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Why Is the U.S. Comfortable Associating With Ukrainian Nazis?

The Charlie Kirk Show

02:07 min | 2 months ago

Why Is the U.S. Comfortable Associating With Ukrainian Nazis?

"If America had a KKK battalion within our own military. I want you to imagine if we were supporting groups that were Nazis. Well, we are. Actually. It's amazing. It's just shocking to me how the left wing regime media has spent years smearing all of us as Nazis, anyone who dares show up at school board meetings as Nazis and then they fund actual real-life Nazis in Ukraine. And this is not like a slur or an exaggeration, there's a video right here that we see in front of us where there is literally a guy wearing a Nazi symbol in full tattoos with fully automatic machine guns saying in Ukrainian like we're going to go kill the Russians. And so the argument then goes will Charlie, we have to back somebody because Vladimir Putin is evil. I agree. Vladimir Putin is evil. Well then under that logic, why didn't we back ISIS to go fight Bashar al-Assad? What if both sides could be really bad? Now, this is the backbone of some of the Ukrainian resistance in Mari Paul, which is the southeastern corner of Ukraine. The southeastern corner of Ukraine is right within this kind of Russian separatist area. It's where a lot of the fighting is happening. It's an area that Russia really, really wants. It's a port city, so a question that I think is necessary for us is why does the American regime or the people that run our government? Why are they all of a sudden so comfortable with associating with Nazis? Now I'm not calling zelensky Nazi. He's a grandchild of Holocaust survivors. Obviously not. Zelensky's Jewish. But zelensky is partnering in some capacity without right neo Nazis on the mainland of Ukraine. This is

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Syrians Vote in Election Certain to Give Assad New Mandate

Monocle 24: The Globalist

01:48 min | 1 year ago

Syrians Vote in Election Certain to Give Assad New Mandate

"Syrians have voted in a presidential election almost certain to give the incumbent bashar al assad of forty seven year term. He's ruled the country since the death of his father in two thousand in the last election held in two thousand and fourteen had secured almost eighty nine percent of the vote with turnout at more than seventy three percent. This election is likely to deliver a similar result willett. The result is dependent on the country's two biggest allies russia and iran. Dr laura james is a middle east analyst at the global advisory firm oxford analytica and. She joins me now north. Thanks for coming on. Do we have the results yet. No they're not do until friday evening I think we can make a fair guess at them. Though to be honest. I mean is there any chance that russia could perhaps derail the selection. That's no indication that they want to at the moment There's always a question. Mark over how long russia will see asset is an asset rather than a liability. But i think generally the assumption is that keeping him in place keep things relatively stable that trying to bring somebody else in certainly. It isn't a to be played to soon. Possibly at some point they could bring in somebody similar as part of a deal for western reconstruction aid. But we're very very far from that point. In iran influence iran is also supporting asset again as a source of stability and as a gateway into the country. Pro-iranian militias are playing a very important role there and iran is looking for a reconstruction con contracts and most of all a routine into lebanon where it supports the hezbollah movement so again for a run asset is an important asset.

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War-Torn Syria to Hold Presidential Elections on May 26

KHOW Marketplace

00:30 sec | 1 year ago

War-Torn Syria to Hold Presidential Elections on May 26

"Holding its grip and the mist of a civil war. Serious parliament announcing presidential election In about five weeks on May 26 with no viable opponent. The election expected to give President Bashar al Assad whose family has ruled the country for more than 50 years of fourth seven year term, Syria has never held a free and fair Democratic election This time appears to be no different. Al Assad has led a brutal crackdown on civil unrest for more than a decade, prompting accusations he is a war criminal on the

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10 Years After The Syrian War Hardship Persists On Both Sides

C-SPAN Programming

04:21 min | 1 year ago

10 Years After The Syrian War Hardship Persists On Both Sides

"10th anniversary of the uprisings in Syria that initially were part of the Arab spring. It turned into a devastating civil war with Syrian leader Bashar al Assad and his allies, principally Russia on one side against various domestic and foreign forces. On the other. War that has killed by some estimates, up to half a million people, displacing millions more, turning them into refugees, both internal and external. Doing a porter is the U. S. State Department deputy spokesperson. 10 years ago, the Syrian people peacefully took to the streets calling for basic human rights and an end to government corruption. On this anniversary, we honor the many brave Syrians who spoke out a decade ago against impression. You continue to act today documenting atrocities providing humanitarian aid and medical services. Demanding freedom and dignity for all of Syrians. United States stands with the Syrian people under the Assad regime. They have suffered innumerable atrocities and we will continue to work with the international community Throat promotes accountability. Call for the re release of those arbitrarily detained information on whereabouts of the missing and unhindered humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people who will also continue to promote global settlement in the conflict in Syria, and closed complication with our allies, Partners and the United Nations. Political settlement is the only way to the family in the complex, prevent rare suffering and provide the peace and stability The Syrian people deserve. State Department Deputy spokesperson Jolene A. Porter on a teleconference. Associated Press reports that the U. N special envoy for Syria today said that international diplomacy is crucial to end Syria's tenure. War, and it's important to establish a new format to bring together key nations with an influence on the conflict that includes the U. S. Russia, Iran, Turkey, Arab States and the European Union. Your C span. We recently interviewed for our program. The weekly freelance journalist and former captive of the group. Al Nusra. Theo Paige knows I have to follow up on your phrase a broken country. Explain what you mean. What is life like inside Syria? Why is a situation so dire? I mean, we have a We have a very owners, Thank Shin's regime imposed upon them at the moment, which perhaps even the most trivial banking connections between Syria and outside would also Selector university students who would like to send off an application fee so you can educate themselves and come back. And now the country. You can't do this. I mean, the entire country is like blockaded. Economically and way do this, because again, we're gonna punish the Syrian government. But it's the Syrian government is like fine. They have ways to get their own cash. And so the bad guys among the terrorists, too, By the way, they also have their own ways to bring in the cash, the people that are suffering and, um You know if we have any compassion or or like foresight, because because we can continue to collapse. It's like it's not at a end a state of collapse it can carry on for For a number of years, You know, slow motion collapse there millions of people that are doing their best to go out, but everyday existence there, it's hard to get money enough to like. Buy fuel toe heat up the cattle. Too keyed up evening cup of tea. That is the state that they're in. Um, Nevertheless, those people kind of like our scraping and I've got just drink in the evenings and buy some cucumber. Some rice But that can also collapse. And then there are numerous minorities. It's not just the famous our lights because, um, she asked minority that is, um, maybe four million people in Syria. The President Bashar al Assad is remember of this religious minority. Sally them They're Christians. Um, there are Shiite. There are different flavors of Christian. It's a rich tapestry or mosaic, as they often say in Arabic, and and it can be destroyed. More deeply and more prominently than it has already been destroyed. So You know, we need to have compassion and common sense with regards to Syria, and it said all we could think of to do it. Just bomb freelance

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Why Syria's civil war is still a "living nightmare" after 10 years

WBZ Afternoon News

00:38 sec | 1 year ago

Why Syria's civil war is still a "living nightmare" after 10 years

"Today marks 10 years since the start of the Syrian civil war, which has devastated that country more from the BBC's moral. Alderson, the United Nations special envoy for Syria gape edition. Is calling for an end to what the U N describes as the country's living nightmare. 10 years after Syrians first held huge rallies, demanding peaceful political change, he's due to tell the Security Council there must be a negotiated end to the war that has since left hundreds of thousands of people in Syria dead or missing on 60% of the population at risk of hunger. Serious President Bashar al Assad's regime has been accused of war crimes. And using chemical weapons against its own

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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19

Morning Edition

00:19 sec | 1 year ago

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19

"President Bashar al Assad and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus, not a home. Z reports from Beirut that a statement from the Syrian government says both are showing minor symptoms. The president and first lady will quarantine in their home for the next 2 to 3 weeks, according to a statement carried by state news.

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Syrian president, wife test positive for coronavirus

WBZ Morning News

00:12 sec | 1 year ago

Syrian president, wife test positive for coronavirus

"President Bashar al Assad and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus that news breaking this morning word from officials in Syria. Both are doing well but in recovery protocol

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Conviction in landmark case over Syrian government torture

Not Too Shabby

00:51 sec | 1 year ago

Conviction in landmark case over Syrian government torture

"The German foreign minister. Hi comas has welcomed the conviction of a former Syrian secret policemen on charges of complicity in crimes against humanity. The court jailed I'll eyeball Ghareeb for 4.5 years. Jeremy Bowen reports. The convicted man he had al Carib was a relatively low level operative among thousands of others in the Syrian regime's highly developed network of coercion and repression. He rounded up suspects who were later tortured and killed at a time in 2011. When the uprising against President Bashar al Assad was gaining strength on the regime was hitting back hard. The verdict is a legal landmark. The prosecution was intended as a test case to build up a body of evidence about the actions of the regime of President Assad that could be used in other trials, not

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KPCC

KPCC

01:54 min | 1 year ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KPCC

"My reporters recently talking about how they're trying to basically figure out what's going on from these refugees who are in Sudan. They're getting a lot of these kind of reports of what's going on, and they're trying to deliver aid there. But in terms of getting the actual aid directly into the region, it's extremely extremely difficult. This violence is also brought criticism upon Ethiopian Prime Minister Abby Ahmed, who just over a year ago was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize here is part of his acceptance speech back then. Sustaining peace is hard work yet we must cherish and nurture it. It takes a few to make war but takes a village and the nation to build peace. Jenna. However, we've seen international public sentiment towards the Ethiopian prime minister change over the past few months. Well, it's been pretty rapid decline in terms of perceptions. You know, he got the Nobel Peace Prize and for good reason, you know, he did help bring peace and end the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea Longstanding war But, you know, I think one of the things we've seen kind of over and over is that the West tends to maybe a little prematurely pick who we're going to be the big reformers and leaders of peace. We've seen this kind of happened time and time again. We saw this with on songs hoochie It was kind of lauded as a pro democracy reformer and you know she was in in Myanmar. Only to, you know, come to sort of power there. She doesn't have full power and essentially, you know, indoors or at least turn her head to, you know, genocide against the range of Muslim minority. We saw that early on in Syria with President Bashar al Assad when he first came to power. It was very much seen as you know, because he was educated in the West that he was going to be this kind of western reformer and time and time again. We've been proven wrong. We'll pick up this conversation in just a few minutes with Jennifer Williams, senior foreign editor.

