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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.
Russia Bounty Reports, U.S. Troop Movements Put Trump-Putin Relationship in Spotlight
"That he has never once broach the issue of Russia, placing bounties on the heads of American troops in Afghanistan with his counterpart Vladimir Putin. Then just hours later, he announces the complete withdrawal of U. S forces from Germany. And Hodges is a retired lieutenant general in the U. S Army and former commanding general for United States Army Europe based in Germany. Currently he is an analyst and scholar at the centre for European Policy Analysis. General. Thank you for joining us. Thanks for the privilege. So let's start with the last thing first. Which was the announcement from the White House about us troops out of Germany. Did that shock you? Well, it was a surprise when I heard it two months ago when it came out in a Wall Street Journal report that about 10,000 we're going to come out on days. Of course, it was also a shock to all of the U. S headquarters in Europe at the time, as well as our allies. On today. Of course, the number that we heard was closer to 12 hours. So they're apparently going to moves to other regions. What is the basis for having troops in these numbers in Germany in the first place? Once the original idea, and then how are the other countries there now reacting to this Well, keep in mind that the total number of Americans that are based in Germany's 34,000 That's about 12,000 Air Force in 22,000 army so That's probably about 1/3 of what could be seated in the Coliseum there in Los Angeles or some other major university stadium. It's not a lot of people, the primary function that they perform. Ah, commanding control, logistics, intelligence communications. Things that help the United States carry out our national security strategy in our defensive strategy in Europe, Africa in the Middle East, so anything, they're not. They're providing protection for Germany at all. They're there to give us Forward, basing that makes it easier for us to carry out our strategy. But am I correct general that the Russians were never exactly to put it mildly pleased that these air troops were in Germany and would be not at all disappointed that they're leaving. Well, no, This is just to the Kremlin because they've done nothing to change their behavior in a positive way. They still occupy Crimea illegally. They still are killing Ukrainian soldiers and done passed done Mass every week. Still occupied 20% of Georgia. They still support the Assad regime, which has generated millions of refugees and killed hundreds of thousands of their own people and their supporting general Haftar in Libya, which is going to generate another 1,000,000 refugees. Into Europe, so they've done nothing to change their behavior. And yet we reduce our capability and Germany by about 1/3 so to me that that again now We've had US troops in Germany since the end of World War two on some people have said. Well, why are they still there? The Cold War's over and I would say well because of US leadership and because of NATO. We've had no war in Europe for 71 years. I mean, that's actually since 1945. Don't do math in public 75 years. That's an incredible accomplishment. When you think of the history of Europe so Well, with the exception of the break up in Yugoslavia, all the nations of Europe that have found each other for centuries. Now, basically all of the same team in NATO What a huge benefit to the United States that are most important trading partner partner. The European Union is stable and secure, so this is for our benefit. Move on to the other part of this discussion. The time we have left the president not confronting Vladimir Putin about the bounties in the most recent phone call, they have, and then reportedly also other phone calls that they've had Knowing that everyone would be watching for this that people wanted something to be said. Yeah, I don't understand. Um, while the president is not more forceful and clear, because actually the acts of the department offense up until this terrible announcement today of the action Of this administration have actually increased in Europe. We have more troops in Germany today than we did under President Obama and everything that President Obama promised. Has been carried out by this administration. So there's a disconnect between what Is happening on the ground in Europe and in what the president says to be candid. I can't explain that when it comes to the reports of bounces, own troops head in Afghanistan. I was there for 15 months back in 2009 and 2010. As a brigadier general, I always assumed that the Russians wanted to see us fail to see us bleed because of our support for the mujahideen with the Soviet Union was in Afghanistan. But, um Wouldn't when the domain of Thailand from Pakistan into Afghanistan was cut off. The Russian's still allowed us to move supplies What we call the northern Supply line moving supply around. We were still able to move through Russia to get stuff in and out so they could have really hurt us if they want to. I suspect that this business about the bounty is probably at some local level some overeager person. I never thought the Taliban needed any motivation to kill Americans. The president could make this go away if he was much more clear about how he opposes the criminals. Technologists. Retired Lieutenant general US Army Former Commanding general for United States Army Europe Thanks the K Index in depth podcast you're going Get that for free
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
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
Republicans slam Trump's decision on US forces in Syria that puts allies at risk
"The president's allies even are voicing disagreement with this his decision to pull troops out of northern Syria administration and abandoning the Kurds who have helped the U. S. fight ISIS they're leaving them vulnerable to a possible Turkish invasion Senate leader Mitch McConnell warns the withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia Iran and the Assad regime and he says it would increase the risk that ISIS and other terrorist groups regroup CBS news foreign correspondent Holly Williams has been speaking to her Kurdish contacts and says they are not happy they say they feel betrayed they're clearly very angry and the risk is that they say you know what you let us down America you've you've let down your side of the bargain so when it comes to fight against ISIS waiting to look off to our insurance the top house Republican Kevin McCarthy also criticized the move saying if you make a commitment and somebody's fighting with you America should keep their word after the strong push back the president sent out a tweet warning Turkey not to do anything that he considered to be off limits promising to destroy the Turkish economy if it
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.
