NORTH KURDISTAN (TURKEY) – by Scott Lucas | Jan 15, 2019 | eaworldview
Amid confusion over US policy following his December 19 order to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria, Trump wrote in a pair of muddled tweets on Sunday, “Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds. Create 20 mile safe zone….”
Since autumn 2015, the US has supported the Syrian Democratic Forces, in which the YPG militia is the leading faction, in a campaign to push back the Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria. But Turkey considers the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG force as part of the Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK.
Conflict and Confusion – Far from Trump clarifying the situation, Pompeo — on a tour of the Middle East — indicated yesterday that Trump is tweeting without consultation of his advisors. Asked what Trump meant by economic devastation of Turkey, he said:
You’ll have to ask the President. We have applied economic sanctions in many places, I assume he is speaking about those kinds of things.
EAST KURDISTAN (IRAN) MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : US National Security Council Set Out Plans for War on Iran — Officials
by Scott Lucas | Jan 14, 2019 | EAWORLDVIEW
The US National Security Council set out plans for war on Iran last year, according to current and former American officials.The officials told The Wall Street Journal that the proposals unsettled the State Department and Pentagon. The request came after three mortars were fired on the “Green Zone” in Baghdad, Iraq, where the US Embassy is located. The attack was allegedly by a group aligned with Iran.
National Security Advisor John Bolton — a hardliner who has previously pressed for war on the Islamic Republic, including in a 2015 opinion piece in The New York Times — convened a series of meetings to discuss military options.
A “former senior Administration official” said, “It definitely rattled people. People were shocked. It was mind-boggling how cavalier they were about hitting Iran.”
Trump threatens to ‘devastate’ Turkey’s economy if they attack Kurds in Syria
By Kate Sullivan and Liz Stark, CNN – January 14, 2019
(CNN)President Donald Trump said Sunday the US would “devastate Turkey economically” if the NATO-allied country attacks Kurds in the region.”Starting the long overdue pullout from Syria while hitting the little remaining ISIS territorial caliphate hard, and from many directions. Will attack again from existing nearby base if it reforms,” the President tweeted on Sunday.
He added, “Will devastate Turkey economically if they hit Kurds,” but followed up in a second tweet, “Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey.”
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
January 14, 2019 03:39 GMT – RADIO FREE EUROPA LIBERTY – rferl – U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that the United States will “devastate Turkey economically” if Ankara attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.
Turkey has threatened to attack the United States’ Kurdish allies fighting Islamic State (IS) militants. Ankara views them as terrorists with ties to insurgents within Turkey. In a tweet on January 13, Trump also warned the Kurdish forces not to “provoke Turkey.”
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS BY EURASIA NEWS : LEFT & RIGHT UNITED – Saturday, January 12, 2019 – Paul Goble
Staunton, January 12 – Perhaps the only thing that outrages Russian defenders of Stalin more than the obvious parallels between his regime and Hitler’s is any reference to the alliance the two dictators formed in 1939 with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, one that opened the way to war in Europe and lasted until Hitler turned on his former ally in June 1941.
But now there may be something even more offensive to such defenders of Stalin and his system: the discovery of documents which confirm that the NKVD cooperated closely with the Gestapo well before the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed and that may have paved the way to its signature.
Dmitry Volchek of Radio Svoboda reports that documents recently released from the archives of the KGB offices in Ukraine show that “the NKVD handed over to the Gestapo refugees from Germany who had hoped to find in the USSR salvation from Hitler” (svoboda.org/a/29704294.html).
Beginning well before 1939 and continuing right up to the German invasion, the Soviet secret police sent “hundreds” of refugees to their imprisonment, torture and in many cases death at the hands of the Gestapo. At first, it involved mostly German citizens; but later, this “cooperation” expanded to include others as well.
Turkey Maneuvers on Border, Amid Uncertainty Over US Withdrawal and Islamist Advance –
Posted by Scott Lucas | Jan 13, 2019 | eaworldview -Turkey held military exercises on its border with Syria on Saturday, amid uncertainty over US withdrawal from the northeast and expansion of a hardline Islamist bloc in the northwest.Troops, tanks, and armored vehicles maneuvered near Idlib Province, where the hardline Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham has taken towns and villages in the past two weeks in the last major opposition area of Syria. There were claims that a Turkish convoy crossed the border.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA)
U.S. Syria withdrawal officially underway, expected to take 3-4 months
Baghdad — The U.S. military has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. defense official confirmed to CBS News on Friday, saying it was expected to take between 90 and 120 days. The official told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that equipment had begun moving out earlier this week. America’s operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country were to continue during the withdrawal process. Col. Sean Ryan, spokesman for the coalition fighting ISIS, confirmed earlier in the day to The Associated Press that “the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria” was underway.
The US Withdrawal from Syria: A Blessing in Disguise? – By Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen December 30, 2018 ore475
BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,051, December 30, 2018 – EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: However misconceived, President Trump’s decision to withdraw US forces from Syria might have a silver lining for Israel. It forces Jerusalem to reevaluate the basic assumptions of the “peace process” with the Palestinians that has been actively and coercively led in recent decades by successive US administrations.
Officials in Syria’s Manbij say both Russia and US now patrolling
Manbij Military Council spokesperson Sharvan Derwish speaks about US and Russian troops in Manbij. (Photo: Kurdistan 24). 11. Jan 2019 – ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Senior local officials in the northern Syrian city of Manbij said that both the US-led coalition and the Russian military police are operating in the area, including conducting regular patrols.
Manbij Military Council (MMC) Commander Mohammed Abu Adel told Kurdistan 24 that there have been no changes on the ground regarding coordination with US forces and joint patrols, both of which continue.
“We also have contact with Russian troops in Manbij. But there is only the internal security forces and Manbij Military Council forces that are deployed on the ground in Manbij,” Adel said.