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US slaps new sanctions on Syrian entities and individuals

Not Too Shabby

00:21 sec | 1 year ago

US slaps new sanctions on Syrian entities and individuals

"States has imposed new sanctions on Syrian individuals and financial entities affiliated with President Bashar al Assad. The Treasury Department ordered the freezing of assets in the U. S belonging to has I'm careful the governor off Syria's central bank, as well as those off two sisters off the powerful financial Yes, Ibrahim, who was targeted last month.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

02:35 min | 1 year ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"The trial chamber is off the view that Syria and Hezbollah may have had motives to eliminate Mr Hariri and some of his political allies. However, there was no evidence that this Hezbollah leadership had any involvement in Mr Hariri's murder, and there is no direct evidence off Syrian involvement in it. As I said, the judgement from that court is said to be imminent and we'll get the latest from our correspondent in the Netherlands in a few minutes first, his own Middle East Edison Jeremy Bowen, on the significance of the tribunal. Aunts and Valentine's Day 2005. A massive bomb blew up the motorcade of Raffi career E. The former prime minister who was campaigning for reelection. Killed him on 21. Others. One of the first to reach his burning car was Hariri's long serving bodyguard, Muhammadiyah, a man whose life is still dominated. By the trauma of losing the leader. He venerated was your model and you have to start with. I couldn't tell if it was him from his face. I was reading some of the guys told me to check his face his back or his hair to see if it was him, But I could only tell it was him from his wedding ring. The money. I hope the sentence brings justice to hurry. I hope justice served well. Everyone hopes just only believes people hope that Yeah. At the funeral, Hariri supporters fought to touch his coffin draped with Lebanon Cedar tree flag. And some of them carried placards accusing Syria's President Bashar al Assad of ordering the killing. Ah, A few months earlier, Assad had threatened him for questioning Syria's right to dominate Lebanon during the 2000 election campaign five years before he was assassinated. Laffita. Riri chose his words carefully. When I asked him about Syria, who does control this country to Syria control this country or the wood. There's the prime minister control. The Syrian had so much Assuring the security and stability But in political bases that is a coordination on there is a corporation.

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UN-backed court to issue verdicts in Lebanon's Hariri case

All Of It

00:45 sec | 1 year ago

UN-backed court to issue verdicts in Lebanon's Hariri case

"A U. N backed court in The Hague will deliver its verdict later today on four men accused of the assassination of Lebanon's former prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a car bomb 15 years ago. Jeremy Bone reports Rafiq al Hariri and 21 others were killed when a massive bomb blerp is motorcade in Beirut. His followers blamed Syria. A few months earlier, President Bashar al Assad had threatened her Riri for questioning Syria's right to dominate Lebanon. Before Hezbollah men still accused were relatively low level operatives. They won't be in court as the leader Hassan Nasrallah, refused to give them up. He denies accusations that Hezbollah killed Hariri, perhaps on the orders of its backers in Syria and Iran.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

01:51 min | 2 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"You're listeningto all things considered from NPR news. In Syria. Rifts at the top of the country's regime are usually kept secret. But as the economy collapses, a power struggle between President Bashar al Assad and the family oligarch has burst into the open. NPR's Ruth Sherlock reports. The battle between tyrant and tycoon unfolds like a really life television drama in this video and others posted to his Facebook page. Rami Makhlouf, the president's cousin, said to be the wealthiest businessman in Syria lays bare his grievances. Belichick, he says the president is attacking his freedom and seizing his assets and the very security forces. He says he helped fund our arresting his employees. Well. The the videos are an extraordinarily public outburst in response to a government takedown of my troops empire. As well as freezing his funds. The government has suspended trading of his telecoms company on the stock market. Syrian state media has labeled him a war profiteer and says he owes taxes maybe $180 million or more. He's even banned from leaving the country. It's a dramatic fall for a man known as Assad's business partner before the war, it was Syrians who singled him out as a symbol of a corrupt regime. Here's an opposition video from 2011 where the activist raps about Rahmi Maruf in Arabic. The shot you create new thieves everyday, he says. Foolish Mahat and Rami rubbed my brothers and uncles. And he did so with.

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'Very tense calm' prevails in Syria's Idlib as ceasefire holds

Morning Edition

00:48 sec | 2 years ago

'Very tense calm' prevails in Syria's Idlib as ceasefire holds

"A cautious ceasefire has taken her hold in northern Syria after Turkish and Russian leaders announced an agreement and peers Alice Fordham reports the two countries back opposing sides in the Syrian war people in Italy province say that the aerial attacks and shelling of recent weeks of consequence economy Turkey has been backing rebel forces in Idlib while Russia has supported the forces of Syrian president Bashar al Assad without power and troops Russia and Turkey now say they are planning joint patrols around the key highway but the final status of it live on the people in it are far from resolved on hundreds of thousands of Syrians displaced by the recent fighting are unlikely to head home soon as they wait to see whether the holds will lost and also gave an interview to a Russian television network blaming Turkey for the violence saying Turkey supports

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33 Turkish soldiers killed by airstrike in northwestern Syria

Morning Edition

04:16 min | 2 years ago

33 Turkish soldiers killed by airstrike in northwestern Syria

"Greene of violence in northwestern Syria has been a humanitarian crisis for months now with a million Syrians huddling in camps near the Turkish border as they flee a Syrian and Russian offensive into rebel territory one L. conflict there between Turkey Russian and Syrian forces could be spiraling dramatically Turkey which supports the rebels says at least thirty three of its soldiers were killed in the Syrian airstrike that instantly doubled the number of Turkish casualties in February Turkey says it's killed many Syrian forces and will now step up its attacks let's talk through what's happening with NPR's Peter Kenyon who joins us from Istanbul hi Peter hi David so what is the latest hearing this escalation well it's Turkey's worst one day loss of license you got involved in this conflict some four years ago is being blamed on the Syrian military but of course Russia is Syria's closest and biggest ally in this conflict Turkey is you mentioned has been supporting some of the rebel groups who tried to oust Syrian president Bashar al Assad from power with rush's big help Damascus effectively beat that effort back many rebels have wound up mast in northwest it live province and that's where the regime has been focusing its attacks now this latest incident one concern and could this lead to some kind of direct conflict between Russia and Turkey which is a NATO ally in NATO convened an extraordinary meeting of the north Atlantic council today after his request NATO says it's looking into what kind of support it can provide but Turkey specific call for a no fly zone in Syria has not gotten any takers so far but I mean you had Turkey's president erdo one meetings late into the night with with his security team I mean could they be coming up with some sort of major response here that they could really escalate things it's certainly possible everyone says Turkey will not take one step back from it live on Chris promising the Syrian regime will pay a heavy price now the action to back that up is what we're waiting to see the military's talking about going after some two hundred targets in Syria not a lot of detail yet Turkey has also leveled another threat saying refugees desperate to escape the conflict may soon be on their way toward Europe again at last time that happened European countries as some major protests about the flood of refugees hastily put together a multi billion euro deal with Turkey had to keep them here and not send them on to Europe now that threat is back on the table perhaps it's a spur to get Europe more involved in de escalating the situation everyone also spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin by phone and they reported that more needs to be done but it's not clear what exactly that means okay so the leaders of Russia Turkey speak as you said I mean one big concerns if this became a larger conflict between Russia and NATO ally for the moment Turkey blaming Syria for all this what what does that tell us about where this might be going too well the Syrian military is being blamed clearly Russia along with Iran is the major allied to Syria Russia's defense ministry is saying its forces weren't responsible and it also says Moscow never even knew Turkish forces were in that area Turkey's defense minister explicitly rejects that saying Moscow knew very well Turkey is not interested in conflict with the bigger Russian military that's pretty clear does that mean there's room for talks and kinda go she Asians possibly although they've already tried that Turkey and Russia help come up with the so called Astana process cease fire for a while but then it fell apart secretary general of the U. N. is calling for another ceasefire but right now Moscow sending two warships towards the Syrian coast just remind us what the overall situation this part of Syria I mean it's it's it's a humanitarian disaster yes and one that could get even worse as the Syrian military attacks a million people have been fleeing toward the Turkish border freezing winter weather aid groups say let the men Turkey says no we need a safe zone inside Syria but northwest Syria right now seems anything but safe Peter Kenyon reporting from Istanbul Peter thanks thanks David it's time now for StoryCorps on this final Friday black history month we have a conversation with the first African American woman to join the Coast