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.
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 Don't Worry About The Government
"Oh, yeah. It's a really dishonest conversation about what the goals are to right like like, what has been the US's goals in Syria or more broadly has it been to solve the refugee crisis has bed too. Feet the Assad regime. I mean, here's another point became defeating grow odd regime that was definitely in there for for minutes short of and then it was like holding the Assad regime off in creating sort of like a holding pattern thing. There's a question of Ken, the refugee crisis ever be resolved by the Assad regime or with the Assad regime massive government of Syria. Or is that something that necessarily has to change in order for the million plus people to be able to think that it's safe enough for them to go back to Syria. Do those people want to go back to Syria. And if they don't now what is the plan for that? And recompensing those countries there's a lot of like very serious questions that are kind of just being negated for very Cold War era, esque strategy stuff. It's the Russians versus the US in a proxy war scenario. We also have you know, our dealings with Iran kind of intertwined here with Syria as well. And then, of course, more interplay with kashogi related stuff involving the Turks in the Saudis. There's definitely in there probably has been for some time that natural. Tension between the stated principles of like preserving human rights, and all the things that the United States stands for in opposition to certainly people like Assad who probably wouldn't you wouldn't claim that they stand on the opposite side of that. And people like Putin who are on the record as being whatever. Everything's relative. That's the nobody's perfect. So what does it really matter? But there's a tension between that humanitarian impulse and human rights and Justice, and the real politique of look if Putin's there, you know, if ISIS is an issue, then we need to just if we need some arm. The moderates, you know, which was a thing for a while to to defeat ISIS, then you know, human rights might have to take a back seat. The like seems to always or at least pretty consistently arise situations in which there's that tension and in a situation like this like. As long as this has been sort of unfolding on on the world stage. I have not really been able to come up with a sense of like rectifying those two like a solution. That's both satisfies the need for human rights and Justice for the people of Syrian for the refugees, and that sort of makes the alliance sort of against Putin and now against Assad as well satisfied with like the political resolution in Syria. I don't it seems like I don't know of any solution that would be tenable or sort of like palatable that would involve Assad staying in power. But I don't I don't know how you do that. And I don't know who is a quick sort of like step in that. Void and check all those boxes. Yeah. It's it's not clear to me either. I I mean, especially if that's realistic. No, no, win the case of the Assad regime. It's it's actually more tricky than Tabatha vacation in Iraq. Because the Assads as a family are in. He. Positions of power all through the Syrian government. So I mean, it was never going to be a thing in never should have been a thing where America is really the sole proprietor even the leader on this. This really needs to be this is where the UN and UN peacekeeping forces, and that sort of thing really should have a role..
The Syrian Military Has Moved in on Manbij Amid Turkey's Threat to Attack Kurds
"Backed by US troops of long, man, beach and NPR's. Peter Kenyon reports now that the US is pulling out the Assad regime and Turkey are vowing to push the Kurds out reports from Syria claimed forces loyal to Syrian president Assad had entered the town of men Bj, but the US military rejected that as incorrect information on visas controlled by Syrian Kurdish. Why PG fighters who worked with US forces to retake bunch of the territory held by his lungs state, but President Trump's declaration of victory in order to withdraw American troops says reportedly prompted the white PG to invite Syrian regime forces in hopes of fending off an attack from neighboring Turkey. Oh crissy's. The white PG is terrorists in his threatening to clear them out by force if they don't leave. Peter Kenyon, NPR news. John bull to employees at a Hilton owned hotel in Oregon were fire today. Erica, crews Guevarra of Oregon public
Conflicting reports on Syrian military entry into key Kurdish-held town
"The Assad regime US fighters of the Syrian democratic forces captured the city from ISIS in two thousand sixteen Kurdish forces have held the city ever since the days after President Trump ordered the US military to pull out of Syria. The Kurds now Monaghan the city back to Syrian president Bush sods forces to protect the area from a Turkish invasion. US officials say Assads forces are currently outside the city of a man bitch. There's no media plan to remove the dozens if US troops in the city. In fact, US officials say could be months before all American troops, leave Syria. An iconic American retailer facing a crucial deadline at this very
Syrian state media report missile attacks near Damascus
"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
"assad regime" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"I don't think it's necessarily part of a broader broader Ma I do think that ear. John comes out of this empowered with respect to Syria in his domestic politics and in the region. And I think that that is going to create additional tension in the midst of a broader competition within the region for geopolitical influence and for power aired on now. Has yet another leg up on the Saudis and the Iranians and he's going to try and press this advantage. I think you know, we have to see how much how ambitious is he if he does go into Syria is he going to push past the Euphrates river is he gonna do as one of his officials threatened, and, you know, leave the Kurds jet and ditches all over northeastern Syria in which case, the Kurds are very likely to cut a quick deal with Damascus in order to protect them. And we could have a Turkish Syrian war on our hands. Right. So I think that there are ways this could play out very very badly. But I think air on is a little smarter than that. And I think that he will he will sit mater schools and use this to his best advantage. I might say jesse's allots martyr than that, even I mean, just look at the events of the last few few months, if you will in how magnificently he ran the strategic communication effort against the Saudis. Sort of using Mollica show cheese murder. So so the, you know, we should never delude ourselves. The Turks are frenemies at best. But you know, we we've seen a masterful play where you have an increasingly authoritarian and irresponsible leadership in Turkey