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The Real-Life Superheroes Helping Syrian Refugees
"A. Let me tell you a different story my story. I'm a filmmaker and reveal g from a small village in northern syria in our village growing up there was no stable supply. We spend most of our nights are on gas lanterns and build stories about syrian mythological super beings that protected. The vulnerable was a boy who loved stories of superheroes but later on these stories shifted to tells of heroes that my family has to face and are the assad dictatorship. One of my uncles was killed under torture. My father had to burn his books before they were even published in order to protect us from the reaching. He burned his dreams along with his books. These stories must not be forgotten. My parents insisted the stories stopped being a best time. It's became a form of resistance. I studied filmmaking focused on the commentaries commentary. Filmmaking became my way of resistance. I commend stories of syrian hobos. Assad regime and an elephant when the revision started. I was arrested tortured and sexually assaulted when i was released. I left syria a west traumatized and tried to end my life. My wife stood by me and held me hang onto life but as a result i stopped making films
10 Years After The Syrian War Hardship Persists On Both Sides
"10th anniversary of the uprisings in Syria that initially were part of the Arab spring. It turned into a devastating civil war with Syrian leader Bashar al Assad and his allies, principally Russia on one side against various domestic and foreign forces. On the other. War that has killed by some estimates, up to half a million people, displacing millions more, turning them into refugees, both internal and external. Doing a porter is the U. S. State Department deputy spokesperson. 10 years ago, the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets calling for basic human rights and an end to government corruption. On this anniversary, we honor the many brave Syrians who spoke out a decade ago against impression. You continue to act today documenting atrocities providing humanitarian aid and medical services. Demanding freedom and dignity for all of Syrians. United States stands with the Syrian people under the Assad regime. They have suffered innumerable atrocities and we will continue to work with the international community Throat promotes accountability. Call for the re release of those arbitrarily detained information on whereabouts of the missing and unhindered humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people who will also continue to promote global settlement in the conflict in Syria, and closed complication with our allies, Partners and the United Nations. Political settlement is the only way to the family in the complex, prevent rare suffering and provide the peace and stability The Syrian people deserve. State Department Deputy spokesperson Jolene A. Porter on a teleconference. Associated Press reports that the U. N special envoy for Syria today said that international diplomacy is crucial to end Syria's tenure. War, and it's important to establish a new format to bring together key nations with an influence on the conflict that includes the U. S. Russia, Iran, Turkey, Arab States and the European Union. Your C span. We recently interviewed for our program. The weekly freelance journalist and former captive of the group. Al Nusra. Theo Paige knows I have to follow up on your phrase a broken country. Explain what you mean. What is life like inside Syria? Why is a situation so dire? I mean, we have a We have a very owners, Thank Shin's regime imposed upon them at the moment, which perhaps even the most trivial banking connections between Syria and outside would also Selector university students who would like to send off an application fee so you can educate themselves and come back. And now the country. You can't do this. I mean, the entire country is like blockaded. Economically and way do this, because again, we're gonna punish the Syrian government. But it's the Syrian government is like fine. They have ways to get their own cash. And so the bad guys among the terrorists, too, By the way, they also have their own ways to bring in the cash, the people that are suffering and, um You know if we have any compassion or or like foresight, because because we can continue to collapse. It's like it's not at a end a state of collapse it can carry on for For a number of years, You know, slow motion collapse there millions of people that are doing their best to go out, but everyday existence there, it's hard to get money enough to like. Buy fuel toe heat up the cattle. Too keyed up evening cup of tea. That is the state that they're in. Um, Nevertheless, those people kind of like our scraping and I've got just drink in the evenings and buy some cucumber. Some rice But that can also collapse. And then there are numerous minorities. It's not just the famous our lights because, um, she asked minority that is, um, maybe four million people in Syria. The President Bashar al Assad is remember of this religious minority. Sally them They're Christians. Um, there are Shiite. There are different flavors of Christian. It's a rich tapestry or mosaic, as they often say in Arabic, and and it can be destroyed. More deeply and more prominently than it has already been destroyed. So You know, we need to have compassion and common sense with regards to Syria, and it said all we could think of to do it. Just bomb freelance
Why Syria's civil war is still a "living nightmare" after 10 years
"Today marks 10 years since the start of the Syrian civil war, which has devastated that country more from the BBC's moral. Alderson, the United Nations special envoy for Syria gape edition. Is calling for an end to what the U N describes as the country's living nightmare. 10 years after Syrians first held huge rallies, demanding peaceful political change, he's due to tell the Security Council there must be a negotiated end to the war that has since left hundreds of thousands of people in Syria dead or missing on 60% of the population at risk of hunger. Serious President Bashar al Assad's regime has been accused of war crimes. And using chemical weapons against its own
Lebanon tribunal names 4 suspects in Hariri killing
"Is more than. Fifteen years since Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic, Hariri was killed in a massive car bomb along with twenty one others. Later today an international caught near The Hague will hand down verdicts in the trial of four people accused of planning and carrying out the attack the four accused of of the Iran backed militia and political party. Hasballah. Hezbollah itself is not formally accused. Well, let's hear from the journalist and multiple twenty four regular contributor in Beirut Leyla Milana Allen Lali you're standing outside the very hotel in front of which Rafic Hariri was killed. What sense is in Beirut today that the justice will be done. There is very little sense. the families, all of the twenty one people other than because eighty who were killed as well as the nearly three hundred injured have waited as you say, over fifteen years justice taking a very long time this commission to come through with this, and the problems are a few of course many people here feel that the responsibility lies with the Syrian regime and through has through then has one. and. The five men on trial here all labeled as Hezbollah supporters because they found it very difficult to actually find evidence to show that they his bumbling members because, of course. Is So secretive I'm one of the biggest problems is that must have budgeted dean who was the main sort of ringleader debt these indictments who was accused of having set. The whole thing was known very well as the military imam to Hezbollah was killed in two thousand sixteen an attack on Damascus APP while his was helping Bashar Assad's regime with the wool there. So he was the one person who is very easy to link to Hezbollah and the only evidence they have all circumstantial evidence from these mobile phone networks. So as we expected, the indictment will come through the verdict will. Saying that before remaining men all guilty lane attempts about those who are accused of the murder of the prime minister. said a five men who stand accused have all been labeled Hezbollah supporters and that's because it's incredibly difficult to prove that they were in fact, Hezbollah members everyone in Lebanon believes that that. The majority of people believe that Kennedy was assassinated at because he was starting to pull away from supporting the Syrian regime who'd had troops stationed in Lebanon nearly thirty years all the way through the civil war and afterwards, and of course, we now know that Hezbollah very heavily H. Two zero. But this was all just sort of starting not link between Syria and Iran and Hezbollah but the main man was accused of being the ringleader. Organized the whole nation is most of that that the WHO was very well known as the head of the military wing of Hezbollah but he was killed in two, thousand sixteen and attacks Damascus Apple, which means he's no longer in the indictments and he was the only person. It was very easy to direct the link because there was evidence that he walls a top commander in. Bola. So I, the that means that it's very unlikely has itself will be named in the verdict today it will simply be. These men and then these men haven't been found the Lebanese government has been able to find. Her Bella is a big portion Lebanese government and the chief of Hezbollah nationalize long maintained that he absolutely does not see any of independence in this inquiry he says that it's funded by Israel and he says that there is no way that they will ever hand over these suspects old they will ever be found and historic has very good at hiding its top guys who've been involved in operations in. Lebanon in Syria and even Iran many think that these four worship over to Iran. So even if that comes through in the verdict is guilty as we expect, there's not really going to be any justice indeed has on Rolla said that Hezbollah isn't worried or isn't remotely concerned with today's verdicts but what will the repercussions be? The repercussions are unlikely to be much at this point, and that's for a few reasons I, Ne- as I said standing outside the. Hotel, which at the time in two, thousand and five win this thousand kilograms of TNT when pages devastating crater in the middle of the road and destroying all the buildings around loons lodge in the public consciousness here you there had been assassinations in the years off the list of this by the largest active. So many people because whoever was responsible really wasn't taking any chances and it was enormous copy. And other than the two thousand, six war with Israel, which was very different because it's a war in terms of an explosion going off in a very recognizable. Popular Ponte. out of nowhere that was the one that was remembered. Of course, until two weeks ago, two, thousand, seven, hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. In the port, just a few hundred meters down the road from this hotel. Injuring seven thousand people or more chilling up to two hundred, and still don't have a full body copy. What is still missing Susan now is far more would have. Done that assassination the other thing is that at the time, it was very shocking that people. Had Eighty was really associated with post for Lebanon. He was the symbol of course will Lebanon deeply loved by international leaders around the world as well as many Lebanese and so the idea that the Syrian regime would dad's kill him has would dare to kill him with. So shocking even though of course, assassinations were quite common but he was he was such. An important figure now firstly, since then of course, we've seen brushing Alaska wage a almost decade long bloody war against his own citizens in Syria we've seen very clearly now those strong legs between Hezbollah Syria and Iran Hezbollah work soldiers full bachelor says regime in the civil war in Syria. So nobody would be remote. You surprised now that that they all responsible. And the other issue of course is the fact that. Sad had eighty I think Kennedy some kind of stepped in his stead very much because he was the son and that's why he was given so much faith especially young age and has become such an important figure in politics here. But in the last year, we've seen a rudy seismic shift in Lebanese. Politics. People say that happens every fifteen years the lost round with two, thousand, five, thousand, and six before the civil war ended in one, thousand, nine, hundred before about. It started in nineteen, seventy five, and now of two, thousand, one, thousand, nine, hundred, twenty weeks but newest protest movement Saudi the is very much seen as one of those political elites people out. So the younger generation at least don't have that same attachment to the family and time to seeing them as such an important force a good and for future movements, which is what that party is called Ford Movement in Lebanon So really this bird apartment, of course for the families. Of those killed and injured is not really going to have that much of an impact with so much else going on right now.
