, who cares? sounds good though


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    This is what has been left from mighty ISIS
    No cities and towns, only few villages in a dessert
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    With ISIS all but defeated as a conventional force (they will still be dangerous as guerrillas/terrorists) The Syrian pro-government forces and the Russians appear to be turning their attention on Idlib and Nusra/HTS.

    Pro Assad sources report redeployment of troops and very heavy air strikes against HTS in Idlib and Hama. Undoubtedly the next big battle will be north west Syria. The position of Turkey as this rebel pocket is attacked and possibly eliminated will be important. They have troops on the ground in Idlib and northern Aleppo and in the past have supplied the insurgents there with heavy weapons. Whether they continue to do this could well determine the course of the battle
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    Aleppo is preparing for Christmas
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    With ISIS all but defeated as a conventional force (they will still be dangerous as guerrillas/terrorists) The Syrian pro-government forces and the Russians appear to be turning their attention on Idlib and Nusra/HTS.

    Pro Assad sources report redeployment of troops and very heavy air strikes against HTS in Idlib and Hama. Undoubtedly the next big battle will be north west Syria. The position of Turkey as this rebel pocket is attacked and possibly eliminated will be important. They have troops on the ground in Idlib and northern Aleppo and in the past have supplied the insurgents there with heavy weapons. Whether they continue to do this could well determine the course of the battle
    What is currently happening is that the Regime is providing ISIS with air cover to retake villages in Idlib from Hay't Tahrir Sham that were taken from them in 2014.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    With ISIS all but defeated as a conventional force (they will still be dangerous as guerrillas/terrorists) The Syrian pro-government forces and the Russians appear to be turning their attention on Idlib and Nusra/HTS.

    Pro Assad sources report redeployment of troops and very heavy air strikes against HTS in Idlib and Hama. Undoubtedly the next big battle will be north west Syria. The position of Turkey as this rebel pocket is attacked and possibly eliminated will be important. They have troops on the ground in Idlib and northern Aleppo and in the past have supplied the insurgents there with heavy weapons. Whether they continue to do this could well determine the course of the battle
    There is a very interesting case going on in the US concerning allegations that Turkey was circumventing sanctions on Iran and effectively seeing Iran through a rough patch ( made by the leadership's aggressive language against Israel).

    End result Washington is not happy with Ankara. And Israel has cooled it's interaction with Ankara.

    Erdogan is now encountering embarrassment, as there are allegations that his family members were in on this illegal trade.

    Washington might eventually decide to kick Turkey out of NATO - unless the Turks decide they have had enough of Erdogan.

    Erdogan is creating for Turkey both internally and externally.

    In the interim he will not do anything to displease either the Kremlin or Tehran. He is running out of chums. And given the corruption uncovered by the trial, Ankara could well be running out of money soon also.

    All Turkey has to show for it is an expensive palace for the Erdogans. He is now turning Turkey into a failed state.

    Another sign that people are no longer impressed will be educated Turks turning to athiesm, Christianity, Sufi'ism, & anything but what they are instructed by Erdogan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leandrai View Post
    What is currently happening is that the Regime is providing ISIS with air cover to retake villages in Idlib from Hay't Tahrir Sham that were taken from them in 2014.
    Not really, SAA need need airpower for themselves to clean Hama from rebranded al-Qaeda
    ISIS just taking advantages from HTS busy other places
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    Quote Originally Posted by Analyzer View Post
    There is a very interesting case going on in the US concerning allegations that Turkey was circumventing sanctions on Iran and effectively seeing Iran through a rough patch ( made by the leadership's aggressive language against Israel).

    End result Washington is not happy with Ankara. And Israel has cooled it's interaction with Ankara.

    Erdogan is now encountering embarrassment, as there are allegations that his family members were in on this illegal trade.

    Washington might eventually decide to kick Turkey out of NATO - unless the Turks decide they have had enough of Erdogan.

    Erdogan is creating for Turkey both internally and externally.

    In the interim he will not do anything to displease either the Kremlin or Tehran. He is running out of chums. And given the corruption uncovered by the trial, Ankara could well be running out of money soon also.

    All Turkey has to show for it is an expensive palace for the Erdogans. He is now turning Turkey into a failed state.

    Another sign that people are no longer impressed will be educated Turks turning to athiesm, Christianity, Sufi'ism, & anything but what they are instructed by Erdogan.
    Actually, the ability of the US to influence events has been greatly weakened, first by Bush, now by Trump.

    During the week Iraq announced that it had cleared ISIS off its territory - and did not even bother to thank the US, who made it possible.

    Saudi Arabia are clearly pursuing their own objectives against Iran without reference to what the US wants. Thanks to Trump, Iran may re-start its nuclear programme.

    And the US itself has clearly distanced itself from its web of alliances in the region by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a move that serves Israeli interests but not those of the US.

    The US has about 40,000 troops in Northern Iraq, Syria and Turkey, all of them at the mercy of the locals, and without a function, now that the war against ISIS is just "normal counter-terrorism". If they leave, there will be no real American influence between the Mediterranean and Iran.

    American power in the Middle East is at its lowest point since World War II. Instead of Making America Great Again, Trump has just weakened it further.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bormotello View Post
    Not really, SAA need need airpower for themselves to clean Hama from rebranded al-Qaeda
    ISIS just taking advantages from HTS busy other places
    I have no idea *WHY* they are giving ISIS air cover to advance (apart from the usual moral bankruptcy in command) I just know *THAT* they are doing it. Sleazy, reprehensible, despicable, but who knows to what end?
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