that has found a way to help convince the president that they'll just take care of things that we might not want to deal with and the president is somehow missed that we all actually have mutually exclusive goals Louis. So did you describe Syria as we think about the theater of combat? But in fact, it's something a little broader that. We've a lot of independent conflicts a lot of actors fighting wars that intersect in weird ways. But certainly it's more complicated than one side versus another. And in the balance hangs, the future of the state of Syria, and the people within it. What does this mean for that? What does it mean for the actors? We haven't talked about yet, which is Ron and Russia were supporting the Assad regime in for this. Mall remaining rebel holdouts that are there Turkey in the north. What does this all mean for the end state of Syria, which is what all these parties are working towards but in very different visions, so for the Assad regime. This is good news. The United States certainly didn't have coherent anti-us strategy. But the same time there was kind of a vague generic this guy shouldn't be allowed to win sentiment that prevailed and number of US allies had as well. And the US military presence made the difficult for the regime to continue consolidating the troll for the parts of its territory where where the Kurds were. And now we have this big question. Mark. In part depends on how aggressive the Turks are going to be and a lot is going to depend on whether the machine has the capacity to keep expanding. Even though it's been victorious in the last couple years in much of the country. It's still very weak its military. Forces are severely stretched. It depends very heavily on the Iranians for a lot of the data. Day of the fighting. So it will have an opportunity here, but their questions, and how much it conceals it both diplomatically in its relations with Ankara and militarily with its own forces. But we should see an expansion of it all that said, even if all goes incredibly well for the Assad regime, it's going to be an exceptionally weak state that this is a country that's been devastated by war. The government lacks Quincy. It's heavily dependent on foreign powers. It needs tens of billions in reconstruction aid. None of which is going to be forthcoming. So it's got huge problems across the board even the best of scenarios for the regime, and it's doubtful. It'll be the best scenarios. I I actually think that you're right. It's bad for Syria. But I'm not sure Assad thinks it's that bad for him. He already has control over most of the populated areas of the country..
"assad regime" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"I honored the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United States will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honor our sovereignty in return. From Warsaw to Brussels to Tokyo to Singapore. It has been my highest honor to represent the United States abroad. You hear that you hear they're not laughing. Now there they were just laughing. Oh, ha. Ha ha. Oh, Donald Hough, but they're not laughing. Now the first thing I wanna point out because a lot of people on Twitter, the old, the headlines, all the news headlines are President Trump gets laughed at at the United Nations, and they said, this is so embarrassing. This consider who's laughing. Consider the people who were laughing. First of all, some of the most horrific countries on earth Venezuela, Iran, there, those guys are like, okay, they're laughing. Ha ha. Who else is laughing? People in the European Union people whose defense we pay for people that we're defending, who else is laughing, people that we give money to and foreign aid who else is laughing. People who would take away the rights of their citizens and of citizens around the world to govern themselves. That's who's laughing. Great. I hope that I hope those guys would laugh at mate. I really hope they'll laugh at me and they're not laughing. Now when he gets into this, they're not laughing. This isn't going to be some fluffy eccentric speech. He is. Laying this out very clearly. The United States will resist global governments governance by bodies specifically like the United Nations and the international criminal court and all. You know, there is a movement right now around the world, especially in Europe to pull away from these super national institutions and organizations that take away people's rights to govern themselves. Trump isn't using Trumpy language here. He's not using colorful language. He is getting right to the heart of it and the and they are listening so that he talks about the global governance. He stands up and for all intents and purposes says the UN is a dystopia and fantasy and not that it's a wonderful. Great, nice dream idea that it's a, it's a bad fantasy because it takes away the rights of people to govern themselves and he, he has the courage to go to the u. n. and say, for all intents and purposes we oppose you. And then he gets into specifics because the way that this point of view is caricatured is that, oh, he's an isolationist. The US is going to retreat. It's going to ignore the international community. The rest of the world is going to go forward. We're going to say, no, no, no, we're going to allow atrocities to happen, but this view the view of this administration, whether it's Trump's viewer, not it is now because he's particularly it is that we, I, it's much more nuanced than that here. I'll let him explain it. In this Bain, we urge the United Nations led peace process be reinvigorated, but rest assured the United States will respond. If chemical weapons are deployed by the Assad regime. You hear that it's not. They can do whatever they want. Let Russia do whatever they want. We will let us. Aw, do whatever they want. No, it isn't that you saying the peace process in the UN wants to keep going on. That's what we won't interfere with that. We're not going to make it our national priority to rebuild a country and Syria, or to institute regime change or to do any of these pie in the sky will Sony and endeavors in Syria. But there is a moral minimum said, look, you don't have to choose between total isolation and nation building. You can have a moral minimum here, which says, we're going to let this keep going on. We're going to not impose an entirely imposed from right above western liberal democracy on Syria, but but if the regime in Syria use chemical weapons in violation of international treaties it like a butcher in a bloodbath, we will intervene. We will intervene I, we're not trying to intervene, but if you make intervene, we will. We will insist upon a moral minimum in the international order. If you don't meet that moral minimum, we'll take your country away it or will at least hit you pretty hard. If you do meet that moral minimum, you can govern yourself in peace unmolested by us. This is a nuanced view and it's this is the steel man..