Watchdog: Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks
"An international chemical weapons watchdog has issued a report blaming Syria for a series of attacks in March of two thousand seventeen as NPR's Michelle Kellerman tells us the US calls the report damning and accuses Russia of trying to shield the Syrian government from Accountability Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo says the US shares the same conclusions as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons his statement says the US also believes that the Syrian regime retains quote sufficient chemicals and expertise to use Sarin and chlorine munitions and to develop new chemical weapons. Syria agreed to get rid of its chemical weapon stockpiles in two thousand thirteen under pressure from the US and Russia one State Department official says Russia has since blocked every effort to hold Bouchara. Assad's regime accountable. Even as Syria continued to carry out attacks. Like the ones documented by the
"assad regime" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"In Syria has now been raging for nine years the state department says over four hundred thousand Syrians mostly civilians have died some of the most vivid evidence of the death and torture carried out by the Assad regime comes from a defector he has made a secret trip to testify before Congress today and NPR's Tim mak has the story and just a word of warning this does contain some graphic descriptions this morning a former military photographer for the Syrian government will testify before the Senate foreign relations committee for two years he was given the chrisley role of documenting the debt ever since he's not himself in his precious cargo photographs out of Syria in twenty thirteen he's only been known to the public by the code name Caesar here's my what's Mustafa who heads a US nonprofit focused on humanitarian action in Syria for two and a half years Caesar took and collected almost fifty five thousand photographs of men women children and elderly tortured to death Caesar is testifying for his first time before the Senate and only the second time before Congress he first came to Capitol Hill in twenty fourteen his testimony is critical now says Mustafa is the last rebel held province in the country it live has been under months of Syrian regime and Russian bombardment what's happening in Syria has been the displacement detention and murder of countless people Caesar has been living in hiding in Europe ever since his escape from Syria and he's become a figure of conscience when Congress passed sanctions against the Assad regime late last year they passed what was called the Caesar Syrian civilian protection act but Caesar will be on his own today he'll be joined by Omar Shockley a former detainee of the Syrian government who endured torture and abuse for three years as a detainee Shagari was told to mark and moved the bodies of the dead just the smell when you go in with all these dead bodies and blood everywhere and there is maggots eating this dead bodies and it smelled so bad that you can't brief inside it's been six years since his family was able to secure his freedom from prison I see this nightmares every day so when I wake up while I'm alive I survived like being in the nights noticed the same thing as being in torture physically in Syria you just having the same in out fear and I wake up I touched my hands hit my face and it's like I'm still alive that's the feeling of freedom as the humanitarian crisis continues to grind on in Syria there's a bipartisan consensus that the Assad regime needs to be punished the sanctions against Syria passed in December by an overwhelming margin eighty six to six your Senate foreign relations committee chair Jim rash we know that there's been just tremendous human rights violations particularly torture what we're trying to do is again underscore this for the world in the meantime civilians are bearing the brunt of the conflict in just the last few months nearly a million Syrians were displaced from in the province Tim Mackey insure news Washington.
Yaakov Lappin: Europe's Refugee Crisis II and the Virtual Caliphate
"Predicted the rise of Islamic state. And where it would establish a caliphate in his book. The virtual caliphate published nearly a decade ago. It's Yaacov Lapeyton military affairs correspondent and analyst research. Associate Bagan sit at center for research studies at Bar. Ilan University and in House analyst with the Miriam Institute. And it's with thanks to Chief Executive Sergeant Benjamin Anthony for making our introduction in nineteen twenty four the last caliphate. An Islamic state as envisioned by the Koran was dismantled in Turkey but in twenty eleven the virtual caliphate outlined an Islamic state that already exist on computer servers around the world used by Islamists to carry out functions typically reserved for physical state like creating training camps mapping out to states constitution and drafting tax laws. His book predicted how Islamists equipped with twenty first century technology to achieve as Seventh-century Vision would upload the virtual caliphate into the physical world. You predicted I. S I did and I even humbly. I predicted that they would establish it in either Iraq or any area where they would find a failure of state sovereignty. I didn't foresee Syria. But I certainly saw the crescent of Iraq area has a place where he's Law mcstay could upload it's vision and absolutely we have seen this transition from the online jihadist world into the physical off-line territorial world you've seen this vision being uploaded and then destroyed by a coalition of Western countries. I look at contemporary history around the world. I'm looking at that terrible attack on this for non-christians is not the same. Inspired idea that they are testing the Buddhist majority in Sri Lanka the Muslims there or are they sending another message is one hundred percent of the same ideology. Salafi Jihadists Salafi jihadists believe that they are in a state of war with the entire world. Where anywhere that does not fall in line with their fundamentalist a vision of how state should be run which is the most extreme of adherence to Islamic law They consider themselves to be municipal war with that place. It doesn't matter if it's an Arab Muslim country that's not religious with them. A Christian country a secular country where Buddhists country and the terrorist cell to carry out this relaxed bombings is perhaps the same Salafi Jihadist ideology that gave birth to al Qaeda and two Islamic. State's Yaacov as you develop these ideas through your research. What extraordinary developments have you found? Well when I was researching the virtual caliphate book which was as you point out approximately a decade ago. I was amazed by first of all how accessible this online activity was was an English. I was being exposed to English. Recruitment chat rooms where a senior Islamist jihadist figures were basically bringing me in British Muslims into their way of thinking and I was alarmed by this by published articles in the times when I was exposing this activity and it also makes me about how how easy it was to get into these foreign taxable. This entire world was these days. I know that things have changed very much so I'm not active in this line of research anymore. But I'm well aware that these chat rooms are encrypted. They're very difficult to enter and they've lowered their profiles so the activities still very much going on very much danger to international security much harder for people who are looking for to find it and get into these four without being spotted by therefore managers now since he wrote the book. We have seen the rise of Islamic state in Iraq and Syria than subsequent defeat and the consequential mass migration of refugees into Europe which has changed the politics of Europe is the gap between the people and their governments in the West bigger than ever in the West. It's hard for me to comment on because I Expertise does not focus on the West. What I can say about migration and how it's going to change Middle Eastern migration to the West. And how could change politics is is? This is just one reason why Middle Eastern refugees are pouring into the West. Another reason is say take the Assad regime. The Assad regime is responsible for millions of Syrians. Leaving the state of Syria. And the fact is that most of these people who are who have emigrated from Syria who who escaped conflict there are Sunnis and they're running away because of the coalition of Shiite Alawites who are waging the war in Syria on behalf of us have basically ethically funds them from their homes through mass murderer and war-crimes so what we're seeing here. Sectarian Warfare Creating wave upon wave of refugees from the Middle East and I think that will destabilize To a certain extent the political systems in the West if it repeat itself C. Another wave which I think is quite likely I mean if I said continues. He's about to launch a major offensive in Italy And if that creates another wave of refugees or if Turkey makes good on its threats to open the gates open the floodgates on Syrian refugees and let them travelling to Europe and we'll see this trend
Does killing Soleimani really change anything in the Middle East?
"For a generation Iran's May General Sulejmani he was a consequential Fica League in the Persian Gulf for the Americans in the region Sunnis? He was a terrorist mastermind for the Iranians the Assad regime in Syria Hezbollah in Lebanon. Sulejmani was a hero who protected the Shia cresent in the region. So it's no wonder the Iranian generals death via a drone attack attack in Baghdad. That was a huge news story. Earlier this month cast into the money rainy and military commander assassinated in the US drone strike on mm struggling marks a huge escalation coming just days at was revered by Iran supporters in proxies being blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans in the Middle East over the we took took action last night to stop a war. What comes next? What's the broader strategy? Here we did not take action to start a war. Your since the American killing of Sulejmani Tehran launched a missile strike on your spices in Iraq and in the process mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian Ilana carrying one hundred seventy six passengers something. The Mullah's had initially denied responsibility but crucially the Iranians signings avoided killing Americans. which was the red line? The president trump has drawn. US military response. So we'll this episode. Leave Iran Ryan stronger or is tyron now more isolated than ever and what is the showdown between Tehran and Washington Maine for Iraq the US military Tori prisons there and Iran's nuclear ambitions. Danny Applica- is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington and Co host of the AAAGH. Ah podcast what the Hell is going on. Making sense of the world get identity. Hey Tom and I'm in. Sokoll is author of Iran Rausing the survival and and future of the Islamic Republic and CO author of Islam beyond borders the Oma in world politics. Welcome back to Iran. How good morning now? Also Amani abetted genocide in Syria to keep the Assad regime in power. He's responsible for the deaths of many American troops. He armed Hezbollah in. Lebanon with rockets is to attack. Innocent Israelis killed many innocent Sunnis in Iraq. So I mean isn't the world better off without Sulejmani. Were president trump. I think so. And also quite a number of American allies in the region Probably I think the same way but at the same time demand was a national hero and in fact that he was the one of the top strategic brains behind Iran's overseas operations and expansion of eight onion influence in the region. I will just support related to the fair that it only leadership has about the possibility of an American attack or an Israeli attack on a combined and attack. But let me see this Tom that nobody is commendable. dimitris full of commanders. Top commanders into the Nobel Prize winners and so on General money is being replaced And I think e to the debt is a widespread view in the West. That if you bump one or two individuals isn't the situation is going to get better We duty cold in history that take for example a Prime Minister Anthony Eden go around the nineteen fifties and calling for the elimination of Jamaa Nasser as the national president of Egypt and has was that this man is removed from a then. Everything will be fine. Nothing died in nine hundred. Seventy and a situation has not improved a cold and and at the same thing was said to be so I mean the point though. Is that knocking off Salomon. He's not going to make a great deal of difference. But also can I just add to this Dani salamone and these Iranian backed Shia proxies. They did help inadvertently into why help. America Islamic state. So does it worry you that people cheering the loudest about this. Guy's death other suny jihadists in there are slighted areas in the desert and the mountains of Iraq and Syria. I don't think they're the ones who are cheering the loudest I. I think you heard pretty loud cheering from here. I think you heard some plenty of loud cheering in In Iraq and Lebanon and and elsewhere throughout throughout the region. Look you know. I think it's important to acknowledge that. That as the head of the cuts force Qassem Soleimani was a very powerful folks very influential very strategic and very effective leader and he brought that effectiveness to things. That would terrible And the arming of Hezbollah. The murderer of half million Syrians. The arming of mass. The arming of in Yemen. We could go on for a while here but but But he did all of those things but when when the challenge was from Sundays you had is. He helped set up and guide ride. The hoste. Shabby the popular mobilization units in Iraq that That that ended up being part of the battle to to defeat Isis. The problem here is that every situation in the region is is more complicated than the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Just because Stalin Fort with us to defeat Nazi Germany did not make stolen a good guy. And if you look at these anti-regime protests some and. I've been breaking out in Iran since Tehran admitted that its military military shot down. A Ukrainian passenger Ilana have the Iranians overreached because despite the Iranian successes in Iraq Syria and Lebanon on on their rule out officials sites there on stable they print across he so have the Iranians overreached. There's no doubt that many Iranians feel about the Ashim and today have protested over the last few months in order to bring about A structural reforms today as a system of governance and economy which is setting enormously under represent- trump's sanctions but has the Iran overreached. What are I pointed out earlier I mean Iran does fear a a very strongly as possible American that much Israeli combined attack and therefore what update on your the humans done his belt reasonable security and press such for itself which would