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    Was wondering if you could give us from a Turkish perspective some insights into ultimate Turkish goals and endgame in Syria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citanon View Post


    I was wrong. They don't get a thanks, or a farewell.
    It means there isn't a country attached to these guys. All use proxies

    So Russia uses PMC's, US the YPG and whatever's left of the FSA and Iran has Hezbollah & the Hazaras of Afghanistan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Big K View Post
    if the bold&underlined part is true, its sad. because it means that US is in serious need of some decent brains within the administration...
    That's a lie aimed at splitting the US and the Kurds.

    What Mattis said to him was probably something along the lines of : YPG will turn against the terrorist elements.

    He took that and changed it to: Mattis says will turn YPG against PKK.

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    https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-...tback-in-syria

    Writeup neatly summarizing what we know and don't:

    Does that mean the deaths of dozens of Russian fighters as a result of a direct U.S. military attack will quietly fade away, however improbable that may seem? Earlier this week, a person close to private Russian military companies told me that those involved in the ill-fated battle in Deir Ezzor talk of a simmering feeling of betrayal—even if it’s hard to know who is responsible for it. “Some of them say they were betrayed by local Syrian militias who proposed this mission; others think they were betrayed by the Kurds, who asked the Americans to hammer them,” the source said, before moving farther down the list. “As they see it, the Americans can’t really have betrayed them because they are already enemies, anyway. Nor do they blame the Russian defense ministry: these guys know they got into something they shouldn’t have. And, as for the Russian government itself, well, none of them expect much of anything from the state, anyway.”

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    Most of them are linked to a structure called Wagner, a company that has apparent ties to Evgeny Prigozhin, a onetime St. Petersburg restaurateur who became close to Vladimir Putin in the early aughts. Prigozhin ended up with lucrative contracts to supply food to the Russian Army and has taken to overseeing the sorts of enterprises that the Kremlin finds useful but doesn’t want to manage itself. On Friday, the special counsel, Robert Mueller, indicted Prigozhin and twelve other Russian nationals for allegedly interfering in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
    That guy really gets around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironduke View Post
    That guy really gets around.
    He's a chef. They multi-task. I'd be really concerned if Thomas Keller ever turns to evil.

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    Looks like Syrian government forces are gearing up for a major offensive against the rebel pocket east of Damascus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citanon View Post
    That's a lie aimed at splitting the US and the Kurds.

    What Mattis said to him was probably something along the lines of : YPG will turn against the terrorist elements.

    He took that and changed it to: Mattis says will turn YPG against PKK.
    Eh, the PKK are terrorists anyways.

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