"assad regime" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM
"Deployed by the Assad regime. I commend the people of Jordan. And other neighboring countries for hosting refugees from this very brutal civil war. As we see in Jordan. The most compassionate policy is to place refugees as close to their homes as possible. To ease their eventual return to be part of the rebuilding process. This approach also stretches finite resources to help far more people increasing the impact of every dollar spent. Every solution to the Amana -tarian crisis in Syria. Must also include a strategy to address the brutal regime that has fueled and financed. It. The corrupt dictatorship in Iran. Iran's leaders so chaos. Death and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran's leaders plunder the nation's resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem. Across the Middle East and far beyond the Iranian. People are rightly outraged that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran's treasure. Sees valuable portions of the. And looted the people's religious endowments all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war. Not good. All right. I just wanted to dip into a bit of that. And I tell you what President Trump is more diplomatic than a lot of the stuff that I heard from Obama to be honest with you. I mean the way he dealt with North Korea. Right. There was he was very class. He was like I wanna thank chairman Kim for starting this process and being true to word so far. But we're keeping we're keeping the sanctions in place till he does the whole job. That's a pretty impressive. So anyway, President Trump speaking to the United Nations we're going to tell you about a job fair coming up next. Everybody's hiring right now. So if you've got the skill set, there could be some really great jobs available for you. We'll tell you about that. And more on the mayor's debate coming up at eleven o five NewsRadio eight forty W H A S. I know someone else that's hiring right there in the heart of Saint Matthews. Lots of pasta always looking for good people. It's a family atmosphere. So if you're back from college or at Christmas time, if you want to pick up, some hours, lots of pastas, an awesome place, and we have company in town from San Antonio, my brother-in-law. And of course, they have great Mexican food in San Antonio. You know who else does? Lots of pasta, the burritos, the enchiladas they are made homemade you warm them up and you'll think you're eating at a delicious Mexican restaurant. What else do we do on companies in town? We get the sandwiches ready. So we get the oven roasted Turkey breast, which they actually rose there in the store if you get lucky sometimes it will still be warm when they slice it off. So Mike set with sandwiches, and then we get breakfast quiches. So we can set the oven and you wake up to a delicious smelling breakfast that was warmed up made homemade at lots of pasta, lots of hostile Louisville dot com in the heart of Saint Matthews for more than thirty six years. Do lunch.
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.
Dead Bird found in North Shore tests positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee County
"Again on Sunday Scott wars has, sports at seven fifteen top military official questioning the wisdom of President Trump's White House invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo says the idea of the US in Russian military is. Working. To repatriate Syrian refugees was discussed at last week's summit in Helsinki the top US general in the Middle East is hesitant about the idea given Russia's track, record in Syria supporting. The Assad regime Russia but for now talk of cooperation is an idea that can't. Happen because US law prohibits the, US military from cooperating with Russia because of its seizure of Crimea Lee Martinez ABC news police Nevada see a man. Is under arrest in connection with a fatal shooting inside a Mormon church the suspect. John. O'Connor attended the Sunday service at the church before opening fire supposedly aiming to people fell in police chief Kevin Gherman upon arrival officers of two persons that, were injured by gunfire One person has subsequently died currently undergoing treatment for what's, reported as a non life-threatening leg wound another. Shooting Milwaukee's, now at sign up for the weekend, this Saturday night about ten to fifteen tenth and center police. Say, a forty eight year old man was on the sidewalk when someone fired at him from a passing. Vehicle victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries still looking for the suspect former. Milwaukee county supervisor. Peggy west making her first court appearance today facing a. Felony charge of election fraud that after an investigation by. Police in the county ethics board she lost her spot, is twelfth district, supervisor last spring Northshore getting a health scare health department discovering the first case of West Nile in a dead crow now north shore residents like. John, Bailey are, taking, precautions, to, make sure they don't get bitten by mosquitos I'm definitely willing to be hot to keep. The mosquitoes off that's for sure so it's pants and long sleeves to keep, bugs away I think that's the way to go for the cats the health department warning people to stay away from Segment water and to try and stay inside during, dawn and.