really want? Shepherdess Arafat at all costs but that does not necessarily Saudi mean that Iran is only Aggressive power in the region aggressive actor in the region. I mean. Let's not forget that that that the destabilization Iraq really started the two thousand three. US invasion of that country. Okay so the. The American invasion of Iraq helped Iran on because it overturned the suny state and it created a Shia majority Stein. I saw a natural law with the Shia brethren in Tehran following following on from that Danny shortly a problem about striking at pro Iranian sheeham paramilitary groups as trump has done is the now part of the Iraqi state. So is it any wonder. Washington's increasingly modulation is part of the world. First of all. I think it's offensive talk about Shiites. As if they're all some sort of monolith. The share of Iraq are Arabs. The Shia of Iran are Persians. These these are different people this. These two countries Shia versus Shia fought a bloody war for eight years in which there were one million casualties casualties in the nineteen eighties. The notion that somehow Iraq is a natural satellite or or or or slave to Iran is wrong Iran has chosen to try to dominate that country and demonstrations throughout the central and southern part of Iraq. Over the last month have been against Iranian domination the Iranian consulate in Jeff was burned to the ground at the end of last year not by Sonny's he's not by Sunni jihadis not by Isis not by Kurds but by Shiites carrying placards yelling out to out for Iran. Get Out of our country and I think that that is absolutely right to suggest that Iran has gained more influence in Iraq since the demise of Saddam Hussein. I I guess I I'm just not that big a fan of Saddam Hussein and the and the stability that he brought to Iraq. I wish that the United States had done more in the aftermath of the wall. I think thinks that we I think that we failed miserably. In many instances I think it was absolutely fatal in two thousand eleven when at a time of genuine stability in Iraq Iraq. President Obama withdrew troops and really provided the opportunity for Isis. To rise up again. My guest Daniel Placate from the American Enterprise Institute. And I'm in Sokoll. He's the author of Iran rausing and Islam beyond borders. I mean how would you respond to all of this. Because we've got these tensions here between Tehran Iran and Washington and the Iranian backed Shia politicians released most of them in Baghdad. I support if not closer ties with Tehran. They want the the Americans out of Iraq. But don't the sooners and the Kurds fee for the Iranian intrusion in Iraqi sovereignty. I absolutely and of course sir. The APP is not only the president of the American so who'd be which are being the opposed to in Iraq but also the presence of eight onions there. No question Ah about that but at the same time if we know that the majority of the Iraqi population is made up of the Shiites and some powerful elements among the Shiites have got the value equals relationship and relationship. What they don't know in the meantime ago? The Iraqi parliament release the iranian-backed Majority Shia legislators I support the withdrawal of US troops Danny now given trump's ambivalence about the region and the fact that he was elected impact to get the US out of the so-called forever awards isn't a US military withdrawal from Iraq. Just what trump and many war-weary Americans want. Well it's kind of funny. Isn't it because we start off talking about the you know the Iranians and what they want and and of course. The number one goal is to get the Americans out of the region and that is in fact the instruction is that has gone out to all of their proxy groups. All around the region. Is You need to step up activities to get the Americans out. Then we've got the president of the United States. It's who dearest and fondest goal is to get American troops out of the region so so a couple weeks after killing Kassim Sulaimaniyah. We have this unbelievably in coherent bizarre response. Where we where we're doing exactly what the around him one let? This is what Donald Trump has to sort out. He has to sort out whether he's the president. He's the kind minded president who who leads in a forthright fashion against men like costume ceremony. Who Seek to destabilize the region and extend Iran's hegemony Germany or he is going to be the kind of president that like Bernie Sanders like Barack Obama wants to turn around and high tail fin is to the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump's uh-huh Washington energy independent America Stein fought these endless wars danny well A? They aren't endless wars. We have lost fewer people in these. This was than than than we lost a single day in World War Two so while they are conflicts that have continued on and off to a certain extent. You know the notion Shen that we've been sold that somehow we've still got one hundred and fifty thousand troops on the ground and losing them at a rapid pace is just wrong. We lost six in Syria. I I mourn every single one of them but the Kurds lost eleven thousand in their fight against Isis. So what what. What is the reason? We'll tell you very straightforwardly woodley because every time we turn tail every time someone says let's get out of that bloody Middle East. Let's pay attention to something fun. Like Asia and you'd like that. Tom Would now but hang on your way but every time we say that we end up being dragged back because the dynamics in the region of the ones that bring us back we need. We need a long-term solution that lets us. Stay away for good rather than one where we run away. Anita did it come back every single decade I mean the two thousand fifteen nuclear deal Provided tyron with as much as apparently one hundred fifty billion dollar windfall. Aw and certainly many people who are skeptical of the deal side that the Iranian spent lavishly arming the Shia militias across the region. So what it was trump right to pull the US out of the deal and instead impose maximum Prussia built around these economic sanctions on Iran. I think he was totally wrong and and I can care. There has been a backlash president. Trump's would would you withdrawal has a basically a provoked said that on Not to really go for the for police. Speed to in order to rebuild that they have nuclear program and. I think you're going to really do that. And of course that also carries the risk of a possible confrontation from tation between the United States and Iran possibly Israeli attacks on Iran and that could easily dissolved in a regional warfare. That at the end nobody may may be able to control it Danny. Any I mean a lively debate. Thanks so much for being back on. ABC
Oil price jumps on fear of Iranian retaliation against US
"Right cults breaking now we can see the impact of the gas pumps soon latest trouble in the Middle East between the US and Iran as oil prices soaring this morning on world markets here as high as a band since September when we were paying two dollars and eighty cents a gallon for gas here U. S. is ordered Americans out of a Ron fearing retaliation now over the drone strike that took out an Iranian general reports a president trump approve that strike during the general was going to target American diplomats in the country he's been responsible for leading the campaign in Syria backing the Assad regime in creating one of the worst humanitarian crisis is man made on the on the planet he's been a force for destabilization in Yemen and a rock and he certainly does have blood on his hands that's ABC's Middle East expert Mick mall Roy the president just waiting a few minutes ago that this is an action he says it should have been taken several years ago he says that the general is killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time and says was plotting to kill many
Trump says U.S. sanctions on Turkey will be lifted
"The trump administration is lifting some sanctions on Turkey after praising ridge of type air to one's government for holding its incursion in northern Syria against the Kurds until about a week and a half ago the U. S. had maintained a diplomatic balancing act for years between Turkey a NATO ally and the Kurds ineffective ally on the ground against ISIS but with trump's order for American forces to leave Turkey and Russia which is allied with Syria's Assad regime now have a stronger foothold on the swath of land along the Syrian border and peers Michele Kelemen says the US envoy for Syria is facing tough questions on Capitol Hill about the president's decisions the Democrat who chairs the house foreign affairs committee says this is an example of trump's quote fly by the seat of his pants foreign policy US envoy Jim Jefferies says the U. S. didn't want Turkey to fight the Kurds in Syria the Turkish incursion into **** Syria are is a tragedy it was a long standing US government policy in two administrations to keep that from happening and we clearly were not successful the US believes over one hundred ISIS fighters have escaped recently but Jeffrey ads at the U. S. is confident that Kurdish forces continue to control prisons were other ISIS fighters are being
US Imposes Sanctions On Turkey For Invasion Of Syria
"Coleman the US has imposed economic sanctions on Turkey and called for a ceasefire between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish fighters vice president Mike pence is the White House will increase terrorists on Turkish steel imports and cut off negotiations on a one hundred billion dollar train deal during this Keren reports speaking to reporters vice president pants at the White House is concerned about civilian casualties in northern Syria the well being of religious minorities and then and doing of the progress made in the fight against ISIS the US plans to continue issuing sanctions against Turkey's economy until the hostilities end but it was also the White House that announced US troops would retreat from the border zone last week leading Kurdish lead militias vulnerable to a Turkish invasion yesterday those militias made an agreement with Syria's Assad regime allowing government troops backed by Russia to come to their aid for NPR news I'm during this Karen
"assad regime" Discussed on KQED Radio
"This live from NPR news in Washington I'm Jeanine Herbst hundreds of family members of ISIS fighters have escaped from a camp in northern Syria Turkey continues its offensive into the area held by Kurdish lead malicious formally backed by the United States meanwhile those militants have struck a deal with the Assad regime to allow the Syrian military to deploy along the border with Turkey of scaring has more the jailbreak occurred as the camp came under attack by Turkish backed Syrian fighters according to multiple news reports citing Kurdish officials many of the guards at the I. Nessa can't had been sent to the border to fight this was one of the nightmare scenarios anti terrorism analysts feared when the US announced it would stand back to let Turkey begin an incursion into Syrian territory more than seventy thousand former ISIS fighters and their families are held in camps run by the Syrian democratic forces collective of Kurdish lead militias that fought alongside US troops to retake northeast Syria from the Islamic state US defense secretary mark asper tells CBS news today that most of the remaining one thousand American troops will be pulled out of Syria for NPR news I'm Jerry this Karen in his temple in France and Germany are working together to end the Turkish offensive against the Kurdish led forces and peers owner Beardsley reports French president Emmanuel macron held an emergency security meeting tonight to discuss the situation macro says he's working with Germany on unspecified new initiatives to end Turkey's incursion speaking alongside German chancellor on the Americal in Paris mackerel said the offensive is creating unsustainable humanitarian problems and risks helping the Islamic state regroup in the region Marichal agreed saying the offensive had to be stopped she said Turkey's legitimate security concerns had to be solved using different solutions both Germany and France have suspended arms sales to Turkey Eleanor Beardsley NPR news power yes rescue workers in Japan.
"assad regime" Discussed on KCRW
"People and and kill them in custody insists it's illegal to legal understeer forget international is legal under Syrian law there's endless numbers of daily violations and security intelligence facilities of Syrian penal law by. persons in the employee on the payroll of the CIA and state and that's the kind of evidence that you can use to show Syrian leaders are criminally responsible especially when the documents show that the crimes of torture were on punished and have they been used in court yet yes so the first time they were used was in Washington and that was in the case brought by the relatives of journalist Marie Colvin and the documents showed that she was targeted and killed by the Assad regime in two thousand twelve now the documents are used in cases brought in national courts in Europe and that's because cases are blocked at the international criminal court because supporters of cereal like the Russians they can use their U. N. veto now in Germany and a handful of European countries there's this legal procedure that allows prosecutions of war crimes committed anywhere so there are eight hundred thousand Syrians in Germany with stories of torture in jail in February Germany arrested a Syrian who come into the country as a refugee and the documents show he ran on the Taurus prison so I had this exchange with bill Wiley we received a a routine request.
"assad regime" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"And and kill them in custody exists it's it's illegal to legal understeer forget international is legal under Syrian law there's endless numbers of daily violations and secure intelligence facilities of Syrian penal law by. persons in the employee on the payroll this year and state and that's the kind of evidence that you can use to show Syrian leaders are criminally responsible especially when the documents show that the crimes of torture were on punished and have they been used in court yet yes so the first time they were used was in Washington and that was in the case brought by the relatives of journalist Marie Colvin and the documents showed that she was targeted and killed by the Assad regime in two thousand twelve now the documents are used in cases brought in national courts in Europe and that's because cases are blocked at the international criminal court because supporters of cereal like the Russians they can use their U. N. veto now in Germany and a handful of European countries there's this legal procedure that allows prosecutions of war crimes committed anywhere so there are eight hundred thousand Syrians in Germany with stories of torture in jail in February Germany arrested a Syrian who come into the country as a refugee and the documents show he ran a notorious prison so I had this exchange with bill Wiley we received a a routine request.
