23 July 2017 – KURDPRESS – Clashes between Syrian Kurds, central government least likely: analyst
A political analyst believes the possibility of clashes between Kurds in Syria and the central government of the country is least likely as the problem of the presence of Russia and America in the state has been solved.
Maher Ihsan told Xinhua news agency that the recent deal between Washington and Moscow over the controlling regions in the north of Syria will make clashes between opposing forces in the region very impossible and the two states agreement will help finding a political solution for the crisis in Syria. Reiterating that both U.S.-supported Kurdish forces and Russian-backed governmental forces are fighting against terrorism without any clashes between the two sides, he added the situation will help them to have a better understanding.
U.S. Doesn’t Have Luxury of Choosing Challenges, Dunford Tells Aspen Crowd
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity – US DEPARTEMENT OF DEFENSE
WASHINGTON, July 23, 2017 — While Russia remains the greatest nation-state threat, the United States doesn’t have the luxury of singling out one challenge, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado last night.Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answers a question during a discussion moderated by Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News, at the 2017 Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., July 22, 2017.
July 23, 2017 – Max BLumenthal and Fox presenter Tucker Carlson link up to defend Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin: – Journalist and filmmaker Oz Katerji writes for Haaretz:
Prominent left wing blogger and self-declared “anti-imperialist” Max Blumenthal was recently the special guest of Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. Blumenthal took to the airwaves of a hard-right, Islamophobic propaganda network to rail against sanctions and dismiss irrefutable accusations of collusion between Donald Trump’s election campaign and the Kremlin.
Normally a situation in which the far-left find kinship with the far-right would raise more of an eyebrow, but in the world of Trump-Russia it barely registers anymore. This is because these voices have found ideological bedfellows on the Western far-right.Blumenthal’s appearance on Fox wasn’t an anomaly, for the editor of the “Grayzone Project”, supposedly dedicated to “combatting Islamophobia”, has long been at the forefront of a group of Western bloggers, pundits and academics promoting pro-Kremlin propaganda and regurgitating widely debunked Islamophobic conspiracy theories about Syrians.
MESOP NEWS BACKGROUNDER : PKK/PYD CREATED BODIES PREPARE FOR AUTONOMY / PYD – Kurdish officials discuss election law, administrative divisions in Rojava-Northern Syria
ARA News – 23 July 2017 – The Executive Board of the Constituent Council of the Democratic Federal System in Rojava-Northern Syria met with members of the Council and representatives of the Electoral Commission on Thursday to discuss the election law and the administrative divisions of the regions of Rojava and Northern Syria.
MESOP HEUTE : AUS PUTIN’S SICHT SCHREIBT „sputnik“ news – Amerikanischer General bekennt: USA befinden sich unrechtmäßig in Syrien
Sputnik 23 July 2017 – Die USA haben keine rechtliche Grundlage, in Syrien zu bleiben, wo sie ohne die Genehmigung von Damaskus eine Militäroperation gegen die Terroristen führen. Dies erklärte am Freitag der Chef des Kommandos für Sonderoperationen der US-Streitkräfte, General Raymond Thomas, beim Sicherheitsforum in Aspen im US-Bundesstaat Colorado.
„Der Tag ist nicht mehr fern, wo die Russen sagen werden: ‚Warum seid ihr, die USA, immer noch in Syrien?‘ Sie waren dem schon nahe … Wir sind berechtigt dorthin (nach Syrien – Anm. d. Red.) gegangen, doch wenn die Russen diese Karte ausspielen, so werden wir, wenn wir bleiben wollen, dies nicht tun können. Sie (die Russische Föderation – Anm. d. Red.) kann dies tun“, sagte General Thomas.Er erinnerte daran, dass die einzige Begründung für den Aufenthalt des US-Militärs in Syrien der Kampf gegen den Terrorismus sei. In diesem Zusammenhang lehne es Washington ungeachtet der Proteste der Landesbehörden ab, seine Operationen einzustellen.
Good piece by
@AbuJamajem on the magical thinking behind the CIA’s gunrunning to Syrian rebels, and on what’s next: https://tcf.org/content/commentary/america-already-lost-covert-war-syria-now-official …
Partner Operations in Syria: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward – By Aaron Stein
MESOP NEWS OPINION: WHATEVER HAPPENS NOW – U.S. IS OUT !
July 21, 2017 – Sam Heller – THE CENTURY FOUNDATION
President Trump has shut down America’s covert program to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Trump decided to terminate the secret CIA program nearly a month ago, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The program had, since 2013, provided training, salaries, and weaponry to “vetted” rebel factions waging war on the Assad regime.America has definitively ended its commitment to regime change in Syria—half-hearted though it was.Trump’s decision is, on some level, an admission of defeat. But it is also a concession to reality, and an acknowledgement that America’s covert military program in Syria was misconceived from the start.
US MILITARY COVER & PROMOTION FOR PKK/PYD –
- July 2017 – A US general has said that Washington prompted the creation of the “brand” of the Syrian Democratic Forces as a cover for the Kurdish militia YPG.The SDF, led by the YPG, were created in autumn 2015 to fight the Islamic State in northern Syria. They have pushed ISIS back in the northeast and, defying Turkish objections, moved west of the Euphrates River as far as the city of Manbij in eastern Aleppo Province. They are now fighting inside the city of Raqqa, ISIS’s central position in Syria.
Ankara considers the YPG part of the Turkish Kurdish insurgency PKK, which has fought Turkish forces for more than 30 years and is designated a “terrorist organization” by the US. General Raymond Thomas, head of the US Special Operations Command, said on Friday: I was on the formative stage of the relationship with these guys. They formally called themselves the YPG, who the Turks would say equated to the PKK.
20 July/Front Page
With Saturday’s bombing of Afrin, a town controlled by America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria, Turkey appears to have crossed a line.
Turkish artillery pounded the Ashrafiyeh neighborhood near the city center as well as surrounding villages. Reports from the region <http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/24431b0d-5847-4c5c-a8cf-2c34bbcb62a7> said the Turkish attack killed five civilians, including an entire family that was buried alive in their own home, and damaged dozens of homes.