US commander in Middle East hesitant to cooperate with Russians in Syria on refugees
"And weather News Radio, seven hundred l. Cincinnati Should he invite the president of Russia to the White House with the five o'clock report him. Allison Wyant breaking now a top military official questions the wisdom of the president's White House. Invite to Russian, President Vladimir Putin secretary of state Mike Pompeo says the idea of. The. US in Russian military is working to repatriate Syrian refugees was discussed at last week's summit in Helsinki the top US general in the Middle East is hesitant, about the idea given, Russia's, track record in, Syria supporting the Assad regime Russia but for now talk of cooperation is an idea that can't happen because US law prohibits the US military from. Cooperating, with Russia because of its seizure of, Crimea, Lee Martinez ABC news Now the latest traffic and weather together no major accidents on the areas highways latest. Forecast from.
"assad regime" Discussed on WPRO 630AM
"Know you you know that as well i know you've made that argument as well what's interesting about the hezbollah conversation that we did you just mentioned is his beloved went out of their way to tell israel this isn't us this is sports doing this for me go on heights this is not us and that's very telling another thing that's very telling is when israel conducted that counterstrike against those hard size that you're talking about you know hard sites with an offensive capability not there to defeat isis or or higher technical sham ats but there to threaten israel when israel attacked was hard sites russia's sat on its hands the assad regime sat on its hands and iran was left exposed that four hour eric campaign set back to our dc could sports almost three years again israel attack those hard sites that you're talking about missile factories that iran had put in place under the protections of the jcp away because there are individuals in our government include general madison general dunford believed that any attack against the could force would be reason for iran to walk away from the iran deal the north korean negotiation pending the meeting in singapore is that helped her hurt by the ending jcp it is strengthen our position against kim jong hoon stepped up his ballistic missile attacks during the last year of the obama administration he wanted in iran deal something heavily laden with incentives and weakened forcement with the president walking away from the jcp away we actually have leverage now with north korea north korea knows it will get a tough strong and fair fair deal based on what secretary pompeii was said but again just look at the.
"assad regime" Discussed on The Ezra Klein Show
"I think one of the crucial things to reduce suffering in the long game is you have to hold the line like you can't accept this behavior because otherwise you end up in a situation in which you know radical destruction and death in violations of laws of war become the optimal enorm strategy there's a what a point hey about international humanitarian law and the the set of global gnomes that we've established since the second one wall and we these are being torn apart in syria and we can't just sit back and say that's okay even though further intervention military action by us new k just perpetuates the problem and an doesn't actually lead to an end games on fine if there was a coherent strategy on a political settlement you could see but if we're just going to basically perpetuate things is it really the right thing to do just for the sake of preserving some norm i think you have to show the assad regime that he cannot continue to use chemical weapons against his people that that has to be a price to pay and i think we have to tight measures to reduce the capability of of his o's to continue to drop chemical weapons on civilian areas so that in itself is a is something we have to address i think nobody is pretending that there is a that that in itself is a comprehensive solution to the syria conflict which which guys much broader but i also think that there are other regimes and there are other governments around the world that are looking at syria and looking at the west response to syria and a mutual conclusions from it and i think if they see that a sad can use mice bob barak weapons against his own people impressive get away with it they will draw the proper conclusions so it's important not just for syria but for the white.
"assad regime" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"Now on colorado's morning news sanctions will be coming down and they will go directly to any sort of companies that were dealing with equipment related to assad and chemical weapons use the announcement from us ambassador to the un nikki haley in the wake of the weekend airstrikes on syria haley telling cbs's face the nation there will quote absolutely be consequences for patrons of the assad regime let's get into the latest now with du professor not hashmi from the josef korbel school of international studies good morning good morning now that the dust has settled from the us allied strikes are you surprised we haven't heard more of a response from russia or do you figure one's coming no i think russia's really undisturbed by the military strikes on the on syria it's pretty clear now that those strikes were pin picked strikes they no way affected the ability of the assad regime to project power so russia is basically i think content with how this is all played out professor these strikes any different than the strikes that we took last year for the same things that aside did against his people they're basically a very similar the only difference is there were about double the number of missiles that were fired but in terms of impeding the ability of the assad regime to one produce chemical weapons in use chemical weapons or really preventing the assad regime from continuing to brutalize his own people these airstrikes did absolutely nothing in fact the message that was sent by the united states and its allies to the assad regime is that for cheryl assad can continue with his war crimes just don't use poison gas it's important to point out that ninety nine point nine percent the deaths in syria have been by conventional weapons not by chemical weapons you heard from nikki haley there in a soundbite a minute ago do you think more sanctions against russia will get the desired effect that the us wants well i think it will certainly send a message to to russia i think puna john happy with intensified and robust sanctions it's really a question of the quality of the sanctions and to what extent of actually hurt putin his inner circle the russian oligarchs that sort of sustain his regime so we have to sort of wait and see you know how sanctions are playing out and and really to what extent these sanctions really affect you know the war in syria.