"assad regime" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Women become leaders in our society so it's a leadership program. is it difficult to try and help women take on a new role in their families and society. can't figure out urgent than that. on the tomorrow I wasn't as good received very warmly because we were one of the few centers who provide the proportionate these two women and your. and under the SO three gene it's very difficult for women and girls to get the full to tease so especially among women Ellison says would seem fitting. maybe there's some push back but I would see generally we don't have a social problem with that specially after the revolution that is an acceptance two women taking leadership programs in Syria. what is life like in a dead now. hello this is awesome everyone is do you worried and anxious since we came back home to my button on man after the ceasefire took effect. we've been DD what do you do with waiting for the unknown are you concerned with the Assad regime remain in power I can't get someone on the whole thing I know for some concern as people who opposed SO two team and we would be targeted if this is Jim took all of our lives old Monmouth no man what I live would be definitely killed so of course I'm very consent. what does the province of Idlib need. hello. unless you know the the crowd if you want the stability and what we want is stability and peace we want to live in peace especially after we for this long to be free people without the control of the essence. we want our children to go to school without fear we want to live in our homes other than living in camps so that's what all basically what what everyone needs to see now. do you hope your work can change attitudes about women in Syria. hello. US on the home screen honestly we have offices for the last five years and we have one team and what seems to pull one woman to make the change that you want to see this continues to be a one three was not our June day director of the women now for development center in in the province in Syria thank you so much for being with us thank you and thank you to our interpreter right you juror thank you. this is NPR news.
US investigating possible Assad chemical attack in Syria
"Don't. In other news, the White House sees signs at the Syrian government may be using chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack on Sunday in northwest Syria, the State Department said, on Tuesday, warning that Washington and its allies would respond quickly and appropriately of this were proven this from your snooze, and we're report. Unfortunately, we continue to see signs at the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons, including an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of may nineteenth. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortega's said in a statement, we are still gathering information on this incident, but were repeat our warning that if Assad regime used use his chemical weapons, the United States and our allies will respond quickly and appropriately or take us of the alleged attack was part of a violent campaign by Syrian president of bizarre, Assads forces violating a ceasefire that had protected several million civilians in the greater ad lib area. The regime's attacks against communities in Norfolk Syria must end the statement says United States reiterates its warnings. I issued by President Trump in September of twenty eighteen that an attack against the esscalation zone would be a reckless escalation that threatens to disable its region. The Trump administration has twice bombed Syria over sods alleged use of chemical weapons in April of twenty seventeen and in April of twenty eighteen in September senior US official said there was evidence showing chemical weapons were being prepared by Syrian government forces in the last major rebel stronghold in the country. A Pentagon person in that statement said the Assad regime must not repeat the use of chemical weapons in Syria. There should be no doubt as to our determination to act strongly, and swiftly should the Assad regime uses weapons, again in the future. And the State Department statement accused Russia and Assads forces of continuing a disinformation campaign to create the false narrative that others are to blame for the chemical weapons attacks. The facts, however, are clear, the Assad regime itself has conducted almost all verified chemical weapons attacks that have taken place in Syria. Kabq lose a conclusion, the United Nations has reached over and over and over again. So we will know you're on the next day or two we will know without question, whether they did it.
"assad regime" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Hold in the Italy Provins on full fighters were taken into hospital. We clear signs of a chemical chemical weapons of being used against them. And this is a long standing position, the British government Patil in this, this matters. Even the holidays, go even harder stance, then then the United States. But both governments have raise the sort of statements about the fact that they will be ready to proportionately arends richly respond if this was indeed a chemical attack because this becomes a red line, now that is proof that there is a chemical attack being taking bane being carried out. We don't know whether it's there is just one or whether this is one of several, however, in the post Donald Trump has not held back in actually taking some quite. Thorough. Describes him strikes on the on the weapons. Absolutely. Absolutely. No. This is where we are in this sort of thing that you have to if you down and make a stand, if you have so declared that the this red line. I mean you can understand on the Assad regime out that they didn't really have a problem to use them before. And since this is the last stronghold do they are case to the finish line. So they might even accept some rotation. Has it has happened in the past the from, from the west, but I think this also powerful. Reminder of the fact that in the region, there's an issues and, and the question of the future of the Assad regime may still not entirely off the table when it comes to the pulse of the world and the security agenda rounded. I think the impression that many people who'd go is that Assad well, and is going nowhere knew exactly but at the same time it is also true that the UK government is always held a slightly different position much. Are the position. And of course, right now, you know, the prime minister is in the middle of a crisis of our own, and it's difficult to foresee how things will evolve but certainly did the British government has been quite swift in response to these allegations, and which is consistent with the position that they held so far, that is it, it, it is a difficult situation that the United States, the, the UK and indeed front of already carried out as strikes in response to chemical attacks in Italy nearly two years ago. And here we are in two thousand nineteen having the same conversation again new. Absolutely. But that's again, that's the problem of what you drew the line between the actions that will lead to regime change, which require completely different type of commitment that are moments. Nobody has neither the will nor probably the power to do. Let's move to the guardian. This is this is when industry starts to. Kitts point when it comes to hallway and China. Yes. So I think this is the first thing that we could spoil their I could sport in the UK as a repercussion of the executive order was issued by the White House last week, about banning hallway or not way. But companies that would technology companies that would not pass security tests as it were. And in India, US now, this is the first thing because Cambridge based company arm that is owned by Japan's. Softbank of the producers of microprocessors are for most of tablet, and smartphones basically has taken a decision to suspend business with wow, way and impact of the result of the decision taken by Google last week, which was the result of the executive order. So now year starting to put together how the consequences of the executive order issued last week will go. Oh, and what is happening is what is really interesting? Is that until a month ago? Vodafone was at the forefront of those UK based companies that were making the point of the bunny. Wall way was abandoned thing was about choice, and would slow down considerably the upgrading of the system to the five G here. They with e taking the first move to ban y away phones, or from their rollout of five g voters on Vodafone joining them with the delay of a couple of weeks as it looks..
"assad regime" Discussed on Progressive Talk 1350 AM
"This August will lead what expect to be the largest delegation ever, probably more than thirty democratic members of congress, including many freshman, by the way, there are sixty two freshman Democrats. Sixty two not three. Back on Benson and harp. That was Steny Hoyer. The house majority leader speaking to a pack yesterday taking a not so veiled shot at three potentially. Let's say problematic democratic freshman that getting a lot of attention Alexander Cossio, Cortez Rashida to leave and Ilhan, Omar. The latter of whom has engaged in multiple incidents of semitism. And I think Hoyer was sending a relatively clear message the way that the resolution in the house did not. Glad to have you all along and even more glad to welcome back to the show. Mike gallagher. Congressman from Wisconsin's eighth congressional district. He's a Republican congressman great to have you back. Thanks for having me back to be with you. So on the issue of Israel. You've taken a leadership role on a piece of legislation on the Golan Heights. The president took action this week recognizing the Golan Heights as part of Israel's sovereign territory. Tell us about the Bill the president's action. Why you think it's correct? Why you think it's significant? Well, as I've watched sort of Syria descend into chaos since twenty I've long thought that this was a good idea. And I think President Trump is right to acknowledge just a simple reality on the ground. I mean since nineteen Ninety-one Israeli law jurisdiction and administration has extended the Golan Heights, really control over this territory provides our ally with the sensible borders, and it serves as the key buffer with the chaos next door in Syria and that critical because what's happened in the midst of the series of a war, Lebanese. Hezbollah has really built what could be termed the largest military base in the world and key parts of southern Syria and all Lebanon and planted upwards of two hundred fifty thousand advanced rockets, far more advanced than what Israel had to contend with from HAMAs and operation protective edge and they buried them under heavily populated civilian areas. So if and when they pack Israel Israel will be forced to respond and thereby incur civilian casualties and thereby incurred the wrath of the international community. It's a cynical and barbaric. Strategy. And so this is just one way in which we can begin to back Israeli moves in Syria and find some semblance of stability in that country. The only there's only two options either Israel controls to go on for Saad and Lebanese Hezbollah control the go on. And the latter often strikes me as a terrible. Yeah. I'm clearly, and I've been to the Golan Heights twice, and it is Israel. I mean, it's it's just a fact on the ground. It is controlled by Israel. It ought to be. And you use the word determine defensible borders. That's a key piece of this. Because I've seen some people who are sort of considered to be serious folks saying, well, this is an annexation by Israel and Putin would love this from Trump because it sort of allows the Russians to justify their annexation of Crimea, for example, which just strikes me as historically bizarre. An illiterate given that Israel took over the Golan Heights having one defensive wars that were launched aggressively by their neighbors and having the. High ground on one of their borders. Is you know, is common sense after they were sort of forced to defend themselves over and over again. Right. I mean, it's a shock that we're hearing this argument from people that's a key point guy. It's important to push back aggressively on it the comparison to Kootenai in Ukraine. It's simply a dangerous impulsive quiver. Ladder Kuhnen dated an occupied Crimea, which code Niro threat to Russian security in contrast Israel came into possession of the Golan Heights. At the tail end of the six day war in which the Arab oil ganged up on our ally in an effort to eliminate it from the face of the earth. And so you fan I just want to point out that they did that three times the surrounding states, and there are various terrorist proxies on three different occasions teamed up to try to extinguish Israel. They lost all three times. Totally for those who wanna make sort of the international law argument, which I think is a bit more nuance than people recognize it's almost besides the point because you want to talk about violations of international law, just look at the Assad regime. This is the government of people employs WMD's. It brings terrorists who has rarely borders threaded civilian population. It you want to respect international law, you cannot reward someone like Assad who so openly, violates it. And again, it's a simple choice between who you want to control that territory, and the obvious choice is Israel. Congressman I've been a little bit distressed to see what appears to be a divide within the Democratic Party on our alliance with Israel where teams like older and more traditional Democrats are still on board. But some of the more radical younger members in particular are willing to throw Israel overboard. It's some of the members who have been most most vociferous in their anti Israel rhetoric. And in some cases, antisemitic rhetoric I haven't heard a peep from them about what's happening in Gaza right now with protesters and activists and journalists being attacked and imprisoned by HAMAs. There are you sensing a sea change in US policy at least on one half of the political spectrum when it comes to the only true democracy liberal democracy in that neighborhood. I am. And it goes far back before the election of Ilhan, Omar to what I believe was the most Astra's decision of the Obama administration the Obama administration by pursuing the Iran deal. Completely shattered the bipartisan consensus on Israel. That's just a simple pack. And I think there were organizations like APEC now you played a clip from the conference that were struggling to maintain a bipartisan consensus in the face of something so divisive as the Iran deal, which pose an existential threat to our ally Israel, and since then we've just seen a further divide an an issue that used to be a real source of bipartisan strength. And so I think this is a shame. I think those are trafficking, and sort of the more negative side of this in clear of anti-semite semitism should be ashamed of and didn't accept any Hoyer condemned that in a speech last night. I haven't had a chance to listen to it. I would Grayson for doing. So we need more talk within the Democratic Party because it shouldn't be a. A partisan issue at all. I think I think that's exactly right. But it's telling that a lot of the Democrats running for president under a pressure campaign from the left declined to speak at a pack and made and made that publicly known that they were going to speak, a refuse to speak at a pack, and there there's a growing element on the left that we're seeing congressman we have a little bit over a minute remaining together. I wanna get your reaction to the Muller report what we know about it at least in the attorney general summary of it, and what it means. Now, more broadly as we've look we look in the rear view mirror the last two years. And now here we are no collusion. Since day one. I have never never attacked Muller. I don't think I've ever said the word Steve state. I my simple position has been that Russia's our enemy. I want to get to the bottom what they did in the election. There was clear Russian interference. But I cannot help but be distressed by all of this. Because it clearly points to the fact that we have we don't have a functioning media in this country. We have journalists are actually activists that completely completely failed us, and the fact that there was no collision after we'd been subjected for two years do endless hysteria by the national media should make all of us worried about the health of our media, which we actually need to hold politicians accountable. And the fact that they gave self-aggrandizing politicians like swallowed shift. The list goes on and on endless airtime to peddle conspiracy theories is a real failure of our system right now. So I'm glad that we found no collusion, and I'm baffled at those disappointed faces. I've seen on cable news. Almost wanted there to be evident that the president colluded with a foreign power. Yeah. Well, I mean that was the point all along was to de-legitimize him everything you said, I agreed with all the way back to defending Muller and following the facts, congressman, Mike Gallagher. Always a pleasure. We'll be back with Marie right after this..
