It’s curtains for US in Syria. Russia, Iran owe big thanks to Erdogan By M.K. Bhadrakumar

16 October 2019 — Indian Punchline

Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in Northern Syria has reportedly advanced to a 1000 square kilometers area.

The scenario agreed on behind the curtains through months of confidential exchanges, often one-on-one, between the Russian and Turkish leaders regarding north-eastern Syria is entering a critical phase of implementation on the ground with the agreement between the Kurds and the Assad regime.

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Kurds face stark options after US pullback

15 October 2019 — The Saker

By Pepe Escobar

Forget an independent Kurdistan: They may have to do a deal with Damascus on sharing their area with Sunni Arab refugees

In the annals of bombastic Trump tweets, this one is simply astonishing: here we have a President of the United States, on the record, unmasking the whole $8-trillion intervention in the Middle East as an endless war based on a “false premise.” No wonder the Pentagon is not amused.

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Syria News Links 15 October 2019

15 October 2019 • 20:00 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so check back

Die or ask the Syrian government to take them in: the Kurdish militias simply have no other options
https://on.rt.com/a3ff

Left in a hurry: RT films inside abandoned US military base at Manbij, Syria (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)
https://on.rt.com/a3f8

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Turkey’s Aggression against Syria: Selected Stories

15 October 2019 — Global Research

Kurds Ally with Damascus Against Turkish Aggression

By Stephen Lendman

After Turkish forces launched cross-border aggression last week, things greatly escalated — Kurdish YPG fighters outgunned and outmatched against the onslaught. Their only option was seeking accommodation with Bashar al-Assad against a common Turkish foe, President Erdogan hell bent to annex northern Syrian territory, especially its oil-producing areas. Read more…
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Washington’s Sum of All Fears: Kurdish Militants Cut a Deal with Damascus

14 October 2019 — 21st Century Wire

IMAGE: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the ground and speaking to Syrian Arab Army officers.

Patrick Henningsen
21st Century Wire

Last night, Kurdish officials in northeastern Syria issued a statement that an agreement has been reached with the government in Damascus allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to takeover key strategic positions along Syria’s northern border with Turkey.

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The Kurds in Syria By Philip Roddis

14 October 2019 — Off Guardian

Attempts by Third World leaders to establish independent control of their economies, in preference to their economies being used as spheres of profit-accumulation for the sole direct benefit of foreign investors, is almost invariably met by the opposition of investor-dominated foreign governments.” – Stephen Gowans

Adrift on an uncharted ocean we call Life, humans seem drawn to the illusion of certainty like wasps to an open jam jar. God is good! … I think so I am! … Brexit will be dandy/a disaster! … Bashar al-Assad is a Demon/a Saint! … Kurds Good, everyone else Baad!

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A Turkish-Russian entente cordiale in the making By M.K. Bhadrakumar

12 October 2019 — Indian Punchline

‘Operation Peace Spring’: Turkey’s military operation inside Syria launched on October 9, 2019.

Shall we sit upon the ground and tell there is no longer daylight between Russia and Turkey? We are almost there. The Turkish incursion into Syria on Wednesday is the tipping point. Turkey and Russia are closely coordinating. Consider the following.

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Trump orders troop withdrawal in Syria. It could be for real By M.K. Bhadrakumar

7 October 2019 — Indian Punchline

Next to a US armoured vehicle, Syrian Kurds protest against  threatened Turkish military invasion, Hasakeh province, October 6, 2019

The US president Donald Trump is not known to practise judo. A few judo techniques he may have got to know from his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who is a Black Belt. But what Trump has just done to Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is straight out of a Physics concept in judo.

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Turkey faces quagmire in Syria By M.K. Bhadrakumar

20 August 2019 — Indian Punchline

Militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham fire anti-aircraft gun mounted on pickup truck in Syria’s Idlib province last week

The three-year old Russian-Turkish tango in Syria has been incisive, exciting and provocative, but the inability of the two partners to trust each other or surrender to the care and needs of the other has deprived the relationship of the energies to work symbiotically.

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S-400 and Turkey: A Middle Eastern Perspective

4 August 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Middle Eastern media outlets have been actively reporting on the delivery of Russia’s S-400 Triumph missile systems purchased by Turkey.

The authors of these articles have tried to assess the significance of this deal for Turkey, the reaction of Ankara’s NATO allies and the possible consequences in terms of the regional and global balance of power. The headlines of a number of these stories are quite telling: “Could Turkey swing over to the Russian camp?”, “Will Turkey leave NATO?”.

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Shifting Alliances: Is Turkey Now “Officially” an Ally of Russia? Acquires Russia’s S-400. Exit from NATO Imminent? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

13 July, 2019 — Global Research

Turkey is taking delivery of Russia’s S 400 missile defence system. What this signifies is that Turkey and Russia are now “officially” allies. The first shipment of the S-400 landed in Ankara on July 12, according to Turkey’s Ministry of Defense. (see image below)

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