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

03:23 min | 2 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KCRW

"In the new movie Emma directed by autumn to wild in select theaters Friday everywhere March sixth all things considered on this Wednesday afternoon coming up on the program a conversation with California some women some women helmer suci about his bill calling for the state to apologize for its role in violating the rights of Japanese Americans in World War two what he said California fanned the flames of racism later at least twenty cases of covert nineteen coronavirus have been linked with single conference in Singapore it's been recognize now is one of the largest chains of transition outside of China we'll talk more about that as well state local news coming up at three thirty to what governor Newsome focused on during his state of the state address and a high profile case gets underway in LA tell you about that after this from NPR live from NPR news in Culver city California and Wayne brown the democratic presidential candidates will square off this evening in Las Vegas as NPR's winter Johnson tells us six contenders will take the debate stage just two days before the Nevada caucuses this will be the first time that presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg will take part in a debate since entering the race will face off against five other democratic contenders including former vice president Joe Biden Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders in recent weeks Sanders has been critical of Bloomberg repeatedly blasting him for flooding the airwaves with ads without entering early primaries and caucuses Bloomberg chose to bypass the first four contests including Saturdays caucuses in Nevada a recent NPR PBS newshour Maris poll shows Bloomberg in second place with nineteen percent senator Sanders took the top spot with thirty one percent wins our Johnston NPR news in Syria the U. N. human rights chief says civilians are living under scraps of plastic sheeting and freezing conditions while getting bombed by Syrian troops the government's offensive has triggered a human humanitarian crisis you and special envoy your Peterson says officials are worried about the rapid deterioration of the situation in northwest Syria the ongoing offensive has displaced need in mind hundred thousand civilians seems along the December twenty nineteen all from multiple times hundreds have been killed during the same period Syrian airstrikes have hit hospitals as well as people displaced in camps most of them women and children about three hundred people have been killed as president Bashar al-assad's forces press an assault against the last rebel stronghold in the region stocks finished higher on Wall Street today the Dow was up more than one hundred fifteen points this is NPR news from the David Burnett foundation news room this is KCRW on Larry Perella Wednesday February nineteenth here's what's happening at three thirty two the homelessness and housing crisis took center stage in Sacramento today during governor nuisance state of the state address the governor devoted almost all this forty minute speech to these issues we don't build housing for people of all income levels and as a consequence we may worsen almost crisis it's a vicious cycle governor said that affluent Californians are neglecting the mass amounts of people still in poverty it's time for.

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Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria

News and Perspective with Tom Hutyler

00:30 sec | 2 years ago

Erdogan threatens 'imminent' Turkish operation in Syria

"In a speech to lawmakers in Turkey's parliament Wednesday tell you repair Awan said Turkey is ready to launch a military offensive in northern Syria by the end of the month Turkish forces have been going head to head with Syrian government forces in Italy province creating a humanitarian crisis in the region the announcement also comes after talks between Turkey and Russia which failed to produce any agreement Russia is backing the forces of Bashar al Assad Russia has sent a Turkish offensive would be a worst case

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

01:32 min | 2 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

"The Syrian regime and Russian military launched a major campaign to recapture the province series last opposition stronghold in December the regime intensified it to solve to recapture the M. five highway the country's most important commercial Turkish forces are in Italy resisting the regime in Turkey has pushed Russia diplomatically but those Turkish troops are preventing civilians from crossing the border and yesterday Syrian president Bashar al Assad predicted victory over Turkey and all the regime's enemies in a lot of data hello everyone the battle to liberate it live in Aleppo countryside is on going regardless of some of the anti bubbles of sound coming from the north as well as the battle for liberating all series soil crushing terrorism in achieving stability they lost their homes and their equipment and everything that they have so I'd say it is the founder of violet a local organization trying to provide relief to display Syrians he says the air strikes are closing in they are so off right from that every day at that or would you happen for them is that yes you you have a gene came to this area they have been destroying listen close one is that there are in if he doesn't need any all the people I think that he would kill everyone Sonya how law is an English teacher his story is the story of the Syrian war.

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2020: The year ahead

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

02:21 min | 2 years ago

2020: The year ahead

"Two Thousand Thousand and twenty is not merely a new year but the beginning of a new decade accordingly. We should feel ten times. The optimism that tradition dictates tate's we must at this point in the calendar. If however one is a believer in betting with form it probably feels wiser to approach two thousand and twenty twenty and the two thousand twenty's with a measure of trepidation as if preparing to cross a tight rope of shark tank. We have some the idea of some things that will happen. In Two thousand and twenty the United Kingdom will leave the European Union. The United States will hold a presidential election. We have no idea at all about pretty much everything else in this special program. Our panel advance their best guesses as to what lies lies ahead is two thousand twenty perhaps when our planet pulls itself together or is the phrase happy New Year. Just a terrible terrible temptation. MM tation of fight. This is the foreign desk. They threatened to try to bring in again very contentious bit of legislation which is the national security legislation which could pretty much criminalize any opposition activity. And probably. That's how it will go in Hong Kong. I think that will also further trigger resistance possibly violent resistance in just three weeks. We will enter a new decade a decade there. We'll define our future right now. We are desperate for any sign of hope. Will I'm telling you there is hope gotta timber seems to me that played an enormous role in trying to focus the problem in a way where it is the younger generation looking at the people in control of the planet. And saying what are you doing to this place. In the kind of passion and anger that she has exhibited has triggered the most amazing defensiveness on the part of older white men normalization with vive. Vive regime of Bashar. Al Assad in Syria outside powers external countries saying Assad one loss or. Let's go back to business as if if nothing happened. That would be deeply disturbing.

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Operation against Soleimani was set in motion before embassy attack

All Things Considered

11:04 min | 2 years ago

Operation against Soleimani was set in motion before embassy attack

"Our top story today the killing of an Iranian military commander ordered by president trump last night at my direction the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world Major General Qassem Soleimani was at Baghdad airport when he was hit by U. S. drones salamander was plotting eminent in sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act trump went on to blame someone money for recent attacks on US targets in Iraq and for acts of terror across the Middle East over decades we took action last night to stop a war we did not take action to start a war Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded in a harsh statement he said quote a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood on their hands the state department has ordered Americans in Iraq to leave immediately and the Pentagon said it sending more than three thousand troops to the Middle East to bolster security in Congress reaction to the killing has been sharply divided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who praise the operation it knowledge as much in remarks on the Senate floor productive way on up in this political environment the operation that led to solo on his death may prove controversial or devices I recommend that all centers wait to review the facts and hear from the administration before passing much public judgment free to speak now with Virginia senator Tim Kaine Democrat on the armed services and foreign relations committees he has spoken publicly about the US move calling it quote a drastic escalation of hostilities and he's just introduced a war powers resolution to force a vote in Congress before further action against Iran can be taken senator came welcome to the program thank you I we've heard much criticism about Chris not getting full notification about what was going to happen so when did you first get word of this operation I'm already I heard about it the same way they much of the congressional leadership did through newspaper and press accounts the president not only did not seek congressional permission he didn't even notified Congress and that's why I filed the war powers resolution today is is general Salah money a despicable Keller yes he was is around a bad actor yes it is and remains so but the question is whether the United States should be engaged in a war with Iran another war in the Middle East that in my view would be unnecessary under no circumstances should we be in such a war based on the president's whim that should have to be debated and voted on in Congress now as the president has said he believes that he was trying to stop a war not start one and there's also been reports that there were as alleged imminent attack coming from celeb money can you tell us what you've learned if there was an imminent threat from Iran's military leader posts the U. S. there has been no briefing of Congress that I am aware of and I said on both the armed services in the foreign relations committee about an imminent threat from general Soleimani he has been a known quantity and a bad guy in the despicable person for decades but there's been no briefing about whether there is an imminent threat the administration and said that they will conduct such a briefing next week but the constitution is very very plain that we shouldn't be a war unless there is a vote of Congress and that is what my resolution resolution will force the kind of debate with the facts on the table so that the American public can see it there may be some of my calling to think a war with Iran is a good idea but we should be having this debate from the public and and putting it to a vote not allowing this president or any president to take such a step on his own you know past efforts to claw back authority from the president have failed right what do you think is going to bring your colleagues around this time it is it has been difficult most recently in the in the Senate we passed a resolution was actually an amendment to the defense authorizing bill by fifty to forty vote saying the president could not initiate war against Iran without a vote of Congress but because that was a motion that required sixty votes we didn't get to the threshold but we're getting closer and closer this it also happened with Yemen as well right and even last year house Democrats voted to repeal the two thousand one authorization of use of military force and they tried to claw back the Iraq war authorization these seem to be non starters what's the reluctance ID when I started this when I came into the Senate in twenty thirteen as a member of the committee I could hardly get two or three senators interested in at the fact that we had fifty votes in the Senate a few months ago the fact that we passed a resolution in both houses trying to stop the U. S. activity supporting Saudi attacks in Yemen the number of senators in Congress men and women who are very very worried about war being waged by president with no consultation with Congress is growing and in this particular case I warned the president two years ago that if he tore up a diplomatic deal with Iran he would blunder us into a war and the Pentagon has been advising the White House for well over a year that the maximum pressure campaign of the trump administration economic diplomatic and military is raising the rest every day to retaliation against Americans that's what's happening and it's time for Congress to step in and the mechanism that I've used will force us to have that debate and vote whether the votes will be sufficient on whether president trump might veto will have to get to that down the road but at least Congress cannot be silent about this we have to put everybody on the board I want to jump in at the last moment here because you mentioned the maximum pressure campaign on Iran you've said that the US should do it recently came to punish Iran's bad behavior the US is already in CD tough sanctions that have heard Iran's economy haven't brought them to the negotiating table final moments what are the options well the president should try the one thing that he has refused to try he remember was this president that tore up a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear program that our ally said was working at the international atomic energy agency said was working and that secretaries teller sin and mad us in general make master president's original national security teams that was working the president might want to consider diplomacy rather than blundering us into a war that's not necessary that's democratic senator Tim Kaine of Virginia thank you for your time absolutely Iran's Major General Qassem Soleimani was on the U. S. is radar for years the American military says the money commanded Iranian forces and worked with the rocking wishes that killed hundreds of US troops so how did he escape Washington's reach for so long here's NPR national security correspondent Greg Mary the US government designated Iran's Qassem Soleimani a supporter of terrorism way back in two thousand seven at that time US general David Petraeus was battling insurgents in Iraq who are being guided by soon money from afar and they were often killing American troops he was a very significant and formidable adversary but there was no real way for Petraeus to act against to a money back then I can note that during that time as the commander of the law custom so long certainly never dare set foot in the country however in recent years so money had become a periodic visitor to a rock and shortly after his plane touched down at the Baghdad airport on Friday morning a U. S. drone strike turned his car into a fireball it killed the man who's been the architect of Iran's military operations throughout the Middle East the trainer says his death deals a serious blow to Iran I think it is impossible to overstate the significance of this action he is in my view the second or was he was in my view the second most important person in awhile and second only to the supreme leader Salah money age sixty two sported silver hair a neatly trimmed beard and popped up across the region and well pressed military fatigues he spent almost his entire adult life engaged in Iran's regional conflicts and since the late nineteen nineties he commanded Iran's could force comparable to US special forces he came to symbolize Iran's effort to be the leading power broker across the region from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon the US watch as his influence grew out of this custom for the money was not in the administration's cross hairs for the last two administrations rob Malley was a Middle East expert on the National Security Council during the Obama administration he's now head of the international crisis group they were opportunities in the past no doubt to assassinate him the decision at the time was made not to do so because the assessment was that the risks outweighed the benefits clearly this administration president trump has changes calculus trump has waged a maximum pressure campaign in repeatedly threatened the country Malley meanwhile believes Iran will now retaliate perhaps in a big way killing him is for all intents and purposes the declaration of war but secretary of state Mike Pompeii told CNN the administration acted because it had intelligence that sewer money was planning another attack he was actively plotting in the region to take actions a big actions he described it that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk Hey declined to provide details in recent years so money had gone from a shadowy figure to someone who is increasingly visible on the front lines of conflicts like Syria where he played a critical role in propping up president Bashar al Assad he gained a lot of precision around because he went on the battlefield and was not a general stayed behind but who went sometimes with the risk was and I think that contributed to his image in a strange twist he found himself on the same side as the US a couple of years ago a rocky malicious under his guidance and American troops were both battling the Islamic state again David Petraeus he was doing sell for use on the front lines with a walkie malicious fighters but that alignment didn't last earlier this week trump blamed Iran for killing a US contractor in for orchestrating the attempt to storm the U. S. embassy in Baghdad defense secretary mark asper dropped a hint of what was coming saying Thursday that quote the game has changed rob Malley is skeptical that still monies death will change Iran's behavior they've already named his replacement and one should expect to run in foreign policy is not going to change in any significant way as a result of his death hours after school money was killed Iran's supreme leader vowed to continue the same course Greg my re NPR news