"assad regime" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Back to the Jim Bohannon show. We're looking at the the Middle East, the perennial pain in the butt of the world body politic. Michael Friedman, our guest broadcast print journalists, and he is the man who is behind the media line news agency as their co founder and executive editor. Let's talk about Syria. There are countries on this planet, which have for all intents and purposes ceased to be viable nation states. Iraq has been in and out of that category. I think Somalia certainly would be a candidate at various times Haiti. And and what about Syria is this ever going to be one nation Syria as we once knew it to be. Are you still there? Michael. Is our guest still with us. Well, I guess we'll get our guest back on then Michael fruits in our guest. Again, broadcast journalist with more than two decades of experience covering the Middle East. He's co founder and executive editor of the media line news agency there online at the media line dot org. And we're looking at circumstances that have shown a split in. What was once a relatively unified western viewpoint toward most of the troubles of the Middle East looking in particular, these days at Iran at the Turkey, and and also at Syria, which would be certainly worthy of. Further examination just from the standpoint of of utter chaos and the extent to which a country that is supposedly a nation state, which after all has a vote at the United Nations our country, which is a stencil be a country could dissolve into much less than that. Or whether in fact, maybe it already has into a little more than the spear of influence one eight six six five O, JIMBO our number one, eight six six five zero five four six two six on the Bohannon show. And it's an unfortunate sign certainly coming from our of sensible allies Britain, France, and Germany that the west doesn't have a more unified position. Just by virtue of the fact that we don't have that much quote power in the Middle East anyway influence would be safe to say, but beyond influence, it's a little difficult to to say. That any of the the western powers who wants let's not forget controlled the Middle East. Now are to grading stood observers, and we are re-establishing contact with Michael fruits, and Michael I was thinking of Syria and the extent to which Syria is any longer a viable nation state. Has it become a Somalia as it were? Or will there ever be a resurrection of what on any world map would tell you is? In fact, a nation that sits right there between Israel and Turkey and Iraq Syria to ever be resurrected. That depends on his neighbors. Largely it's certainly not going to be able to do it on its own right now, it's pretty much a parking lot and crowded one at that would soon too many vehicles up both on the land in the sky trying to provide for the same advantages in the same pieces of land. And of course, giving it's a breeding ground for the potential the flashpoint aspect of it is huge. And that's where all the is are really looking right now. Is Syria for all intents of purposes, a wholly owned subsidiary of of Iran or or even maybe of Russia? I mean, it's hard to understand the extent to which the the Assad regime actually runs the place. Well, the Assad regime is beholden to friends and really the during the latter part of the Syrian civil war when all the players crowded disguise and different missions being flown by different planes. It's it's guiding Putin who sort of emerged as the king of the hill. Do the position that used to be sacrosanct to the Americans was kinda chiseled away. During the last administration and set it up for really advocating and his words of many of the people that we speak to the administration allowed the Russians back in both in Egypt and Syria, and you know, back in the seventies. The was a major American foreign policy achievement to get the Russians out displaced as military patrons of the region. But that's changed now and even. Egypt and said, no more one shots one stop shop. It's time to take from whoever is willing to sell to us and not worry about who gets ruffled feathers. So it's building up again as as a. As I said a flash point. But also, a very dangerous area of being filled with a lot of nasty toys. To what extent if any did anything good come out of the air ab- spring? I'm thinking, maybe Tunisia. Was there any place that today is better off than it was because of spring? No, I in my opinion. Now, I spoke with a friend of mine who is a brilliant analyst who is. Hour of Arab origin himself, and he's stopped me when I was talking about the Arab spring being more of a coup. And he said, no, it's really more of a decapitation. And I thought they were pretty telling words we haven't really seen much of the benefits that everybody was touting when the Arab spring was fresh and new moniker to flash around. But it's been a big disappointment. We've heard talk of a Sunni Arab alliance against the Iranians lead by Saudi oil wealth, and maybe including some of the other Gulf oil states, and the like is that a fiction, and and how has that been affected by the war in Yemen? Well, every war has the Iranian fingerprints on it. So the dynamics are you're either on their side or you're not and we're sort of in a situation like choosing upsides for sandlot. Ballgame the dynamics have shifted a bit Israel is making a big deal out of Israel. Having a seat at the table for the first time it remains to be seen. How far that's going to go. But clearly, it is significant that the attitude is such that these soon be predominantly SUNY Arab nations in the Gulf have decided that what's most important to them is to cure up for what they're calling the big won the war and this war. They would rather have Israel with its proficient fighting force fighting with them, even if it means swallowing some of the age old traditions of rejecting Israel's presence for any reason whatsoever. So things are changing. The bad guy out that that's part of the feud with Saudi Arabia. A lot of the old pettiness is still there, but the alignments are sort of shifting dynamics there a little bit different now. And we're in a transition period part of it is just to wait and see where it goes. And how far it goes say with us more to come as we'll be back and speak some more with our guest Michael Friedman from the media lie news agency about the troubled Middle East in just a moment. I'm a real person real voice in real face..
"assad regime" Discussed on This American Life
"By this past fall, the Assad regime had retaken swath of the country, and in many other places, including then bid extremists like no were gaining power people like rides people who didn't want a said or the extremists. They barely held any ground. And finally around thanksgiving rides was assassinated. I read the news in a tweet and later heard the whole story he was in a car with two colleagues from the radio station. It was around noon a van pulled up next to them and shot and killed rides and his friend had mooch Nayed, then drove off. While lewiston never claimed responsibility for the assassination. The whole town blame them. Everyone. I knew who had reported on Syria was talking about rod that day. Posting pictures of him riding that his death was the end of the Syrian revolution. Because RAI was one of a handful of people in Syria who was still living by the principles of the revolution. He was still talking about non violent resistance and democracy, civil society and freedom rides was there from the very first protests in Syria and stuck by his principles while so many others either died or fell off the train. Now, he was gone. Hippo got the news over WhatsApp. Some of us are United States. Shed Honey move upon us hod shit evident at that point. I just wasn't aware of anything anymore. And every thought that moment was gonna come Madam Maclead in Detroit removed, but good into not who had ever done. I never imagined that someone could die like no he would be. He would be one of the ones that stayed. The funeral lasted three days. Hundreds of people came there were programs on radio, fresh, remembering rods and ham moons. Their childhoods talking to their friends chatting about their legacy..
Erdogan's safe zone will be anything but for Syria's Kurds
"President rage of tie up. Aired one says he wants to form safe zones in northern Syria. So that millions of refugees from the country's bitter. Civil war can begin to return home. Paul Rogers is a professor of peace. Studies at Bradford university. Paul welcome to the program. First of all, can you explain how this would work? It's the key thing is that's the we'll ready being something like three hundred thousand the refugees in Syria returning to the country, really across the border torture. Mike Cole northwest Syria, which is being an area that took actually being controlling now. That in a sense is already that we don't know whether the three thousand three hundred thousand figures, accurate, probably isn't it. Centrally true that took us had huge numbers of refugees go into to key both from Iraq. But more particularly from Syria, maybe several million even so it does really want to see them return. But the problem is while took his century has a kind of buffer zone to the west of you. Freight is of the western pouch of northern Syria. It does not control territory twenty extent to the east, and what it really wants to do is to have some sort of zone of its own control stretching about thirty two kilometers twenty miles into Syria. But of course, the point is east of the Euphrates in the northeastern politics area, the territory's very largely controlled by codes, particularly the fight is of the socal could if people's protection units, they wipe E G, and the the Turks regards the white PG as more or less, an offshoot or very close ally of the outlawed Kurdistan. Well, because poverty, the PK K within Turkey. So what you're really seeing is what took you wants to do is extending its existing area of controlled and Swiss Syria to a belt writer loan, the northeastern Bulte dot com. Tamil problematic, their assistant, they won't do it. They'd like to do with American cooperations the American troops leave for the cousin. Extremely unhappy about that. Well, that's interesting because the Americans have said and are trumpeting. The fact they believe ISIS in the region is defeated but before the world knew of the so-called Islamic state. There was and still in many places is a brutal civil war. So how would it be possible? Then that there's there's space for people to return to well. The presumption is on the Turkish pub that the war is starting to ease up to to sort of ease away because the reality is that President Assad does have control of much of the country's being helped in that by well Circe by Iranian forces by Hezbollah by the Russians and in a sense to but in very bluntly as far as most a is consent. He is now winning. This will however unpalatable that may be many observers across the world. So the Turks now believe that at least. Some of the refugees will feel emboldened to go home people who've basic refugees from the terrible fighting rather than Solta known opponents this regime, I think that's just that thinking, but a colts. The real issue is what happens as far as the could shares of northeastern Syria can said let it be said there's very good independent evidence that in many of Nolte Syria the codes have actually rump. Things sorta technocratically pretty competently. This is why the wires on. That course, what they really fear is the with Trump wanting to get the two thousand customers troops out to Syria previously allied with these codes than because we'll be more or less left on the ledge. And that I think is a call surreal unhappiness, not just run suspects in northeast Syria, but across Kurdish communities in into in Iraq and possibly even Iran as well. Well, as you mentioned, we don't know the exact details of this, but Ankara seems to have some consensus with the US and with with the white PG. But I wonder about what the reaction would be from Moscow and the Assad regime in Damascus how open would they be to this very open? But on the other hand as far as Moscow is concerned. They do not want to incur greater expenditure in Syria. They want to maintain their influence. It's been very custody for them in economic terms. So basically, they will settle for something.