"assad regime" Discussed on 710 WOR
"Assad regime dismantles its chemical weapons program white emphasized this strike is about values and that the assad regime's actions in syria will not be tolerated stephanie ramos abc news the pentagon nypd is deploying counterterrorism officers around the city falling air strikes against syria the department says they're doing it out of an abundance of caution police say there are no credible threats to new york city at this time bernie sanders former press secretary and currency political commentator simone sanders is accused of disorderly conduct in issued a criminal summons sources told pix eleven news that sanders was detained by police at laguardia airport on thursday according to a police report sanders was asked by tsa agents to step out of line for more detailed security check but allegedly began cursing and making unreasonable noises in front of patrons and young children sanders claimed in a tweet last year that american airlines called the police on her over a luggage discrepancy i'm terry mccreevy for seven ten w o r an update to a car crash in brooklyn nypd says they've charged a man in connection with the crash that left eight people injured friday twentysevenyearold david olympia is charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breathalyzer tests the crash involved in mercedes and two other cars surveillance video shows the mercedes hitting the two cars while they were trying to turn and then barreling onto the sidewalk the new president of the l i double r is officially on the job after getting a chance to meet with riders first lord of business really is to engage with our customers i ride a fifty six year old phil hang a resident of smithtown had been the mta's chief operating officer before governor cuomo tapped him to lead the long island railroad earlier this week he already has some thoughts on how to improve service one of the things that we need to take a look at us the usage when people are going in and out and just scheduled so we need he worked for the state's department.
"assad regime" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Russians were friends with assad and they carry out strikes for him they provide political support as well at the un they're always fighting for inciting with with syria then you have a ran as well see russian iran on serious side now iran they provide weapons they also provide money and military advisors as well then you've got on the same side you got hezbollah hezbollah iran russia and syria on the same side and she a muslim militias those are all on one side who's on the other side turkey they provide military arms also political support the gulf arab states are all against the assad regime plus you have the united states and jordan so now the term the term you often hear coming out of syria are the rebels you always hear that rebels the rebels rebels well it's actually used to describe a huge diverse array of fighters some whom are are jihadists and some are very well trained some are kids that are just turned nineteen or twenty and are bored to death so they take a weapon and they go out and fight for one of the sides by at this point it's also worth noting that all of the united states does support some of the rebel groups and we've seen that over the last ten years or so no seven seven years or so that they support some of the some of the groups it's really not internationally i are deal you know the syrian government is is fighting with russia and iran and we're over there in in a fairly small support role i think we have five thousand troops over there but nobody really knows how this is going to end there are so many different fractions there are so many different people hate each other to death i mean they're willing to drop chemical weapons on five year olds that is tremendous hatred for.
"assad regime" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Chemical weapons in the past was responsible for this so we may not ever have this concrete piece of evidence that says yes we know that this bomb came from you know the syrian government or not but it may be enough for these governments to say we there's a high degree of likeliness that it did what we we do know is that there is a factfinding mission on its way to syria in at at this moment the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons is sending a factfinding team there they say that they expect to get up and running on saturday and they'll look to get concrete evidence that that some kind of chemical weapon attack did in fact occur confident that the assad regime will cooperate fully with them well you know the other day the the assad regime said you know it welcomed the factfinding mission and they are allowing them to come into the country and do this but you know the the city right now this is the interesting thing is this weapons attack occurred in a city that's completely surrounded and controlled by the syrian government and russian forces so you have to wonder how else would this occurred the intelligence because everybody in the syrian arab army and the russians in syria they do all their command and control on cell phones and while while it's the worst operational security you can ever do it's really easy so they do that and they're all being hoover up it's all being listened to it's not the israelis it's us or as a french so they they will have conversations possibly going even up to assad with his voice authorizing the use of chemical weapons and if you're if anyone cares communications yet if you're having that kind of communication then maybe that's exactly how they can determine these things i don't know the specifics of how intelligence gathering has been coordinated so far to determine this but it does appear that certainly from some of the video at least will we've seen publicly some of the video the horrific images that we've seen out of there that we can tell that something occurred obviously in the belief is that it's a chemical weapons attack and given the history of assad regime it doesn't seem that unlikely that this.