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Killing of Qassem Soleimani escalates U.S.-Iran tensions

WBZ Midday News

01:01 min | 2 years ago

Killing of Qassem Soleimani escalates U.S.-Iran tensions

"Iraq offended on said it's a drone strike targeting Major General Qassem Soleimani was aimed at deterring future attacks by Iran it's part of president trump so called maximum pressure campaign against the Iranians but there were fears that the killing of Salah Mahdi a revered figure in Iran and some other places in the Middle East could see simmering tensions between the US and Iran turn explosive now this morning many world leaders are calling for a de escalation including the heads of Germany and France president of Syria Bashar al Assad in a message to around supreme leader though calling the strikes a treacherous and Carolee powerfully act of aggression local lawmakers weighing in this hour to including Massachusetts right by on a Presley twitchy says president trump's actions have quote serious consequences on our collective humanity end quote going on to say the US is not a dictatorship and senator Warren who again is running for president to solo money was a murderer but the move escalates the situation with Iran and our priority must be to avoid another

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How the Syria deal between Turkey and Russia will work

Monocle 24: The Briefing

11:45 min | 2 years ago

How the Syria deal between Turkey and Russia will work

"And welcome to today's edition of the briefing with me Andrew Muller it is difficult to conjure a grammar prospect than having in your future decided on an agreement between Turkish President Richard Type One and Russian President Vladimir Putin such however is exactly the outlook facing the key words in the area of northern Syria they had come to Coleridge Uva and who until very recently considered themselves rock-solid allies off and perhaps therefore protected by the United States Turkey and Russia have agreed to what they call oversee what they call a withdrawal of Kurdish forces the Kurds IC- matters differently I'm joined by Paul Rogers a professor of peace studies at Bradford University who has written extensively on the war in Syria and Hannah Lucinda Smith Istanbul respondent for the Times how in Istanbul first of all what do we know about how Russia and Turkey expect this deal to work because on the face of it it would seem to require an amount of cooperation from the Kurds good morning well yeah I think the first thing that we should say about the deal that was struck in Saudi last night this is hugely more details than either of the deals struck between Turkey and the US previously on the safe zone finds exactly where the safe zone is going to be how exactly it's going to be patrolled in court Rodney as you say most of those areas is going to be cleared of Kurdish fighters guide to be patrolled either by acids and Russian forces or also with Turkish forces as well joint patrols now of course this completely relies on on the Kurds agreeing to this agreeing to withdraw from his areas but quite frankly they don't really have much other choices they turned to ask that assu weeks ago when Turkey I launches assault there was a military memorandum of understanding signed between the two sides that point and to be honest they really hunger and yet the cause to play it's difficult see how they have any leeway to oppose this agreement just to follow that up is clear then at least on the in terms of this agreement where they intend or expect the Kurds to go now all we know is that they're going to be goes out of an area generally ten kilometers along the border apart from certain towns also from the towns of manage and tell Ra fats to the west of the area and everyone is going to be pulled back thirty clumps away from that border now obviously that's a small sex Shen in in kind of pure land mass terms of what the the Kurdish dominated forces controlled in Syria but it does also include almost all of their main towns this is the commish that factor capital falls outside of this arrangement it's unclear exactly in the long term how that's going to be trolled. The moment is a mixture of Kurdish regime fighters but all the other towns on the border that's where the huge bulk of the population in Syria Lebanon redan clear at that at this point where if they choose lead times they civilians are going to go Bring Paul Rogers in at this point Paul how do you expect this to play out because it would appear that militarily at least the the military wing of the Syrian democratic forces the white PG they don't really have any options Jackie and Russia both huge well-equipped military's the Kurds have very little heavy weaponry they certainly don't have an air force will they make any attempt at all do you imagine to defend what they have I think is unlikely that they will do any defense in the conventional sense in the slightly longer term may be the equivalent of of Salter Grid warfare but in the short term degree very much that they're in a very weak position I think the point that hunters was making very significant in terms of the out of control the techs are prepared to ensure if not control themselves with a mixture of Syrian and Russian forces so also saying that Turkey really like is to be able to control the area right across the border Syria from the the whole sort of length of the border winches many hundreds Columbus the area that they do control in the West because of their own associates is quite big what remains is something like four hundred twenty kilometers this particular agreement appears to cover about one hundred and twenty kilometers Ms Hammet says this is an area where the Kurds each populations particularly concentrated for the still nearly something like two thirds of the total area which isn't under this agreement we simply don't know what's going to happen there but in direct answer to your question I think it is unelected the that's what offer any major resistance to this at least in the short term but just to follow that up poll should we therefore assume that agreement that was struck between the code and the Syrian regime for all that was ever worth is now formerly a dead letter it seems to be yes I mean if you look at this in a wider sense trump's decision to Morris withdraw the troops and Syria although they've not been large they've been pretty significant we tend to forget an addition to these troops what nobody talks about in polite circles is the presence of question number special forces including it suspected special forces from Britain and France that have involved in trying to prevent escape of the Isis fighters they haven't been very successful in that at present because there are so many isis fighters in some of the detention camps but from the Russian perspective that this is really very good for them I mean their overall plan is to have as much influence a series they can for minimum cost on the way they played the air war was very rough very tough but not huge costly a while they now seeing is the will be actually be some Russian forces even quite small a nominal in these zones as part of the sort of protection patrols which means that they will be extending their influence geographically very little costing sells out of that expect it is pretty Kaputin and one would say that in that respect is also good for the United States how does it look like this is playing the one domestically is is it proving popular with Turks generally this idea that I and his pitches basically two fold that he has cleared what he described observe terrorist menace from away from Turkey's borders and he has now opened up spicing which Turkey can repatriate some of the millions of Syrians who have fled into the country since two thousand eleven sure I think it's very important burdwan he manages to to spin every get series of victory at home you know I think we shouldn't forget that a major part of his reason for launching this operation in the first place was to kind of Rowson domestic supporting tools to deflect attention away from so many other things that have been plaguing in this year the economy's going terribly he suffered major losses in local elections at this yes now taking the Turkish front pages this morning and you know should remind you the only sort of the Turkish media is controlled by one and his allies the reaction to the deal last night is a lot more kinds of restraints than was the reaction to the deal with Mike Pence last Thursday after that deal the headlines thank took his one and Turkish victory now the much more restrained they're saying the Terry corridor has been committed to history so there's a lot more restrained language I think it's almost certain that presentation on even though he's got nowhere near what he was setting out to get when he first started talking about launching this unilateral campaign a few weeks ago you know he was talking about taking a stretch of border four hundred forty kilometers long he's got far less than that but I mean certainly he's going to into a victory he's going to say the state of Rosia varies name more the Thai have got rid the terror threat from our border and this is another victory for me and my policies all the the Syrian conflict which is now approaching the end of its first decade has proved ceaselessly in depressingly inventive in finding ways to perpetuate itself but bearing that in mind do we at least see some outline of what a final settlement might look like because isn't this Turkey coming around ever for the to the idea that Bashar Al Assad has basically one that he will remain president of Syria I think that's true a and I would agree generally that this is being a good period for a set himself and his regime not least because the Kurds are having to accept that he can be a kind of counter to the increase Turkish influence the one big question remains though is what this does to the other kinds of militia groups are not much talk about the ones in North West Syria in Italy province but more the Isis elements and here there is a lot happening although against very difficult piece out precisely what the Americans of taken about a thousand of their troops from Syria into western Iraq but one report from the Pentagon this morning suggested this is a temporary there's thousand we'll be withdrawn entirely so it makes it to the American seem to be persisting in trump's wished rashly with morton withdrawal more fully than it is his phone one can say extremely good news in perhaps the the group that may benefit most is actually isis itself who far from going away I'll still there regenerating in Syria and in Iraq and the connection here is they still had many hundreds property several thousands of their toughest paramilitaries in detention one sort or another in the in the powder Syria those are really coming out back into circulation it's very similar to what happened in two thousand twelve thirteen with the so-called operation breaking the walls when what was the remnants of the old HQ I in Iraq managed to break out many that toughest paramilitaries from Iraqi prisons now it's not so much breaking out now because these went so well protected this time but it's the same kind of thing playing at a smaller scale and it's gone who almost certainly boost isis overall now that has an impact in Iraq or serious very difficult to tell but that's the one unknown in this current situation ought to come back to you finally a major part of President Prospectus that the the P. G. R. A. Anti-kurdish terrorist organization has been the alleged relationship with the Peak Aka the Turkey the Kurdish rather organization which has been waging war against Turkey for decades we'll doin be anticipating or nervous about any potential response to this deal from the PKK well I think the listening to say as you know the the the links between the what PG and the and the PK care real I mean when I first started reporting on the war PG in late two thousand thirteen you know well before they had even heard much indefinitely before before they go US backing I mean they were very very open about the fact Turkey ideologically that clearly linked to the to the PK K.. And you know I think everyone probably should be very worried about retaliation from the okay inside Turkey a ceasefire broke down in the summer of two thousand fifteen since then we've seen really wide scale conflicts across southeastern Turkey happening often in the city centers in many cities enters destroyed by fighting between Turkish security for some pick the