"assad regime" Discussed on Talk 650 KSTE
"And now, I think you have to be concerned a Turkey as I said before that I think that there are a bunch of other actors Russia Iran Assad regime, the Kurds who don't like ISIS, Syria. We'll go after them. But the Kurds I'm sorry. The Turks are a question Mark because the Turks first priority is arguably going after the Kurds, and there they would be less focus. You have to worry. On ISIS, which is why was as I said the state for President Trump to sort of say well handed over to president Erawan his forces. The times. I is is interesting to note who is who is good, and who is bad in in the president's lexicon, the notion that the summit with Kim suddenly makes them buddy buddy that he he works. Well with Putin. I think at times it seems as though the president falls into a pattern that I thought frankly afflicted Barack Obama for awhile. And that is that that they're both like Mary Tyler Moore, they can turn on a room with their smile. And I'm not sure that's necessarily true. If we are to go by public pronouncements, does the president have a firm handle on who is in fact. A friend with whom we can work, and and who is not. No. I think the Obama is very critical his foreign policy lots of ways. But I think he didn't have any evidence affection for autocrat this president does that's unfortunate. I think we have to figure out we used to work with autocrats one of whom is bizarre. I'll side who is in Syria over a large number of war crimes. Torture rape. All types of terrible things used chemical weapons and yet. He is not going to be dispatched running that country. And I think we can get better results not even just for our own security, but even for Syria at this point, which needs to have government, even a horrible one that he runs because that's the pure to chaos. We get superior results by figuring out a way to work with him. Rather than threatening his overthrow we've done on and off for years that doesn't mean you treat with the faction or say that he's a nice guy. Do I think have to work with him and on the other side of the equation? I think this president has been much too close in to warm with the Gulf states Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates and others. Those two in particular who also along with her you had some responsibility for allowing its funding Jihadist rebels in Syria. I don't know of any place in the world right now that better exemplifies the sad rule of life. And that is that very often in this dear old world of ours. The choices are not between good and bad, but between bad and worse. And and and the rational person will always choose bad if only to avoid worse, and I'm not sure that in that sad context that the Assad regime isn't better than a lot of alternatives. Yeah. You know, it's it's tragic. I think the best word is tragic tragedy in the sense of that you're left with a bunch of bad choices. And you're going to whichever you choose. There's gonna be some associated bad results. And you're trying to choose least dad one that's a realist way of looking at the world agree that Syria. Really exemplify that exemplifies that because it's tough to say to people who say this regime has committed war crimes they've killed civilians large numbers. They've done all sorts of horrible things to prisoners so on and so forth. It's tough to say to those people. Yeah. But you know, what we gotta find a way to cut a deal with Tom and try to limit their accessible because that's the best result. We're going to get here. Most likely that's reasonably possible tar, but if you don't like those kinda hard results you shouldn't be meddling. I think it's civil wars anywhere, especially in that part of the world. We'll take a break and be back with more in a moment. One eight six six five zero JIMBO back in a moment. Sarcoma..
"assad regime" Discussed on KOMO
"Hall. The caliphate has crumbled. Has been defeated. Those comments came about an hour after the news broke that at least four US troops have been killed in Syria with more we say Hello to ABC's Louis Martinez. He joins us from the Pentagon Louis. What more can you tell us about this incident? What we know is that this was a suicide bomb attack inside a restaurant in the northwest city of for you Americans were killed innocent Senate to the US military, service members one was a DOD civilian. Another contractor an initial three US service members were injured in the blast. And at least ten other Syrian civilians were killed. This is the deadliest ISIS attack against US forces in Syria since the return of US forces to the Middle East region near particularly in Syria back in two thousand fifteen does the Pentagon know that this was ISIS. We know the group has claimed responsibility has that been confirmed. It's not confirmed yet it could be any number of groups. But today are obviously the leading candidates since they are the ones that took credit for it on the even when as far as naming the individual that had been who blew himself up allegedly. It's unclear if that could actually be proven, but they they are the group that it taking credit for it. Now, man. Is a very complex part of the world, particularly in Syria flashpoint for the Turks for the Kurds to the Assad regime for the Russians and particularly for the US. That's why the US is there. We are there to basically ensure that the Turks don't attack our Kurdish allies Louis. Pentagon officials believe those Americans were targeted or potentially just in the wrong place at the wrong time. You know, it seems like it may have been targeted. What we do know is that those Americans were inside the restaurant conducting an engagement with somebody. That was of interest to them. Like, I said today that troops that are there in the city are there to maintain a visible presence. So that they can be seen by both the Turks and other factors in the region, particularly the Assad regime or the Russians to know that we are there, and we are engaging the local population, you know, talking to one of our producers demand bitch, and she said that it is not a super safe city by any stretch. But also, it should be taken into account that when troops go into situation like this that they to ensure that they have proper security Louis, we refresh my memory. I don't recall, and maybe I'm wrong any significant casualties of US personnel in Syria specifically over the last year or so is that correct? Now, you're totally spot on it's been over the last three and a half years that US troops have been in Syria. There have been four fatalities. One of them was by natural causes a very tragic story out of Syria where at least four US troops have been killed in a suicide bombing as we get the latest from ABC's a Louis Martinez who joins us from the Pentagon Louis. Thanks so much. Thank you. Komo news time three twenty years. Your propel insurance money update. From ABC news Wall Street now markets posting gains Wednesday powered by big jumps in the financial sector. Goldman Sachs gained nine and a half percent Wednesday. Its biggest gain in ten years after it blue earnings estimates out of the water. A big turnaround is Goldman has been lagging the market in recent months. Bank of America also jumped six point seven percent Wednesday as it reported rising interest rates have helped boost its income from lending the s&p rose five the Dow gained one forty one and the NASDAQ rose ten Mark Remillard, ABC news money news at twenty and fifty past the hour. We've. Got your traffic coming up and travel times are increasing will break that down for you. And there's a new problem in Renton viaduct.
"assad regime" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Who were killed in action today in Syria. At the results of a suicide bomber terrorists were still getting the details on at the Pentagon has not released a whole lot of information. But we do know that some of the casualties and that suicide bomb attack were members of the United States military. So what does this mean should it have an effect on the president's policy, which as of now is to pull out of Syria. Does this reinforce that? And basically emboldened the president to stay that course, or will the president rethinking and say, okay, maybe we got some more work to do. Maybe we need to stay. Maybe we need to even increase our presence in Syria. I love to hear from you on that. Triple eight six thirty WMA L. And in the meantime, we'll hear from James Jake, who's the vice president of the Heritage's Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis institute for national security foreign policy over there at the Heritage Foundation. James thank you for joining us. Hey, good to be with you a tragedy. A horrible horrible thing that happened today in your your heart goes out in your prayers, go out to the family members. But it does reflect what has been a econ. Controversial policy for America's presence in Syria. Well, I think you nailed it. I mean, the first thing we have to do is thankful for the service of dedicated men. And when I was in the military for for twenty five years, I marveled at the men and women I worked with and their unfailing dedication to serve. And and and then you feel for their families and sacrifices every loss typically, we will will ripple through a family and a community affecting you know, maybe dozens and dozens of people just personally. So no losses easy. Having said that it's very very difficult. On a specific incident like this to say, this confirms or affects some larger policy. This is an area that was that. We knew is dangerous that was a target. So nobody ever claims that ISIS was completely eliminated. When the administration talked about the defeat devices. They talked about the mission that was a sign which was the what made ISIS the most dangerous terrorist group on the planet was their claim of establishing historical caliphate, physical territory that was essentially a terrorist state that was not only a terrorist state, but essentially was the poster child for for terrorist recruiting that this was the end of time the new time in history, which pardons thirty thousand over thirty thousand firefighters from around the world, so the destruction of the caliphate, and the the showing that that narrative was false. That was the mission. It wasn't eliminating every single terrorist brand. Is explicit in in the plan. Was that the United? We're staying retain the capacity and capability to continue to fight terrorism. Isis inside. In serious. I'm not really sure tells you very much other. You know, the only thing that might say is is look Kennedy administration's basic line, which was just having people sitting on the ground in Syria. Forever would targets on their back with wouldn't that doesn't really accomplish a strategic goal doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Well, and in a way, I mean, I know that they're not related, but in a way, that's what President Reagan sort of included in reevaluating our presence in Lebanon in Beirut after the marine barracks bombing. I remember Colin Powell in retrospect, look pagan and said, yeah, we we had no business being there was it was advice from the beginning. Well, I I, you know, I'm sympathetic to that. I mean, would look I was very critical of the president's announcement. Because. Came without an explanation of how are we going to continue to protect us interests? How we're gonna make sure there's not a unitarian crisis. How are we going to defend against a resurgence of ISIS? None of those things were answer. Really that right timeline or anything right since I was thinking ministrations gone a long way to explain that that has a relatively responsible policy and the way forward in Syria. But even though I was highly critical just the president tweeting and saying we're leaving and not really saying anything else kind of sailing really in the basic obligation of the government to explain his policies. I was always sympathetic 'cause I was never. You know, I was never in favor of a permanent footprint Syria because at the end of the day, a permanent footprint in Syria is going to have a dramatic strategic impact. It's not gonna change the nature of the Assad regime. It's not gonna push the Russians out of the Iranians. I do any of those things. So there is no purpose for a permanent American presence. What was the purpose for this presence? We have two thousand troops there. And it was in response to Assads use of chemical weapons. But what did we do that is in some way retaliatory act against that? Or for that matter had any impact on the regime. The purpose of the footprint was the defeat of the caliphate with the president came into office. The military advisers, basically said look if you want to accelerate insure the defeat of the physical caliphate only going to be done if we push a footprint into Syria. So we were only fighting ISIS in Syria. We didn't have any skin in the game with regard to the ongoing civil war with the people that Senator Graham in the late Senator McCain had identified as our natural allies there that is correct. Other than other than the two things. One is we didn't want masses of refugees flooding out of the country because that's destabilizing to the region in Europe. And we and we were not going to let the Assad regime do weapons of mass destruction attacks against civilians because that was a violation of a that was a gross human rights violations. So. But having. You needed the footprint for the physics to defeat the physical Cal I got that. But once the caliphate is defeated the argument for a permanent footprint was was wrong. And and going back to your thing. This is the problem that we had in Khobar Towers in the Lebanon barracks with Reagan and in in Mogadishu in Somalia under Clinton, which was we we went in for a purpose. We did that purpose. And then we just stuck around. We didn't stick around because we were going to accomplish something else we just stuck around because we were kind of sticking around. And then what happened is a bunch of people died, and and the and the people turned the government's what the hell we doing just hanging out there, and we didn't have good answers for that. And so we just left and we look for doing that. I think the president was right to to basically say we're not going to have a permanent footprint in Syria. And and and a responsible withdrawal of the US in a way that prevents future. Mandatory and catastrophes helps guard against the return of ice. That keeps Israel and Iraq from going to war against each other the data that's responsible and any gave the government more time to do that. And he's giving them even more time to do just been emphatic that having a permanent footprint series and not a good idea on that. I actually agree with I'm sorry for only leave you thirty seconds on this one. But I have heard people say that.