"assad regime" Discussed on KFI AM 640
"Being blamed on the assad regime in a morning tweet mr trump referred to syrian president bouchara saad as a gas killing animal and rebuked russia for being partners with the middle east strongman russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles from syria according to president trump now mr trump's comments came following remarks from russia's ambassador to lebanon who reportedly told the hezbollah television station that russia would shoot down american missiles fired at syrian government targets the vice chief of naval operations told the force that there needs to be an intense and concentrated effort to speed up weapons and technology acquisition for the specific purpose of connery massive military gains by both russia and china charles r smith our resident expert on many affairs is with us right now charles i wanna get your take on the syrian situation first and foremost it has not really been conclusive that the assad regime launched these chemicals against his own regime and people well that is true and i believe there are probably several people who are preaching caution within the administration including the defense secretary mad dog maddux because as you've noted we're not quite sure actually could be the rebels themselves it could be fake it could be assad it's a messed up situation so to find out for sure would probably be a prudent thing to do now in this particular case what the president basically threatening this is getting serious darlie is actually a showpiece shall we say as compared to what's actually going on behind the scenes we saw some very heavily bluster is kind of talk during the north korean crisis and you can see where we've gotten to this point so frankly i don't expect to see a whole heck of a lot of direct conflict between either one of the nation's well so far you've been right about the north korean situation charlie will check back with you in a moment by the way former secretary of defense william cohen joins me we're going to be talking about his latest novel this one called final strike it's about an asteroid but we're going to get into some world events with them as well that's coming up in just a few minutes the dollar struggled against the.
"assad regime" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"And iran's roles and enabling the assad regime's murderous destruction coup does this only a monster does this only a monster targets civilians and then ensures that there are no ambulances to transfer the wounded no hospitals to save their lives no doctors or medicine to ease their pain i could hold up pictures of all of this killing and suffering for the council to see but what would be the point the monster who was responsible for these attacks has no conscience not even to be shocked by pictures of dead children the russian regime whose hands are all covered in the blood of syrian children cannot be ashamed by pictures of its victims we've tried that before we must not overlook russian iran's roles in a neighbouring the assad regime's murderous destruction russia and iran have military advisers at assads airfields and operation centers russian officials are on the ground helping direct the regime's starve and surrender campaign an iranian allied forces do much of the dirty work when the syrian military komo's civilians they rely on the military hardware given by russia russia could stop this senseless slaughter if it wanted but it stands with the assad regime and supports without any hesitation what's the poor the what's the point of trying to shame such people after all know civilized government would have anything to do with assads murderous regime.
"assad regime" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"Should the assad regime decided to once again crossed that red line the president true last year when they used saron gas the administration has decided that a chlorine gas attack in and of itself something that is not a banned substance under international law but is a chemical weapon would justify military action trump on twitter calling the syrian leader an animal so did john mccain says president trump's recent statements on syria might have had something to do with the assad regime's alleged gemmell goal attack abc's ollie rogan with more on that in a statement senator mccain said trump's comments about us troops leaving syria may have emboldened president bashar alassad in late march trump said the us would be coming out of syria quote very soon although he has reportedly since drops his desire for an immediate withdrawal dozens of men women and children were reportedly killed in the city of duma mccain said president trump should respond decisively as he did after a chemical attack last year when he launched an airstrike ollie rogan abc news washington one week from today boston will commemorate the fifth anniversary of one of the city's darkest days it was on the fifteenth of april twenty thirteen that the twin bombings happened to the marathon finish line killing three injuring hundreds more wbz's kim tunnicliffe got up of mayor walsh and spoke with him about marathon security this year walsh's assuring residents and people heading to the marathon that the city and its police department are keeping up on all the latest technology as far as security goes the way the marathons vm protecting now in the way that i miss having this completely different after two thousand thirteen of change and obviously this new technology and there's going to constantly upgrading technology but we're getting ready for that the city will hold a news conference this week to outline some of those security details but longtime marathoner stephen pekka conus of roslindale thinks the extra security is over the top i think they've gone overboard on.
"assad regime" Discussed on talkRADIO
"Was the dps breaks makes an mp for ease answered thank you for that we gonna get further afield now now well you know because first of all problems charge decide what's happened after a referendum in other countries rather more serious issues happening we've had these attempts that's a ceasefire in syria after the nonstop shelling of eastern due to a region outside damascus which has seen hundreds of thousands of civilians including a half them all children young children being shelled night after night and the latest revelations have come that's it with leaked reports that north korea has been sending equipment to syria that could be used to make chemical weapons us couldn't to a new you n report meanwhile though of course despite all these attempts to get a proper ceasefire to get help to the people in eastern to simply isn't happening in any meaningful way let's talk about this with matthew simon's he's a security and defence editor at the economist joins us now could monitor matthew or your komo morning i mean it it's the put the footage that we're seeing online and on our tv screens at the moment former syria is just absolutely heartbreaking ado fill you know we hear again and yet again the un signed to get something done yet again of failing to do anything because the russians are us in transit into their backing assets forces in syria the carrying out these works is there any haber tool that they will be a meaningful ceasefire and help will that she be brought to these people but it's possible that we make it something called a ceasefire whether it will be kind of a meaningful what is another massa um the assad regime is absolutely intent all retaking uh eastern kuta uh which is gonna sort of four minutes side for a long time um leaves that it has a miniature case but if you to do so russia sort of posey's as um a sort of fat minded arbiter uh in all of this but of course is um eight baku the assad regime and the establishing it's a gory um existence to washington at it power um so it's very difficult to see what is actually going to change that took dynamic yeah but that's the thing is to all intents and purposes you asset sata's one with the help of the russians we we didn't go in it soon enough there was a effectively of power vacuum that.