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House Democrats Walk Out Of White House Syria Meeting, Accusing Trump Of 'Meltdown'

Anderson Cooper 360

10:34 min | 2 years ago

House Democrats Walk Out Of White House Syria Meeting, Accusing Trump Of 'Meltdown'

"But we begin with a white house meeting on turkey and syria and the presidential meltdown speaker pelosi says it produced she attributed the president's behavior imparted to the vote against him earlier today was shaken up by it and that's why we couldn't continue in the meeting because he it's just not relating to the reality of it on the part of the president was a meltdown sad to say the white house denies this saying the president was and i quote measured factual and decisive as for majority leader mcconnell when asked about his perceptions of the meeting he merely said and i quote make any observations in the meeting i don't have any to make now well heap may not have made any observations but it is not noticeable and notable that the silence top ally in the senate is not trying to refute speaker pelosi's account the president's son decision of poll special forces troops from their positions in northern syria greenland the invasion by turkey killing of kurds the escape vices prisoners and a land grab by syria's dictator bashar al-assad and his backers russia and iran today the president continued to claim it was all part of his master plan so our view the situation on the turkish border with syria to be for the united states strategically brilliant strategically brilliant though if he really believes that it is hard to understand or he sent a turkey's president with whom he had that fateful phone call last week the letter was allegedly sent three days after the call ended up president trump warns not to do the very thing he had made possible by announcing immediate abandonment of the kurds quoting now from this letter to air to on quote let's work out a good deal you don't want to be responsible for hiring thousands of people and i don't wanna be responsible for destroying the turkish economy and i will the letter is dated the ninth of this month that is the same day that turkish troops went into northern area encourage began being slaughtered and shortly thereafter isis fighters began escaping kurdish custody the president was asked about all of that today even after all you have seen isis prisoners freed all the humanitarian disaster you don't have any regret forgiving early on the green light to to invade i didn't give them a green life well did you tell as you just you know when you make a statement like that so deceptive just the opposite of agreement the opposite of a green light would i guess it'd be a red light or a red line a stern warning not to invade perhaps or decision not to pull the small number of american troops who were holding back the turks from invading an attack the kurds are allies in the fight against isis but the president didn't draw a line in the sand red or otherwise in fact in that same press conference today he says he expected the works to invade now president or the ones decision didn't surprise me because he's wanted to do that for a long time he's been building up troops on the the border with syria for a long time as you know so he expected the turks would invade he sees the troops building up on the border for long time and he decides to suddenly and without much warning remove the one obstacle to it US special forces who've been living with and fighting with and training the kurds doesn't that seem like a pretty clear example of a green light would look like that if this was all unexpected it this was all as expected i should say then why the threatening letter why the push for economic sanctions on what is after all a nato ally why send vice president and secretary of state to turkey tonight this is all going to plan and is strategically brilliant why the apparent rage the meeting this afternoon one answer is simple the president didn't see this coming or didn't care what happened there which seems to be the case if you listened to the way he describes our kurdish allies you have to say it nobody wants to say we're making the kurds look like they're angels we paid a lot of money to the kurds tremendous amounts of money we've given them massive russians and you know what it's wonderful they fought with us we paid a lot for them to fight with us they fought isis about eleven thousand awards were killed in that fight in addition to that on top of the casting the kurds inside the president also repeated his allegations that the kurds have intentionally released isis fighters from prisons an allegation he has offered no proof up just so you understand we were the ones that captured isis people let some go the opened a couple of doors to make us look is bad as possible claim has been called four falls by senior pentagon official who tells CNN the president quote falsely claiming that the SDS kerr words are letting isis prisoners out of prison is wrong because they're the people that defeated isis wrong because they are currently risking their lives to defend our forces wrong because they are fighting force that intends to eliminate their people because we greenlighted their operation earlier i spoke with senator bob menendez the ranking democrat on the senate foreign relations committee who was in that meeting with the president senator menendez you speaker pelosi said that the president had a quote meltdown down her words majority leader schumer said he was very nasty his word you yourself tweeted that listening to the president made you feel deeply concerned for the country can you talk about what happened in the meeting what you saw from the moment the president came in i would describe him as belligerent he's smackdown support of files on the table and said well you all asked for this meeting i reluctantly gave it to you and speaker pelosi say well with all due respect mr president i didn't ask for meeting with you we asked for a briefing on the secretaries of defense state intelligence to understand the consequences of the actions you took and then he said and let's end the meeting and she said well while i'm here as the speaker i have an obligation to tell you that the house just voted three hundred fifty some odd to i forget okay what the amount was but it was an overwhelming bipartisan vote to disapprove the actions that you took in syria and then he got that that devolved into that's nothing uh-huh hit job and the republicans and she said well many republicans joined us and then he called speaker pelosi a third rate politician he said that the kurds were nothing but communists and democrat all of us democrats who is seated there must be happy with that you know suggesting that we all subscribe to that view of being communists and then you know it just it was belligerent and and something i have never seen in twenty seven years here in congress and serving under four different presidents i've never seen a moment like this that's not how these meetings usually go no yeah well not with other presidents and i've had presidents from clinton to bush to obama and now trump i was in the white house with president bush and he is president we might have disagreements but one it was never disagreeable and always it was respectful and there was exchanges of views as i said to the president when i stayed after the speaker you're left and several others left there was president everybody here loves country nobody here loves it more than another but we can have a agreement as is evidenced by the fact that the house overwhelmingly with republicans voted disagree with you you're the commander in chief but i disagree with what you did and here's what i'm concerned about the consequences the reconstituting of isis i said i don't know if the military people tell you but there are you know you're inspector general at the department of defense says there's still fourteen to eighteen thousand isis fighters in syria if the ten thousand have been detained get unleashed and are freed you're talking about a potential fighting force about two thirty thousand that's a clear and present danger to the united states you've opened up a land bridge for iran to bring serious weaponry and to potentially attack our allies state of israel that's a huge risk and you know at the end of the day you've changed the political dynamics of the region with just one stroke said so and actions had on turkey had been absolutely nothing the turkish stock market went up the next day so you know this is this did he respond to that he he basically started saying that number one you know well we can destroy turkey's economy and but you don't wanna drive turkey into the russians which of course turkey's already been with the russians they've been buying the four hundred from the russians which is sanctionable on the US law he's also he's also just given russia a huge victory in syria they've been propping they've been supporting propping up the regime as well as iran to the point of view absolutely i mean look the the the big winners as as i said jessica the big winners are iran russia and and even turkey in this regard and so this letter that he handed out to all of us beginning which i if he hadn't handed it out himself i would have thought was not a real letter but basically a letter he wrote to air to one in turkey ah he wrote to urge to wanna turkey would you gave out to every member who is there basically strikes me as a letter to cover your backside because what he unleashed he now cannot recall and so you know i it's to try to respond to the incredible criticism it's an incredible letter the way it's written and believe me i'm reading about issues like that i've read it does not i mean it's not the kind of a letter thought he president united states would send to you know the president of turkey it it does not read as a i mean at one point i think it s sorta ends with you know don't be tough guy don't be a fool i'll call you later yeah that's how it ends and and it just is just it to me it was to be able to dock at first of all the letter is just an incredible letter the way it's it's it's dictate needed but it sounds like it's definitely dictated directly from him the way he thinks speaks and secondly it was to try to you know cover himself for what was unleashed with the turks going ahead and invading into northern syria and the consequences that flow thereafter i want to ask you about something else which sounds double we're we're told by a democratic source familiar with the meeting that senator schumer read a