"assad regime" Discussed on 1A
"There's absolutely no mention of a timeline. And there is the details. Just are missing, you know. So there's an announcement that the thing is going to beginning. We don't know if it's one person coming home, or if it's more of the two thousand troops were there. Now, glad to get some of your comments on the Syria troop withdrawal Santa be wrote on our website, the one eight dot org US troops. Withdraw from Syria power. Vacuum opens up. Other armies rush to fill the void totally predictable. And totally stupid. David. Who do we expect might fill that power vacuum? These other armies that were rushing to fill the void Syria. Sharla Saad guess is Turkey the primary second concern in terms of who would fill that power vacuum. If you're talking about eastern. Syria, which is the part where the northeastern sear where the US was was sort of guaranteeing the security of the Kurdish forces that are holding that part of the country that is really where the void will open up when the US leaves? And the question is whether a Assad then Russia's in and reclaims control over the whole country, whether the Turks then come in these these Kurdish fighters, there are considered enemies by by air, John and Turkey, so to the Turks come in and try and take that space or can the Kurds find a way to hold it and retain their atonomy there. So those are the broad possibilities. It will likely be a combination of of multiple of those. I guess Virginia emailed we cannot betray the Kurds again, they are faithful allies Joyce, what about Turkey's president reg of type air to one. What is he had to say about all of this particularly the concerns about the Kurds? They're mean for are gone. They've you many of the Kurdish militants there as terrorists they'd like to go in and take control of this area. But when you ask, you know, who scattered? Analyzing on this situation to me. It's clear it's the Russians, you know, we saw a Kurdish delegation go on a secret trip to Moscow another delegation castle their trip this week to to Washington you're seeing mixed signals from from the US to to its Kurdish allies. So it's it's really unclear but I think because of Russia's influence in Syria its proximity with a Assad regime and its long friendship also with Kurt it might jump in ahead after key to to take advantage of I mean, complete state of confusion in the U, S planning and time line, Sean other other players on the ground in Syria who might feel nominally the role that the US played any of our allies. You kind of see the serious situation the way that the US sees it. I mean, I'm just wondering about this the use of the term power vacuum. This idea that there will be no one else on the ground, but the Assad. Regime. Isis the Kurds Turks like the people who are already in that region. Is there anyone else there on the ground? Yes. Should back up just a little bit here. The the US has two thousand troops in Syria. They're largely in support kind of an advisory role. This is not a battalion after battalion of American troops are holding territory there, helping the Kurds are advising the Kurds are helping provide air support and saw that's all very important. But these are not, you know, they're not tens of thousands of American troops on on the ground zero. I I point to remember second point is the administration really wants to see people like the Saudis and some of the the the Gulf states step up and take a bigger role in in in this conflict and supporting the the the troops on the ground. They also want to stop the Iranians from getting involved in a bigger way on the side of the of the Assad regime. It's a big complicated mess it. In the vacuum is not going to be a simple zero someone they're going to be all sorts of players that the point. I think is not that he that Donald Trump is leaving a power vacuum behind. But that he's pulling out in a way that is only gonna make the mess worse..
"assad regime" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"And so the thing that we've seen which is it really ironic in this horrible horrible war in Syria is that the Assad regime and the Russians were really never interested in defeating ISIS. They were interested in defeating the rebels who were fighting the Assad regime so with must pulling back then Russia is free to fill that vacuum and prop up. These Haji mutant further a especially because the Kurdish forces and the rebels were the ones really kind of battling not just the regime, but also ISIS why the president continues to capitulate to Russia and continues to. Do things that are favorable to Vladimir Putin is a question. I think that we all want answered in that we expect to be answered in Muller's final report. Right. I mean this question of whether or not he is compromised by the Russians lingers over virtually every foreign policy decision. He's made especially with regard to his comments about NATO his comments about the European Union. Just kind of weakening all of our traditional alliances and abandoning our allies, especially not the Kurds in the Middle East. You know, if I could say something here, David Hopkin n-, you know, the President Trump, and his, you know, he his his feeling about things in around the he he ran a campaign based on, you know, stamping out terrorism and direct threats to the United States. And he's making the case that the United States defeated ISIS on the battlefield, and even though that flies in the face of demonstrable evidence that had been presented by experts. The president is trying to make that case. And so when you look more broadly at what we're doing in the Middle East. The president doesn't believe in things, you know, certainly, not nation building not necessarily the spread of. Values and democracy. You know, he's saying let's bring time to bring them home. And if it does tales with what Vladimir Putin's interests are the president reasoning publicly is well, we're we're trying to have a good working relationship with Russia that when you look more broadly and step back for a second. You know, how does that message play around the world? The president's, you know, one of his biggest foreign policy gambits outside of Iran is North Korea. And he's basically engaged with Kim Jong UN over this negotiation to try to convince the north to get rid of its nuclear arsenal. You know, what what is Kim Jong UN seeing here. He's seeing that the president is undermining his national security adviser John Bolton who's been very hawkish against North Korea. And they see the president, you know, if you can get in his ear and convinced him to take your Matic steps, he might just do it in one of the North's biggest goals is to reduce US troop presence in on the Korean peninsula. And you'll see maybe a second summit the north really pushing that to President Trump. And so he may not go that far. But this is you know, he's what kind of message is he sending what his own national security. Advisers are on a completely different page. You've seen Democrats feel a little resurgent and feeling their oats on the house side. You'll calling a number of of hearings to look at various elements of some of the issues we've talked about you're also seeing a number of senators pop their heads above the parapet to say they're interested in taking on Trump directly. We've spoken about Elizabeth Warren's interest in two thousand twenty and now come LA Harris, California, Senator has said pretty clearly that she's interested in entering this race a Jack Beatty. What where would she be among the possible contenders? What what part of the Democratic Party and part of the nation might she be a likely to appeal to. Well, the Obama base I think of a minority voters and young people. That's clearly the segment she would she would be answering for she would be in the democratic spectrum should be the identity politics candidate. Woman minority pitching to. The sense that Trump has made life extremely difficult and and. For for such groups and essentially half the population..
"assad regime" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Well, first of all it was built around this sort of figment of re of conservative agit prop against the Obama administration. You know, it was the apology tour. Right. That's what the president was about. Obama was accused of doing in his Cairo speech think two thousand he apologized for the United States. It was a shaming thing. Upon peyot said, of course, the president President Obama did no such thing. He tried Rother too. Solve feelings in the Arab world, which were at a pitch because of the revelations about Abu Ghraib, and the torture and the detention and all the rest, and he was dealing with that and saying this was not a great moment for the United States. And we're sorry about that. And we're going to do better. And in fact, opinion of the United States improved in the Arab world. I believe after that. So the whole thing was just this was out of Republican Republican memory Bank against Mr Obama. And of course, the idea that the US was going to stay there. Obama was pulling the troops out. Well, of course, you're in the New York Times today the troops are starting to come out of Syria. What did John Bolton say over the weekend? They're not coming out of Syria. Not till they we've contained a run dealt with Turkey and done. He had a whole bunch of reasons they weren't going to leave the leaving now apparently are starting to. So it's the chaos of the. This administration the incompetence the one guy says one thing the other guy says the other thing and the president is often his own world, attache Bertrand. Let me pick up on the question of chaos that Jack raises as we read it. The president of the United States was convinced to announce the withdrawal of troops from Syria abruptly in part by a conversation. He had with the leader of Turkey who as Jack points out is now operating John Bolton, the national security advisor for saying, well, there'd be conditions and terms and delays and things like that where we stand where we allied ourselves and all this and in light of our pullout from Syria. What is our standing going to be there? There's going to be a vacuum. I think that this is a capitulation to Russia and to the Assad regime and in many ways to Turkey. But I think the president just kind of listens to whoever was last in his ear and in the case of withdrawing from Syria. It was clearly Erta on. I do think that just the the general chaos of our foreign policy is is very very evident in how we've we've dealt with the Syria crisis. As we said, I mean Bolton completely rolled back. The decision to rapidly withdraw from Syria. He said that American forces would remain there until the last remnants of ISIS were defeated and Turkey provided guarantees that it would not strike Kurdish forces. So the fact now that we are without any more information really the the defense department really is not giving us anymore information about you know, what how many troops are being withdrawn what the timeline is. Now, we're hearing that they've already begun to be withdrawn even though we don't we haven't gotten those inches. Assurances from Turkey that they're not going to evade attack invading attack. Art, our allies there. Rollback was rolled back in a sense, right? There rollback was real back. Yeah. And it just is demonstrative of how there's really no one who can advise the president in the end it's going to be his own impulses and its own whims that dictate our foreign policy worth noting. Of course, the secretary of state not so long excuse me secretary of defense James Mattis, not so long ago resigned over this very issue, and there is no permanent nominee so far to to take his place in touch. I want to drill down for a moment. Though. I mentioned Turkey and the conversations that Trump had had with the Turkish leader Guan about about this as leading this you instantly went to Russia. Why is Russia behind this? Why why is it that? Russia comes up in all the fever dreams that Volve this administration. It's a good question. But as we know Russia has been in Syria for years and years, essentially, working to prop up the Assad regime, and they want to be the predominant power in the Middle East, and they want to have this land bridge to the Mediterranean..