"assad regime" Discussed on WPRO 630AM
"Serve the nation will be rocking to get not easy not easy but two simple objective but it will take now the political offices or rex tillerson and the uh the president's team to make it a reality syria we when we move from iraq to syria the statement by the secretary of state that will remain involved in syria does that mean a permanent war are we enough are we locked into a frozen conflict and how does that prevent isis from coming back north it doesn't mean the kind of neoconservative uh permanent commitment tool the more adventurous because the president has been the remains of very clear on this uh he's thought an isolationist than the libertarian round paul mode but noisy an interventionist so he sees invasion and occupation of other people's countries is fundamentally on america but but there's a very simple uh formula which also uh applies to iraq as well every single military victory that uh we win in either of those countries one of the region of 10 not uh against sudan extremists or against the assad regime and others cannot lead to the iranian militias could source the icc profiting from the uh sudanese being banquet so it's about stabilising and making sure will not just terrorists uh of the sunni nate uh ilk don't get to exploit ungoverned spaces but also the uh revolution release system uh all be ron doesn't get to exploit that turkey either so it's it's making sure that the victories that we do require a stay uh relevant to all national security and addict out ssab and i don't like asking questions i don't know the answers to that i'm gonna ask seven anyway and added down from afghanistan that suddenly the kurdistan province you know the isis version in afghanistan suddenly they're no longer cutting people's heads off or threatening them because they smoke cigarettes suddenly they're acting like the ushers you know when a movie theater they want you to come in they realize that they went to hard and they drove the taliban or the put putative taliban away from them have you heard anything like this in any other front that isis is trying to make nice you know trying to learn how to influence people well recall where isis can't you from this was all kinds of iraq and the two this is exactly what zoff tile we this is a sin that he committed.
"assad regime" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Of the probable defeat of isis in its current form in iraq a third at sounds i'm in in a one doesn't want to get to gleb installed calling this a game of wack amal all anything like that but it that doesn't sound great does at you have these grueling battles which leave major cities in the case of mozell virtually flattened and then people merrily funding insurgencies once again that is a risk because of the root of a lot of this mid applies not just to rob purdue series well use the wider geopolitical implications of the sanity iranian rivalry and essentially around include increased his influence substantially in iraq over the last decade in fact massively but also obviously with the relative stability at the assad regime in syria we're now seeing their that sogame iran iranian influence is increasing so this sort of a naphtha this fear that the saudis and other sunni states in the gulf half of the socalled iranian cresent the shia cresent from the mediterranean to the arabian sea and the indian ocean is in their mind coming true of they've got may really got to counter this so i think we're seeing the start of a wider rivalry which will have a major effects unless it can be healed in the longer term so what does this mean for islamic state defeat settle ready that the idea of the caliphate has has gone the the battle for talafar is is about to commence sleep.
"assad regime" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"The assad regime and smuggle it out of syria the risks are huge and it's unlikely that assad will ever be brought to trial that remarkable story is on the next episode of the new york arena saturday mornings at ten on 939 of oh it's morning edition from npr news i'm also chang in washington d c and i'm david greene in culver city california north korea is keeping up its aggressive tone against the united states warning it is quote seriously examining a plan to fire four missiles into the sea near the us territory of guam north korea also called president trump's statements a load of nonsense this was after trump promised fire and fury if north korea keeps up its threats yesterday secretary of state rex tillerson struck a more reassuring tone what reagan senator maria and language that diplomatic i do not believe there is the president trump is hardly the first us president to threaten war with north korea and the us's long asked for help from china to little avail though as max baucus well knows he's a former us senator from montana and he was us ambassador to china under president obama leaving that post in january and besser bucks good morning good morning david so do you agree with secretary tillerson that americans don't have to worry that can sleep well at night i think we ought to be concerned but i do pheko lies to cool the rhetoric because o escalated rhetoric off the not leads through were esscalation closer took a tipping point where supper cuttuck was recap so he's writer cooler rhetoric but also well thank crypto we have to recognize that a a china as a very proud concrete our they have varied deeper interest serb evander selfinterest obviously they're clearly looking at of what's happening over birth career with wits great alarm and they probably have their own plans to what they will do it shook something you note a untorn happen what what is china's interest here any take us into their thinking if he camp at this moment shiokawa's about china uh china cares about trump government occurs about stability that's more important than any other a goal may instability and to do a.