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:24 min | 2 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Address Frank like that. right after eight years of civil war of the regime of Bashar al Assad is solidifying its hold but in Europe a network of lawyers and survivors is pushing for justice for regime officials accused of war crimes in Syria hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have come to Europe and many have shocking stories of the torture they have survived and here's Deborah Amos visited one survivor in Sweden. what Omar el show Graham locks his apartment door in Stockholm he calls out in the empty space hello. there's no he rarely invites gas is even a little nervous about this visit where are we. second place I'll show agree is twenty four years old he speaks English with a light Swedish accent he learned both languages quickly when he arrived in two thousand fifteen he's tall delicately fan he was repeatedly tortured in the Charlotte subs prisons arrested when he was just seventeen do you feel safe here nope I don't feel safe but I used to that they killed by my dad that bothers casts the still killing he's the most visible and vocal witness to Sirius secret system of sweeping arrests and torture a documented policy to crush an uprising that began in two thousand eleven and something in your heart hi. I should do something even if it's just talking he is talking on college campuses even at the White House he's also brief members of Congress he advocates for the missing about a hundred thousand Syrians according to the U. N. is the go to guy for Syrian families who still have relatives detained I'm talking about twenty thousand families to send a message on Facebook in in this run the phone is like twenty four hours. and Facebook I had like two thousand message every day one day one call came from Syria it was a chilling voice that carried him back to a dark cell and daily beatings. hi this voice I know exactly who is this guy he's just say. why you can check out do you want the money. but you want me to kill the shot up or we will kill you was the.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:24 min | 2 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KCRW

"That's address Frank like that. right after eight years of civil war the regime of Bashar al Assad is solidifying its hold but in Europe a network of lawyers and survivors is pushing for justice for regime officials accused of war crimes in Syria hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have come to Europe and many have shocking stories of the torture they have survived and here's Deborah Amos visited one survivor in Sweden. what Omar el sugary unlocks his apartment door in Stockholm he calls out in the empty space hello. there's no he rarely invites guests is even a little nervous about this visit where are we. second place I'll show agree is twenty four years old he speaks English with a light Swedish accent he learned both languages quickly when they arrived in two thousand fifteen he's tall delicately fan he was repeatedly tortured in the Charlotte subs prisons arrested when he was just seventeen do you feel safe here nope I didn't feel safe but I used to that they killed by my dad that bothers casts the still killing he's the most visible and vocal witness to Sirius secret system of sweeping arrests and torture a documented policy to crush an uprising that began in two thousand eleven and something in your heart hi. I should do something even if it's just talking he is talking on college campuses even at the White House he's also brief members of Congress he advocates for the missing about a hundred thousand Syrians according to the U. N. is the go to guy for Syrian families who still have relatives detained I'm talking about twenty thousand families to send a message on Facebook in in this run the phone is like twenty four hours. and Facebook I had like two thousand message every day one day one call came from Syria it was a chilling voice that carried him back to a dark cell and daily beatings. hi is this voice I know exactly. with this guy he's just say eight. why you don't shut up do you want money. forty one which killed shut up or we will kill you was the essence.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:35 min | 2 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

"This is All Things Considered from NPR news I'm ari Shapiro and Audie Cornish eight years into his country's civil war Syrian president Bashar al Assad continues to cling to power but what about the thousands of stories of kidnapping torture in other crimes by the regime well those ever be investigated and prosecuted these acts are well documented and then be ours ever Amos has seen those documents stored in a secret location in Europe she joins us now from New York to talk about how this evidence is being put to use welcome back that hi there we are going to say where these documents are being kept because there are people who would want them destroyed right but can you give us a sense of what this storage spaces like so this is the office of the commission for international justice and accountability there's no sign on the door there's no website but the staff all of them experienced international war crimes investigators Canadian bill Wiley founded seizure it's funded by western governments his team bills cases based on official Syrian documents they're kept in a locked fire proof vault. and this is the evidence room so what you have in here is roughly eight hundred thousand pages original pages of Syrian regime political military and security intelligence documentation already there are three point six metric tons of paper in this fall's each page is scanned given a bar code that has an evidence number I know there's a network of people working on these cases but how did they get all of this material the documents have all been smuggled out of Syria over eight years of war why only in his team started training Syrian activists in two thousand eleven so when ever rebels ran over a town the Syrian teams would go straight to the government buildings and they'd scoop up official documents it's very risky to get tons of paper out of Syria in the middle of a war so a couple of them have been killed some have been wounded doing this work how are the documents going to be used to help build a case against the regime. so the lawyers say that they aren't finding documents telling officers running prisons to explicitly torture official don't put that in writing the documents do show that the outside regime issued orders to arrest people on an unprecedented scale to put down the uprising in two thousand eleven so what you see there are reports from prisons with details like the bodies are piling up for the corpses are not presentable to release to the families Wiley says the documents show that the reports went all the way up the chain of command you can't torture.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

KDWN 720AM

02:25 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

"Believe they will tell us tomorrow December protest at taking place around that rally including one of the nearby national Underground Railroad freedom center senator Kamel I Harrison representative told C. Gabbard continued their criticism of each other as at Thursday night's debate spilled over into Friday of course Harris's record as a prosecutor was in the spotlight as she was challenged by Gabbard Heris all on Friday on Thursday I should say excuse me on Thursday that debate took place Wednesday on Thursday Harris said he wasn't surprised by Gabbard the taxi also question Gabbard past meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad now Gabbard was asked about that on CNN well first of all let's talk about what your dressing here and I I don't dispute anything that you're saying there is a brutal dictator just like Saddam Hussein just like a dock in Libya the reason that I'm so outspoken on this issue of ending these wasteful regime change wars is because I have seen first hand this high human cost of war and the impact that has on my fellow brothers and sisters in uniform you know Chris I respect you because you spend a lot of times throughout your career shining a light on the challenges that veterans face when they come home I will do anything and everything that I possibly can to stop sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way fighting in these wasteful counterproductive wars Congress woman deserves nothing but respect I'm not disputing that I think it's a leader even if even if you put yourself let me finish this point please because because it's it's a cinch it is central to the question that you're asking I will never apologize to anyone for doing all that I can to prevent more of my brothers and sisters in uniform from being sent into harm's way to fight in these wasteful counterproductive regime change wars even if it means meeting with a brutal dictator focused on that objective keeping the American people safe comments past comments as saying he is not a threat to the U. S. also declined to call him a war criminal despite his use of gas on his own.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

KDWN 720AM

02:17 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KDWN 720AM

"The move immediately sent stock prices tumbling the new terror soul had a vast range of consumer products including cellphone toys and sneakers senator Kamel I Harrison representative Tulsi Gabbard continue their criticism of each other as Wednesday night's debate over Harris's record as a prosecutor spilled into Thursday now Harris said as she wasn't surprised by the attacks he did question Gabbard passed though anchoring a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad as she called her and Assad apologist Gabbard was questioned about that on CNN well first of all let's talk about what you're addressing here and I I don't dispute anything that you're saying there is a brutal dictator just like Saddam Hussein just like a dolphin Libya the reason that I'm so outspoken on this issue of ending is wasteful regime change wars is because I have seen first hand this high human cost of war and the impact that has on my fellow brothers and sisters in uniform you know Chris I respect you because you spent a lot of time throughout your career shining a light on the challenges that veterans face when they come home I will do anything and everything that I possibly can to stop sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way fighting in these wasteful counterproductive wars Congress woman deserves nothing but respect I'm not disputing that I think it's a leader even but here's what I'm asking even if you put yourself finish let me finish this point because because it's it's a cinch it is central to the question that you're asking I will never apologize to anyone for doing all that I can to prevent more of my brothers and sisters in uniform from being sent into harm's way to fight in these wasteful counterproductive regime change wars even if it means meeting with a brutal dictator focused on that objective keeping the American people safe Harris called Gabbard and assign apologist for her past comments comments including a he's not a threat to the U. S. K. and a call him a war criminal despite his use of gas on his own people California's governor has signed a new law limiting full contact football practice.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KSFO-AM