Pompeo Declares an End to ‘American Shame’
"Now comes the real new beginning. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo earlier today in Cairo part of his ongoing nine nation Middle East tour, and while he never actually said Barack Obama's name. He didn't need to from birtherism to the continued trolling of the former president by the per current president on Twitter diminishing, the Obama name and presidency has been a foundational goal of this president and his team pump Eos attack on Obama's legacy comes almost ten years after the former president's own address to the Muslim world from the very same city. We've asked Jeremy bash to stick around and come back and take a question or two on this. Jeremy does does the audience in the room in the wider Muslim world? Look at that and say while you have to marvel at America, they they pull off a change in their foreign policy without bloodshed or do. They look at that. And hear that and say what's going on with our friend. America in my experience. Brian folks in the Middle East, actually, folks on actions less so on words and speeches, and if you look at the Trump administration's actions with this hasty abrupt and unilateral withdrawal from Syria without giving it heads up to any of our allies, we've essentially emboldened the Assad regime embolden, Iran emboldened, Russia, abandoned, the Kurds caused deep consternation inside Israel's security establishment with one fell swoop. Basically undermined American foreign policy in the region. I think that's what people are going to focus on Brian. But then we undermine that as you well know Bolton goes over to Israel. We see him standing next to Netanyahu and sounding like every American has sounded kind of traditional American foreign policy for the last several decades completely reversing the pullout by tweet that the president did by Fiat on Twitter. That's right. So there is a lot of cleanup on. L A that's part and parcel of these efforts to go around the region. Say don't worry we're still going to be here. But again, I think people will focus on our actions. Not. So on our words, and again with respect to Russia because Russia is a big winner with our withdrawal from Syria. You just have to look at our actions. The Trump administration has resisted or relaxed sanctions on Russia. The Trump administration has undermined NATO. The Trump administration has failed to hold Russia accountable. And they've taken the we've taken the word of the former KGB spy Putin and his intelligence services over our our own CIA. And so again, people just need to look at the actions. Not the words of the rhetoric. Our own veteran of the CIA and the Pentagon, Jeremy bash always a pleasure. Thank you for staying up late with us tonight. We appreciate it and coming up, Donald Trump is facing multiple challenges on multiple fronts. Nothing less than an excess stencil challenge to his presidency. We'll talk about what to watch for next when we come back. As we inch
"assad regime" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM
"Ever more present that we are truly anytime that we have never experienced before where we are seeing things that are easily predictable. But nonetheless are hard simply because change is hard. You have to decide if you wish to be somebody. That says the change thus hardness is part of the human experience, or there are many of you. I would say roughly half that belief that you can resist change, and you can resist any type of pain that you can simply just work on getting Brexit overturned or Donald Trump overturn and everything simply will go. Back to the way that you envision it in the way that you you believe is fair or just or hashtag I believe that's the segment coming up at the top of the hour. Also, the award winner. This is the audience vote of the second annual harder ward second annual heart award the voting is still available. If you go to our Facebook page right now, you've got about thirty minutes to vote on our three finalists for the second annual heart award that will be announced in our second hour. Also, you've heard from rod one of our Syrian voices about Trump's pivot on the Syria policy vis-a-vis, John Bolton in Israel and Mike Pompeo who will be taking off across the Middle East try to basically sell this program. But nobody really knows the program because it changes almost on a daily basis is that by designers that by just mistake, that's part of the deal that we only Donald Trump may know that. But nonetheless is the reality and everybody has to adjust as best they can now in Iran. Ian perspective. Don't forget coming up in about nine minutes. The H M S snowflake in our global. Media spotlight one, you will not want to miss how foreign media cover stories about America or that are important to America. But first a camera in one of our Iran voices who has contributed this program before discusses how Iran is benefiting potentially from Trump's Syria pivot and his announcement. And what the reaction is there. Also, make sure you listen towards the end of the interview where we give you an update on how Trump's last strategy is not an oblique strategy. But a very direct strategy where he is taking apart the p five plus one Obama nuclear deal and reinstating maximum sanctions on Iran. The maximum sanctions were reinstated in November a couple months before that they were so, you know, some of the more moderate sanctions but full sanctions economic pressure on Iran, but where are the updates you won't find them on popular media here in the United States? They're too busy covering New Year's Eve with alcohol and alleged journalists falling drunk on themselves are getting naked. But we will give you a perspective from Iran to hopefully, give you a better. Perspective, or at least some perspective. Let's get started with Cameron who I chatted with before the program. And I asked him what the reaction in Iran is to Trump's Syria strategy day did not react to it for a couple of days. And when they react to it. They say that it is actually the national interests of US to get out of Syria. And that means for us uranium means that it would be much more in benefit of Iran and Russia, so how does it benefit Iran? If the United States, pulls its military out of Syria, a one way is that. Is a lot of conversation in Iran, but the role of Iran in Syria, and what they are doing, and they are seeing that Iran one to help president sat government to have one hundred percent control of of the Syria, but they are of forces in. Especially in the court this area of Syria that are also fighting with the Iranian by to those forces are supported by US military, and they Iran is saying that if they leave, and they don't have protection that they would be much easier for us to help Assad's regime to have one hundred percent control of the situation in Syria, especially areas that could this billions are fighting. And I don't know if you've heard but today John Bolton the security advisor to Donald Trump. He is in Israel. And he made a an announcement today that the that the US troop withdrawal is going to be not so fast. I he says he says we're not pulling out today not not as quickly as Trump initially indicated a week or so ago, and he says also with. Draw will be tied specifically to the safety of the Kurds that you're speaking about and that he's been speaking with Turkey the Turkey will have to to ensure that the Kurds are not going to be in harm's way or a danger. What do you make of this announcement that showed that the president trimbe decide without getting any advice from his national security fares? Because if you listen to all the different people Republican or democrat or Turkish or Iranian, and they all say that this was not wise decision because it creates an evacuation in the end is in a benefit of of the city and government and Russia, and Iran, and one of the reason that they have changed this is because the the billions. Say that they do not have any other option than releasing all this is prisoners that they have. And and and because of that we saw on tangents happening. I'm not saying that this was the only reason I personally feel that it was a bad decision and the backfired and in the US government did not have any other option. Dun, Dun saying. Yes, they there is no timetable for Florette. Why? So why do you think the decision was was made and announced the way that it was now that it it clearly appears that there's backtracking going on. How how does how is it? At least being interpreted where you are about how this this announcement that the United States is going to immediately leave Syria. How did that come about? I think it's too soon to to find out why? Why did the leadership is laughing on on the whole process of decision making? And then announcing it, and then the seeing that this decision is changed, and there is no timetable. So it was a in my opinion. It was something that these Iranian very happy. I'm very happy. Okay. So another component of maybe this backtracking or this this this damage control. From Trump's original announcement, we have Bolton and Israel making his outfit today. And then we have the secretary of state palm peyot who will leave in a day or two and do a wide tour of the Middle East. He's got to explain it kind of calmed down America's allies in the region and say, look, this is this is what we're doing here. Is there a feeling throughout the Middle East that the United States has put its allies in a bad position with Syria announcement? I cannot say that the whole Middle East. But what I am reading from. At least Persian. Speaking media is that that decision was wrong decision. And then create a vacuum and change the balance of power, even if his tactical, but Iranian see the all this trouble from nice, no security to compel to me is part of this strategical plan of a US government, undermining Iran young as in nineteen at least must've Iranian leadership believed that US is planning with the help of Sudi Arabia and Israel to topple the government. The supreme leader national security. The president is speaker of the house. Everybody's talking that this year is a very. Critical decision must've Iranian see this this travel of high level US government officials not just to calm down the partners Middle Eastern partners of US. But also to kind of plan for what New York Times report that they had this meeting in January of two thousand seventeen to top Iranian government with help of businesses and others. So you're on the ends are seeing this not just part of calming partners. But also to to kind of coordinate all activities. How is the the the reinstatement of the sanctions from the p five plus one deal? How is that affecting Iran? We haven't heard much about that since they went full bore in November. It's only been a month or two, but what at what is happening in Iran. What's happening in Iran is that? Iran. Yelm, people are on the pressure that they have never seen it before. Not even the sanctions of last ten years had this much effect and Iran, the Iranian people are almost ready for for fundamental changes. At least that that feeling in society. Everybody talk about the sanctions, I don't see Iran yen media talking too much about sanctions in comparison to. Like, you know, five years ago when we were always talking about the sanctions, but it says is affecting the society. You know, forty percent of Iranians are looking for jar economy is in minus my two and a half percent to five and a half, Rosa and minus. So it is a very hard. And Iranian government is telling that this is the year that if VS they have you would stay for twenty fifty years. So they know that this is really really impacting all aspects of life, especially Vinaconcert, medical medicine, San medical and Cameron. Is there any evidence that this is this is causing Ron to get back to the negotiating table or to change its behavior? Is there is there any evidence that this pressure? You mentioned this just tough economic situation is is going there is there is a I do not see any sign that you would give up Iran is hoping that Russia on Trump would be so much that he would not have any chance. They are hoping that if if the Trump is changed, and they would have a much better negotiation possibilities. So they're waiting for the next. They're trying to wait out. Donald Trump is what you're saying. Till the next fact that's their strategy that is the strategy and. Then they are not shy about it. They are saying publicly and non also in.
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"Much a shock to a lot of Syrians to see the capital really feel the shake of this strike. There were several loud explosions heard in Damascus smoke has been seen rising over the Syrian capital. According to I witnesses, and the Syrian government has been telling the Syrian people about what it's calling US French and British aggression against Syria that was announced by President Trump just a short time ago that has been on Syrian television. The Pentagon is nearing a briefing from Defense Secretary Mattis about the military operation, the United States, France and Britain launched together tonight in Syria to punish president BUSTER for a suspected chemical attack against civilians nearly one week ago and to deter him from doing it again earlier today, President Trump directed the US military to conduct operations and continent with our allies. To destroy the Syrian regimes chemical weapons research development and production capability. Tonight, France, the United Kingdom and the United States took decisive action distract the Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure, clearly the Assad regime did not get the message last year. This time our allies, and we have struck harder. Together, we have sent a clear message to Assad and his murderously tenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable at nine PM eastern standard time French British in US forces struck targets in Syria in support of President Trump's objective to deter the future use of chemical weapons. The targets that were struck and destroyed were specifically associated with the Syrian regimes chemical weapons program we also selected targets that would minimize the risk to innocent civilians last year, we conducted a unilateral strike on a single site this evening. We conducted strikes with two allies on multiple sites that will result in a long term. Degradation Syrians capability to research develop an employee chemical and biological weapons. Important infrastructure was destroyed which will result in a setback for the Sharon regime to strike was not only a strong message to the regime that their actions were inexcusable, but it also inflicted maximum damage without unnecessary risk to innocent civilians. There have been a number of I witness reports of explosions lighting up the night sky in Damascus some reports that the Syrians were able to shoot off some surface to air missiles to take down some of what the US and its allies fired their way in a statement from President Assad that comes via Twitter the Syrian presidency. Tweets. Good souls will never be humiliated after the airstrikes a targeted strike to deters. President Trump said tonight bus route Assad from using chemical weapons again Syrian state media confirmed that the scientific. Research center in bars north of Damascus was targeted in the attack a number of rockets targeting warehouses belonging to the Syrian army and homes were intercepted. According to the Syrian government. The Defense Secretary did mention that a number of surface to air missiles were shot off by the Syrians. The Syrians claimed to have intercepted some of what the US France and Britain through at Syria. But there has been no confirmation of what those retaliatory strikes may have done. The Syrians are now claiming they struck down thirteen rockets. The Syrian people message on Syrian state television said a moment ago are defiant and courageous the Americans have been defeated and in growing scroll on Syrian television describes a cowardly terrorist attack only done for America to save face ABC's. Louis Martinez is with us from the Pentagon now and. Louis the targets that the Pentagon selected along with France and Britain for this military operation were very specific chemical weapons storage facilities. That's right. Aaron there were these three facilities to into Damascus Syria. One in western homes on they have to do with the production of chemical weapons was a chemical storage area. And the third was a research and development facility. I you heard general Dunford say that there were additional sites that could have been targeted. But would they chose these three particularly because they wanted to minimize the chance of civilian casualties. But what you're hearing from secretary Mattis right now is that this is a one shot deal right now. But the message is intended to be clear to Syria that they should not be using chemical weapons in the future. And I think that the the idea here is that if they catch win that Syria is doing that they may target these additional facilities. And I think that's the threat. That's being pushed on them right now loud explosions. Nhs rocked Damascus the sky filled with heavy smoke early Saturday Syria time as President Trump announced airstrikes taken in conjunction with the British and the French targeting chemical, weapons storage facilities meant to punish Syria for the recent attack just outside Damascus and to deter President Bashar Al Assad from using chemical weapons again. The president said the US was prepared to sustain this kind of response until the use of chemical weapons stops for the moment. Though, this wave of airstrikes, the Pentagon says is over and Defense Secretary Mattis called it a one time shot that has sent a very strong message to deter Assad from using chemical weapons the US and ally leadership said the focus of those airstrikes was to hit chemical weapons storage areas
Kurds opt out of first local elections in Syria since 2011
"In Syria, the Assad regime is holding municipal elections today. The first one since anti-government protests broke out across the country seven years ago, NPR's Lama alario reports pulse opened in government controlled areas on Sunday with more than forty thousand candidates competing for over eighteen thousand seats. It's the first municipal elections since the country descended into civil war Syrian troops are now back in control of more than two thirds of the country where most of the voting is taking place, but in the north the Kurdish lead self administration area is refusing to participate in the elections. It's officials say they wanna federal Syria that respects their atonomy from Damascus. Meanwhile. Syrian rebels in it live, which is their last. Major stronghold near Turkey are waiting for a potential government defensive to begin civilians are fleeing to areas near the Turkish border while world powers tried to negotiate a solution. Lemon lion. NPR news.
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