KSFO-AM

02:21 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KSFO-AM

"Are now the move immediately sent stock prices tumbling the new terrorists will had a vast range of consumer products including cellphone toys and sneakers senator Kamel I Harrison representative Tulsi Gabbard continue their criticism of each other as Wednesday night's debate over Harris's record as a prosecutor spilled into Thursday now Harris said that she wasn't surprised by the attacks he did question Gabbard passed though and could in a meeting with Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad she called her Assad apologist Gabbard was questioned about that on CNN well first of all let's talk about what you're addressing here and I I don't dispute anything that you're saying there he's a brutal dictator just like Saddam Hussein just like a dolphin Libya the reason that I'm so outspoken on this issue of ending these wasteful regime change wars is because I have seen first hand this high human cost of war and the impact that has on my fellow brothers and sisters in uniform you know Chris I respect you because you've spent a lot of time throughout your career shining a light on the challenges that veterans face when they come home I will do anything and everything that I possibly can to stop sending our men and women in uniform into harm's way fighting in these wasteful counterproductive wars Congress woman deserves nothing but respect I'm not disputing that I think it's a leader even but here's what I'm asking even as you put yourself finish let me finish this point because because it's it's a cinch it is central to the question that you're asking I will never apologize to anyone for doing all that I can to prevent more of my brothers and sisters in uniform from being sent into harm's way to fight in these wasteful counterproductive regime change wars even if it means meeting with a brutal dictator focused on that objective keeping the American people safe Harris called Gabbard and Assad apologist for her past comments I heard comments including a he's not a threat to the US and the call him a war criminal despite his use of gas on his own people California's governor has signed a new law limiting full contact football practice for youth teams to reduce brain injuries now state law.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on Behind the Bastards

Behind the Bastards

10:31 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on Behind the Bastards

"Which is one of the weird things. Yeah. Yeah, I mean Assad grew up to kill everyone. They're not the kind of dictator kids like I'll say this for fez, like they're not the were well, it's hard to say because like you part of me wants to say that the worst case scenario for dictators kids is like, Saddam's, son, who was just like raping and murdering for years. But like, you know, he probably never killed more than maybe a couple of thousand people like because he just preferred to rape and murder people with his own hands whereas Assad killed a lot more people. So, I guess, silly who's chiller, you know, who's a chiller, who's the cooler dude. Yeah. Do we go with like day Hussein, or if a shower al-assad life? It's really up in the air at this point. 'cause like I doubt I doubt Bouchara Assads ever raped anybody at gun point which day Hussein did for breakfast. I was a little bit more like a little more uppity. I can imagine being very high maintenance. He's like, oh, no, I need to wash my hands. Like I imagine being very like. Like he just crybaby being about every little aspect of his life. Be needing to be exactly how he needs it to be. So does that does that make him like? A worse person than Uday, who would like at least if you'd is gonna murder, some people, he's going to pick up an AK47., and like shoot them in the face, like from three feet away, because he doesn't give a fuck like. Team Uday or team bizarre. Or I mean, I think. Saddam's, parenting, or team who fezzes parenting. Battle of the dictator dad's. Yeah. So Assad was Bishara lozad was a child of the Cold War. He grew up knowing that he and his people were, you know, one fairly small player in a game board dominated by the US and the USSR. He also saw to Arab Israeli wars is child both of which were disastrous for the side of that question. All this had an impact on the growing Assad. But the most significant historical events of his childhood was probably his father's bombing of the city of Hama. Now, this happened in nineteen eighty two at the end of a long and grinding SUNY rebellion as a way of ending the fighting with an exclamation point Hafez, pounded, the city flat with artillery for days and then sit bulldozers into flat in the rubble and anyone buried underneath it roughly twenty thousand human beings were murdered. And just a couple of incredibly bloody days. The Hama massacre was until recently, the single deadliest assault by an Arab ruler on his own people in modern history beating even the Helaba massacre. Of Saddam Hussein the guardian writer who witnessed some of the massacre titled his coverage Assad goes beyond the point of no return, which would not be the last time a reporter mistakenly believed that an Assad had gone beyond the point of no return. Yeah. Bummer, that headline could be used six hundred more times. Yeah, there's been what three hundred chemical weapons of strikes in the Assad regime. You could really put that after each one. This has got to be in troll. See control. The okay. Yeah, copy paste, he's I do feel like as journalists we have to retire point of no return because this is a statement with Trump that he keep doing something. It'd be like, oh, this. There's no coming back from this. And it's like stop saying that cute. Oh, no. Nobody knows it's almost tempting them go further like, well, no. Yeah. I feel like the only time that's ever been. Justified is when fuck and Hitler shot himself. Then that's it. Yeah, he would that the point in return. Yeah. Okay, fair. Yeah. Fair use for that title, what a way to go out to be laying. I'll she'll. South. It's like, oh my God. Out here and show your face at least Saddam went out like a g screaming at everybody before they hung him. You know, I guess I'm on I'm definitely on team Saddam as opposed to team Hitler. But I feel like nobody but Nazis as ever on team Hitler. So that's a tough one. It's, it's really a bad one to way too. I, I would you know, if I had a time machine picking up these people right before their suicides executions, and then having them fight to the death in a steel cage. Pretty good TV it should be all of them. And then just throw a dragon in there, too. Just like a Komodo dragon to one of those ones that just like bites you with its rotting teeth. And so you slowly die over the course of days. Yeah. Just sit down bleeding out from a Komodo dragon bite for three days, people take bits tweet. If you had. That machine. Yeah. If you have a tweeted us or just come visit us at your time machine assuming it also can travel through space as well as time no judgment on what area you came from your personal business. I mean probably some judgment. If you if you listening to this, like built a time machine and like eighteen fifty nine instead of like doing something about slavery, little bit of judgment. Yeah. Bring your legs up in here, though. Yeah. Yeah. Don't bring your plague up in here. Yeah. Or bedbugs either those no, cholera, please note. Thanks. The caller. Yeah. We already got plenty of measles. I actually have cholera. And like I found that very offensive or you'd ask me, not to bring my, Colorado into the situation. Caller upright. Yeah. What color rivet as that? I mean, it's, it's a Brown one, right? That's great. So the hubba massacre helped to ensure who says al-assad nearly twenty more years of uninterrupted rule would not be until two thousand eleven that the Syrian state would next face serious resistance was sixteen years old when his father flattened Hama, the lesson would have been clear to him. But he was not at this point being groomed to rule that pleasure went to his younger brother refund who was the heir apparent in bazaars, favourite parent was clearly, his mother and ISA one western politician described him as a momma's boy more than Papas boy. Now there's a lot of debate as to whether or not Assad mom has been one of the secretly dominant forces in his regime, but it's pretty agreed upon that he was a mama's boy, up until her probable death in two thousand sixteen was said to call her multiple times a week. This is actually something of a running joke in Syrian society, Syrian internet, satirist, Paul him be show or baby bizarre, or at least they did before. He had the moment ordered. Larry. Tide. And now their body parts existence small bags. Yeah. Yeah. And now, they are filling small sex Winberg was nineteen. His dad had a heart attack in refund. Tried to seize power. Unfortunately for refund Hafez recovered and sent his eldest boy into permanent. Exile for his crimes bazaars older. Brother Bassel became their father's next successor. Now, Basle suds seems to have been interesting dude, I found one psychology today article, which was written by a couple of PHD's and makes the case that Bassel's bullying was a major influence on young bizarre. I don't consider that article super credible because it's written like shit, and it doesn't gel with what people who are close to the family report. But their doctors so all include their opinion on here. Now, youngest yard does seem to have had issues with his brother. I'm an Abdelnour who knew Basha are when he was a young adult told financial times growing up a shower was overshadowed by Vasyl that seemed to be a complex, he didn't have the charisma of Basle, who was sporty was like. Girls, and was the head of the Syrian, computer society time in claims young bizarre was shot east. East. He used to speak softly, with a low voice, he never asked about institutions or government affairs. Yeah. Yeah. Bizarre was a too much of a nerd to be president of the computer society. Like it's kind of unfair that his like sexy athletic brothers also gets to be the computer guy, because that's one thing everyone agrees on is, is Bassel was also like the smartest of the Assad boys. He seems like he really got it all, you know, it's so interesting like families like that, that like. In power like they're so easy. Like there's no empathy. That's so easy for them to just drop people out of their families. Like how dare you try and seize power. You ain't ever coming back here again. It's like it's your son. You know, I mean, he'll out Moammar Kadhafi would agree with you because Qaddafi had a kid who tried to overthrow him who he exiled for a while. And then invited back in so him for a while. Takeaways get you. I don't know. I feel like if my son tried to overthrow me and take over the house take. Yeah. I would, I would I would exile my son. Yeah. I would exile him. Forever. Exiling is so agro. It's, it's pretty egg gro. But I've only. So I mean you and I are going to have an issue at some point, because it's always been a dream of mine to exile. Somebody that's not surprised by that whatsoever. I, I really am a big big fan of exiling. It's, it's an art more than a science. But, you know, I love it the love the craft. Sure, himself would later claim that his father didn't talk about work at all with his kids, there was a complete separation between politics and family relations in our house. My parents were very keen to make us live as normal lives as we can. So I don't believe that at all. Yeah. I mean you were the son of the king of Syria. And it, it, it, it, it does seem like most of the people who knew them at that time said like they I mean, it's one of the things maybe they think they were normal because they don't have any basis for comparison because they grew up the heirs to the throne of Syria. But yeah, I see you so fi Sophie, signaling that it's time for an ad break. And I see her I was just trying to finish my sentence. This is this is Sophie's in a way exiling me to. XL for at break..

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

KTAR 92.3FM

01:40 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

"Voice to America. The global talk show now back to Tony for me. Thanksgiving Turkey, Alison does the defense advocacy alliance. We're minutes away from her first time voice out of Caracas. Venezuela. Just today. US secretary of state mocked bomb. Says that nNcholas Medeiros days are numbered. The last time I heard a secretary of state's use that term days are numbered was Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration. She was saying that about Bashar Al Assad you see where he is to. We're going to get an examination from Venezuela about the Guido coup coming up in just a few minutes. Saudi Arabia has announced that it is it has selected its first female ambassador, and she is going to be dispatched where of course, to Washington DC Princess, Reema, bent Bandar, she's a relative, of course, of the Royal family studied in the United States. She's gonna come out here and it again. Yeah. You kill a journalist from Washington DC like kashogi, and you gotta do some you got you gotta do relations work. Yeah. The the kid prints. He goes underground for a while. And then you emerge with the flavor of the day. You know, hashtag me hashtag. I believe hashtag social Justice it fits perfectly and you hand this over to the United States. And you say, see, okay. Maybe we did something that we shouldn't have done with Kosovo g but we're also putting a woman in one of the most powerful positions ever, see, we're not backwards. We're not some some third world country. We can play ball. We can put her on Don lemon show. We can do all of that. When we come back. We head into Caracas Venezuela voice.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

01:34 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Fighting force Turkey had and the US had agreed last year to a plan in which they would have joint patrols of this area are one now says that Turkey is ready to take control of this town at the same time to complicate matters further Syrian President, Bashar Al Assad has also mass soldiers near mama JR. And both the Syrian government as well as its main backer. Russia argue that territories should be turned over to the central government and Syria. So it looks like a choice between either a Turkish invasion all the Syrian regime. And Russia jumping in that is certainly one of the one of the option that is certainly one of the choices that seems to be present. And I don't think either of those necessarily would please the United States it just underscores how floor ni this withdrawal is by the United States. The US seems to want its cake and eat it too on the one hand it wants to leave Syria and hand the fight over and the fight against Lomb state over to Turkey on the other hand, it expects Turkey to protect the Kurdish militia and on a third hand if that's possible. It doesn't want Syria the special Saad Russia Iran to expand their influence in this area where the US has been present for at least going on five years now. So might this also be away for Edwin to seize more territory in northern Syria. Turkey's always said that it's has no interest in expanding and it's its territory, although it's interesting because at the weekend when one was talking about..

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on State of the Union with Jake Tapper

State of the Union with Jake Tapper

01:38 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on State of the Union with Jake Tapper

"Okay. I want to ask you about your presidential bids into a that you're running for president last week unbanned June show, you a face some really harsh criticism from fellow Democrats former governor and DNC chair Howard Dean. So you're not qualified former Senator Claire mccaskill called you Syrian President Bashar al-assad best e what do you make of all this criticism from Democrats? I look forward to debating the issues people who are simply interested in name calling don't appear to be able to debate the substance of whatever issue. They may disagree on. I'm focused on the issues. I'm focused on how I can best offer to be of service to the American people and bring about solutions that that will positively impact their lives. One of the reasons. Democrats have been critical of your bid is because you met with Syrian president Bush are all Saud during that trip to Syria in two thousand seventeen you told me right after you got back. You told me you did. So because you think quote, we've got to be able to meet with anyone that we need to if there's a possibility that we can achieve peace, unquote. Obviously peace has not been achieved looking back on that meeting to have any regrets. No, I think that it is it continues to be very important for any leader in this country to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries or potential adversaries, if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country, you know, Jake, you often acknowledge and bring to the forefront the cost of war and our troops and who pays the price..

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

06:30 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Parts of America. Use it economic espionage and economic reality. Next time on marketplace. I'm Carol hills. This is the world. It's the familiar refrain by now, President Trump says one thing and administration officials say another the latest gray area is US policy in Syria. The president said he wanted American troops to come home immediately, but top US officials have signaled they aren't fully on board with that plan. National security adviser John Bolton is visiting Israel and Turkey this week while secretary of state Mike Pompeo plans to visit several countries. Aaron David Miller is a former State Department advisor on Middle East affairs. He's with the Wilson center in Washington. I asked him what Bolton and Pompeo are trying to accomplish largely damage control largely reassurance. And always in the Trump administration keeping on the front burner. They're concerned that Iran presents the most creative and critical threat to American interests in region stability, I find it remarkable wall. So that John Bolton is going to do. Serious diplomacy. Visiting two nine Arab countries Israel Turkey, which which at the moment are quite consequential. Mike Pompeo is off to reassure the Arab world on a mega trip through most every Arab country with which United States deals. I think very much this is John Bolton initiative to toughen up the president's inclinations in sensibilities to try to get out of Syria quickly and Bolton in Pompeo, basically, disagree with that position. You mentioned the fear of Iran, but it seems like President Trump isn't as concerned with Iran. It's you're really good point. You have a highly risk averse president. It's stunning frankly almost two years given the brazen. Bold nature of the rhetoric with respect to around withdrawal from the joint comprehensive plan of action. The imposition of sanctions at American policy has not also been accompanied by serious effort to block stop and constrain Iran's activities in the region. And they're. Has been no direct military confrontation. Not the slightest indication that the Americans are prepared to confront Iran and Syria militarily. So I think you have a highly risk of your, sir. US president much like his predecessor might add and not just in Syria. And you have advisers particular, Mr. Bolton who I think is much more concerned about it around and much more determined somehow to contain or at least roll back some of Iran's gains in the region. Now, John Bolton says there actually are conditions to US troops withdrawing from Syria. He says ISIS needs to be defeated and Turkey needs to agree. Not to attack the Kurds. Does this provide any reassurance to our Kurdish allies? Frankly, if you were Kurdish leaders, whether you were directly involved in the fighting is the searing democratic forces are whether you're a member of a more authoritative Kurdish body tied directly the PK. I'm not sure I would take American. Sure Ince's at all. Our track record with respect to encouraging the Kurds and supporting them is hardly a fifteen one and had the Kurds been paying attention much like the drill listening to Mr. Trump's rhetoric course last year and his determination of leave Syria. They wouldn't have put a great deal of faith in stock in American insurance is we all had said at least twice in the last month at our relationship with the Kurds was tactical temporary. And transactional, we have no stake, nor is this administration prepared to support Kurdish ambitions to establish any sort of China's region in northeastern Syria. So I think the answer to that is no I was a Kurd on the battle wine. I'd be very weary. Our Kurdish forces in Syria looking elsewhere for support now. And what options do they really have? I think your options are pretty grim. They can make their peace with Mr. air on which I think is politically unacceptable. They can negotiate with the government. But they're gonna go skating from physician weakness in the have hedged their bets. They have maintained contacts with the regime over the last year and a half. And it may well be that they're going to have to make peace with outside. Once we in fact, leave or frankly face a major confrontation with the Turks. So no, I think that their status in Syria. Unlike their status in Iraq where they've managed to create a measure of security and a self governing entity is a much different proposition. So I think the Kurds are in trouble, how likely is it that Kurdish forces in Syria could strike a lasting deal with Bashar Al Assad Kurds are not a majority in Syria. I said controls two-thirds of the country will be unable to sustain themselves certainly as a fighting force without external support from the United States. The Russians have a stake and maintain a relationship with the Kurds. But I got if the Russians giving you earlier equities in Syria, particularly. According regime and managing the relationship with Iran aren't gonna want him. Courage critic national aspirations. It's not going to happen in Syria. Do you have any sense of the real US timetable for withdrawal from Syria. I don't given the president's determination perhaps by the end of his first term. It's not going to happen in thirty days. It's not gonna happen in three months. Whether it takes six months for eight months. I think really the point I suspect that it now will be conditions based we ought to try to negotiate conditions. But I'm pretty certain conditions are not going to be realized the Turks are not going to give us a guarantee that somehow they won't attack the Kurds in northern Syria, and the other hand the notion that we are going to defeat the Islamic state strikes me straining credulity to breaking point. Aaron David Miller is the Middle East program director at the Wilson center. He's been talking to us about US policy in Syria. Thank you very much. Thank you. today,.

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"bashar al assad" Discussed on WTMJ 620

WTMJ 620

07:27 min | 3 years ago

"bashar al assad" Discussed on WTMJ 620

"Short time ago. I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities. Of Syrian dictator shar al-assad. The purpose of our actions tonight is to establish a strong deterrent against the production spread and use of chemical weapons we are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited. Chemical agents. So today the nations of Britain, France and the United States of America have Marshall their righteous power against barbarism and brutality. President Trump announcing the United States has begun military action in Syria along with France and Britain. And now we are getting our first reports of loud explosions lighting up the skies over the Syrian capital, Damascus along with heavy smoke as this announcement was being made embar Syrian sources are saying that destroyed his hit Barzan area, just five miles out of downtown, Damascus. And that's the capital is shaking. That's literally what they told me. They're telling me that ten missile hit a Syrian research center. Basically government military research center in bars. And they're also telling me that we're seeing serious about strikes in hopes which is another area where there are a lot of government military assets. So not a surprise in terms of where these missiles are hitting. But I think very much a shock to a lot of Syrians to 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 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 Bashar al-assad 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 perations and continent with our allies could 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 murderous lieutenants that they should not perpetrate another chemical weapons attack for which they will be held accountable at nine PM eastern standard time French British and US forces struck targets in Syria in support President Trump's objective to the future use of chemical weapons. The targets that were struck and destroyed were specifically associated with the shearing regime's 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 evening. We conducted strikes with two allies on multiple sites that will result in the 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 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 eyewitness 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 air strikes a targeted strike to deters. President Trump said tonight. Bashar Al Assad from using chemical weapons again Syrian state media confirmed that the scientific research center in bars at 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 up by the Syrians, the Syrians. Claim 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 a 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 Damascus area one in western homes. They have to do with the production of chemical weapons particular one was a chemical storage area. And the third was a research and development facility. I you heard general Dunford say that there were digital sites that could have been targeted, but they chose these three particularly be 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 here is that if they catch win that Syria is doing that they may target these. Facilities. And I think that's the threat. That's being pushed on them. Right now. Loud explosions rocked Damascus the sky Phil but 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.

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